Gym Talk 9: Even 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 These books represent various Blog Posts, Articles, Social Media posts, as well as, unpublished work.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 
195 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


  • Garbage Thinking Rots Your Life 
  • Random Thoughts 
  •  Is Isolation Work Necessary? 
  • Things Lifters Overlook That Drive Me Crazy 
  • Before s1 There Was My (Garage) Gym 
  • Right In Front of You 
  • Are Training & Business The Same? 
  • What Is Real "Experience?" 
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished 
  • I Was Not Raised to Quit! 
  • This Is Within Your Control 
  • This is Embarrassing 
  • Will It Make A Difference? 
  • Being Mindful of What Matters Most 
  • Craft, Trade, Work & Purpose 
  • A Four-Week Squat Cycle I Will Never Do Again. 
  • Work Smarter Not Harder But What About Longer? 53 Boredom It Is 
  • The Best of Old School FAQ 
  • Your Bench Lockout Takes a Hike 
  • The Blame Game 
  •  Is It Really So Freaking Complicated!?
  • You're a Product of Your Environment 
  • What Impact Can The Environment Really Have? 
  • Dynamic Effort Squat Cycles That Work 105 Bad Days 
  • Washed Up Meathead Rule #1 
  •  It Takes a Village to Raise A Child 
  • Wear-N-Tear 
  • Can't Break What's Already Broken 
  • Did You Know That Banks Have Free Pens-Ya, That’s Bootstrapping. 
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 
  • Are you a Good or Bad Thief? 
  • Do Your Seeds Suck? 
  • 22 Training Tips That Matter 
  • Should You Dump Training Partners That Suck? 
  • Shosin 
  • Just the Tip 
  • Stupid, Ignorant or Lazy 
  • Going ALL In With Your Gym Business 4 Main Training Objectives 
  • Live, Learn and Pass on in 2020 
  • Don't Give Into Idle Time 
  • Gym Closures Extended One Month! 
  • To: Gym Owners 
  • Don't Open Gyms! Just Go For A Walk...  5 Tips for All Lifters 
  •  5 More Tips for All Lifters 
  • Challenge Sets 

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