Who's to Judge?
Who's to Judge?
Judging is not my favorite job at a meet, but it is growing on me. In fact, I think all lifters at some point should try judging. Here's my experience at Boss of Bosses IV as a judge.
What Inspires You?
What Inspires You?
The world records, the surgeries, the comebacks, the nights alone in motels, the tears, the blood, and everything in between needs to have a purpose. This is what I want to leave.
WATCH: Table Talk — When to Add Gear During A Training Cycle
WATCH: Table Talk — When to Add Gear During A Training Cycle
This doesn't only apply to multi-ply lifters. How you add equipment in training should have a sequence to it, even if you compete raw.
Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — The Last Two Weeks, Coaching, and Programming
Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — The Last Two Weeks, Coaching, a...
You would think this is all common sense, right?
WATCH: The Type of Training Programs I Have Used
WATCH: The Type of Training Programs I Have Used
With all of the different kinds of training programs that exist today, which ones have produced the most success?
WATCH: Table Talk — Run the Monolift or Walk Out?
WATCH: Table Talk — Run the Monolift or Walk Out?
This really shouldn't be a debate. Mimic how you compete.
My Position on Sex
My Position on Sex
I posted on Facebook last week asking for input on what topics I should write about for my column. The clear champion was the issue of sex within close proximity to competition and how it should be handled. Let's start at the beginning.
Meet Report: USPA Pikes Peak Open 2017
Meet Report: USPA Pikes Peak Open 2017
I was setup better from this training cycle than any other. I easily made weight, had a coach with complete confidence in me, and a training partner that celebrated every step. But the meet had a different plan for me.
Are You Using Your Lats?
Are You Using Your Lats?
Many lifters believe they use their lats on the squat, bench, and deadlift, but I have found that they’re often wrong. Here’s how to know.
Meet Report: UPA Summer Showdown 2017 at Old School Iron
Meet Report: UPA Summer Showdown 2017 at Old School Iron
At the beginning of this year I lost 60 pounds in less than eight weeks. I couldn’t stand longer than a few minutes because I was so tired. I couldn’t go up or down stairs without losing my breath. It was humbling, to say the least.
Conjugate Bodybuilding
Conjugate Bodybuilding
How does this system translate to someone that just wants a bigger set of guns? Incredibly well, actually, due to the fact you will spend the bulk of your training sessions performing hypertrophy work to bring up primary movers.
WATCH: How to Perform the Hook Grip
WATCH: How to Perform the Hook Grip
There is an astronomical amount of misinformation floating around right now about the hook grip, and, in my opinion, that’s the result of a lot of people (mostly beginners) using the hook grip inappropriately.
Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — Stay Healthy and Be Your Own Worst Critic
Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — Stay Healthy and Be Your Own Wo...
Do you think the top-level guys are 100% healthy? Do you know the best way to deal with critics?
WATCH: Table Talk — Personality Differences in Powerlifting
WATCH: Table Talk — Personality Differences in Powerlifting
Should a training program be altered based on a lifter's personality?
Bare Bones Home Gym: More Than A Bar, Bench and Rack
Bare Bones Home Gym: More Than A Bar, Bench and Rack
With my Bare Bones program, you can see that great progress can be made with minimal equipment, but there are some tools that make things easier. If I built a home gym all over again, these are the first things I would buy.
The Reincarnation of the Powerlifter
The Reincarnation of the Powerlifter
As powerlifters we are, in the sense described in 'The Egg', reincarnated. We live and die and are reborn several times over our lifting career.
WATCH: Equipment Feature — The Setwear Boa Bar Clamp
WATCH: Equipment Feature — The Setwear Boa Bar Clamp
The Setwear Boa Bar Clamp is the quick and easy answer to securing plates on barbells spanning a multitude of thicknesses.
WATCH: Table Talk — Natural Potential and the Genetic Ceiling
WATCH: Table Talk — Natural Potential and the Genetic Ceiling
The potential for what a lifter can accomplish without using performance enhancing substances is far greater than most people assume.
From the Judge’s Chair: The Squat
From the Judge’s Chair: The Squat
Nothing trumps experience — specifically the sheer number of lifts you watch and analyze. Who sees the largest number of lifts? That's right: the judge.
WATCH: Blast from the Past — The Number One Biggest Squat Mistake
WATCH: Blast from the Past — The Number One Biggest Squat Mistake
From the moment you grab the bar until you rack it after the lift, you need to be focusing on this part of your squat.
The Swing Block Method
The Swing Block Method
This program moves in a linear progression by alternating rep ranges with normal deload and sarcoplasmic hypertrophy phases to allow for supercompensation to take place.
Short-Term Friends in a Long-Term Sport
Short-Term Friends in a Long-Term Sport
Some friends remain steady and become full-time training partners. These are the people you trust with your lifting and your life. But you'll also encounter short-term friends, where most of your trouble and drama will arise.
WATCH: Table Talk — Max Effort Work vs. Submaximal Doubles and Triples
WATCH: Table Talk — Max Effort Work vs. Submaximal Doubles and Triples
There are different purposes, benefits, and risks of max effort work and submaximal doubles and triples. Which makes more sense for your programming?
Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — Life Priority and Team Role
Top Training Tips For Advanced Lifters — Life Priority and Team Role
Why am I taking the time to write this? These are the things I find myself repeating over and over again with different lifters.
Critical Thinking in Powerlifting — Eliminating Cognitive Biases
Critical Thinking in Powerlifting — Eliminating Cognitive Biases
Most of the time we are completely unaware of these biases, but they can affect the way we think and the decisions we make in our personal lives, at work, and even in our training.
How to Hit Your Biggest Bench at Your Next Meet
How to Hit Your Biggest Bench at Your Next Meet
If you use this peaking plan and follow these tips, it's not a question of whether or not you'll PR at your next meet — it's just a matter of by how much.
WATCH: Table Talk — When to Rotate Supplemental and Accessory Exercises
WATCH: Table Talk — When to Rotate Supplemental and Accessory Exercises
How much time do you really need to spend with an exercise to know if it's working or not?
Hunger Is Not Enough: Attempt Selection
Hunger Is Not Enough: Attempt Selection
You want that total. You have your heart set on it.
Finally Back on the Platform
Finally Back on the Platform
This was my first experience with 365 STRONG, and my goals were to squat more on the platform than I previously had while continuing to rehab my hand.
WATCH: What I Would Change About My Time in Powerlifting
WATCH: What I Would Change About My Time in Powerlifting
One small change could've led to all-time world records that might still be standing today.
Building the Raw Powerlifting Total
Building the Raw Powerlifting Total
Here are several very vital pieces of information that often go overlooked and undervalued when it comes to doing your best on the platform.
WATCH: Table Talk — Why Are Some Lifters More Explosive Than Others?
WATCH: Table Talk — Why Are Some Lifters More Explosive Than Others?
Every lifter falls somewhere on this continuum. It will determine how your max attempts look and how you should train to increase them.
 Bare Bones Conjugate: A Bar, Rack, and Bench Weeks 9-13
Bare Bones Conjugate: A Bar, Rack, and Bench Weeks 9-13
This final wave includes a small taper at the end for peaking purposes. There are both banded and band-free options.
SPF Best of the Best Pro-Am Meet Results — The Power of the Crew
SPF Best of the Best Pro-Am Meet Results — The Power of the Crew
At the age of 45, after well over a decade of competing, and after just eight months back with a good crew, my total jumped 114 pounds.
3 Ab Exercises for Powerlifting and Strongman
3 Ab Exercises for Powerlifting and Strongman
To perform these exercises correctly, you need to learn how to breathe and brace properly. But once you do, it will pay off big time.
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Carryover
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Bodybuilding and Pow...
Despite many similarities and differences between bodybuilding and powerlifting, there's one key aspect of bodybuilding that powerlifters need most.
Making a Run at the 132-pound All-time Equipped Bench Record
Making a Run at the 132-pound All-time Equipped Bench Record
Brandon Smitley competes in equipped bench-only at the APF Chicago Summer Bash. While recovering from a low back injury, he has been focusing on bench and decided to make a run at the all-time bench record at 132 pounds.
Only in Powerlifting — Flashback with Larry Pacifico
Only in Powerlifting — Flashback with Larry Pacifico
Tragedy came at a meet that was meant to be a workout on the way to trying to win a 10th world title.
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Why an Advanced Powerlifter Needs a Coach
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Why an Advanced Powe...
Even the strongest lifters in the world can't figure everything out themselves.
Three Specialty Bars You Need and Why
Three Specialty Bars You Need and Why
There are tons of specialty bars on the market and they all have some value in your training. I feel that these are the three best.
WATCH: Blast from the Past — Five Biggest Bench Mistakes
WATCH: Blast from the Past — Five Biggest Bench Mistakes
The most common mistakes in the bench press haven't changed much over the years.
30-Pound Total PR at 2017 UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
30-Pound Total PR at 2017 UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
Some days you go yard and sometimes the pitcher gets you reaching. You take what you can get and learn from your time in the batter's box.
Finding Her Place Chasing the Greats
Finding Her Place Chasing the Greats
Under the skillful coaching of Steve Goggins, Meana Franco continues to establish herself as one of the top young female powerlifters today. Read about the changes she's implementing in anticipation of the IPL Anaheim Fit Expo.
WATCH: Table Talk Series Compilation with Dan Green
WATCH: Table Talk Series Compilation with Dan Green
Over the course of seven episodes, Dave and Dan discuss building a base as a new lifter, limiting factors for lifters of all levels, rehab mentality, adrenaline levels in training, and more. Watch now!
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Keeping Good Form Through Every Rep
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Keeping Good Form Th...
Learning proper lifting technique may be a challenge, but being able to recreate it rep after rep is even more difficult.
How To Approach Warm-Up Weights
How To Approach Warm-Up Weights
From the bar to 95 pounds, 135, and so on, you should get under the bar and treat it like it's 400 pounds. How will you unrack that weight? How will you set it up? How will you pull air? How will you sit down?
Keep Me Accountable
Keep Me Accountable
Use these tools to hold yourself accountable. My hope is that you can use these ideas to take the helm of your own affairs in training, business, and your personal life.
2017 IPA Battle of the Beast 2 with Tank's Training Facility Powerlifting Squad
2017 IPA Battle of the Beast 2 with Tank's Training Facility Powerl...
Our powerlifting squad had six lifters compete in a meet that posed some specific challenges. Here's how they did and a sample of the training that led to the meet.
How to Bench More
How to Bench More
Seemingly simple questions are not simple at all if you understand strength. If you really want to bench more, you need more knowledge.
A Brand New Perspective for Meet Prep
A Brand New Perspective for Meet Prep
I greatly enjoy training and competing in powerlifting. I plan to compete, train, and train others for as long as I am able — not, however, without having a life.
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Get a Grip on Your Guns
Bodybuilding Exercises for the Powerlifter — Get a Grip on Your Guns
I’ve neglected training both my upper and lower arms, and now I’m suffering for my lack of grip strength. Prevent this. Here's my newfound twist on traditional arm and grip work.
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Sequencing Assistance Work
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Sequencing Assistanc...
Would it be wise to follow the same percentage for a given workout for both the main lift and the assistance work? Or should the assistance work be planned differently?
The Gift of Perspective: Things to Know as a New Powerlifter, Lessons 14-19
The Gift of Perspective: Things to Know as a New Powerlifter, Lessons 14-19
Through articles two and three we have now shared the first fourteen, of many, perspectives for the beginner and intermediate powerlifter to consider. Let's dig into the next five.
WATCH: How Many Times Did I Think About Giving Up Powerlifting?
WATCH: How Many Times Did I Think About Giving Up Powerlifting?
Powerlifting isn't always fun. You have bad days in the gym, bad training cycles, and bad meets. What happens when the bad outweighs the good? Is it time to consider leaving?
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — PLing Difficulty, Deadlift Leverages, and Accessory Volume
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — PLing Difficulty, De...
Have you ever wondered what makes powerlifting so hard? Look no further — these guys have the answer.
The Advanced Lifter's Peaking Cycle for Lower Body
The Advanced Lifter's Peaking Cycle for Lower Body
This is the training cycle that finally got my squat over 800 and my deadlift over 700 in the same meet.
Accessory and Supplemental Does Not Equal Unimportant
Accessory and Supplemental Does Not Equal Unimportant
I see many lifters lack the mind-body connection needed for getting the most out of accessory or supplemental work. Without it, you're just going through the motions and wasting your time.
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Trusting the Process
WATCH: Table Talk with Swede Burns and JP Carroll — Trusting the Process
A lot of lifters think you have to train over 90% week after week to get stronger. Adjusting to a program like 5thSet may challenge you mentally to trust the process, but it won't be long before you experience the benefits.
Meet Report: RPS Connecticut States — From SHW to 198
Meet Report: RPS Connecticut States — From SHW to 198
It’s been more than a year since I last competed (not counting the unsanctioned and unseasonable non-invitational last December) and announced that I would be taking a step back from chasing the biggest bench possible.

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