In the second article of this series, we look at the pros and cons of utilising a whole-body approach with your training.
Peaking for your meet day should happen around six weeks out. Here’s a thorough plan to make sure you get the most out of your lifts when the time comes to step on the platform.
Whole-body training is highly underutilized in today’s world, and yet, it’s one of the fundamental programming methodologies to date.
Deadlift technique should precede everything else. Learn the golden rules of deadlifting first, practice them hard and often, then load up the bar.
Travis Rogers shares his thoughts and insights after spending time with Dave Tate on a recent Table Talk.
Most lifters will have one if not two, main issues when they squat: pitching forward and tightness. What does this bar help fix?
It’s interesting seeing a quad-dominant athlete squat 400 pounds but struggle to squat off a box with 135.
As a powerlifter, I jumped higher than two athletes that jump constantly for their sport. Here’s why with an 8-week program to increase YOUR vertical.
In a recent elitefts poll, 88% of lifters responded that they train alone. I used to train alone (when I was weak). Then I found a team and turned elite.
What do you believe you need more of in your training? More rotation? Is the low back super cranky? Pick 1-2 exercises and get started.
Eccentrics and Isometrics are for BUILDING, while Concentrics are for TRANSFERRING. How do you program them all?
Consider where YOU lack focus. These things are widespread knowledge, nothing ground-breaking but surprisingly not prioritized correctly.
I’m tired of answering questions about TEAM SKIP Training. Here’s the updated version, for free. You’re welcome.
One way to progress the Anti-Tin Man RDL is by taking that same pattern into a more dynamic and less stable environment through Walking RDLs.
You’ve done the work thus far to demonstrate your strength on the platform. Don’t ruin it with poor food choices come meet day.
I know it might FEEL bad, and you might feel banged up from squatting with it, but that does not mean you should be avoiding the straight bar.
As an athlete, a powerlifter, or weekend warrior, strongman training can be extremely beneficial. Here’s how to program it in.
Powerbuilding is not just bodybuilding with the squat, bench press, and deadlift tacked on. It’s also not just powerlifting with accessory exercises.
The Cross-Body Cable Extension has enormous potential to address a myriad of shoulder and upper back issues, but you’re doing it wrong.
Dropping from the 320s to the 250s and competing as a 308 to a 242, I was forced to switch up my training split. Here’s the split!
Here are my ideas for a rotating weekly plan that I’ve been trialing this month with my exact exercises and training loads. I’m sore!
Why are we only prescribing duration for conditioning and not for exercises? After all, sport is timed by duration.
In 2016, Boris Sheiko met Louie Simmons for the first time. Here’s how they spent their time together and what they talked about.
The greatest powerlifter of all time has learned a thing or two about how to be the best in the world. He approaches life the same way.
Volunteering under a local public school district’s strength and conditioning coach, here are five things to know as you pursue this job track.
Ask any coach, power is a prioritized physical quality for athletes. How do we develop power? Variable Resistance Training (VRT).
Ever find that stress on one adaptation will have too many drawbacks on all the other adaptations you want your athletes to maintain?
Use the omni-contraction method and the different contractions (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve your powerlifting total.
Bigger players often suffer from a lack of condition—they need size to execute their skill set yet run the risk of overuse-related injuries.
Learning from Louie Simmons, Ed Coan, Stan Efferding, Stuart McGill, and more, this is my training philosophy to guide my programming.
Neck training is essential in all sports where the head undergoes direct or indirect pressures and shocks. Here’s the blueprint for a stronger neck.
These questions are the roadmap to getting strong and jacked, along a playbook for when shit hits the fan. And, shit will hit the fan.
If you’re new to the squat or lose technique once it gets heavy, train the eccentric to become one with the bar.
How do we train power athletes to continuously display high outputs, while also being able to fall back on their aerobic system for recovery?
Concurrent training, commonly known as hybrid training, can be a frustratingly fine line to walk. Here’s the recipe.
I like using the bell-shaped curve when considering where a player fits into a type of training session: reviving, surviving, or thriving.
After exhausting the back squat, I experimented with a more efficient approach to strengthening the lower limbs of my athletes.
Regardless of how strong you are, there is always room for improvement and growth by adopting a white belt mentality.
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Here are three of my favorite intensity techniques to add muscle that naturally cut training time: rest-pause sets, isometric pre/post fatigue sets, and cluster sets.
If you see owning a gym as just a revenue stream, I guarantee you will fail. It takes way more than equipment in a room with electricity.
We figured out the movement tiers for the squat and deadlift, so let’s use the movement tiers to combat weakness in the bench press.
These are things that I didn’t appreciate enough when I was in my 20s but have risen to the top of my priority list in recent years.
You’ll want to include some single-limb work, train in multiple planes of motion, provide alternation and stability, plus soft tissue work!
Most people try to cram a square peg into a round hole when choosing their training plan. Why not create a training split that compliments your lifestyle?
Use these movement tiers to help athletes and coaches program the correct movements for specific weaknesses in squats or deadlifts.
Use this 8-week reset program to give yourself an “active break” while reaping the physical and mental benefits of regular training.
As a new father or busy professional in your 30s+, training takes on a whole new look and meaning to meet your demanding lifestyle.
Do you sit a lot? How about those shoulders? Are they rounded forward? Even if you don’t sit all day, many of the exercises you’re doing in the gym place you in extension.
Direct arm training will reduce the likelihood of a biceps or triceps tear, strengthen the tendons, improve pressing strength and grip.
The skills for specific sports will rise with the raising of the athlete’s absolute strength. Don’t be afraid to make combat athletes strong.
Here’s how to use a three-times-a-week conjugate split for your clients. You may just find this split more goal-conducive than a typical split.
We all need to progress as lifters and coaches. As a year in review synopsis, here’s a list of things to repeat and eliminate for 2022.
Don’t forget to flex the front! As a powerlifter, bodybuilder, and runner, hip flexion is your source of stability, function, and power.
Take control of your health and improve your immune response, performance, general health, and well-being by fixing these things today.
Take two athletes with roughly the same skill set, the stronger athlete will win every time. Get stronger with this program.