America's Strongest Woman: The Great Bomb
America's Strongest Woman: The Great Bomb
The highlights of my trip were hanging out and catching up with The Sequim Crew.
NGA Natural Bodybuilding Pro
NGA Natural Bodybuilding Pro
As you can tell by the title of this post, I am officially a NGA natural pro bodybuilder.
Redemption: Prowler Push For Charity Write Up
Redemption: Prowler Push For Charity Write Up
The competition was the 1st Annual Prowler Push For Charity (to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project).
4th Place at USA Figure Championship Experience!
4th Place at USA Figure Championship Experience!
Even with getting married July 1st, why not compete in USA's four weeks later?
Cardinal Strongman Challenge II Writeup & Video
Cardinal Strongman Challenge II Writeup & Video
In training I was repping 165 pounds for sets of four per arm, but I wasn't able to do the whole series all in a row the one time I was able to set it up at Brute Strength Gym.
What is Strongman and Why Do You Do it?
What is Strongman and Why Do You Do it?
I love competition and competing in strongman gives me a focus for my training, goals to strive for, and periodic tests of how I am progressing.
A Handful Of Thoughts After Junior Nationals
A Handful Of Thoughts After Junior Nationals
Only time and effort will tell what my potential holds.
Amy Wattles: Newport Highland Games Recap
Amy Wattles: Newport Highland Games Recap
The caber fell onto my hand and I heard a bunch of crunching noises.
Strongman Implement Ideas for Kids
Strongman Implement Ideas for Kids
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking and incorporate your kids into event training day and moving alongside you.
The Day of Deads: Proven Performance Strongman 1 Write Up
The Day of Deads: Proven Performance Strongman 1 Write Up
The only memory I have of that event is the pain from every rep, but I wasn't about to quit.
Amy Wattles: Heathen Highland Games Write Up
Amy Wattles: Heathen Highland Games Write Up
In the end, it’s just about getting better each time I'm out there.
Finding the Right Tire for You
Finding the Right Tire for You
There are two for sure ways to know what a tire weighs: get it weighed.
13 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Improve Performance and Look Better Naked Part I – Training
13 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Improve Performance and Look Better Nake...
If I could go back in time and tell my “beginner self” a few things about training, nutrition, cardio and supplements…what would I want to know?
Andy Deck at the Amateur Strongman World Championships
Andy Deck at the Amateur Strongman World Championships
Andy Deck, representing lightweights worldwide at the Arnold Sports Expo.
Champion Series Strongman Invitational Write Up
Champion Series Strongman Invitational Write Up
The week prior to the competition was just awful.
Pull, Press, Squat
Pull, Press, Squat
There is only one recipe for strength.
Strongman Training for Wrestlers
Strongman Training for Wrestlers
Strongman is an often used area of training for many sports.
Long-Winded Paxton Strongman 6 Write-Up
Long-Winded Paxton Strongman 6 Write-Up
The only regret that I have about this contest is that it's over!
Strong Grip Strength
Strong Grip Strength
Grip strength seems to be a big part of strongman training, what are some good ways to train one's grip?
2010 North American Strongman Nationals Write-Up
2010 North American Strongman Nationals Write-Up
I am more excited than ever for the future of Strongwoman in America.
Love Nugget in my Swamp Shorts
Love Nugget in my Swamp Shorts
Oct. 15th, my teammate, Lou Costa, and I headed down to Virginia Beach in his sexy little Mercury Cougar.
Interview with Strongman Steve Pulcinella
Interview with Strongman Steve Pulcinella
Next thing I know I was in South Africa being tied back-to-back with a 340lb monster named Riku Kiri for a two-man tug of war.
Introducing Lightweight Strongman Andy Deck
Introducing Lightweight Strongman Andy Deck
Andy first got involved in the sport when he helped run a competition at Virginia Tech University as an undergrad.
Interview with Pro Strongman Clint Darden
Interview with Pro Strongman Clint Darden
The BEST part of competing in Strongman is that heart really comes into play.
Strongman Implements 101
Strongman Implements 101
Get some strongman tools and get thick with strength to match!
2010 NPC Jr Nationals Recap
2010 NPC Jr Nationals Recap
I’m already back to the grind, and don’t plan on competing until next summer.
Low-Carb Diet Q&A with Shelby Starnes
Low-Carb Diet Q&A with Shelby Starnes
The very low-carb diet (VLCD) is a synthesis of the best of these approaches, but geared towards the carb-sensitive individual.
McGorry/Starnes Interview: Powerlifting to Bodybuilding
McGorry/Starnes Interview: Powerlifting to Bodybuilding
Our very own “Unlikely Powerlifter,” Matt McGorry, decided to compete in his very first bodybuilding show just a few short weeks ago.
elitefts/Troponin Nutrition Seminar
elitefts/Troponin Nutrition Seminar
I can confidently say, “If you’ve attended one elitefts seminar…well, you’ve really only attended one elitefts seminar. And you have no idea what you’re missing if you don’t attend more.”
BCAA Supplementation Roundtable
BCAA Supplementation Roundtable
Do we need BCAA supplementation? The debate rages on. The following is an excerpt from Knowledge and Nonsense: The science of nutrition and exercise by Jamie Hale.
Transforming Together (Part 2)
Transforming Together (Part 2)
In March of 2009, I was contacted by Nate and Donia, training partners from Iowa who were looking to get into better shape. Eight months later, they both competed in their first competitions (bodybuilding for him and figure for her) with completely transformed physiques.
My Journey into Bodybuilding (Part 2)
My Journey into Bodybuilding (Part 2)
Dave Tate and I recently exchanged e-mails. I proposed to him an idea about a series in which I share an entire year’s worth of training, dieting, and other information needed to prepare for a bodybuilding show. The series will end with me actually competing in a show.
Spotlight on Nutritionist Shelby Starnes
Spotlight on Nutritionist Shelby Starnes
Shelby Starnes, a brand new addition to Team Elite Fitness Systems, is one of Justin Harris’/Troponin Nutrition’s premier nutritionists.
Troponin Nutrition with Justin Harris
Troponin Nutrition with Justin Harris
Justin is the owner of Troponin Nutrition. Justin’s writing has been featured in numerous publications, including Muscular Development and Ironman, and he’s successfully helped hundreds of athletes with their diet and nutritional programming.
Justin Harris Interview - 2007
Justin Harris Interview - 2007
Jim Wendler Interviews Justin Harris - 2007
Breaking Glass
Breaking Glass
I was recently honored when Charles Glass mentioned me in his Q&A in Muscular Development magazine. For those of you who don’t know who Charles Glass is, first off, shame on you. But, here’s a short bio.
Lift & Learn II: The Benefits of Bodybuilding
Lift & Learn II: The Benefits of Bodybuilding
When I look back at my experiences as a bodybuilder there are plenty of good memories, tons of fun workouts, painful workouts and some injuries.
Lift and Learn: The Downfalls of Bodybuilding
I started lifting weights at the age of 13. I recall the first day like it was yesterday! It was 2 weeks before 8th grade ended and I trekked down into my older brother’s room where he had a K-Mart bench, small straight bar and adjustable dumbbells. I carried Arnold’s Encyclopedia with me and followed the program of supersets. I supersetted everything! It was hilarious.
Westside and the Log Press
Westside and the Log Press
Get fast and slam a big log up overhead. As an added bonus your bench will go up too.

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