To the Critics
To the Critics
Being a part of Elite Fitness Systems for the past couple of years as well as powerlifting and competitive sports, I have been exposed to a lot of critics telling me what I’m doing is wrong or, in the case of football, what the team is doing wrong.
Your Program Sucks!
Your Program Sucks!
We have happened upon a new age of strength and conditioning. I have seen this coming for sometime now but tried to dismiss it as a fad.
Interview with Chuck Vogelpohl
Interview with Chuck Vogelpohl
Dave and I wanted to do an interview with Chuck Vogelpohl for awhile and for several reasons.
Training with Angelo Beradinelli’s Progressive Evolution System
Training with Angelo Beradinelli’s Progressive Evolution System
I want to acknowledge the guys from PES for welcoming me into their group.
Got Bench?
Got Bench?
I don't care what gym you train at there's always that one question that, essentially, is used as a measuring stick of your masculinity; “How much do you bench?”
Why?
Why?
We’ve all been there. Whether it be in front of our families, while lying in bed with a significant other or while sipping on a few cold drafts with a new acquaintance at a bar, we’ve all encountered the question; “Why do you powerlift?”
Five Things I Needed To Change as an Intermediate Lifter
Five Things I Needed To Change as an Intermediate Lifter
As an intermediate level powerlifter I realize that I cannot train like the Elite Level powerlifters.
Under The Bar: The Iron House Open
Under The Bar: The Iron House Open
I learned more about training during my preparation for this meet than I have any other one in the past. This is because it was one of the worst training cycles I have ever had. We will start with the meet and work backwards.
The Road to 700 by Mike Miller (as told to Dave Tate)
The Road to 700 by Mike Miller (as told to Dave Tate)
I began to seriously power lift in October of 1999. I had weight trained off and on since I was 15...
To The Beginner by Mike Miller (as told to Dave Tate)
To The Beginner by Mike Miller (as told to Dave Tate)
This article is intended to provide insight for the individual who is just starting out in powerlifting.
Southside Gym
Southside Gym
Dave trains at the mecca of powerlifting, Westside Barbell Club. What could I possibly add to the knowledge that pours out of that holy place?
My Trip to Westside Barbell
My Trip to Westside Barbell
This visit would be different than those previous because I was actually going to train on Saturday and Sunday as a bench and squat seminar attendee opposed to just watching the action.
Variation on Max Effort Training
Variation on Max Effort Training
There are two variations to this structure. For the sake of time and space, I will only discuss one at this time. The second variation is a bit more complicated and is recommended for an experienced lifter only.
Sick of Your Gym; Part 5 - Getting on the P-Chain
Sick of Your Gym; Part 5 - Getting on the P-Chain
Since I started the "Sick of Your Gym" concept we have received hundreds of emails and posts in regards to the many challenges you all face when training in commercial, private and school weight rooms.
Big Numbers at the 2003 IPA Worlds
Big Numbers at the 2003 IPA Worlds
We both attended the 2003 IPA Worlds in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this past August 8-10 and it got both of our competitive juices flowing. You couldn't help it. The chalk dust in the air, the screams of intensity, and the huge weight being moved was too much for two competitive athletes to handle.
Westside Raw- Is it possible?
Westside Raw- Is it possible?
I've heard every excuse in the book on why you cannot train in the same manner as Westside Barbell.
Squat Training: A Different Perspective
Squat Training: A Different Perspective
The program listed below was done by one of my training partners, Kevin Deweese.
A Change of Epic Proportions: A Story a Long Way From Finished
A Change of Epic Proportions: A Story a Long Way From Finished
About 4 years ago I told myself I would become a strength coach. At this point in time, I had no idea what steps needed to be taken or where this career path would take me.
Beginner Mistakes, Part III; Have a Plan
Beginner Mistakes, Part III; Have a Plan
Here are 10 things that will help you plan your workouts and help keep you focused
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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