My Diary
My Diary
My intent with this article is to give you a sort of inside look at what I was thinking going into and during the meet.
Lift Like a Gym Rat, Kick Like a Mule
Lift Like a Gym Rat, Kick Like a Mule
Gym accidents are not funny. They may cause serious physical injury that may have both short and unfortunately long-term consequences. So it's with mixed feelings that I relate another "Legend of Iron Smith Gym" incident.
Beginner Mistakes, Part II: The Dynamic Bench Press
Beginner Mistakes, Part II: The Dynamic Bench Press
Having coached for several years and after attending several Force Training seminars, I see the same problems on dynamic bench day no matter where I am. These problems aren't always reserved for the beginner; I seem to make some of these same mistakes and have to take a step back and re-evaluate. Let us first take a look at the general parameters on this day so that we are all on the same page.
Beginner Mistakes - Part I: Max Effort Progression
Beginner Mistakes - Part I: Max Effort Progression
When I first started training using the Westside methods, I would often end my max effort exercise and feel like I didn’t do anything.
The Socratic Method
The Socratic Method
One of the first pressing, inquisitive minds who stepped on the face of this earth was Socrates.
Auto Regulatory Training Part 1
Auto Regulatory Training Part 1
The individual control and systematic manipulation of volumetric management is largely dependant upon the proper integration of critical training variables.
Super Compensation
Super Compensation
The reason to couple super compensation work with training work is simple, gain a reciprocative function of the fatigue-frequency relationship more often in a training stage.
Workout Wisdom
Workout Wisdom
When planning a training protocol, one must take into account the value of work administered in terms of function and time.
Barbell Bullshit
Barbell Bullshit
Maybe it's because I found out the hard way that you must vent information through a screen door in order to attain measurable improvements every training session in the real world. Maybe it's because I have been doing research lately on American training strategies and I got a swift kick of deja vu.
Auto Regulatory Training Part 2
Auto Regulatory Training Part 2
The training process must include a critical and determined degree of fatigue, followed by an appropriate duration to which Reserve Strength may be elicited.
Auto Regulatory Training Part 1
Auto Regulatory Training Part 1
The individual control and systematic manipulation of volumetric management is largely dependant upon the proper integration of critical training variables. Specifically, these elements that must be monitored in training for sport can be generally classified into the broad category of measurement.
FINNISH FINISH - NATIONAL APPROACH TO BOX SQUATTING
FINNISH FINISH - NATIONAL APPROACH TO BOX SQUATTING
Today many lifters talk about box squatting. Opinions vary alot. Some still state that using a box is a trick which has no effect to contest maxes at all.
Training the juniors
Training the juniors
What you learn while young you practice in the older age. When it comes to power lifting, the skills and techniques help you through your whole career.
Finnish Deadlift Secrets
Finnish Deadlift Secrets
Through out the years, the deadlift has been our ”national sport” here in Finland. World records has been broken since early 70´s. What makes Finns pull so much, what is their secret?
John Bott's Squat Rehabilitation Program
John Bott's Squat Rehabilitation Program
On June 17, 2000 while competing in the IPA York Barbell Strength Spectacular I completely ruptured my right patella tendon while setting up with my opening squat attempt of 780 pounds.
2002 – One Year in Review
2002 – One Year in Review
The 2002 IPA Nationals marked the one-year anniversary of my competitive powerlifting career.
Training High School Athletes
Training High School Athletes
One of the most asked questions throughout the day was “What would you have done differently, if you knew what you know now?” And though I answered the question as best I could, I couldn’t help but rethink the question over and over.
General Training Journal For High School Field Athletes
General Training Journal For High School Field Athletes
When discussing training, there are many things to consider, such as speed work, building absolute strength, improving form, raising work capacity, recuperation, and selecting exercises and rotating them them in proper sequence to avoid adaptation.
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.
Pick Your Poison
Pick Your Poison
This article is all about you, as a unique individual, training for your goals and based on your needs.
Swinging at Bad Pitches
Swinging at Bad Pitches
What do you call it when someone makes a bonehead mistake in training? I am going to muster up all of my will power and be nice this time as I liken it to the baseball player that has fallen prone to poor pitch selection- swinging at bad pitches
Things I Have Learned
Things I Have Learned
Many times there is a tendency to over think your training program and it is easy to get confused with all the misinformation posted on the Web.
THE SPECIALIST BY KENNY PATTERSON
THE SPECIALIST BY KENNY PATTERSON
Kenny Patterson: As a bench press specialist I train somewhat different from the other members of the Westside Barbell Club.
Sample Workout
Sample Workout
Sample Westside Barbell Workout by Bob Youngs when he was training at the gym.
Westside Training and Football
Westside Training and Football
The other day I got off the phone with a friend of mine who coaches college football. I told him that I had recently consulted with Dave Tate about applying the Westside principles for a college football player
Preparation for the 2001 IPA Nationals
Preparation for the 2001 IPA Nationals
Here is a training diary and some thoughts on my preparation for the 2001 IPA Nationals.

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