NFL Stats Update from DeFranco's Gym
NFL Stats Update from DeFranco's Gym
See how the NFL players from DeFranco's Gym are doing this season.
Defranco's Gym Gets a Boost of Power
Defranco's Gym Gets a Boost of Power
As many of you probably already know, two months ago I moved my gym into a bigger, more badass facility!
From Punk Skater to All-State(er): The Pat Cole Story
From Punk Skater to All-State(er): The Pat Cole Story
Four years ago, a 150-pound, self-proclaimed “skate punk”, walked into our facility looking to get bigger and stronger so he could play high school football.
Starting a Warehouse Gym: The Sh*t They Never Told You
Starting a Warehouse Gym: The Sh*t They Never Told You
Prepare for Zach Even-Esh's NO bullsh*t truth about running a warehouse gym.
Fighting for the UFC Title
Fighting for the UFC Title
Dan Hardy, Joe DeFranco and EFS equipment are featured in action on Spike TV.
 Turning Dreams into Reality...
Turning Dreams into Reality...
On November 30th I will finally open my own gym—Daman’s Strength Training. This has been a dream of mine ever since I walked into my first gym when I was 12-years-old. I walked down to the gym every day after school with a few friends.
 Westside for Fat Bastards!
Westside for Fat Bastards!
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the monsters at the Westside Barbell Club in Ohio.
 Pull-up 101, Part I
Pull-up 101, Part I
When Elite asked me to write an article about pull-ups, I thought, no problem. This will take about one line—grab a bar and give it a tug. That’s it. Finished. Done! Then I thought, well, no…
Training Is Only Half the Battle
Training Is Only Half the Battle
As I sit here today and reflect on my journey through the crap we call the fitness industry, I can’t help but be thankful for where I am in my life as well as for the great things and people the barbell has brought me.
The Thinker Discusses Olympic Lifts
The Thinker Discusses Olympic Lifts
Question 1: I’d like to thank you for all of the helpful tips, but this is where we’re going to crash. As an athlete, I’ve been performing the Olympic lifts since middle school. I use them with the athletes I train from day one and haven’t had any problems.
Westside for Baseball?
Westside for Baseball?
I had finally done it! After countless hours of talking about it and planning just how I was going to do it, I opened my own performance enhancement training business. Well sort of…
Rest Intervals and Reps
Rest Intervals and Reps
Everyone seemed pretty fired up about the modified Westside program. I received an overwhelming response to my recent article, “Westside for Skinny Bastards.”
A Visit to Defranco’s
A Visit to Defranco’s
Like everyone else who peruses Elitefts.com on a daily – hell, let’s call it hourly – basis, I’ve turned into something of a fan of the site’s incredibly eclectic cast of characters: guys just like me, only significantly stronger, who’ve dedicated their lives to hoisting more iron than anyone else in the gym.
Repetition Work (or How to Rip Off Joe DeFranco, Add a Twist, and Call It My Own)
Repetition Work (or How to Rip Off Joe DeFranco, Add a Twist, and Call I...
Last week, I wrote about dynamic bench work and how you shouldn’t just kick it to the curb. I listed several different dynamic cycles, and there are approximately 5,000 more that have been written about. The whole purpose of the article was to revive the dead and bloated dynamic bench press.

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