Tony Montgomery lives in Tampa, Florida. He studied exercise science at Florida Atlantic University and is currently pursuing his master's degree in exercise science at the University of South Florida. He owns Strength Union (link above), Team Phoenix Performance (an online coaching company), Subject Zero Supplements, and Coaches Corner University (an online education platform). He competed in strongman and powerlifting, where he's hit a 2,001-pound total in the 242-pound class with wraps. Now he competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and coaches athletes. He also served four years in the United States Marine Corps with 2nd Recon Bn.
Don’t start at 60 minutes a day on the stair stepper. It’s not about losing as much weight as soon as possible. Remember, it is very hard to gain muscle so we don’t want to be too aggressive with our weight loss and sacrifice the hard-earned muscle we have.
We value warming up before lifting or any exercise, but we don't really think much about how to structure a warm-up. This article will help solve just that with a comprehensive review of the literature on approaches to warming up.
RPE training is great at helping you learn about your body on a daily level and what you can and cannot handle. Plus, you don't have to worry about percentages, which is a bonus if you're a powerlifter who isn't all about doing extra math.
If it is not important to incorporate recovery modalities, why on earth am I doing an article on my top five ways to improve recovery? Because they don't work, but these 5 simple things you can dial in and focus on will work.
As strength athletes, we care only about lifting the weight from Point A to Point B, but from a bodybuilding perspective, that is dead wrong, but how does that translate to powerlifting? The idea is to challenge the muscle — not just focus on completing reps and sets.
Looking at dieting as one big picture can be incredibly stressful. Let's break that big picture up into three more manageable pieces. We'll call them phases: the post-show phase, the reverse dieting phase, and the meet prep phase.
There is so much information about nutrition that it can be overwhelming. Rather than getting caught in that swamp, I suggest you stop reading and start dieting with some basic knowledge. I'll provide the info, but you'll have to do the rest.
Training is like traveling; you have to map out the route you want to take in the timeframe you have. For training, planning your mesocycle is a good place to start that journey — you have to understand the basic principle of progressive overload and take your maximum ability to recover into consideration.
After serving four years in the Marine Corps and one tour in Iraq, I was finally done. I had served my country valiantly and fought for my freedom. I said to myself, “It’s time to let loose.” So I did exactly that. Five months and thirty pounds of fat later, I was a mess.