All Together Now — Meet the Disciplines and Our Hosts
All Together Now — Meet the Disciplines and Our Hosts
In this series, we will explore the challenges of interdisciplinarity in Sports Performance. I have chosen six people to help us on this journey, each one representing one discipline or profession.
The 2017 elitefts Sports Performance Summit in Review
The 2017 elitefts Sports Performance Summit in Review
Buddy Morris, Mark Uyeyama and Justus Galac gave insight from the point of view of an NFL strength coach, Dr. Eric Serrano handled nutrition, and Dr. Ken Kinakin discussed muscle testing.
Why Do We Test the 40-Yard Dash at the Combine?
Why Do We Test the 40-Yard Dash at the Combine?
Last year we looked at the 225-bench test. This year I want to talk about what is considered by many to be the king event for evaluating athletic speed: the 40-yard dash.
Get Big Without Getting Slow: Cluster Training
Get Big Without Getting Slow: Cluster Training
By gaining muscle, you increase your ceiling for strength. By getting stronger, you increase your ceiling for power.
Finding Strength: Why Your Log Press Sucks with Zydrunas Savickas
Finding Strength: Why Your Log Press Sucks with Zydrunas Savickas
If I had to pick the three most common mistakes I've witnessed in the last 10 years of seeing lifters miss with the log, here they are, with a video of Zydrunas Savickas coaching the movement.
24-Hour Shift Programming for Those Who Protect and Serve
24-Hour Shift Programming for Those Who Protect and Serve
This training design has taken into account 24-hour shifts over a four-week schedule. As you can see, each week has varying work demands, so the training program must reflect this.
WATCH: My Biggest Mistake in Strongman
WATCH: My Biggest Mistake in Strongman
Being in this sport for long means making mistakes, but for Clint, there's one that he considers worse than all others.
RPR: Wake Up Your True Performance Potential
RPR: Wake Up Your True Performance Potential
The purpose of this tool is to identify problems and compensations in an individual’s movement patterns and to restore neurological balance to allow the body to perform the way it naturally should.
A Smarter Approach to Enhancing Athletic Performance
A Smarter Approach to Enhancing Athletic Performance
When I started to apply this 8-phase setup with my high school and college athletes, not only did their technique, mobility, and flexibility improve, but they also looked and felt stronger.
3 Jump Variations for Total Body Athleticism
3 Jump Variations for Total Body Athleticism
Be very meticulous about mastering each position.
United States Strongman Hope for the Holidays
United States Strongman Hope for the Holidays
Going into this contest, my goal was to hit a PR on the log and hit a PR on the deadlift while qualifying for the XPC Deadlift Salute at the Arnold Classic.
Finding Strength: Gleason Performance Training
Finding Strength: Gleason Performance Training
Equipment, coaching, elitefts team members — this gym in Derby, Connecticut has it all, and is one of my favorite places to visit.
Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Speed
Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Speed
At the end of the day, the player who can move the fastest within the context of their sport will almost always be more successful.
Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Power
Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Power
In part one of this series, I discussed a brief overview of maximum strength training for team sport athletes. In this section, I will provide a case in support of training for power development.
5-Time Maryland’s Strongest Man
5-Time Maryland’s Strongest Man
Simple goals yield outstanding results.
Finding Strength: Reflexive Performance Reset
Finding Strength: Reflexive Performance Reset
Being able to seek new ways to perform at your best is just as important as finding the best gym, and this is why I think it’s so important to share RPR with everyone.
Increased Intra-Play Demands of Modern Gridiron Football
Increased Intra-Play Demands of Modern Gridiron Football
Up-tempo play calling has changed the pace of gridiron football, and with it, the energetic demands placed on athletes.
Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Strength
Should I Lift or Should I Sprint — The Case for Strength
We have come to a fork in the road with sports performance training. Is strength training making your athletes stronger or just slower?
In the End There Can Be Only One — My First Highlander Challenge
In the End There Can Be Only One — My First Highlander Challenge
This past weekend I made the trip down to Brute Strength Gym in Norfolk, VA to compete in my first Highlander competition.
WATCH: I'm Sick! Should I Train?
WATCH: I'm Sick! Should I Train?
After missing Strongman Sunday, Clint had a serious question to answer: when would it be safe to train again?
Finding Strength: The Anvil Gym
Finding Strength: The Anvil Gym
This Strongman's paradise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has the people, the equipment, and the expertise you need to get stronger.
20 Pro Strongman Tips for the Strength Athlete
20 Pro Strongman Tips for the Strength Athlete
Prepping to become a pro-card carrying competitor? These tips from professional strongwoman Kristin Johnson will help you reach your strength and power goals.
How to Run a Great Strongman Contest: The Final Days Before Competition
How to Run a Great Strongman Contest: The Final Days Before Competition
If you followed my advice from the first article and prepared for the events, there are just a few more things you need to do before kicking off the competition.
The Short Science Behind Titanium Knick-Knacks
The Short Science Behind Titanium Knick-Knacks
These are everything.
Deadlift Training for the Strongman
Deadlift Training for the Strongman
For strongmen, the deadlift is many times just a a tool, not a factor itself. Your routine should reflect this.
Finding Strength: Strength Haven
Finding Strength: Strength Haven
This top-notch facility in Elkhart, Indiana has earned its reputation through their development of athletes and the social causes they support in their community.
How to Run a Great Strongman Contest: 6 Steps to a Better Competition
How to Run a Great Strongman Contest: 6 Steps to a Better Competition
Our show is one of the longest-running shows in America and is a highly-organized, efficient, and well-run event that athletes look forward to. But it wasn't always like that — we started poorly and disorganized. Here's how we fixed it.
Strongman Corporation’s Masters Nationals — America’s Strongest Master
Strongman Corporation’s Masters Nationals — America’s Strongest Master
This competition was a celebration of three crazy strongwomen who have competed in this sport for over twelve years.
Finding Strength: The Strength Depot
Finding Strength: The Strength Depot
The owners of this Livonia, Michigan facility have made a commitment to bettering the world of strength sports, providing a home to many lifters and raising money for Relentless Detroit.
WATCH: Clint Darden Reviews Client Strongman Training
WATCH: Clint Darden Reviews Client Strongman Training
He critiques each of the following movements: Weighted Car Deadlifts, Axle Press, Stone Over Bar, Yoke Carry/Sleg Drag, Triceptecon Press, SS Yoke Bar Box Squats, Car Deadlift, Press Medley, and Keg Carry.
Master's Nationals Qualifier: Northern Nevada’s Strongest Man V
Master's Nationals Qualifier: Northern Nevada’s Strongest Man V
I switched plans and decided to compete at Master's Nationals (The Olympia), but in order to compete, I would have to qualify. So off to Reno I went.
Finding Strength: Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy
Finding Strength: Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy
The familiarity and genuine interest in one another is a recurring theme at the most successful gyms I’ve visited since starting this project. This is what I found in Cromwell, CT.
Finding Strength: Colosseum Strongman
Finding Strength: Colosseum Strongman
During my trip to this Columbia, Maryland gym, I witnessed first-hand the hospitality of Jon Ward and his strongman crew.
Finding Strength: East Coast / West Coast Strength
Finding Strength: East Coast / West Coast Strength
This New Jersey gym brings together the best training methods to spread the Strongman culture.
Finding Strength: The Mission
Finding Strength: The Mission
The purpose is simple: bridging the gap between Strongman and the public.
Finding Strength: Granite Barbell
Finding Strength: Granite Barbell
A bare bones gym in Campbell Hall, NY, Brett Somerville and Anthony Buzzeo offer all the equipment and training knowledge to take your strongman game up a notch.
Alexeyev — The Best at Everything (continued)
Alexeyev — The Best at Everything (continued)
Here is the next installment on the intriguing Russian behemoth, Vasili Alexeyev.
Finding Strength: United States Strongman Nationals
Finding Strength: United States Strongman Nationals
With over 300 competitors in attendance, the energy was intense. I am in awe of how many people were there not only to compete, but to watch at cheer on the strongmen.
2016 United States Strongman Nationals — 3rd Place Finish
2016 United States Strongman Nationals — 3rd Place Finish
Two months ago I made the decision to compete at United States Strongman Nationals with the only goal of qualifying for Pro Women's World's in October.
2016 United States Strongman Nationals — 2nd Place Finish
2016 United States Strongman Nationals — 2nd Place Finish
While it’s not what I went there for, second out of 39 of the best 220-pound strongman competitors in the nation and second out 55 in the combined 198/220-pound middleweight overall is pretty good.
Finding Strength: Refuge Barbell
Finding Strength: Refuge Barbell
Derek Stone has grown his gym from an old shed into a fully functioning gym, littered with equipment that can help anyone reach their strongman goals.
Finding Strength: Team BSS Training and Fitness
Finding Strength: Team BSS Training and Fitness
Located in Boardman, Ohio, the Schumakers have created a competitive playing field for strongman competitors to learn and refine their craft.
WATCH: Table Talk — Muscular Balance in Training Programs
WATCH: Table Talk — Muscular Balance in Training Programs
Should you do twice as much pulling volume as pressing volume? Some people think so, but it's not that simple.
Finding Strength: North Carolina’s Strongest Man and Woman
Finding Strength: North Carolina’s Strongest Man and Woman
At this event, the return for victory is high, which means the competition is harder and heavier than most contests out there.
Finding Strength: Cold Front CrossFit
Finding Strength: Cold Front CrossFit
Merging with Traverse City and Bulky Boys Barbell clubs, this Northern Michigan facility has welcomed strongman into their doors.
WATCH: Chris Duffin Interviews Kettlebell Expert Joe Daniels
WATCH: Chris Duffin Interviews Kettlebell Expert Joe Daniels
In this first interview within a 3-part series, we discuss the commonalities in our training philosophies and address methods for staying in touch with your body.
Finding Strength: Area 56
Finding Strength: Area 56
Owned and operated by Tyler Petro and his wife Sarah Connors-Petro, this gym started in a storage unit and has grown to a premier facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Seminar Lessons from Kettlebell Workshop at Elite Training Systems
Seminar Lessons from Kettlebell Workshop at Elite Training Systems
Even at the highest levels of coaching and training, there is a need and desire to continuously learn from different people to consistently improve your ability to help your clients get better and improve.
WATCH: Weightlifting, Baby Formula, and Wild Cats
WATCH: Weightlifting, Baby Formula, and Wild Cats
In some way all these things come together before, during, or after a House of Biceps training session.
Finding Strength: Durniat Strength
Finding Strength: Durniat Strength
Settled in Wooster, Ohio, Andrew Durniat created the training facility he's always wanted: his own.
Finding Strength: Titan Barbell
Finding Strength: Titan Barbell
Eric Dawson opened his Medford, Massachusetts gym in his back yard—literally—to always be there to oversee his gym and help his athletes.
WATCH: Anaheim Ducks Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Fitzgerald
WATCH: Anaheim Ducks Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Fitzgerald
In this video interview, we take an inside look at NHL strength and conditioning from someone right at the center.
Finding Strength: Force Barbell
Finding Strength: Force Barbell
Working in conjunction with other professionals and experts, owner Tyler Miller has created a home for strongman athletes in Fishers, Indiana to train and prepare for any athletic endeavor.
The Vertical Jump: It's More Than Just Inches
The Vertical Jump: It's More Than Just Inches
The most valuable information you will find from testing your athletes is not a measurement of height.
Why the Plank Does Not Improve Athletic Performance
Why the Plank Does Not Improve Athletic Performance
This beloved exercise may not be quite the core developer you believe it is.
Finding Strength: Total Performance Sports
Finding Strength: Total Performance Sports
Owned by elitefts coach CJ Murphy in Massachusetts, TPS is one of the best gyms in the country, with the accolades and athletes to prove it.
WATCH: Choosing the Right Weightlifting Singlet
WATCH: Choosing the Right Weightlifting Singlet
Sleeves? Zippers? Material? Fit? Here are a few specific qualities to look for.
Fitness Is A Prerequisite
Fitness Is A Prerequisite
A respectable level of fitness will not make you the best player on the field, but without it you have no chance.

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