Ernie Frantz and the History of Frantz Multi-Ply Gear
Ernie Frantz and the History of Frantz Multi-Ply Gear
What you are about to read is a truly loving portrait of a powerlifting legend, written by one of the few who knew him best (and a great powerlifting coach in his own right).
Why I’ll Miss Multi-Ply Powerlifting
Why I’ll Miss Multi-Ply Powerlifting
I'm not gonna subject you to a bunch of "back in my day" bull crap. Assuming you're at least somewhat interested in gear, and instead of playing the middle as I've always done, I'm gonna give you the truth.
Dave Kirschen's Daddy Hacks
Dave Kirschen's Daddy Hacks
If you remember only one thing, let it be this: protect the testicles.
Choking on My Face — The Final Installment
Choking on My Face — The Final Installment
After being officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, it was time for the CPAP machine to arrive. Let's just say I felt like a cross between a giddy kid on Christmas Eve and as reluctant as Darth Vader probably would've been in the bedroom. Little by little, I'm feeling better, thanks to the supportive gear for my lungs.
Where I’ve Been, Future Plans, and Why You Won’t Hear it From Me
Where I’ve Been, Future Plans, and Why You Won’t Hear it From Me
I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me and my logs. And... in a way, you might have. But at the very least, I wanted to update all of my readers and followers here on my life before I start a social media blackout so I can get back into training.
Choking on My Own Face — The Diagnosis
Choking on My Own Face — The Diagnosis
Because it’s a sleep study, and not, say a cat scan, I didn’t expect my doctor to get all solemn, take a deep breath, and ask me to “sit down” before delivering the news.
Choking on My Own Face
Choking on My Own Face
In recent months, my fiancée noticed long pauses between breaths while I’m asleep, followed by gasping for air. Not good. If it’s like everything else in my life, this major CPAP milestone should make for a good story. Plus, my readers really seem to enjoy it when I suffer.
16-Week Conjugate Periodization Program For Novice Powerlifters
16-Week Conjugate Periodization Program For Novice Powerlifters
The following is a variation that I’ve used successfully for some of my clients that limits some of the variables that can derail inexperienced lifters.
Life, Death, and the Clarity of Obsession
Life, Death, and the Clarity of Obsession
Sometimes rather than serving as an escape from real life, our obsessions can become a source of something that everyday life cannot always provide. Here’s how it’s worked for me.
What I Learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger
What I Learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger
Do this every chance you get and see where it gets you in life.
2017 XPC Finals — I’m Not Retired Yet, Motherf*ckers
2017 XPC Finals — I’m Not Retired Yet, Motherf*ckers
If I had a lot riding on this lift before, everything was riding on it now. Making it would be the highlight of my powerlifting career. Missing it would probably be the beginning of the end.
Why Fitness Articles Suck — Confessions of a Content Mill Author
Why Fitness Articles Suck — Confessions of a Content Mill Author
If you’ve been in the fitness industry for a couple of decades like I have, you may be wondering what the hell happened. Fitness articles weren’t this bad when we were starting out, were they?
Squat Q&A: Zercher Squats, SS Yoke Bar Breathing, and Tight Hips
Squat Q&A: Zercher Squats, SS Yoke Bar Breathing, and Tight Hips
You have questions, team elitefts has answers. Today's topic: the squat.
Bench Press Q&A: Shoulder Retraction, Bar Path, and Pec Tears
Bench Press Q&A: Shoulder Retraction, Bar Path, and Pec Tears
You have questions, team elitefts has answers. Today's topic: the bench press.
WATCH: A Message from Team elitefts
WATCH: A Message from Team elitefts
There's more to our athletes than big numbers and world-class physiques. Find out what really matters to Team elitefts this holiday season.
WATCH: Team elitefts Shares What Change Led to Their Greatest Improvement
WATCH: Team elitefts Shares What Change Led to Their Greatest Improvement
If you're looking to make the changes necessary to reach your goals, look to the guidance of these champion lifters. What do you need to change in your life?
Kirschen Annihilates Bench PR in Gardiner, NY
Kirschen Annihilates Bench PR in Gardiner, NY
Just a pound away from the Satanic record, Dave begins his plan to dominate the underworld.
The Ins and Outs of Knee Wraps
The Ins and Outs of Knee Wraps
Team elitefts shares tips and tricks to get the most out of knee reinforcement.
On Being a Father
On Being a Father
The job doesn't come with a guidebook, but you can learn from the experiences of Team elitefts!
2014 APF Senior Nationals Preview
2014 APF Senior Nationals Preview
The winners of this weekend qualify for the WPC World Championships...who will they be?
Video Interviews from XPC Finals
Video Interviews from XPC Finals
Get inside the heads of Team elitefts and see the behind-the-scenes from the XPC Finals in Columbus.
Dave Tate Questions Team elitefts
Dave Tate Questions Team elitefts
Reevaluating the future of team elitefts.
Powerlifting Year One: Dave vs. Crossfit
Powerlifting Year One: Dave vs. Crossfit
He may have had his ass handed to him by Fran, but that Kirschen can fill out a sports bra.
Elitefts™ Barbell Back Extension
Elitefts™ Barbell Back Extension
Elitefts™ Team Members Julia Ladewski, Matt Ladewski, and Dave Kirschen demonstrate barbel back extensions on the GHR
Benefits and Proper Use of Weightlifting Belts
Benefits and Proper Use of Weightlifting Belts
If you wear your belt while doing curls, make sure that you’re wearing color coordinated fingerless gloves
Don't Think You Have What it Takes
Don't Think You Have What it Takes
Sometimes the honest truth can be brutal.
Pimpin' with Kirschen
Pimpin' with Kirschen
Steve Colescott, Senior Content Director of elitefts™, was able to snag an exclusive interview with the one and only Dave Kirschen. Watch out for his swag.
PL Newbie Guide
PL Newbie Guide
How to prepare, what to expect, and all that comes in between your first time on the platform.
Powerlifting 101: Why You Need to Compete…Now
Powerlifting 101: Why You Need to Compete…Now
By far, the most important reason to compete is because it’s a blast.
Iron Subculture Podcast (Episode #5)
Iron Subculture Podcast (Episode #5)
We have our first Listener Feedback segment and I also check in with the three new members of Team elitefts™: Mickey Manley, Chad Walker and Marshall Johnson. The episode is one hour and eleven minutes.
Gear Funk, Taint Stitching and Taco Tuesday
Gear Funk, Taint Stitching and Taco Tuesday
The equivalent of having the current Super Bowl champion team and coaching staff giving pointers to your intramural flag football team. Don't miss our Twitter chats!
Jack Shirt Break-in and First Impressions
Jack Shirt Break-in and First Impressions
I knew from past reviews that the arms were tighter on the Jack than on the Ace, although the sizes should be close.
Is ART Necessary?
Is ART Necessary?
The b*tch of it was that I wasn’t doing anything hard when I got hurt.
Kirschen's Powerlifting 101: What’s Up With The Chains?
Kirschen's Powerlifting 101: What’s Up With The Chains?
If you’re familiar at all with the sport of powerlifting, the idea of using chains as a training tool is probably nothing new.
The Greatest Program in the World
The Greatest Program in the World
Choosing the “right” program can be an intimidating decision. The truth is, this might not be as critical a decision as you think.
Shirt Training...Rough Start but a Strong(ish) Finish
Shirt Training...Rough Start but a Strong(ish) Finish
This was only my second time in this shirt and I was already trying to touch. Had I just worked down from high to low boards, I would have saved time and energy.
The Eastside Squat Cycle
The Eastside Squat Cycle
Following the dynamic day, we will work up to a max using the same accommodating resistance as the previous week.

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