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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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).
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.