Resist the Urge to Compete
Resist the Urge to Compete
I’m betting that in the 6-8 weeks after the quarantine ends, a lot of contests are going to happen. My advice: Resist the urge!
Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes After a Bodybuilding Contest
Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes After a Bodybuilding Contest
I have always felt that a big part of my writing should be to save as many people as I can from making the mistakes I have made or witnessed others make in my 3.5 decades of bodybuilding. I've narrowed that list down to 10, and hopefully this saves you from yourself.
WATCH: Jump Into Your Next Contest
WATCH: Jump Into Your Next Contest
The best part of strongman is that you don't know what to expect — and that's what makes it so fun! Rather than worry about having the "right" equipment, Matt Mills says you should jump in and compete.
5 Ways to Find a Healthy Balance Between Bodybuilding and Family
5 Ways to Find a Healthy Balance Between Bodybuilding and Family
Contrary to what some people may tell you, it IS possible to balance between bodybuilding and your family. It takes work, and I've done the work. These 5 steps might not save your marriage, but they're certainly worth trying.
Meet Report: 5thSet at the Kern US Open
Meet Report: 5thSet at the Kern US Open
Now that I had the trip paid for thanks to a seminar event, I could focus on helping my lifters at the US Kern Open: the reason I’d flown all the way from the East Coast to begin with.
Training and Competition
Training and Competition
It is crucial to delineate these training and competition as separate but mutually impactful things. I’d wager that the majority of lifters who had a bad meet were doing a whole bunch of competition in training, leading up to the actual competition.
Mental Considerations for Bodybuilding
Mental Considerations for Bodybuilding
Hear me on this one. If you’re running from your past or managing it in secrecy, bodybuilding isn’t the answer.
The Role of Grit in Sport Performance
The Role of Grit in Sport Performance
Are you a gritty athlete?
The Art of Being an Emotionally Detached Strength Athlete
The Art of Being an Emotionally Detached Strength Athlete
Can you take a deep breath and remember that each set and rep in training is part of the greater year and not just that individual session?
WATCH: How to Be a Healthier Competitor
WATCH: How to Be a Healthier Competitor
If you think you can push your body to the extremes of its capabilities and not suffer consequences, you're wrong.
Is Your Competition Outworking You?
Is Your Competition Outworking You?
I love the ideals of hard work, being hardcore, and oozing intensity, but over the years I have learned there are many ways to perceive these things.
2018: We Change, Goals Change, But the Mystery of Strength Remains
2018: We Change, Goals Change, But the Mystery of Strength Remains
A person's relationship with strength training and strength sports is dynamic and changes through time. I'm going to share with you some of my adventures that culminated in 2017 and offer a few tools that may be useful to you.
WATCH: elitefts Fitness Professional Summit — Don't Be A Big Fish in a Little Pond
WATCH: elitefts Fitness Professional Summit — Don't Be A Big Fish i...
The fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. It's the war you want to be in.
Life Is About Growth, Not Comfort
Life Is About Growth, Not Comfort
It’s okay to fail. It's okay to be uncomfortable. Defeat can lead to victory if you learn from it and gain experience along the way.
Rehab Report: Repairing My Hand and Planning My Return to the Platform
Rehab Report: Repairing My Hand and Planning My Return to the Platform
This article was meant to have been about the results of my meet in December and the setting of PRs and possible world records. All of those aspirations ended on October 7, 2016.
WATCH: Table Talk — What If Other Competitors Lie About Drug Use?
WATCH: Table Talk — What If Other Competitors Lie About Drug Use?
Mentally preparing for a meet isn't easy but what if you also have to worry that the other lifters are lying about steroids?
Quit Blaming The Judges
Quit Blaming The Judges
I'm getting tired of hearing words like "politics" thrown around to scapegoat a lost competition. Yup, it's rant time.
So You Made Weight, Now What?
So You Made Weight, Now What?
You've put 8-16 weeks of hard work into your meet prep. Why ruin it 24 hours before the competition?
WATCH: Dave Tate's Closing Speech — April Training Camp
WATCH: Dave Tate's Closing Speech — April Training Camp
The founder of elitefts spoke with all attendees, finalizing a day of learning with coaches JL Holdsworth, Swede Burns, and Casey Williams,.
Strategies of Business and Training: Save, Spend, Invest
Strategies of Business and Training: Save, Spend, Invest
I am going to describe the similarities between three money management strategies and their application to your time in the iron game.
Switching to Single-Ply and Walking Out the Squat
Switching to Single-Ply and Walking Out the Squat
I'm making some changes and have employed the knowledge of several lifting legends to answer these crucial questions.
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.
Raw Unity Meet 9: Coaching, 5thSet, World Record Controversy
Raw Unity Meet 9: Coaching, 5thSet, World Record Controversy
Another year of RUM, another weekend of 5thSet lifters kicking ass on the platform. Thank God no one I work with broke a world record, right?
Rehab and Training: Forward-Thinking Prevention, Retrospective-Thinking Treatment
Rehab and Training: Forward-Thinking Prevention, Retrospective-Thinking ...
You're always going to be in one of the three phases of training. Your goal is to find a way to stay in Phase One as long as possible while avoiding Phase Three at all costs.
The Pyramids of Giza: A Prowler Challenge
The Pyramids of Giza: A Prowler Challenge
This three-part competitive conditioning challenge will leave you searching for a puke bucket. Can you handle it?
Failure: A Way to Train Your Fortitude
Failure: A Way to Train Your Fortitude
It's only a matter of time before I fail again. I used to cringe at the thought of failing, but not anymore.
10 Gifts for the Training-Obsessed Woman
10 Gifts for the Training-Obsessed Woman
The holiday season is here. If you're struggling to come up with gift ideas for a girl who places training as her top priority, look no further. I've got you covered.
I Wanna Get Fat
I Wanna Get Fat
The decision to cut or add weight does not have to be so complicated. Is it a pleasant experience? Well, that's debatable.
Training at Westside: Priorities and Lifestyle
Training at Westside: Priorities and Lifestyle
For us, lifting was a priority. Louie and Westside gave us the edge to move our lifters on up in the competitive world. More than a place to train, lifting was our lifestyle.
The Other Side of the Long and Winding Road
The Other Side of the Long and Winding Road
I'm sharing my difficult story not to elicit sympathy, but to point out facts of life. We all experience challenges, we all have our stories. It is how we deal with them that determines who we are.
The Ups and Downs of Competition
The Ups and Downs of Competition
In every phase of the process, do prepare for the unexpected. This is the real world and it will turn out great only if everything goes according to plan.
5 Steps to Becoming A Credible Expert Overnight
5 Steps to Becoming A Credible Expert Overnight
No experience? No credentials? No problem.
How the Mighty Fall: The Road From Hell
How the Mighty Fall: The Road From Hell
I learned what it was like to feel old and weak, but my heartbeat was a war drum again. As long as I was breathing, I would be moving — I would be moving toward the conflict.
Men's Physique — Bottom of the Pecking Order?
Men's Physique — Bottom of the Pecking Order?
You may or may not like it, but your girlfriend would love to bang a Men's Physique guy. Can you really blame her?
Sometimes Quitters DO Win
Sometimes Quitters DO Win
While I was thinking about how stupid and selfish I was for my life decisions, I started thinking about my health. If something happened to me, how would it impact my kids?
3 Things Lifters and Coaches Need to Know About Pain
3 Things Lifters and Coaches Need to Know About Pain
Do not fear pain; it is your body's method of communicating a need for change. Here's how to handle the pain and determine what specific change your body needs.
WATCH: Clint Darden Coaches How to Shave Seconds Off the Farmer's Walk
WATCH: Clint Darden Coaches How to Shave Seconds Off the Farmer's Walk
These simple pick and acceleration adjustments will give you the edge you need during the initial seconds of the farmer's carry.
Why Compete?
Why Compete?
Experts weigh in on the reasons behind all of training pain and preparation of competing in a strength sport.
You Can't Handle the Truth
You Can't Handle the Truth
A lot of powerlifters are soft today.
Dieting to Single-Digit Body Fat
Dieting to Single-Digit Body Fat
How I went from chubby powerlifter to shredded bodybuilder.
Motivation for Youth Athletes Through Friendly Competition
Motivation for Youth Athletes Through Friendly Competition
Worked well for Cain, not so well for Abel.
Competing in the Spirit of No Self
Competing in the Spirit of No Self
Mixing his physiological expertise with experience in competitive strongman, Franke provides a no-fluff understanding of the inner self.
Programming Considerations for Bench-Only Competitors
Programming Considerations for Bench-Only Competitors
Technique and programming are so complex that bench pressing is a sport in, and of, itself.
Karnes Faces European Contenders at Strongman Champions League-England
Karnes Faces European Contenders at Strongman Champions League-England
Despite energy-sapping travel and a flurry of first-time events, Chase was able to pull off a podium finish.
The Powerlifter's Guide to Off-Season Programming
The Powerlifter's Guide to Off-Season Programming
SWOT analysis is crucial in developing a business plan, but can it also be applied to your powerlifting?
Mark Dugdale's Last Week Conditioning Hacks
Mark Dugdale's Last Week Conditioning Hacks
When it becomes time to step on stage, these tips and tricks add the final bit of refinement to a pro-level champion.
Top 20 Things Men Should Know About Female Powerlifters
Top 20 Things Men Should Know About Female Powerlifters
You think you know about female powerlifters? You don't know the first thing that is going on in their heads.
Strong(her)™ Video Spotlight on IFBB Figure Pro
Strong(her)™ Video Spotlight on IFBB Figure Pro
On a visit to train with Traci Tate, we talked to Jennifer Cordovez about her figure athlete quest.
No Bullsh*t: Fairness Sucks
No Bullsh*t: Fairness Sucks
In powerlifting and in life, the goal is to constantly gain an advantage to ensure your own victory and to prepare, perform, and prevail.
The MBA Meathead: Sabotaged by HR and Surgery
The MBA Meathead: Sabotaged by HR and Surgery
Two things that are hard to deal with...but you must roll with the punches.
Training and Coaching: Getting It Done (Part 2)
Training and Coaching: Getting It Done (Part 2)
Coaching, training, planning...it is all in a days work.
Kentucky Strong: Should You Compete?
Kentucky Strong: Should You Compete?
If you’re serious about your training and passionate about strength sports and are even considering competing, you should.
Metabolic Damage: Disaster or Discovery
Metabolic Damage: Disaster or Discovery
Jennifer Petrosino proves that you can be lean AND strong.
Monster Garage Gym: It's Not Always the Strongest Lifter Who Wins
Monster Garage Gym: It's Not Always the Strongest Lifter Who Wins
It's not always the strongest lifter who wins...it is the most prepared.
Post-Meet Reflections: Building Momentum
Post-Meet Reflections: Building Momentum
It is easy to put too much pressure on ourselves as competitors, but we have to realize that each meet is building momentum toward long-term success.
I'm Too Young to Be This Damn Old: Baby Steps
I'm Too Young to Be This Damn Old: Baby Steps
He's back...and he's getting ready to take the platform!
Adam Driggers: Advice Through the Years (Part 1)
Adam Driggers: Advice Through the Years (Part 1)
I have some worthy advice to share from Rick Hussey with you.
Addicted!
Addicted!
I'm addicted to powerlifting...

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