Peaking for your meet day should happen around six weeks out. Here’s a thorough plan to make sure you get the most out of your lifts when the time comes to step on the platform.
Whole-body training is highly underutilized in today’s world, and yet, it’s one of the fundamental programming methodologies to date.
Deadlift technique should precede everything else. Learn the golden rules of deadlifting first, practice them hard and often, then load up the bar.
Travis Rogers shares his thoughts and insights after spending time with Dave Tate on a recent Table Talk.
Powerlifters equate cardio and conditioning with losing strength gains, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Most powerlifters chase success and fulfillment through PRs and competition, but there is success to be had in the process. Don’t forget that.
Powerlifting federations are a business first. So make sure you align yourself to a federation that speaks to your philosophy, values, and ethos.
The conjugate method is tried and true, but many will inevitably butcher execution. Learn how to course correct to get the most out of your conjugate program.
Anyone, regardless of experience, should be able to program workouts for themselves. Once you understand your goals, use these easy tips to build a program that delivers results.
Most people train like the athletes and Olympians they admire, but that’s poor practice. Train for YOU, and watch your progress skyrocket.
Training with Boris Sheiko changed me as both a powerlifter and a coach, and I’m forever grateful for it.
Your biological age is different than your training age. If you’ve racked up years of training in the gym, you should learn the difference between the two.
Use your fleeting meet prep time wisely, as Azrael, the killer of training time, will be coming for you…
Most lifters will have one if not two, main issues when they squat: pitching forward and tightness. What does this bar help fix?
Limit the variables that’ll derail your early powerlifting experience as an inexperienced lifter. Here’s conjugate in a nutshell.
If getting under the bar is the end goal post-injury, here’s what NOT to do. By knowing the wrong approach, it’s easier to grasp what’s right.
Powerlifting is a mess, and sometimes we wonder why we even bother. Yet, it’s given me a tremendous mentor and unexplainable gifts.
Two catchwords that continue to make me shake my head are overtraining and deload. The end goal is a balance between training and recovery.
It’s interesting seeing a quad-dominant athlete squat 400 pounds but struggle to squat off a box with 135.
The basis of the program is conjugate periodization, with some scheduled deloads and a reverse band peaking schedule from Brian Carroll’s 10/20/Life.
You can master all of these variables: gear fit, gear sponsors, travel, and weight. But If not, they’ll ruin an entire training cycle.
This is a fun one where I relate viscoelasticity to training stimuli in a way you’ll understand to fix your shitty pecs…
If you have an equal love for bodybuilding and powerlifting with a goal to become bigger and stronger, this program is for YOU.
Where do you turn for answers to continue to make progress? Beyond elitefts, are you using an online coach, a club, or consultations?
Why do people give up after only a few years? Sticking to a plan for only four weeks? Always looking for motivation? Training too easy…
In a recent elitefts poll, 88% of lifters responded that they train alone. I used to train alone (when I was weak). Then I found a team and turned elite.
His not-so-secret deadlift tricks and personal tips for fixing those bad habits. Insight from the man himself, Dave Tate.
What do you believe you need more of in your training? More rotation? Is the low back super cranky? Pick 1-2 exercises and get started.
A rack squat and a monolift squat are two different beasts. I totally underestimated the brutality of the walkout…
Consider where YOU lack focus. These things are widespread knowledge, nothing ground-breaking but surprisingly not prioritized correctly.
Let’s start with why you should use an RPE scale as opposed to a percentage program. Even though percentage programs are easy to use…
Did you bomb your last meet? GOOD! Tell me, what did you learn from the whole experience? USE IT to get better.
An excerpt from The Intermediate and Advanced Lifters Peaking Squat Cycle, don’t leave pounds on the platform due to improper planning.
You’ve done the work thus far to demonstrate your strength on the platform. Don’t ruin it with poor food choices come meet day.
I know it might FEEL bad, and you might feel banged up from squatting with it, but that does not mean you should be avoiding the straight bar.
With our Westside Table Talk episode coming up I thought I’d add more background to this article on Westside and the lifters I met there
Ever step onto the platform with raging, psyched up adrenaline coursing through your veins…but you end up missing the lift?
The moving parts behind the competition life are brutal. Go all in, and know when to get out.
The more bases you cover, the better chances you have of winning the game. Remember, meet prep is 24/7. So, what’s your plan?
Exercises or food you ranked high at some point may not be serving you anymore? It’s time to reevaluate what you lift and put in your mouth.
I ask four colleges for more information to help parents and high school lifters how to be better prepared to earn a scholarship or a powerlifting club invitation.
Naomi and Tom Sheppard join Dave Tate’s Table Talk Podcast as guests in the 128th episode.
You likely see it every day in the gym and just think of it as a safety feature for your training. You’re not entirely wrong but USE it!
Greg is the Head of Content at Stronger By Science and co-owner of MASS.
Dropping from the 320s to the 250s and competing as a 308 to a 242, I was forced to switch up my training split. Here’s the split!
In 2016, Boris Sheiko met Louie Simmons for the first time. Here’s how they spent their time together and what they talked about.
It all began with Bryan buying a used monolift from elitefts. One thing led to another and nearing ten years, he’s still on the team as an athlete.
The greatest powerlifter of all time has learned a thing or two about how to be the best in the world. He approaches life the same way.
Learn how the 20-year-old version of Doug met Louie Simmons and his lifting career blasted off the ground in this podcast episode!
Powerlifting is a small and fleeting part of Jo’s existence. Although one of his top priorities, the joy of life is family. Learn more!
Talk to any strength coach or trainer, and in some way, they have been influenced by Louie Simmons. Here are 7 ways he influenced me.
Everything you need to know to enter the world of powerlifting is right here.
Use the omni-contraction method and the different contractions (concentric, eccentric, and isometric) to improve your powerlifting total.
In 4 weeks, relieve tired muscles, add muscle or lose fat, and reenergize your CNS for the next cycle with this hypertrophy block.
These deadlift myths have been around for too long and it’s time they disappear. Get ready to feel SHOCKED, LIED TO, or ANGRY.
When I decided to be on the platform competing with the best of the best, I had to fix these mistakes. You should too.
If you’re new to the squat or lose technique once it gets heavy, train the eccentric to become one with the bar.
Urinary Incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine, which can happen in both males and females—more than half of women experience it.
Beyond the obvious benefits of camaraderie and mutual encouragement, there are some definite positives to having a good training partner.