Build Your Deadlift with the Snatch Grip Deadlift
Build Your Deadlift with the Snatch Grip Deadlift
The snatch grip deadlift is an outstanding assistance lift if you have a weak upper back or erectors, but it's not a traditional deadlift. Many cues for it are contrary to the traditional pull.
Using Continuous Positional Feedback: Three Exercises You Can Improve by Moving to the Wall
Using Continuous Positional Feedback: Three Exercises You Can Improve by...
The continuous feedback of the wall can provide the athlete with a sense of position, tension, and compensation, resulting in improved performance and benefit of the exercises.
5 Simple Ways to Increase Grip Strength
5 Simple Ways to Increase Grip Strength
Building a better grip doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming, and can have a big impact on your performance for both powerlifting and strongman.
WATCH: How to Perform Strongman Axle Clean Pulls
WATCH: How to Perform Strongman Axle Clean Pulls
By breaking the movement up into several segments, you can avoid overuse of your biceps and reduce risk of injury.
Band Tension for the Pull-Up and Push-Up
Band Tension for the Pull-Up and Push-Up
Band tension adds tremendous metabolic (muscle) and nervous system (brain) challenges, making them perfect for shorter training sessions. Imagine what happens when you return to bodyweight pulls and presses.
WATCH: How to Perform the Hook Grip
WATCH: How to Perform the Hook Grip
There is an astronomical amount of misinformation floating around right now about the hook grip, and, in my opinion, that’s the result of a lot of people (mostly beginners) using the hook grip inappropriately.
Peaking When Things Feel Off: Quick Corrections Before A Meet
Peaking When Things Feel Off: Quick Corrections Before A Meet
Only five days out from an important meet, I don't have much time to fix the issues I'm having. For this reason I'm approaching the idea of a pre-meet deload a little differently.
Arm Training for Strength Athletes
Arm Training for Strength Athletes
Direct arm training will not only reduce the likely hood of a biceps or triceps tear but will also strengthen the tendons and improve pressing strength and grip.
The One Thing Your Glutes Are Missing
The One Thing Your Glutes Are Missing
Let’s take a quick look at some simple biomechanics, and then we will break down the squat so we can rebuild it with an emphasis on generating torque.
Methods to Improve Your Posture for Sport Performance
Methods to Improve Your Posture for Sport Performance
Now that we have a clear understanding of what posture is and why it is important, we can begin developing a plan to improve it.
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Olympic Lifts Progression
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Olympic Lifts Progression
The Olympic lifts will develop strength, speed, and power, but this is dependent on a few things you must do for your athletes.
18 Exercises Your Child Wants to Do
18 Exercises Your Child Wants to Do
At some point in your career, you'll abruptly realize that not every client arrives thrilled to exercise. Somewhere between a child eloping, having a meltdown, or worse, associating everything miserable toward training, circle back to play with these exercises.
WATCH: Learning the Strongman Jerk
WATCH: Learning the Strongman Jerk
Improving the jerk is all about getting the reps, trusting your technique, and not being afraid to miss reps.
3 Ab Exercises for Powerlifting and Strongman
3 Ab Exercises for Powerlifting and Strongman
To perform these exercises correctly, you need to learn how to breathe and brace properly. But once you do, it will pay off big time.
My Top Five Posterior Chain Exercises and Why You Need To Do Them
My Top Five Posterior Chain Exercises and Why You Need To Do Them
These exercises will provide you with a great deal of return on investment. They will not only make you stronger but also healthier and more stable in the squat, bench press, and deadlift.
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Get a Grip on Your Guns
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Get a Grip on Your Guns
I’ve neglected training both my upper and lower arms, and now I’m suffering for my lack of grip strength. Prevent this. Here's my newfound twist on traditional arm and grip work.
Priorities for the Powerlifter and Bodybuilder — Upper Body Mobility and Stability
Priorities for the Powerlifter and Bodybuilder — Upper Body Mobility and...
The first article of this series covered quick, effective drills to use prior to training that will improve your lower body performance. Now let's look at the upper body and address the three most common dysfunction in strength athletes.
WATCH: Blast from the Past  — How and Why to Use A GHR
WATCH: Blast from the Past — How and Why to Use A GHR
The glute ham raise has been lauded as one of the best exercises for posterior chain development for lifters and athletes of all kinds. Are you using it correctly?
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Deadlift Progression
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Deadlift Progression
One of the best movements to build strength but also one of the hardest to teach for many coaches is the deadlift. It's worth your time to learn correctly.
Utility of the Overhead Press
Utility of the Overhead Press
Looking at lats, thoracic mobility, and the ribcage during an overhead exercise can tell you a lot about a person's pattern, position, and movement quality.
Unconventional Uses of The Strongman Yoke
Unconventional Uses of The Strongman Yoke
The yoke is most commonly used for the traditional carry and the Zercher carry. Using it to build the bench and shoulder press is not a common practice — but it's effective.
The Hybrid Deadlift Stance
The Hybrid Deadlift Stance
In deadlifting, the Goldilocks Zone might not be pulling conventional, nor sumo, nor even Old English Style. For those lifters, what I call the hybrid sumo stance could perhaps be best.
Core Confusion
Core Confusion
What does it mean to train your core?
Priorities for the Powerlifter and Bodybuilder — Lower Body Mobility and Stability
Priorities for the Powerlifter and Bodybuilder — Lower Body Mobility and...
What mobility or stability drills should I do? How much should I do of them? Which days do I do them on? Here’s what to do, when to do them, how to do them, and how long you should do them.
A Love Affair with the Smith Machine
A Love Affair with the Smith Machine
You should integrate the Smith machine into your sessions with the intention of creating a new stimulus, taking advantage of its ability to let you push past a normal threshold of muscular failure. Here are my favorite ways to do so.
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Overhead Press Progression
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Overhead Press Progression
A lot of coaches shy away from the overhead press because it’s “dangerous.” But my question to the coaches that say that: “Aren’t most exercises potentially dangerous?”
 Body Mechanics 101: How To Bring Back 80s Lat Development
Body Mechanics 101: How To Bring Back 80s Lat Development
We have a current state of back development in the sport that erectors are thick and upper backs overpower lat development. There's a reason for this — and a way to fix it.
Upper Back for the Bench
Upper Back for the Bench
So why do you want to build a strong, thick upper back? Isn’t the bench all pecs, shoulders, and triceps?
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Bench Progression
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Bench Progression
This four-step progression is used to help young athletes develop the proper form, stability, and strength required to use a barbell.
Strongman Conditioning for Powerlifters
Strongman Conditioning for Powerlifters
Let’s get into which strongman events will help improve the big three and how to program them.
Bench, Squat, and Deadlift Alternatives for Bodybuilding
Bench, Squat, and Deadlift Alternatives for Bodybuilding
If you’re beat up from powerlifting or more concerned with hypertrophy, some of these variations may prove useful. In all honesty, alternatives of the basic lifts have done the most for the development of my physique and hypertrophy.
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Squat Progression
WATCH: The Strength Coach Development Center — Squat Progression
For any exercise, you need to know the proper progressions and regressions. Here is a simple squat progression you can implement with your athletes today.
Kettlebells Explained — A Guide to the Most Versatile Movements
Kettlebells Explained — A Guide to the Most Versatile Movements
The exercises you can incorporate with kettlebells are virtually endless. Here's how to get started with some of my favorites.
Body Mechanics 101: Training Partner Form Fix
Body Mechanics 101: Training Partner Form Fix
In my entire life of training, I've only ever had six training partners, and never more than one at a time. Now I have two. That's right — there are three of us.
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Widen Your Grip to Beef Up Your Back and Deadlift
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Widen Your Grip to Beef Up ...
Bulk up your back, strengthen your deadlift, and learn to activate your lats with this one exercise.
Converting to Sumo Deadlifting: How I Made It Work for Me
Converting to Sumo Deadlifting: How I Made It Work for Me
Deadlifting is one of the oldest and hardest exercises around. It’s very simple—you just pick the bar up off the ground and stand up with it. Well, it’s not that easy for everyone.
WATCH: The Hanging Hamstring Raise
WATCH: The Hanging Hamstring Raise
Evaluate hamstring general function, range of motion, asymmetry, strength, potential for injury and more with Dr. Eric Serrano’s hanging hamstring raise.
Building the Yoke
Building the Yoke
A big yoke equals instant respect. No one wants to screw with a guy that has a big neck and a thick yoke.
Body Mechanics 101: Three Things to Help Eliminate Pelvic Tilt
Body Mechanics 101: Three Things to Help Eliminate Pelvic Tilt
After being plagued with injuries for six years, these three things got me back to pushing legs 100% without risk of injury.
The 12 Best Exercises for Rear Delts and How to Combine Them
The 12 Best Exercises for Rear Delts and How to Combine Them
John Meadows' expertise on shoulder training filled a void in the atmosphere of bodybuilding information. I've incorporated rear delt work with all of my clients, and I've learned a few things along the way.
The Continental Clean — Maximizing Your Axle Clean and Press
The Continental Clean — Maximizing Your Axle Clean and Press
Watching lifters attempt the continental clean has given me a case of the heebie-jeebies dozens of times. I’m here to give some pointers on making the movement stronger, safer, and more efficient.
Build Your Legs While Babying Your Back
Build Your Legs While Babying Your Back
A lower back injury doesn't have to mean the end of your training days. Here's one of my go-to methods for continuing to train hard and make progress.
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Adductor Work for Added Gains
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Adductor Work for Added Gains
Say your quads, hamstrings, and glutes are capable of handling 500 pounds in the squat, but (because of weakness, tightness, or overuse), your adductors can only handle 400. Not a good look.
Body Mechanics 101: Hunting for the Elusive Rear Delt
Body Mechanics 101: Hunting for the Elusive Rear Delt
I have been asked so many times lately about rear delts that I figured I would make this the topic for the second edition of Body Mechanics 101.
5 Training Hacks for Underdeveloped Hamstrings
5 Training Hacks for Underdeveloped Hamstrings
Effectively train your hamstrings with these hacks and find yourself sitting a few inches taller.
Finding Strength: Why Your Log Press Sucks with Zydrunas Savickas
Finding Strength: Why Your Log Press Sucks with Zydrunas Savickas
If I had to pick the three most common mistakes I've witnessed in the last 10 years of seeing lifters miss with the log, here they are, with a video of Zydrunas Savickas coaching the movement.
WATCH: Three-Dimensional Force Curl Complex
WATCH: Three-Dimensional Force Curl Complex
Want grip strength like a bear and biceps like baseballs?
Body Mechanics 101: Elbow Position for Triceps Extension
Body Mechanics 101: Elbow Position for Triceps Extension
I see terrible training mistakes on an almost daily basis, and not just the ones veteran meatheads like to post on social media to poke fun at someone in the gym who doesn’t know any better.
Off-Season Back Training: Two Sessions Per Week and More Adjustments
Off-Season Back Training: Two Sessions Per Week and More Adjustments
I'm 22 weeks into my off-season and implementing some unique tweaks to my back training.
WATCH: Mountain Dog Back and Biceps with Mark Dugdale
WATCH: Mountain Dog Back and Biceps with Mark Dugdale
The following details my secondary back workout. I slightly deviated from the plan because the workout took place at the elitefts Compound and Dave Tate took over the biceps programming portion.
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Rear Delts Rows
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Rear Delts Rows
Get a bigger bench and boulder shoulders with this easy movement.
Toothpicks to Horseshoes — How to Build MASSthetic Triceps
Toothpicks to Horseshoes — How to Build MASSthetic Triceps
Having big, strong arms is more than just something to flex and brag about. It shows health, vitality, and does absolute wonders for your confidence. And all you have to do to achieve them is train your arms intelligently.
10 Exercises to Strengthen Your Spinal Erectors
10 Exercises to Strengthen Your Spinal Erectors
The spinal erectors are often overlooked when it comes to building the deadlift, but they can be the limiting factor far more than people realize.
My Favorite Intensity Techniques
My Favorite Intensity Techniques
Moving increasingly heavier weight from point A to B served me well until I tore my pec benching 500 pounds and blew out my lower back squatting 700. Now I find new ways to add intensity.
3 Tips for Coaching the Pull-Up
3 Tips for Coaching the Pull-Up
Coaches must strive to properly ensure a basic neuromuscular connection occurs through correct anatomical position, neurologic comprehension, and sensory awareness before attempting a pull-up.
Four Oddball Lifts that Work
Four Oddball Lifts that Work
You’ll notice that these are stabilizer-focused lifts—that’s a common theme in sussing out the value of new lifts as well as old ones that have been rediscovered.
How Are YOU Performing the Dimel Deadlift?
How Are YOU Performing the Dimel Deadlift?
Even the best of the best display small form errors while performing common lifts — Clint Darden challenges Dave Tate.
WATCH: Alternating Band Tension Incline Triceps Extensions
WATCH: Alternating Band Tension Incline Triceps Extensions
Those chasing elite level power, performance, and physique development will take the most interest in Dr. Serrano’s special band manipulations during the set.
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — The Vacuum and Reverse Hyperextension
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — The Vacuum and Reverse Hype...
This article series describes how you can incorporate bodybuilding exercises into your powerlifting training for big benefits in strength and aesthetics.

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