If your deadlift sucks at lockout, mid-position, or from the floor, you'll want to add the stiff-legged deadlift and Romanian deadlift into your training program. Here's how to do them correctly, with a sample training template to get started.
There are a ton of great back exercises to choose from, but what exercises translate to more pulling power? More specifically, what exercises bring up weaknesses found in your erectors, lats, and rhomboids?
If you think having one bar means you can't do max effort variations, you're wrong. It's time to think outside of the box. If you can't, no worries! I already have, and I came up with 230 variations you can use with a straight bar. No specialty bars required!
Training to get Instagram-worthy glutes is just as much for the guys as it is the girls. Not only will your backside look better, but working on your glutes might help out with knee and back pain, too.
Consider the Press, Deadlift, Farmer's Walk, Death Medley, and Atlas Stones. I'll pinpoint the common weakness in each event and provide an exercise (a solution) for you to fix the weak point. No excuses!
It seems that lifters do not understand the importance of the upper back or how to use it in the three main lifts. The lifters I judged at a recent meet and just about all of my clients prove that to me, so let's fix that.
Want to smoke your old PRs? Try applying daily undulating periodization, or DUP, to your programming. Rather than changing sets, reps, and intensity every 6 to 12 weeks, DUP changes those variables on a daily basis.
The debate between raw versus gear has died down, more or less, but the debate of how to train one versus the other is still on-going. This might be controversial, but for the most part, I don't think you need to train differently raw or geared with a few exceptions.
I introduced my daughter to resistance training a couple of years ago. This August, we ramped up the training with two weekly sessions and speed training. This article details some excerpts from the resistance training portion of our program.
“Dumbbell rows are bodybuilding burpees.” For more wisdom and the full post-Table Talk Podcast workout with Justin Harris, read on. This back workout is complete with pull-overs, pull-downs, deadlifts, and multiple row variations (one by which Justin deems as the best lat exercise there is).
There’s an assumption (known or unknown) that everyone has the proficiency to perform what we see “if we just lower the weight.” That’s quite the caveat with a lot of assumption, especially when it comes to movements like the Romanian Deadlift.
Quick fixes: They're usually bandages on a leaky pipe. But in some cases, a quick fix might be more like the duct tape that fixed the Apollo 13 module. These 3 technique fixes are like duct tape for your deadlift, so wrap up and strengthen that lift.
The more advanced you are, the longer the stretches between records become. If you're in that position (trust me, I've been there before), consider doing some supplemental exercises. The ones listed here will help boost your sumo deadlift.
You've probably heard Newton's third law: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Turns out Newton DIDN’T tell you that he specifically wrote this law in anticipation of gym bros only training the muscles they see in the mirror. Let me explain.
Remember Cody, my client I talked about in my last article about benching? He absolutely destroyed at the Iron City Open and got a 10-pound deadlift PR total. The secret to his success? It's in this program... because it IS this program.
I've been told I do a good job of being a heretic of the strength and conditioning coach profession, so I might as well keep it up and stir the pot with some of my hot takes on sumo deadlifts, box squatting, and more.
“To be able to give back is a much bigger legacy than anything you’ll leave on a platform.” elitefts coach Vincent Dizenzo finds his calling in helping others by passing on knowledge, especially when it comes to dieting and weight loss.
As strength athletes, we care only about lifting the weight from Point A to Point B, but from a bodybuilding perspective, that is dead wrong, but how does that translate to powerlifting? The idea is to challenge the muscle — not just focus on completing reps and sets.
Over the last few years, I've had more time to visit some major universities and professional teams and talk shop with some very good strength and conditioning coaches, and these are some of the trends we've noticed in the weight room and think powerlifters should start implementing.
As with anything in training, the answer always is “it depends.” With the max effort method, I can do one of these things for two hours just on advanced principles that deal with the max effort method, or I can do one very that's simple. I choose simple.
A few weeks ago I blogged about how I was mistakenly looking for a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with my injuries, and my circumstances are different. But with the help of four friends (and my wife), we came up with a BAMF program. Here it is.
When it comes to selecting meet attempts, there are a lot of things to take into account. The big one is your goal, but the strategy for getting that goal varies depending on lots of factors. You wouldn't use the same process for selecting your opener and for winning — at least, I hope you don't.
Even Doctor Deadlift has bombed out, and for him, it was at his first meet as a 15-year-old in high school. Cailer Woolam was ready to quit, but he kept on pushing, and look at him now: one of the youngest people to make the deadlift world record.
Powerlifting is so much more than physical strength. Yeah, that's part of it, but only a fraction of the big picture. Are you strong mentally? Are you strong intellectually? Are you strong emotionally? Let's find out.
While Dave's AWOL, Jim Wendler, Matt Rhodes, and Vincent Dizenzo fill in and answer questions. This question (what lifts are you most proud of?) sparks a conversation about coaching and fond memories this trio of friends shared and are now sharing with you.
Newer lifters seem to think that they can squat 1,200 pounds in less than a year of training. I hate to burst your bubbles, but that's not going to happen. It's a long game, and you need to understand that if you're going to survive in this sport.
Through the use of unconventional movements (or awkward movements), you can really force yourself to utilize better form and recruit numerous additional muscle fibers. Here are a handful of Big 3 variations you can try out.
Tired of the same old training program? Want a break from your normal training specificity? Why not mix things up with this program? All you'll need is a barbell, plates, a bike, a box for squatting, and a bench.
Not everyone is as lucky as me when it comes to seeing some of the most amazing moments in powerlifting. Since that's the case, I'm sharing memories from the archives starring Chuck Vogelpohl, George Halbert, Steve Goggins, Travis Rogers, and Oleksandr Kutcher.
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2018 was not a good year for my powerlifting career. 2019 has been better. My training's gotten better, I've gotten better at caring for myself, and I competed better. I want to do better next time around, though....
Two years ago, I injured myself at a meet. The pain was so bad I nearly pulled out of the meet. After talking with some experts, I decided to hop into the APF Nationals without a weight cut and with a quick prep. Let's just say it's good to be back.
To call this program hard is an understatement. The volume is high, the work is heavy, and you'll want to quit. But I can promise you, your back will never be thicker and your PRs will become something of the past.
This life we live is comprised of sheep, and it is also comprised of shepherds. Followers or leaders. The flock goes where it is directed. Shepherds set the course for the journey. Are you part of the flock? Or are you a shepherd? Are you a serious powerlifter or not?
Getting a new tattoo doesn’t mean you have to throw the bar down and not step foot in a gym for two months. What it does mean is that you need to ensure you don’t do anything reckless for the first couple of months.
My training was more organized than it was for the IPA meet. But I decided to experiment before this meet: I trained using my squat suit without the briefs. It actually improved my speed, depth, and how much weight I could handle.
Indoor soccer took a toll on my knee, so my training has been a bit limited. But that didn't stop me from using Blood Flow Restriction on leg day, which I highly recommend using when working around injuries that force you to use lighter weights.
elitefts equipment is worth every single penny, especially when you can get multiple exercises out of a single item. But not everyone has the time to figure out what to do; that's where this article series comes in, starting with the SS Yoke Bar.