WATCH: Jordan Shallow Explains How Bicep Curls Can Help with Your Shoulder and Elbow Pain
WATCH: Jordan Shallow Explains How Bicep Curls Can Help with Your Should...
Another way to combat the shoulder and elbow pain present in many powerlifters is by doing bicep curls, and doing them properly. It will help prevent injury when doing your bench press.
7 Exercises That Have Become Extinct
7 Exercises That Have Become Extinct
Trends come and go and with them, certain exercises. With that in mind, which exercises does a seasoned bodybuilder say are outdated?
WATCH: How Tricep Extensions Can Improve Your Bench Press
WATCH: How Tricep Extensions Can Improve Your Bench Press
Elbow pain is a common ailment of powerlifters, particularly when it comes to the bench press. However, an unlikely move can help treat and prevent bench press related elbow pain.
WATCH: Reconsider Bands as Your Strength Warm-up
WATCH: Reconsider Bands as Your Strength Warm-up
Are you really utilizing your muscles at their maximum strength?
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
Even though it's 6 reps, you might want to tell the person who wants to use the cable machine they'll have to wait a bit. This exercise puts the burn in slow burn.
Project Return to Press: The Road Back
Project Return to Press: The Road Back
You really don't appreciate something until it's gone. But man, when you're able to bench again... there's nothing like it.
Project Return to Press: No Barbell, No Problem
Project Return to Press: No Barbell, No Problem
OK, maybe I shouldn't have gone so hardcore with jiu-jitsu, but you know what? I made the best of my injury and learned from it.
5 Common Strongman Weaknesses and How to Fix Them
5 Common Strongman Weaknesses and How to Fix Them
Consider the Press, Deadlift, Farmer's Walk, Death Medley, and Atlas Stones. I'll pinpoint the common weakness in each event and provide an exercise (a solution) for you to fix the weak point. No excuses!
How to Screw Up Your Posture with the Leg Press
How to Screw Up Your Posture with the Leg Press
Sure, you can build bigger quads in the leg press, but that is the only benefit I can see of doing it. The cons outweigh the pros when it comes to this machine.
Training the Lats in Dao
Training the Lats in Dao
Lifters concern themselves with putting tension across the fibers of the lats in the hopes that they'll grow — without dosing them in the smallest moment of function to help stabilize their trunk and core, minimize the risk of low back pain, and ultimately, promote longevity in lifting.
WATCH: Atlas Stone Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Atlas Stone Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
Even if you're not a strongman competitor, the Atlas Stone's benefits have carryover to the Big Three. Besides, it's fun to train something new. So what are you waiting for? Grab an Atlas Stone, heavy med ball, or sandbag so we can get started!
Thank You, Innovation!
Thank You, Innovation!
Leg equipment has come a long way...
How to Use Knee Wraps for Strongman
How to Use Knee Wraps for Strongman
Strongman is a brutal sport that will beat your joints up, so you might as well take all the precautions that you can. That means that knee wraps, knee sleeves, and elbows sleeves are musts.
WATCH: Farmer's Walk Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Farmer's Walk Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
Fun fact: the farmer's walk is one of Brian Alsruhe's favorite exercises of all time. It works your grip, back, traps, biceps, core, and calves... what's not to love?
Chin-Ups at a Higher Bodyweight
Chin-Ups at a Higher Bodyweight
If you're a heavier trainee, chin-ups are difficult... but not impossible. Case in point: I'm nearly 50 years old and weigh 245 pounds, but I do chin-ups for volume rather than output. Here lies the secret to my chin-up success.
Touch as a Feedback Mechanism for Athletes
Touch as a Feedback Mechanism for Athletes
Not every athlete can feel their spine twist into a pretzel, so how do you teach them not to do that? This article will give you a model for how to manipulate the sense of touch to create an altered feedback environment for your athlete. Work your way up from simple movements, such as the prone stick hold, to something more complex, like the overhead press.
Alternate Your Heavy Squats with Belt Squats
Alternate Your Heavy Squats with Belt Squats
Save your back from disc compressions by shifting from heavy squats to belt squats. It'll help you recover faster, which will give you results faster and with fewer injuries.
The Best Bang for Your Buck: elitefts Plyobox and Tri Plyo Cube
The Best Bang for Your Buck: elitefts Plyobox and Tri Plyo Cube
Jump in — er, jump on the opportunity that comes along with using the elitefts Plyobox and Tri Plyo Cube to train plyometrics!
Selecting Appropriate Exercises for Youth Athletes
Selecting Appropriate Exercises for Youth Athletes
Parents are understandably worried about their children starting strength training. Ease their minds by selecting appropriate exercises for their kids.
Romanian Deadlift Variations for Stronger Hamstrings
Romanian Deadlift Variations for Stronger Hamstrings
Other than the GHR, nothing else builds the hamstrings better than Romanian Deadlifts. Try out these variations, and you'll see a difference in those hammies.
Top-5 Exercises to Keep Your Spine Healthy
Top-5 Exercises to Keep Your Spine Healthy
Here is a list of my top-5 exercises that I use to train lats, hamstrings, abs, and glutes. These exercises not only target the intended muscles but they also give the spine ways to recover and stay healthy. For some context, I have severe disc degeneration.
The Most Underutilized Kettlebell Exercise You Should Be Doing
The Most Underutilized Kettlebell Exercise You Should Be Doing
We think of the Kettlebell Windmill as a largely upper body exercise, but I’d like to make a case that it’s one of the most underutilized exercises to promote hip loading and control bilaterally.
5 Weeks to Goblet Squat Dominance
5 Weeks to Goblet Squat Dominance
Think goblet squats are wimpy exercises? Follow this program for five weeks, and you’ll change your mind. You'll likely improve your squat mechanics, too.
5 Alternatives to Olympic Lifts
5 Alternatives to Olympic Lifts
I have nothing against the Olympic lifts. They're fantastic movements that create explosive power. It's just that there are safer alternatives that still force the lifter into triple extension.
Combining Dynamic Hip and Stabilization Drills for Runners
Combining Dynamic Hip and Stabilization Drills for Runners
Strength training for runners is the chassis that underpins the abilities of speed and endurance to help these withstand practice and compete at a higher level — no meathead approach here! Plus, all you need for this program is a buddy and a band. Easy peasy.
6 Exercises to Strengthen the Spinal Erectors
6 Exercises to Strengthen the Spinal Erectors
This article will focus on the spinal erectors, when one needs to place a focus on them, the exercises/equipment used to strengthen them, and how the variations should be used, progressed, and changed throughout the training process.
WATCH: DIY Sissy Squats
WATCH: DIY Sissy Squats
Want to mix up your home gym training session with the equipment you already own? Grab your rack, a pair of elitefts Pro Light Bands, and a pipe, and we'll get you all set up in no time to do some sissy squats.
WATCH: Back Training with Justin Harris
WATCH: Back Training with Justin Harris
“Dumbbell rows are bodybuilding burpees.” For more wisdom and the full post-Table Talk Podcast workout with Justin Harris, read on. This back workout is complete with pull-overs, pull-downs, deadlifts, and multiple row variations (one by which Justin deems as the best lat exercise there is).
Romanian Deadlifts Revisited: How to Appropriately Apply The Hinge
Romanian Deadlifts Revisited: How to Appropriately Apply The Hinge
There’s an assumption (known or unknown) that everyone has the proficiency to perform what we see “if we just lower the weight.” That’s quite the caveat with a lot of assumption, especially when it comes to movements like the Romanian Deadlift.
Improve Your Hip Clam
Improve Your Hip Clam
The hip clam is a great functional exercise, but it's incredibly easy to perform it incorrectly. My solution? Bring in the wall.
Deadlifts for Huge Lats
Deadlifts for Huge Lats
When performed properly, deadlifts can be a powerful exercise movement for strengthening your lats. Emphasis on "when performed properly."
Muscle Doc's Big(gest) Three: Core Movements for Strength and Performance
Muscle Doc's Big(gest) Three: Core Movements for Strength and Perfo...
When we talk about the Big Three, we're usually talking about squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. Well, guess what: There are even more bigger and better Big Three movements out there. Find out what they are if you dare...
Why You Should Never Box Squat Your Athletes
Why You Should Never Box Squat Your Athletes
You know, we hear coaches complain about their athletes' excuses... but let me tell you, coaches can be just as bad. Case in point: The excuses coaches make for not making their kids do box squats.
The Best Bang for Your Buck: Wrist Wraps
The Best Bang for Your Buck: Wrist Wraps
Want to get the most out of your wrist wraps? Or maybe you don't know where to start when it comes to all of the wrist wraps elitefts offers. Look no further than this article, which rounds up some of the best wrist wrap guides and related workouts.
WATCH: Joe Sullivan Demonstrates Crocodile Breathing
WATCH: Joe Sullivan Demonstrates Crocodile Breathing
The cue "push into your belt" has lifters focusing on the front of their bodies. But this operates under the assumption that the torso will expand in 360 degrees, not just out toward the front. In order to have the best brace, we need to rework our understanding of doing so in the first place.
Plyometrics for Group Programming
Plyometrics for Group Programming
Plyometric work is easy to teach, and depending on the variation you choose, easy to recover from. It doesn't need a huge investment of time from both a learning curve and application perspective. Its inclusion is a no-brainer!
WATCH: The Definitive Guide to Hill Sprints
WATCH: The Definitive Guide to Hill Sprints
Before you go find yourself a hill to sprint up via Google maps (steep hills, such as those in landfills, are ideal), don’t forget to warm up and stay hydrated. It’s a sprint, so go all out!
Why You Should Pull the SSB Handles In While Squatting
Why You Should Pull the SSB Handles In While Squatting
The Safety Squat Bar is a great tool to help build strength in the upper back, but if you’re looking to get the full effect out of this bar, you should consider applying this subtle cue in order to load the erector muscles of the spine in their purest function.
Make Box Squats Work for a Stronger Raw Squat
Make Box Squats Work for a Stronger Raw Squat
I found the most success when I box squatted, and I applied what I learned box squatting to my raw squat. On meet day, I felt the most dialed in, the most explosive, and the strongest that I ever have on a raw squat. Here's how.
A New Perspective on Proper Plank Execution
A New Perspective on Proper Plank Execution
If you've been doing the plank in order to get a 6-pack, you're probably doing it wrong. Utilize these techniques for a better perspective and understanding of the plank and to optimize your performance.
Let's Get Awkward
Let's Get Awkward
Through the use of unconventional movements (or awkward movements), you can really force yourself to utilize better form and recruit numerous additional muscle fibers. Here are a handful of Big 3 variations you can try out.
Skip the Arch in Your Bench Press to Build More Absolute Strength
Skip the Arch in Your Bench Press to Build More Absolute Strength
In order to show real strength, arching isn’t the way to go. In order to build more strength for different sports, arching is pretty much a waste of time. But I'm not criticize arching. On the contrary, there are advantages to it if you are a competitive powerlifter.
The Villain Bar
The Villain Bar
If you're a Marvel fan, you might know that Ant-Man and The Wasp produced an evil offspring, Red Queen. Likewise, elitefts' heroic Rackable Cambered and SS Yoke bars came together and created the nefarious Spider Bar. What makes this bar so villainous? Read on if you dare...
The elitefts Scholastic Back Raise: 8 Exercises You Aren't Doing
The elitefts Scholastic Back Raise: 8 Exercises You Aren't Doing
If you have a garage gym, you want equipment that is reliable and will outlive you. That's why elitefts equipment is the gold standard. But you'll want equipment that'll give you the bang for your buck. Enter the elitefts Back Raise...
4 IG Exercises That Don't Suck
4 IG Exercises That Don't Suck
Out of all of the crap floating around on the Internet, I've only found 4 exercises to be worthy of mentioning. By the way, that says a lot because 2 of 'em use bands, and I am not a band guy.
The Bulgarian Split Squat: Which Side Should You Load?
The Bulgarian Split Squat: Which Side Should You Load?
There are movements that I think all coaches should have a fundamental understanding in, and it's hard to think of an exercise more worthy of a deep dive than the Bulgarian Split Squat. Go grab your dumbbell so we can figure out which side to load.
WATCH: SS Yoke Bar Setup How-To
WATCH: SS Yoke Bar Setup How-To
If you have the elitefts SS Yoke Bar, stop what you are doing right this instant. Why? Because you're setting it up all wrong! Watch and learn to see how it's REALLY done...
20 Smarter Alternatives for Traditional Box Exercises
20 Smarter Alternatives for Traditional Box Exercises
I've said this more than once, and I'll say it again: if you want to better serve your box clients, you need to program for the general population. Here are a couple of things you can ditch doing and what you should be doing instead.
Use a Hand Dynamometer to Measure Your Recovery
Use a Hand Dynamometer to Measure Your Recovery
If you aren't sure if you're overtraining, you could measure your jump height each day. But there's an easier way to pinpoint if your nervous system is overloaded: the hand dynamometer. Give it a squeeze once a day — that's all it takes!
Heavy Bag Split Squat Functional Position Series
Heavy Bag Split Squat Functional Position Series
Hugging a 40-pound bag of salt while doing a rear leg elevated split squat might not sound like hard or heavy work, but this is an exercise that's helped even some of the world's best powerlifters reach their full potential.
How to Use Blood Flow Restriction with a Knee Injury
How to Use Blood Flow Restriction with a Knee Injury
Indoor soccer took a toll on my knee, so my training has been a bit limited. But that didn't stop me from using Blood Flow Restriction on leg day, which I highly recommend using when working around injuries that force you to use lighter weights.
The Best Bang for Your Buck: SS Yoke Bar
The Best Bang for Your Buck: SS Yoke Bar
elitefts equipment is worth every single penny, especially when you can get multiple exercises out of a single item. But not everyone has the time to figure out what to do; that's where this article series comes in, starting with the SS Yoke Bar.
The 6-Pack Mindset
The 6-Pack Mindset
We tend to see outrageous exercises, movements, and even classes that claim they will give you a stronger core or a six-pack in days. I encourage a shift in your mindset to optimize your training to obtain the six-pack look.
Back and Biceps Workout of the Day with Kneeling Biceps Cable Curls
Back and Biceps Workout of the Day with Kneeling Biceps Cable Curls
There are no cheat days here. Naturally, this workout of the day includes a movement that makes it harder to cheat. Go grab your kettlebells, dumbbells, and cable attachments so we can get started.
Top-3 Cardio Options for the Powerlifter, Strongman, Bodybuilder, and Athlete
Top-3 Cardio Options for the Powerlifter, Strongman, Bodybuilder, and At...
Cardio can help you cut weight, get shredded for the stage, and increase athletes' performance. But with so much cardio out there, where do you start? Start here with elitefts team members' top-3 cardio items, based on their sports or areas of expertise.
Bang Legs Without Banging Your Lower Back
Bang Legs Without Banging Your Lower Back
It took me 26 years to develop lower back issues. But over the last 10 years, I've learned ways to work around them since becoming a slob is not an option. If you're looking for ways to train legs without getting hurt (again), this article is for you.
A Workout of the Day That'll Hammer Your Chest, Shoulder, and Tris
A Workout of the Day That'll Hammer Your Chest, Shoulder, and Tris
This workout left me hammered. Part of that's on me for joining a co-ed indoor soccer team, and let's just say bodybuilding and soccer don't exactly mix. But that didn't stop me from doing my Workout of the Day.
How to Prepare for a Strongman Death Medley
How to Prepare for a Strongman Death Medley
Programming for a death medley event can be tricky. Many people make the mistake of going too heavy right away with maybe one top set — a recipe for disaster. Instead, try out my recipe for a successful death medley.
Introduce Blood Flow Restriction to Your Leg Workout of the Day
Introduce Blood Flow Restriction to Your Leg Workout of the Day
This leg workout of the day was brief, but let me tell you something: it kicked my ass. You don't have to be new to Blood Flow Restriction Training for it to do that, let me tell you!

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