Pre-Season: Our Time to Shine
Pre-Season: Our Time to Shine
It is the one chance each year that sports practices do not take priority or leave players fatigued that they cannot give 100 percent to the physical development program.
Conjugate Powerbuilding 3-Week Split
Conjugate Powerbuilding 3-Week Split
What do powerlifters and bodybuilders have in common?
Week of Testing: Rest or Train?
Week of Testing: Rest or Train?
Rest and recovery is a key part of any workout program, no matter the type or level of difficulty. Remember that while reaching your PR goals is important, so is your mental and physical health.
I’m a Prep Coach, Not a Salesman
I’m a Prep Coach, Not a Salesman
I was invited to a bodybuilding group on Facebook the other day and though I get a lot of these types of invitations and usually dismiss them, I decided to click on this particular one because the discussion being showcased was asking who in the group was a nutrition or prep coach.
The Stretch Reflex: A Power Generator or Not?
The Stretch Reflex: A Power Generator or Not?
The theory is that when you rapidly descend into the “hole” of the squat, there will be a reflexive contraction of the muscles that primarily extend the knee. This will act as some sort of muscle trampoline and will allow you to reflexively contract your way to a completed rep.
10 Training Mistakes to Avoid
10 Training Mistakes to Avoid
Here are some simple mistakes to avoid that will allow you to put yourself in the best position to train pain-free for life, perform like a stud, and look good naked.
WATCH: I am Jordan Shallow
WATCH: I am Jordan Shallow
“I’m not the strongest guy in the world, but I might have a run as one of the stronger chiropractors.” elitefts coach and columnist Dr. Jordan Shallow wants to make his mark in chiropractic, education, training, and fitness — and he might be doing just that through his travels and writings.
Pause
Pause
More recently, as a result of various social media platforms, some things seem to have gained popularity because one or two highly esteemed lifters or coaches with powerful spheres of influence begin to do them.
Is Programming More Important Than Technique?
Is Programming More Important Than Technique?
I decided to poll lifters at a meet to get their opinion. Their answers may surprise you.
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
Even though it's 6 reps, you might want to tell the person who wants to use the cable machine they'll have to wait a bit. This exercise puts the burn in slow burn.
Project Return to Press: The Road Back
Project Return to Press: The Road Back
You really don't appreciate something until it's gone. But man, when you're able to bench again... there's nothing like it.
Project Return to Press: No Barbell, No Problem
Project Return to Press: No Barbell, No Problem
OK, maybe I shouldn't have gone so hardcore with jiu-jitsu, but you know what? I made the best of my injury and learned from it.
A Strength and Conditioning Program for Youth Swimming
A Strength and Conditioning Program for Youth Swimming
As with training any new client, there is a trial and error process to see what is effective and what isn’t. In this case, the training system I have put in place for my swimmers has supported them in breaking multiple national records in various events.
The End of an Era?
The End of an Era?
Hardly. Those who think the world of weights has a definitive destination are unfortunately on the wrong path.
Programming the Overly Complex Needs Assessment
Programming the Overly Complex Needs Assessment
Stepping away from collegiate strength and conditioning, I've had time to reflect. In this article, I'll delve into programming — the good and the ugly. Program-wise, exactly what are your goals?
8 Weeks to a Strong(er) Overhead Press
8 Weeks to a Strong(er) Overhead Press
Whether you compete in a sport with overhead events like strongman, or you just like being able to press something heavy overhead, this program is for you. The following 8-week program will provide two upper body days per week to help build the overhead press.
Jeff Guller's 2019 in Review
Jeff Guller's 2019 in Review
Even though I didn't make all of the goals I set for this year, I did have some good results. And if results are the measure of a year, then it was a good year.
Got Upper Back?
Got Upper Back?
It seems that lifters do not understand the importance of the upper back or how to use it in the three main lifts. The lifters I judged at a recent meet and just about all of my clients prove that to me, so let's fix that.
Competition Results: 7 elitefts Athletes, 3 Meets, 1 Weekend
Competition Results: 7 elitefts Athletes, 3 Meets, 1 Weekend
Check out how some of your favorite lifters did this past weekend at Great Lakes Raw, IPA Buckeye Brawl, and APF Raw Power Challenge.
Win Games by Waving Volume
Win Games by Waving Volume
Most college programs that I've seen basically run three sets on all accessories. I didn't want to be most college programs. I had to find a way to do a ton of work and build work capacity but also not run the kids into the ground. That's where waving volume came into play.
Is Overtraining a Myth?
Is Overtraining a Myth?
Be careful from whom you take advice...
Programming Through Injury: Good, Better, and Best Options
Programming Through Injury: Good, Better, and Best Options
Programming through injury doesn’t need to be nearly as complicated as we make it. It's not really all that different than programming a regular training block for a movement with a few differences.
Creature of Habit
Creature of Habit
Habits can be a double-edged sword that work against you, particularly in training. Attending elitefts' LTT3 Seminar catalyzed the habits I needed to break to push past my training plateaus.
Integration of Strength and Power Programming for the Lower Body in Sport Preparation
Integration of Strength and Power Programming for the Lower Body in Spor...
Running sports are tangential in nature, so in order to optimize transfer from the weight room to the field, both vertical and horizontal movements need to be considered. To this end, the program I am going to outline will look at elements of training to ensure all bases are covered.
WATCH: I am JM Blakley
WATCH: I am JM Blakley
“Our human potential is much higher than we recognize.” elitefts coach and columnist JM Blakley might be the namesake of the JM Press, but he hopes his impact in the strength sports world will go far beyond that and the weights he's lifted.
WATCH: How to Implement Strongman into Your Powerlifting Training [Whiteboard Edition]
WATCH: How to Implement Strongman into Your Powerlifting Training [White...
If you're interested in doing some strongman movements but are hesitant because you're in the middle of a program, don't be! Brian Alsruhe will show you how to implement those movements into your current program.
5-Week Triceps Program for Bigger Arms
5-Week Triceps Program for Bigger Arms
This five-week program provides a balanced approach to adding triceps size. Get ready to stretch those sleeves.
5 Gifts for the Powerbuilder
5 Gifts for the Powerbuilder
With no weight class or aesthetic events to worry about around the holiday season, it’s a perfect opportunity to pack on some extra mass... and to pick up some gifts for your favorite powerbuilder.
Smarter Programming for the Competitive Box Athlete
Smarter Programming for the Competitive Box Athlete
Believe it or not, it is possible to train multiple qualities at the same time. Athletes all over the world are training that way and making huge strides.
Phase 1: How You Should Start Young Athletes in the Weight Room
Phase 1: How You Should Start Young Athletes in the Weight Room
If you're not sure where to start training a 12-year-old who's a complete novice in the weight room, this program might just be the place.
How to Set Up a Successful Meet Prep
How to Set Up a Successful Meet Prep
The harder you work and push yourself in your off-season, the better and more productive your competitive season will be.
Thank You, Innovation!
Thank You, Innovation!
Leg equipment has come a long way...
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.
Max Effort Modifications for Lifters with Anxiety and/or Depression
Max Effort Modifications for Lifters with Anxiety and/or Depression
Many lifters with anxiety and/or depression find that during or following max effort, their mental health symptoms worsen, and/or their sleep quality and recovery suffer dramatically. These three modifications to max effort work may prevent or lessen some of these issues.
The Terrible 10 Conjugate-Based Program for Geared Lifters Going Raw
The Terrible 10 Conjugate-Based Program for Geared Lifters Going Raw
Geared lifters who want to do a raw meet or transition to raw need to relearn or unlearn certain things, which is why this program can be manipulated for different weaknesses.
How to Use Knee Wraps for Strongman
How to Use Knee Wraps for Strongman
Strongman is a brutal sport that will beat your joints up, so you might as well take all the precautions that you can. That means that knee wraps, knee sleeves, and elbows sleeves are musts.
16-Week Beginner Conjugate Program
16-Week Beginner Conjugate Program
I’m going to share a program with you that someone asked for my advice and input on. I know very little about this lifter. I got a little bit of information from them through Instagram, but other than that, what I’m writing are my initial thoughts and an improved program based on this information.
Common Strength Pitfalls to Avoid
Common Strength Pitfalls to Avoid
Here's an idea: If your team is losing a game, how about instead of celebrating one good play, try focusing on how you and your team can muster a win.
8-Week Upper Body Powerbuilding Program
8-Week Upper Body Powerbuilding Program
Using powerbuilding blocks intermittently can help the weak get stronger and the small get bigger without fully compromising or favoring the other. That's exactly what this program aims to achieve.
Even More Conjugate For A Little Old Man
Even More Conjugate For A Little Old Man
This little old man's secret to recovery lies in one word: bands.
WATCH: John Meadows and The Muscle Doc Train Back and Chest
WATCH: John Meadows and The Muscle Doc Train Back and Chest
John Meadows was interested in the things Jordan Shallow discussed in podcasts and IG posts, so he reached out to him with the intention to "steal" some of Jordan's ideas. Well, that didn't go as planned. Don’t waste an opportunity to steal this workout from elitefts. Not that it’s stealing; you have our permission.
RPE Method for the Max Effort Lane
RPE Method for the Max Effort Lane
Believe it or not, sometimes max effort work is not the best option. Here are a few scenarios where that may be the case as well as what you can do to fill in the gaps where the max effort method would be.
11 Things You Shouldn’t Do On Stage (Unless You’re Huge)
11 Things You Shouldn’t Do On Stage (Unless You’re Huge)
Don't do any of these things... unless you can pull them off.
5 Items to Whip Your Powerlifting Fiancé into Wedding Day Shape That Won’t Break the Bank
5 Items to Whip Your Powerlifting Fiancé into Wedding Day Shape That Won...
My fiancée has helped me grow as a person emotionally, mentally, and of note here, physically — I've put on about 100 pounds in the last four years, so I need to become the man she sees me as. The items on this list will help me accomplish just that.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Dan Green on Using Intensity to Build Muscle
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Dan Green on Using Intensity to Build ...
"...I'm using powerlifting lifts in a bodybuilding style..." Dan Green shares the secrets to building muscle as a powerlifter and as a bodybuilder.
Paying the Price of the Platform
Paying the Price of the Platform
The wear and tear of the sport doesn’t end when the lifter stops competing. The price of the platform may be one that they will pay for throughout the rest of their lives.
Chin-Ups at a Higher Bodyweight
Chin-Ups at a Higher Bodyweight
If you're a heavier trainee, chin-ups are difficult... but not impossible. Case in point: I'm nearly 50 years old and weigh 245 pounds, but I do chin-ups for volume rather than output. Here lies the secret to my chin-up success.
WATCH: The Method Behind Brian Alsruhe's Training [Whiteboard Edition]
WATCH: The Method Behind Brian Alsruhe's Training [Whiteboard Edition]
Brian Alsruhe's background in strongman, martial arts, MMA, and counter-terrorism led to his training system being "messed up" and unique from everyone else's. Despite that, he's found great success with his programming and will be breaking it down in this video.
How to Increase Work Capacity Without Overtraining
How to Increase Work Capacity Without Overtraining
There's a fine line between doing enough work and too much work. Don't fall into this trap. Be realistic with yourself (and your clients, if you're a coach) and train for long-term success, not for short-term burnout.
How Athletes Come to College
How Athletes Come to College
I never cease to be amazed at how messed up new collegiate athletes are when they start lifting in the weight room. Year in and year out, this keeps happening without any sign of improvement. Why does this keep happening?
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.
Alternate Your Heavy Squats with Belt Squats
Alternate Your Heavy Squats with Belt Squats
Save your back from disc compressions by shifting from heavy squats to belt squats. It'll help you recover faster, which will give you results faster and with fewer injuries.
5 Reasons Why Your Chest Sucks
5 Reasons Why Your Chest Sucks
I have compiled a list of what I have noticed in the 35 years I have spent in gyms that I feel are the five biggest obstacles to growing a great set of titties. Also, ease up on the bench press.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Dave Tate's Simple and Effective Conjugate Training Guide
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Dave Tate's Simple and Effective ...
The conjugate method isn't simple for everyone, which is why Dave decided to write down an explanation on the Table Talk table.
Daily Undulating Periodization Programming for Your Next Powerlifting Meet
Daily Undulating Periodization Programming for Your Next Powerlifting Meet
Want to smoke your old PRs? Try applying daily undulating periodization, or DUP, to your programming. Rather than changing sets, reps, and intensity every 6 to 12 weeks, DUP changes those variables on a daily basis.
3 Ways I Stopped Straining My Adductors
3 Ways I Stopped Straining My Adductors
I tried a few different things to combat the soreness and tightness I had in my adductors. Foam rolling them before and after training, stretches, adductor machine... the list went on. No matter what I did, the pain was still there. So I did more recovery, compression, and Copenhagen warm-ups.
7 Reasons Why Conjugate For Strongman Makes Sense
7 Reasons Why Conjugate For Strongman Makes Sense
Strongman, like any strength sport, can be programmed intelligently, allowing an athlete to reach their zenith for that time in their life. No training style has allowed me to do that quite like the conjugate method.
A Strength Athlete's Running Journey
A Strength Athlete's Running Journey
I always had an interest in running. I enjoyed it. It always seemed to help me mentally, and honestly, I feel it’s in all of our blood, and we are predisposed to endurance. But I had pain in my right angle and big toe, so I told myself I'd never be able to run. Until now.
Optimizing My Travel Training Efficiency
Optimizing My Travel Training Efficiency
With this training-while-traveling program, keep in mind I’ve been in 6 cities in 5 different states in the last 5 weekends and on the road for 20 of the last 35 days. My needs and resources in terms of time, help, equipment, recovery, and a host of other factors may vary from yours.

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