Your training log serves so many roles for you to ultimately reflect, analyze, and attack your goals and performance. For less than a dollar, get started today and see how practicing mindfulness puts more weight on the bar.
If your deadlift sucks at lockout, mid-position, or from the floor, you'll want to add the stiff-legged deadlift and Romanian deadlift into your training program. Here's how to do them correctly, with a sample training template to get started.
It's a long way to the top so find the main players who'll walk beside you to make you better along the way. It's easy to find people that look impressive but are they really everything they say? Are they all fluff with no substance?
Remember, you're human. It's OK to feel this way about training and one day you inevitably will. With these six suggestions, plan and prepare for this ugly feeling and destroy ASAP to enjoy training again.
A personal account of my two-year journey from a broken radius, broken ulna, and a torn ACL (all on the same day) to coming back stronger than ever. Tons of people have broken bones and torn muscles and ligaments before, in and out of competition, and this is just one of those stories.
Here's what I've learned to become an elite lifter at 220: accumulate faults and then fix them over the course of an off-season. You'll be surprised how it all aligns if you just stop, reflect, work, and listen.
Sums up 2020...but rewinding the clock, I thought the top guys trained hard every day when I started powerlifting. I thought it was just a matter of getting strong enough and in good enough shape to go hard and heavy 24/7, 12 months a year.
While there is a long list of methods that go far beyond what’s mentioned in this article, these three methods develop the aerobic system—which for many, is an area of weakness and thus low-hanging fruit.
As athletes and lifters, many of us have been fortunate to have had a great coach in our lives—we are collectively thankful. Without someone like this in your life, would you tweak squat form to go from a 500-pound squat to a temporary 365-pound squat? What if that 365-pound squat evolved into a 700-pound squat?
How many sets and reps do you do with max effort work and accessories? Here's what I prescribe for my conjuphasic clients. You'll notice I love coming up with ways to self-regulate my athletes and clients through exercise prescription and programming.
Losing precious bits of energy from the beginning sets in a training routine will add up, and they just might cost you a rep (or two even!) at the end of the session. Those reps then have to WAIT until the next workout!
After 10+ years and a lot of success in just knee wraps, one might ask, "Why even bother switching?" I have a few reasons and recommendations for transitioning from raw to gear and back to raw. It takes time, and it's hard, but it's worth it.
It is no secret that I have always used dynamic training and that I have my clients do it as well. My standpoint is that everyone can get something out of dynamic training, but the dose of it may vary.
I'm not gonna subject you to a bunch of "back in my day" bull crap. Assuming you're at least somewhat interested in gear, and instead of playing the middle as I've always done, I'm gonna give you the truth.
When it comes to my training, I don't just show up and happen to be able to perform. No one does that. I prepare for each mile marker target ahead of time. I eat enough. I sleep enough. I hydrate. The night before, the morning of; I run my mental game.
These ideas are all things that have helped me as my lifting age has advanced and nagging injuries have come creeping in. Don't settle for tweaks and breaks. Instead, make these changes today to avoid being banged up.
There are countless reasons for the disorganization in the warm-up room, and hopefully, some of this information will help those new or newer to the competition scene to survive in the warm-up area and benefit from it.
When I started my powerlifting journey, Louie Simmons tried to teach me to bench press like Fred Bolt. It was clear that I was not Fred Bolt, but more importantly, I did not have the musculature at that time to bench with my feet out. Here are some tips for all you long-armed lifters to create a great bench.
I’ve learned how to frame my meets so they are a positive and successful experience— no longer do I drink and cry (afterward). From goal setting to learning from mistakes to gaining some perspective, I hope a few of these tips help you.
I’ve recovered from the trauma of competitive bodybuilding, the trauma of being a young girl, a teenage girl, a 20-something girl, I think, as well as I ever will. And now, I eat the extra hotdog and I haven’t run a mile in years. I am a powerlifter.