Gym Talk 8: 50 More Trials, Teachings and Tips From A Tore Up Gym Rat

100 More Tips, Tricks, Rants, Motivation, and Education From A Washed Up Meathead.
Trials and teachings from Dave Tate, CEO elitefts. Dave has been in the strength and conditioning industry for 4 decades and has seen it all. If you are looking for wisdom, advice, and humor from someone who's spent their entire life in the Meathead Trenches this series is for you. These books represent various Blog Posts, Articles, Social Media posts, as well as, unpublished work.

Author: Dave Tate 
174 pages



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Since 1998, I’ve been posting my thoughts, ideas, and rants on my blog, the elitefts Q&A, and social media platforms. There have been some posts that have stuck in readers’ mind for whatever reason. I’ve received feedback on these posts, and countless questions as well. They have become classics, writings that I and the readers of EliteFTS go back to time and time again. Some have been deleted from the site, others lost in archives, and there are others that were turned into articles. For that reason, over the years I gathered them in the Gym Talk Series and even added a few others that have never been posted on the site. Although I and many others get our fair share of laughs from these posts, the lessons found in these posts are that you should never take yourself too seriously and have fun with your training. Look around and you will see that much of what we do can either be or is already very funny. A very special thank you goes to all those who have been associated with elitefts ranging from customers, vendors, consultants, to contractors and staff. And, of course, thanks to all of our readers for ...taking the time to read these posts.
- Dave Tate


  • Choosing Supplemental and Accessory Exercises That Work
  • Conjugate Training Fact 
  • Ever Think About Your Own Funeral? 
  • Congratulations to The Strength and Fitness Industries! 
  • Delegation Tips For 2019 
  • Do You Remember When You First Fell In Love With The Iron? 
  •  It’s A Game of Pounds! 
  • Are You Strong Enough? 
  • ‘Till I Collapse 
  • Stop Stressing Over Shitty People 
  • Get Out of Your Head 
  • A Very Important Question. 
  • It Hurts More NOT to Help! 
  •  Drugs, Thugs, and CEOs 
  • Apparently Stretching is Very Controversial 
  • With All This In Mind 
  • Sometimes Risk is The Easy Part 
  • The Most Important Factor in Breaking Records 
  • Is It Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away? 56 The Biggest Secret In The Industry 
  • What Makes A Good Coach? 
  • Trench Built Strength 
  • Not Worth The Trade Off 
  • Trends or Trenches. 
  • What Matters Most In The Training Process? The Biggest Lie I’ve Ever Been Told 
  • What if You Leave 
  • Pounds on The Platform? 
  • Have You Ever Felt So Sick You Felt Like You Wanted to Die? 
  • Bringing Clarity to Chaos 
  •  List of Westside Rules I Remember from The 90’s 
  • How do You Do It? 
  • Rank Your Powerlifting Coach 
  • Walking Through The Doors of WSBB was Like Walking In to HELL 
  • It is NOT like a Marathon. 
  • What Will You Do When You Get Your Shot? 
  • Are You Looking to Bring Up The Bottom of Your Bench? 
  • The Bar is A Couple Inches Off My Chest  3000 Clients! 
  • You Will Never Lose Again 
  • Should You Coach If You Have Never Done It Yourself? 
  • Setting Yourself Up For The Best Day May Be The Worst Thing Ever 
  • Reality 
  • Another Look At Passion 
  • What Father’s Day Means To Me. 
  • Focus, Behaviors, and Outcomes 
  • A Person’s CHARACTER Means More to Me Than Anything. 
  • Respect This! 
  • Here’s to The Business Guru 
  • Would You Hire Yourself 
  • You Deserve It! 
  • Throwback To The s1 Compound 
  • Throwback To The s2 Compound 
  • What You “Can Do” Should Always Be More Than What You Can’t 
  • Throwback to s4 Compound
  • Gallery 
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