Training through chemotherapy took everything Clint Darden had. All in all, he believes it was important that he did. There was nothing else he’d rather do and no place he’d rather be.
Fun fact: the farmer’s walk is one of Brian Alsruhe’s favorite exercises of all time. It works your grip, back, traps, biceps, core, and calves… what’s not to love?
Strongman, like any strength sport, can be programmed intelligently, allowing an athlete to reach their zenith for that time in their life. No training style has allowed me to do that quite like the conjugate method.
“I don’t need a psychiatrist. Give me a squat rack and a deadlift platform and a bench and a couple of Atlas stones, and that’s my psychiatric chair right there.” Everyone needs a safe haven, and elitefts coach Clint Darden has found his at the House of Biceps in Cyprus.
What does it mean to go all in? Is there a point where you’ve gone too far down the rabbit hole of all in? Clint Darden and Dave Tate attempt to answer these questions with their different perspectives.
Want to mix up your home gym training session with the equipment you already own? Grab your rack, a pair of elitefts Pro Light Bands, and a pipe, and we’ll get you all set up in no time to do some sissy squats.
Clint Darden is taking some time to travel out of Cyprus and to the U.S., where he’s finally made his way to the elitefts S5 Compound as a Table Talk Podcast guest.
If you have the elitefts SS Yoke Bar, stop what you are doing right this instant. Why? Because you’re setting it up all wrong! Watch and learn to see how it’s REALLY done…
Don’t be afraid to mix up your workout routine with something new. Try a new exercise and see if it works well for you. That’s what I did today, and it ended up being a solid workout session. Plus, my bench press has felt stronger every week. Try it! What’ve you got to lose?
“We only have our word.” For Union Fitness owner Casey Williams, his history with elitefts, staff, integrity, and the imagery of Pittsburgh unions and steel are the things that hold his gym and community together.
I think a lot of people who’ve never used anything like these in training have a negative perception of people who use gear. It’s easy to think it’s cheating since you can lift a bunch more with gear or that it makes the lifts easier. But these are misconceptions, and they’re gravely wrong.
This question makes me want to bite someone’s head off. But then I remember it’s one of those questions that also requires me to take a step back and reflect on how I got to where I am today. That’s an extremely valid question and one I haven’t answered in many years.
I’ve been completely immersed in the sport of powerlifting for over 25 years. When you reach this level of knowledge and experience, some people assume that you just stop asking questions. Wrong! I ask questions all the time.
I want to take a moment to address a comment that I recently received related to the pricing of my gym here in Cyprus. I’ve only just now cooled down enough so that I can talk about it and officially address the question.
In one way or another, we’re all working against a clock. If you want to shave time off your training day, invest in these office supplies.
In training, many choices must be made. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
It doesn’t matter how hard you train if you don’t recover. Clint has used a lot of different tools to help with recovery, and these are the ones he relies on most often.
Whether you’re using a log or a weightlifting bar, you need to follow these rules to make sure you aren’t wasting the strongest half of your body.
A lot of lifters want to use these deadlift variations interchangeably, but Clint has a strong preference for one — and good reasoning to back it up.
By breaking the movement up into several segments, you can avoid overuse of your biceps and reduce risk of injury.
Not all online trainers are bad. Many members of team elitefts have been in this line of work for decades, training people long before social media even existed. Here’s what to look for.
Improving the jerk is all about getting the reps, trusting your technique, and not being afraid to miss reps.
In weightlifting, the bar has the power and your body will move around it. In strongman, your body has the power and the bar will move around it.
Clint walks through simple adjustments to help an experienced weightlifter and current CrossFit competitor overhaul his deadlift.
Being in this sport for long means making mistakes, but for Clint, there’s one that he considers worse than all others.
Despite all of the positive aspects of using a hook grip, there’s one significant deterrent: pain. What if you could avoid it?
Nine athletes and coaches who have owned home gyms were asked to share the purpose and evolution of their early setups.
Even the best of the best display small form errors while performing common lifts — Clint Darden challenges Dave Tate.
After missing Strongman Sunday, Clint had a serious question to answer: when would it be safe to train again?
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.
You have questions, team elitefts has answers. Today’s topic: intra-workout supplementation.
From setup adjustments to training intensity, Clint’s coaching adjustments are all explained in this video.
You have questions, team elitefts has answers. Today’s topic: the squat.
Power output is what you’re looking for. Will a speed day produce it?
In some way all these things come together before, during, or after a House of Biceps training session.
Years of self-destructive life and eating habits led me to 430 pounds and a combined diagnosis of pre-diabetes and hypertension. I had two options: make a change or die.
Participating coaches include; Swede Burns, Clint Darden, Julia Ladewski, Brandon Smitley, Joe Schillero, Ken Skip Hill, Zach Gallmann, Matt Ladewski, Shane Church, David Allen, Casey Williams, Dani Overcash, David Kirschen, Sheri Whethem, Ken Whethem.
You will find no forward momentum by doing nothing. Without work, passion and purpose won’t take you anywhere.
Sleeves? Zippers? Material? Fit? Here are a few specific qualities to look for.
It might take you 10 reps to find your groove, or it might take you 100. Keep working until that position becomes automatic.
Do you know the number one secret to being a great strength athlete?
What is the best way to prepare for your training session? Do you need a foam roller? Muscle activation techniques? A reverse hyper?
Your training partners and coaches aren’t always going to be there. When they’re not around, what will you do?
Clint answers your questions: Olympic weightlifting for Strongman performance? Sumo or conventional deadlift stance?
What does Clint do with his time when he’s not tightening his belt and huffing ammonia caps for his next set in the House of Biceps?
If you haven’t suffered an impact injury, finding the cause of your discomfort will be a complicated challenge. Use these adjustments to help alleviate pain and discover the source of your lower-body aches.
That time of the year is right around the corner. No, I’m not talking about giving and receiving gifts. What I’m talking about is…
Many definitions may apply, but how does Clint Darden define Team elitefts?
With all the energy Clint spends on being a chaotic animal in the weightroom, is he vulnerable to central nervous shutdown?
Unimpressed? This old school method will help you get to 500 pounds, too.
Being truly great means finding a way to help others the same way you seek to improve yourself.
Gaining weight is comfortable. Said no one ever. These methods will have you sweating, grasping for air, and searching of the nearest sink and fan.
Listen to Clint Darden and learn all of the features that really matter for you, the lifter.
An experienced strongman competitor already knows the basics. This video shows how to clean up the sloppy habits and press heavier weight overhead.
These simple pick and acceleration adjustments will give you the edge you need during the initial seconds of the farmer’s carry.
An old football programming staple, the clean is used (and misused) by hundreds of coaches every year. Clint Darden starts at the bottom and fixes everything a football player needs for better carryover and better performance.