Team Awful
Team Awful
“Why the hell are you idiots doing that?”
In Honor of Charlie Francis
In Honor of Charlie Francis
It is my personal feeling that Charlie is the most important coaching figure to have emerged from the Western Hemisphere.
Building Mass and Strength: Part 1
Building Mass and Strength: Part 1
You can’t talk about building mass without talking about diet first.
Tradition, 5/3/1 and the High School Football Player
Tradition, 5/3/1 and the High School Football Player
Learn a little about what other places are doing and then reevaluate your own program.
I Do Not Give Up
I Do Not Give Up
I strongly considered not competing in the meet this past weekend.
New Apparel: Show off Your Wheels
New Apparel: Show off Your Wheels
We just put up some stylish new shorts today.
Get Healthy Hips and Shoulders with the Naked Get Up: Part 1
Get Healthy Hips and Shoulders with the Naked Get Up: Part 1
What do powerlifters and elderly women have in common?
How NOT to Make Weight
How NOT to Make Weight
My meet didn’t exactly go as planned.
Cheap Crack for Powerlifters
Cheap Crack for Powerlifters
When you need that little pick-me-up for a big squat, your little friend, will never let you down.
Give Perfect Hannies
Give Perfect Hannies
Fear was definitely a motivating factor. The other thing is pride.
Rebounding from Failure
Rebounding from Failure
I still had a chance to total 2400...but then I failed my deadlift.
Blue Collar Training for Mass and Strength: Part II
Blue Collar Training for Mass and Strength: Part II
In this article, I’ll lay out a training template to use in putting together a quality mass building routine and discuss some factors outside of the gym that play a role in training progress.
Vertical Jump and the Eccentric Utilization Ratio
Vertical Jump and the Eccentric Utilization Ratio
High performance in many sporting endeavors is characterized by the ability to display high amounts of muscular power.
Under The Bar: Don't Cheat - Get Super High Instead
Under The Bar: Don't Cheat - Get Super High Instead
Today is a super high carb day for me, so I'll try to document this as it goes.
My Love/Hate Relationship with Shift Work
My Love/Hate Relationship with Shift Work
A few months back, I put pen to paper and wrote about getting my strength and wits back to begin competitive powerlifting again.
Gear Tweaks: Get More From Your Gear
Gear Tweaks: Get More From Your Gear
They've hit some crazy numbers, so they must be doing something right!
Nutritious and Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies
Nutritious and Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies
A healthier alternative to your favorite cookie.
The Final Hours and Results
The Final Hours and Results
Here are my updates from my final hours of contest prep and the results.
The Hills
The Hills
You can either put your life on cruise control, going at the same pace day in and day out, never switching things up or taking the time to assess and appreciate where you are, or you can put everything you have into conquering your challenges, exhausting yourself so that once you do reach the top, you have no choice but to stop and enjoy the view.
The Parasympathetic Secret
The Parasympathetic Secret
You wake up after a restful night’s sleep to hit up the gym before the sun comes up, but why do you feel so weak and unmotivated to lift heavy and strong?
This lift's for You, Mom...
This lift's for You, Mom...
Because of everything you do, we want to dedicate these lifts to you. Happy Mother's Day!
Evolution Revolution: My Manifesto
Evolution Revolution: My Manifesto
The future of mankind starts with you.
Swiss Bar Yates Rows
Swiss Bar Yates Rows
Dorian Yates' signature back exercise.
Swiss Bar Military Press
Swiss Bar Military Press
The Swiss Bar military press is a great exercise to improve the strength of your shoulders and triceps.
Swiss Bar Row With Chains
Swiss Bar Row With Chains
Add a little rattle to those rows.
Swiss Bar Press with Bands Around Wrist
Swiss Bar Press with Bands Around Wrist
Video demonstration of Swiss Bar Press with Bands Around Wrist.
Swiss Bar Overhead Press
Swiss Bar Overhead Press
The overhead press is a staple for bodybuilders, powerlifters, strongmen, and pretty much everybody.
Swiss Bar Floor Press with Chains
Swiss Bar Floor Press with Chains
The Swiss Bar is good friends with the chains.
Under The Bar: Optimal Reality
Under The Bar: Optimal Reality
In life shit happens, so my program is set up for the worst-case situations.
DVD Review: American Football: Physical Preparation During Skills Camps and the Competition Calendar, by James “The Thinker” Smith
DVD Review: American Football: Physical Preparation During Skills Camps ...
I’ll begin this review by stating, straight off the top, that James “The Thinker” Smith is a friend of mine.
Starting a Warehouse Gym: The Sh*t They Never Told You
Starting a Warehouse Gym: The Sh*t They Never Told You
Prepare for Zach Even-Esh's NO bullsh*t truth about running a warehouse gym.
Have you seen this?
Have you seen this?
If you're looking for some entertainment, there may be a traveling side-show headed your way.
New Innovative Ways to Use Your Fat Gripz
New Innovative Ways to Use Your Fat Gripz
Brendon and Kevin rave about the EliteFTS Fat Gripz and share some of the uses they’ve found for them.
Heavy or Light Weight?
Heavy or Light Weight?
To get toned and ripped muscles, it's best to do a lot of reps with light weight to failure...wrong!
Three More Reasons Why I Hate “Fitness”
Three More Reasons Why I Hate “Fitness”
Here are three more reasons why Jason hates “fitness.”
Treadmill Pushing: The Solution to the Prowler-less Gym
Treadmill Pushing: The Solution to the Prowler-less Gym
Keir discusses treadmill pushing and how it offers the same benefits as sled pushing (albeit in varying degrees) but with a number of additional advantages.
15 Quick Training Tips
15 Quick Training Tips
What are your tips?
Build the Grip You Need
Build the Grip You Need
Every breath Jim Hartman drew was filled with chalk.
Goodbye Rhodestown
Goodbye Rhodestown
It's with a heavy and enlarged heart that I say goodbye to Rhodestown.
3 Smart Ways to Survive a Diet
3 Smart Ways to Survive a Diet
I don't know that it's entirely possible to stay sane while dieting, but here's a few tricks that may work.
Get Some Big, HUGE, Strong and Powerful Triceps
Get Some Big, HUGE, Strong and Powerful Triceps
I was messing around the other day and came up with this killer triceps exercise.
Train like a Pro Athlete
Train like a Pro Athlete
At 6:09 PM Thursday, April 8, I received an e-mail that made me smile.
Under The Bar: A Day in the Life of Dave Tate
Under The Bar: A Day in the Life of Dave Tate
Shower, breakfast – what I call meal #1 - and time to catch up on my reading.
5 Tips You Need to Know to Bench Big
5 Tips You Need to Know to Bench Big
I've been around some of the best bench pressers to ever lift a weight.
Three Lessons I’ve Learned as a Beginner Strength Coach/Trainer
Three Lessons I’ve Learned as a Beginner Strength Coach/Trainer
Jay shares the top three things he has learned breaking into the strength and fitness world.
Help Make Dreams Come True
Help Make Dreams Come True
Help these children follow their passion for a day and know that you have contributed to something they truly will remember.
A Program That Failed: My Quest for a 500-lb Push Press
A Program That Failed: My Quest for a 500-lb Push Press
Several years ago during one of the more Olympic lifting intensive periods of my lifting career, I hit a long awaited personal record—a 420-lb push press.
Same Vegetable, Fresh Twist
Same Vegetable, Fresh Twist
Here's a fresh twist on a commonly plain vegetable.
Core Competencies
Core Competencies
Carson discusses the two core competencies—breathing and rolling—that he believes are most important when developing athletes in any discipline.
Stepping Up and Under the Bar
Stepping Up and Under the Bar
Matt relays his experiences competing in his first ever powerlifting meet.
Intermittent Fasting—to Feast or Not to Feast: An Interview with Martin Berkhan
Intermittent Fasting—to Feast or Not to Feast: An Interview with Martin ...
If you’ve been in this game long enough, you’ve probably heard about a nutrition approach called intermittent fasting (IF).
Wendler Vision: Friday
Wendler Vision: Friday
This pretty much sums up Jim's Fridays.
Five to Thrive: Five Tips for Nutrition Success
Five to Thrive: Five Tips for Nutrition Success
Seth has five tips to keep you on track to losing weight and staying healthy.
Being Zoolander: A Story of a Professional Fitness Model, Kroc Faces and being Awesome
Being Zoolander: A Story of a Professional Fitness Model, Kroc Faces and...
I didn’t know what their problem was…I’m pretty good looking.
The Movement You Can't Do Without
The Movement You Can't Do Without
If you were to ask any coach, trainer or lifter "What's the most important muscle group in sports?" The posterior chain will always come out on top.
Music From the Metal Snob
Music From the Metal Snob
Jim Wendler's original never-ending music post.
100 Artists to Get You Fired Up
100 Artists to Get You Fired Up
Need some new music in the gym while grinding out PRs? Try some of these…
A Peaking Cycle for a Raw Stalling Deadlift
A Peaking Cycle for a Raw Stalling Deadlift
This is the exact deadlift cycle I've used for the past three meets.
How Much Do You Bench?
How Much Do You Bench?
You could bench a lot more than that if you used one of these...

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