Nothing like getting together with pals and talking old powerlifting stories. From Louie Simmons trying to break your fingers after beating you in the stomach, to having rules made specifically about you.
JM Blakley and Dave Tate have had their fair share of tendon problems. From tears to tweaks, they've learned how to strengthen their tendons to help lengthen their careers and put up bigger numbers. From ultra-heavy reps to ultra-light ones, here's a variety of tendon tools at your disposal.
Everyone likes putting their own tweak on popular programming. Louie Simmons was not very receptive when he learned Mark Bell had changed his, however. You'd think a 180-pound squat PR would speak for itself, but apparently it was still no good.
Stop screwing up your deloads and you'll see less back pain and significantly increased performance. Then stop screwing up how you tie your shoes! Done incorrectly, small movements can add up to exacerbate back pain.
What does the fitness landscape look like for beginners, and what can we do as trainers to help them best? It's oversaturated with con artists, and we need to understand the beginner's perspective to be able to help them best.
Dave Tate and Brian Alsruhe both know you can't do the same thing forever and expect results. In the pursuit of maximal performance, you have to find your way to step ahead of the crowd. How do you identify what your own edge is?
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room...” — Socrates
Vincent Dizenzo, Jim Wendler, and Matt Rhodes come together to deliver a classic tale of body odor, sketchy needles, and a whole lot of that sweet power bloat. Complete with quite a few verbal jabs at each other in between, like does losing weight even count as a challenge as a super heavyweight powerlifter?
Listen to JM Blakley talk about the reasons behind his supplemental exercise choices when aiming to increase his already massive numbers. Apply these to any of your lifts and you might find what you're missing in your current program!
“How much better could I have been if I had full support?”
Dave tells us his only regret after a long powerlifting career. At the end of the day, none of the training mattered if he wasn’t doing right by the people he loved.
There are universal traits that unite what elevates a powerlifter to the top regardless of what era you competed in. Rather than try to pick apart the differences of each we should focus on the things that the best still do today.
There are two kinds of athletes: the ones that love to win and the ones that hate to lose. The athletes who hate losing are the ones you should be afraid of. Dave Tate learned that the hard way when challenging Chuck Vogelpohl at Westside.
What does it mean to go all in? Is there a point where you've gone too far down the rabbit hole of all in? Clint Darden and Dave Tate attempt to answer these questions with their different perspectives.
It’s better to have one cheat meal a week than to go off of the program and eat on a day that you’ve burned off a lot of calories and now have taken in more calories than lost. Don’t turn a fat-burning day into a fat-gaining day.
Even Doctor Deadlift has bombed out, and for him, it was at his first meet as a 15-year-old in high school. Cailer Woolam was ready to quit, but he kept on pushing, and look at him now: one of the youngest people to make the deadlift world record.
While Dave's AWOL, Jim Wendler, Matt Rhodes, and Vincent Dizenzo fill in and answer questions. This question (what lifts are you most proud of?) sparks a conversation about coaching and fond memories this trio of friends shared and are now sharing with you.
When I started adjusting patients, I liked the sound of popping. I was really attached to it. But if you're just trying to hear that "pop," you might end up hurting someone for something that might not have been necessary in the first place.
If "what you're saying you're doing and what you're doing to the athlete doesn't match up... I'm calling BS on your integrity." Phil Matusz, OSU's associate director of strength and conditioning, shares a powerful message for high school strength coaches.
We tend to go into things with fitness coach or trainer eyes. We need to start seeing through the clients' eyes and thinking like they do. We need to relate to them. Once you do that, you can take them on a journey.
“Meditation is like a drink of water. You’re thirsty. You drink a little bit, and you feel better. Then you get thirsty again, and that’s what meditation’s like.” Meditation might not be a cure-all, but it can make a huge difference in an athlete's performance.