The Gift of Perspective: Things to Know as a New Powerlifter, Lessons 11-14
The Gift of Perspective: Things to Know as a New Powerlifter, Lessons 11...
We've covered the first ten perspectives for new lifters. Now it's time to get more specific about what it takes to break through the beginning stages of powerlifting.
Four Rules for First-Time Competitors
Four Rules for First-Time Competitors
Many first-time competitors end up as only-time competitors because they neglect to take the right precautions before beginning their prep. Follow these rules to avoid letting your first show be your last.
Why We Powerlift — Getting Inside the Minds of New Lifters
Why We Powerlift — Getting Inside the Minds of New Lifters
I know why I lift and compete, and you probably do too. But our reasons aren't the same as new lifters who enter the sport of powerlifting. If we want powerlifting to grow for the better, we need to listen.
The Gift of Perspective: Five More Things to Know as a New Powerlifter
The Gift of Perspective: Five More Things to Know as a New Powerlifter
Continuing the perspective series, I look more closely at training, meet day, and who to look to for advice.
Three Tips for Coaching the Novice Athlete
Three Tips for Coaching the Novice Athlete
Regardless of your coaching style or philosophy, here are three techniques that will help your novice athletes improve quickly.
My First Time Competing on the XPC's Big Stage
My First Time Competing on the XPC's Big Stage
I left the biggest meet of my powerlifting career so far with a PR total, but more importantly, I learned eight valuable lessons for the future.
The Gift of Perspective: Things to Know as a New Powerlifter
The Gift of Perspective: Things to Know as a New Powerlifter
In this first part of the perspective series, I share five perspectives for you to consider as you make your initial steps into the journey that we call powerlifting.
How Do I Get Into Strongman?
How Do I Get Into Strongman?
I’ve covered a lot of territory, and still have so much on the horizon, but I think one of the biggest things I’ve missed over the past year relates to a question I’ve been getting often.
5 Things to Know for Your First Show
5 Things to Know for Your First Show
Competing in a bodybuilding show can seem overwhelming, and you may have no idea what to expect. Don't let fear hold you back.
Kickbacks, Curls, and Training Girls
Kickbacks, Curls, and Training Girls
How do you train a woman in her 30s or 40s with zero background in lifting? Isolate, then integrate.
How to Know If You Are Ready for Your First Powerlifting Meet
How to Know If You Are Ready for Your First Powerlifting Meet
I thought about competing in powerlifting for nearly a year before actually signing up for a meet. Then I learned that I wasn’t going to figure out what I needed to do to improve as a lifter if I didn't test my abilities and face my failures.
5 Gifts for the Guy or Girl Who's Getting into Powerlifting
5 Gifts for the Guy or Girl Who's Getting into Powerlifting
‘Tis the season for winter bulking, New Year’s resolutions, long lines at the squat racks, and a bunch of gym bros begging to work in on your bench sets.
Four Traps to Avoid When Starting Conjugate Training
Four Traps to Avoid When Starting Conjugate Training
Using the Conjugate Method has been one of the most rewarding and fun things I've ever done, but it requires ownership and a tenacity to keep looking for answers. Here are four things to avoid as you begin your quest.
Close-Grip Bench, Dips, and Chins — When and Why I Don't Program
Close-Grip Bench, Dips, and Chins — When and Why I Don't Program
Let’s get into how you can adjust your form, what to pay attention to, and how you can get the greatest gains from these three exercises without beating up your body.
Beginners and the Accountability Weakness
Beginners and the Accountability Weakness
Early in your powerlifting journey, this is the only weak point you need to concern yourself with.
Hello, My Name is: Gym Visitor
Hello, My Name is: Gym Visitor
During my first visit to the elitefts S4 Compound I was anxious, excited, and—yes—intimidated. These five things helped make my workout a great experience.
What to Do As A Novice Strongman — Writing Your Own Program
What to Do As A Novice Strongman — Writing Your Own Program
You need a lot in a strongman program: basic barbell lifts, accessory work, practice with the events, conditioning, flexibility, mobility, and recovery work. Use these ideas to build your own training program.
What to Do As A Novice Strongman — Practice and Training Implements
What to Do As A Novice Strongman — Practice and Training Implements
Interested in strongman? Know this first: being as strong as a Himalayan Mountain Yak is good, but being as strong as a Himalayan Mountain Yak with really good technique is better.
Find Your Weak Points By Becoming Strong
Find Your Weak Points By Becoming Strong
Before getting hung up on specific weaknesses and special exercises, try this simple approach first.
6 Don'ts for New Lifters Going Into a Meet
6 Don'ts for New Lifters Going Into a Meet
As a coach and competitor these are the recurring mistakes I witness many first-timers make.
4 Big Errors of Beginner Strength Programs
4 Big Errors of Beginner Strength Programs
These four things can make or break your program. Do you know of them?
Three More Guidelines for Injury-Free Progress
Three More Guidelines for Injury-Free Progress
The primary question you should ask for your training is this: How can I get stronger while staying injury free? Maximize your results with these general rules.
The Beginner's Guide to Powerlifting: Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know about Competing
The Beginner's Guide to Powerlifting: Everything You’ll Ever Need t...
Everything you need to know to enter the world of powerlifting is right here.
WATCH: Darden Q&A From the Compound — Beginners, When to Compete, Injury Prevention
WATCH: Darden Q&A From the Compound — Beginners, When to Compete, In...
Do you know the number one secret to being a great strength athlete?
Strong(her) Deadlift Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Strong(her) Deadlift Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
The final powerlifting movement may seem simple, but it isn't. Use this teaching progression with the proper cues to help new lifters.
Strong(her) Bench Press Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Strong(her) Bench Press Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Now that we've tackled the squat, let's break down the bench set up and introduce a cue system to use during every set.
Strong(her) Squat Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Strong(her) Squat Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Use these cues and coaching methods to teach an inexperienced lifter how to squat safely and build a foundation for future strength.
Strength Progressions for Beginner and Intermediate Lifters
Strength Progressions for Beginner and Intermediate Lifters
The path of continual progress includes some these important programming specialties: don't add techniques you are ready for and don't become stale.
Mobility Basics for Sticky Hips
Mobility Basics for Sticky Hips
It's time to roll out a mat and put down the sandwich for a few minutes while we go through some joint greasing.
How Bodybuilding Changed My Life
How Bodybuilding Changed My Life
I lacked endurance. I had no drive. Then I found Men's Physique. Through this I gained confidence. I gained ambition. Driven, I am.
3 Keys for a Better Strength Program
3 Keys for a Better Strength Program
Program writing can be difficult. Here are three solutions that I've used in my own training to help you with this process.
Picking The Right Carbs On Your High and Low Days
Picking The Right Carbs On Your High and Low Days
Losing fat and gaining muscle isn't as simple as low carbs and high carbs. This list will serve as your guide to the best fat-incinerating carbohydrates you need in your diet.
Save a Newbie
Save a Newbie
Remember all those things you wish you would have known when you started? Maybe we should do more than laugh at the guy across the gym doing machine decline iso-lateral presses.
Strength Development for the Casual Male Lifter
Strength Development for the Casual Male Lifter
For our readers not looking to the take platform or the stage, this program delivers only what you need to become a stronger, leaner version of yourself.
How To Execute a Front and Side Relaxed Pose
How To Execute a Front and Side Relaxed Pose
Don't hide your perfect physique with poor posing. Follow these tips from professional posing coach Dave Myers.
3 Ways to Help You Stay On Your Diet
3 Ways to Help You Stay On Your Diet
These simple tips will keep you on the path to your dream physique.
Why Compete?
Why Compete?
Experts weigh in on the reasons behind all of training pain and preparation of competing in a strength sport.
How and Why I Dieted to 7-Percent Body Fat: Show Day
How and Why I Dieted to 7-Percent Body Fat: Show Day
The time has come to make final preparations and step on stage. Here are thoughts and reflections from this demanding journey.
How and Why I Dieted to 7-Percent Body Fat: Supplements, Training, and Posing
How and Why I Dieted to 7-Percent Body Fat: Supplements, Training, and P...
Now that you've committed to this tiring, sometimes painful process, there are several things to remember to make this experience achievable.
Register Now For The Second elitefts™ Powerlifting Experience
Register Now For The Second elitefts™ Powerlifting Experience
Discover your strengths. Conquer your weaknesses. Build the best strength of your life.
How and Why I Dieted to 7-Percent Body Fat: Starting the Journey
How and Why I Dieted to 7-Percent Body Fat: Starting the Journey
Before determining the process I would use during this grueling path to the leanest I've ever been, I first had to ask myself, "Is there a good reason why?"
The Contest Prep Survival Guide: Show Day
The Contest Prep Survival Guide: Show Day
The day has finally come. All of your hard work comes together for the moment you step on stage. Are you ready?
Contest Prep Survival Guide: Food Preparation and Traveling Tips
Contest Prep Survival Guide: Food Preparation and Traveling Tips
Food is the most crucial aspect of succeeding in your first show. Use these tips and strategies to stay on track.
Contest Prep Survival Guide: Getting Started
Contest Prep Survival Guide: Getting Started
You might think you're ready for your first time on stage, but have you overlooked these crucial details?
Dieting to Single-Digit Body Fat
Dieting to Single-Digit Body Fat
How I went from chubby powerlifter to shredded bodybuilder.
Finnish Deadlift Secrets
Finnish Deadlift Secrets
"Throughout the years, the deadlift has been our ”national sport” here in Finland, and world records have been broken since the early '70s. But what makes Finns pull so much? What is their secret ? I wanted to know the answer, and after collecting training information of many new and former greats, here is what I found."
Fixing Common Mistakes in the Big Three Lifts
Fixing Common Mistakes in the Big Three Lifts
Our first elitefts Powerlifting Experience offered exceptional insight on how to be a better lifter.
WATCH: How Schwab Developed His Training Philosophy
WATCH: How Schwab Developed His Training Philosophy
The Minimalist Method: Keep what is useful, discard that which is not.
Mountain Dog Diet: Bulking Foods
Mountain Dog Diet: Bulking Foods
Use these six calorie-nutrient rich foods to fill out that frame.
Five Ways to Build Mental Toughness
Five Ways to Build Mental Toughness
Bulletproof your mind. Bulletproof your back. Hell, bulletproof everything.
Is Powerlifting Dead?
Is Powerlifting Dead?
Is Powerlifting Dead? Read this and decide for yourself.
Is Hand and Elbow Position Sabotaging Your Squat?
Is Hand and Elbow Position Sabotaging Your Squat?
Correct your shoulder mobility, integrate your lats and brace your core to hit a new squat PR.
Nutrition Advice from Generation X (to Y and Z)
Nutrition Advice from Generation X (to Y and Z)
When your elders say "eat your veggies," you young'uns better listen.
3 Common Deadlift Mistakes
3 Common Deadlift Mistakes
We give you three easy fixes and a program to put your stubborn deadlift back on track to PRs.
Why "Chest Up" in the Squat is Wrong
Why "Chest Up" in the Squat is Wrong
Fixing your thoracic spine position, can immediately add 10-15 percent to your squat.
Avoid Newbie Pitfalls
Avoid Newbie Pitfalls
You may be a beginner, but you don't have to make the mistakes of one.
Top 10 Meet Day Tips for the Competitive Lifter
Top 10 Meet Day Tips for the Competitive Lifter
No matter how long you've been around, there's sure to be one or two on this list you've never heard.
Friday Technique Video: Bands Setup
Friday Technique Video: Bands Setup
This man will kick you so hard in the chest, you will crap your ribs out. Literally. Out of your butthole.

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