The Path to Greatness at Westside Barbell
The Path to Greatness at Westside Barbell
There are life lessons you can take away from any experience. 15-time bench press world record holder Kenny Patterson shares how lifting at Westside Barbell molded him into a successful lifter AND person.
Mental Strength 101
Mental Strength 101
You may have the strength to lift heavy ass weight but what about your mindset? You can’t do one without the other.
Optimal Reality
Optimal Reality
Is this really the most optimal way to train? NO, not at all, but…
How to Master EARLY Morning Workouts 
How to Master EARLY Morning Workouts 
Set up your morning for peak performance. Here are 5 ways to get started and STOP hitting the snooze button.
The One Percent Method
The One Percent Method
Use The One Percent Method to incrementally make progress in all aspects of your life—especially training.
When To Train And When NOT To Train
When To Train And When NOT To Train
Explore the reasons why sometimes it’s smarter not to train and prioritize productive workouts for long-term progress.
Why It Didn't Work Before
Why It Didn't Work Before
Explore practical tips for overcoming obstacles, structuring your training, and cultivating a positive mindset…aka get your shit together.
Live Your Outcome, Not Your Goal
Live Your Outcome, Not Your Goal
Uncover the key steps to success through outcome-focused beliefs.
The Education of a Strength and Conditioning Coach
The Education of a Strength and Conditioning Coach
Motivate your pupils to become the best version of themselves and the TEAM will dominate on the field.
Make More Money by Ditching These 4 Things
Make More Money by Ditching These 4 Things
Most people want to make more money but don’t know how. Here are the 4 most common obstacles I see people struggling with when it comes to building their wealth.
Training Thoughts and Ideas From a Lifetime in the Trenches
Training Thoughts and Ideas From a Lifetime in the Trenches
Ashley Jones started training in 1979 and has coached athletes and general population alike. Forty-four years later, he shares some of his most poignant takeaways.
When Grips Did Not Give
When Grips Did Not Give
Travis Rogers shares his thoughts and insights after spending time with Dave Tate on a recent Table Talk.
Callus Your Mind
Callus Your Mind
Training was my way out.
What's on the Inside?
What's on the Inside?
After all, a black belt is a white belt who never quit. Beyond genetics and character, what do you have on the inside that keeps you going?
What Makes Athletes Great
What Makes Athletes Great
The ease and comfort of your couch and air-conditioned home will always be calling your name. Ignore the temptation for an easy life.
Why I Walked Away From Powerlifting
Why I Walked Away From Powerlifting
The moving parts behind the competition life are brutal. Go all in, and know when to get out.
3 Conversations Worth Having With Yourself
3 Conversations Worth Having With Yourself
Are you too easy or too hard on yourself? Are you loving or hateful? How do those around you influence these conversations?
If I Were Emperor...
If I Were Emperor...
I tried to offend everyone so no one could get too mad. Let’s get to it. 
What I Learned From Louie Simmons
What I Learned From Louie Simmons
Talk to any strength coach or trainer, and in some way, they have been influenced by Louie Simmons. Here are 7 ways he influenced me.
The Discovery of Life Through Lifting Weights
The Discovery of Life Through Lifting Weights
Lifting weights, pushing ourselves as hard as we possibly can, day in and day out, isn’t so different from life outside of the gym.
An All-or-Nothing Mindset
An All-or-Nothing Mindset
This attitude served me well for some time, but then it began to hold me back. Know when to use it and when to toss it.
Do the Legacy Work to Make Your Mark
Do the Legacy Work to Make Your Mark
Your time on this planet is limited. To make your mark, I challenge you to do the work and get ahold of your emotions.
Mental May—Remembering Demons
Mental May—Remembering Demons
As laborsome it is to destroy and bury your demons, it’s also vital to remember them.
Suffer and Succeed in Silence
Suffer and Succeed in Silence
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, as the ubiquitous aphorism goes. Averting the zigzag requires one to suffer and succeed in silence.
Be Willing to Feel Pain
Be Willing to Feel Pain
This is certainly anti-quit training. Learning to be uncomfortable and not stop or run away is priceless in hard training.
Choose One: Piss and Moan or Personal Growth
Choose One: Piss and Moan or Personal Growth
2020 started out pretty well. Then all shit broke loose. Were you on Camp Complain or Camp Let’s Figure It Out? I quickly realized I had two options.
I Didn’t Learn a Thing From My Father
I Didn’t Learn a Thing From My Father
As I got into my 20s, I was dead set on making a living as a bouncer. I mean, if John Dalton could make a living bouncing at the Double Deuce kicking everyone’s ass while driving a Mercedes, I could do it.
Control What You Can
Control What You Can
I’m hoping that by the time this article gets published, things are on their way back to normal, but in the meantime (and even if they are), there are a few key tools I’ve given my clients to help them to mentally move forward (not just survive) when we feel a lack of control.
What is a Mental Skills Coach Anyways?
What is a Mental Skills Coach Anyways?
I want to make athletes better by getting them out of their heads. I want them to be able to focus, relax as needed, push through mental boundaries, deal with pain, learn self-control, and I’m sure there’s more that I can’t think of right now.
Self-Talk for the Quarantined Athlete
Self-Talk for the Quarantined Athlete
An inner narrative is currently running through the heads of millions of athletes who had their seasons – for some, careers – cut abruptly short. With the rigor of school days and workweeks in the rearview mirror, self-talk is in the driver’s seat.
Mental May — Burying Demons
Mental May — Burying Demons
Once you destroy your demons (part 1 of this reading series), it’s time to put that crucible six-feet under, slam a headstone on it, and go forth to enjoy your life.
I Wanna Hold It
I Wanna Hold It
Let’s travel back to 1995 at Maryland Athletic Club, where a 29-year-old man named Kirk Karwoski was heading into the gym to hit a 1000-pound squat for two.
Stop Self-Sabotage
Stop Self-Sabotage
Every day can be a battle when you are trying to change your habits. Here are some things to do when you really want to make a change.
The False Idol
The False Idol
We all have struggles, and at times we don’t want to do the things we need to do to get strong(er). In fact, I have never met a top athlete of any kind who did not have times where he or she struggled to keep doing what he or she needed to.
Rising to the Challenge
Rising to the Challenge
A crisis does not make the person, a crisis exposes the type of person one actually is. What type of person are you in these unsettling and uncertain times?
A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
It WILL Pay Off: A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness, was a log post I wrote four years ago as I was battling depression, anxiety, insomnia, and OCD. Rather than edit my original post to reflect my current state of mind, I’m using this article as an update as I continue to evolve — a lot of things
Learning From the Mamba Mentality
Learning From the Mamba Mentality
The point of this article is not for me to tell my personal story about how tragic the accident was, how Kobe affected me growing up, or how big of a fan I was, etc. Instead, I would like to focus on the takeaways from Kobe’s life that can teach all of us how to pursue our own passions better.
The Rise of Live Stream Conferences
The Rise of Live Stream Conferences
A key part of being a strength and conditioning coach is something many people may not expect: networking. Be sure you’re not missing out on making important connections that online productions can’t imitate.
The Truth About Valentine’s Day
The Truth About Valentine’s Day
You’re welcome for the reminder.
I Thought He Was Dead or Living in a Cave in the Desert!
I Thought He Was Dead or Living in a Cave in the Desert!
Just because you’re getting older, doesn’t mean that you can’t reach your fitness goals. It simply means your goals need to shift to suit your current state.
High Road, Low Road
High Road, Low Road
We are all faced with choices every day in life. When it comes to training, we choose whether we are going to put the time in at the gym, eat the right foods, and get the sleep we need to reach our goals.
Training Through Setbacks
Training Through Setbacks
No matter the area in life, you are bound to face setbacks. When it comes to powerlifting, you are the only one who can decide what is best for you and whether you will compete or not.
A Bag of Bricks
A Bag of Bricks
What can a retired Navy SEAL teach us about managing stress and fear in our lives? Robert O’Neill says carrying stress is like carrying around an unnecessary bag of bricks.
3 Things I Learned From Training My @ss Off with Dave Tate
3 Things I Learned From Training My @ss Off with Dave Tate
The Train Your @ss Off with Dave Tate event was not only a life-changing experience; it was also truly something I will remember forever. It has made me a better coach, a better training partner, and a better overall human because it helped me figure out what is truly important in my life.
WATCH: 9 Steps to Developing a Growth Mindset
WATCH: 9 Steps to Developing a Growth Mindset
You only have as much potential as you allow yourself to have. Josh Bryant takes a dive into what it means to have a growth mindset and how you can start cultivating one today.
New Year, New Resolutions?
New Year, New Resolutions?
Why wait until the start of a new year to start working towards your goals?
5 No-Bullshit Tips to Help You Reach Your Resolution Goals
5 No-Bullshit Tips to Help You Reach Your Resolution Goals
Have you considered that you may be the reason you’re not reaching your goals? It’s time to reevaluate what is really holding you back.
2020 Vision
2020 Vision
Powerlifting benefits all ages, from young to mature. No matter your age, results won’t come without motivation and motivation won’t come without discipline. What are your 2020 goals and how will you achieve them?
The First Eight Months
The First Eight Months
The journey of being a strength and conditioning coach is different for everyone. However, there’s something to be gained from sharing what you’ve learned along the way.
Create SMART Goals for 2020
Create SMART Goals for 2020
It’s not enough to simply declare a goal. In order to stay realistic and successful, make sure your goals are SMART.
Relationship Roadblocks to Overcome
Relationship Roadblocks to Overcome
Relationships aren’t always a walk in the park. It’s all too easy to avoid talking about issues because they make us uncomfortable. However, when we face the discomfort, we become stronger.
2020 Goals and Strategic Execution
2020 Goals and Strategic Execution
Your 2020 goals won’t be achieved in a day. It takes time to build new habits and make lasting changes. See how 75HARD made a difference in Erik Eggers’ goal execution.
365 Days
365 Days
It’s time to man up. It’s time to put on your hard hat and go to work.
The Path to Greatness: Tension
The Path to Greatness: Tension
To me, greatness is a journey, not a destination. The next few articles I write are going to talk about the path to greatness and the key things that I think are necessary for ultimately reaching that goal. The first thing is tension.
The 7 Pillars of Leadership
The 7 Pillars of Leadership
It took time and a whole lot of failures for me to learn these core principles of leading others. But they are what helped me grow my business to over 160 members and a team of four others working alongside me… which brings me to these 7 lessons of leadership.
What If No One Was Watching?
What If No One Was Watching?
One might act a certain way at a concert Saturday night but act entirely different at church Sunday morning… and of course, one might lift a certain way for the sake of Instafamousness and socialookatmedia versus how they should lift and train for the pending meet or competition.
Why Are We Doing This?
Why Are We Doing This?
Here, in this article, you will find the answer to why accomplished coaches and athletes I’ve been fortunate enough to know gravitate toward the iron and have made it a core element of their life.
In What Are You Investing?
In What Are You Investing?
When you think of “investment,” you usually think of money. For this article, think about other types of investments: time, effort, and energy. Now, answer this question: What are you investing in?
Life, Lifting, and Jeeps
Life, Lifting, and Jeeps
Even after 47 years of life, I continue to realize there are crossover lessons between powerlifting and life. Case in point: modifying a new Jeep for desert driving.

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