20 Tips to Improve Your Training
20 Tips to Improve Your Training
Twenty tips aka twenty ways to control and advance your training, especially if you've reached a sticking point. If all else fails, you have a long list of great online programming services to help your clientele reach their goals.
RPE Method for the Max Effort Lane
RPE Method for the Max Effort Lane
Believe it or not, sometimes max effort work is not the best option. Here are a few scenarios where that may be the case as well as what you can do to fill in the gaps where the max effort method would be.
Which Max Effort Method is Right For You?
Which Max Effort Method is Right For You?
I've seen a lot of articles about the max effort method on here lately, but I haven't seen many address the fact that there are two types of max effort methods! One method might work better than the other for you, so before you give up on conjugate, give this a read.
The Beginner’s Guide to the Conjugate Sequence System
The Beginner’s Guide to the Conjugate Sequence System
It’s a system, not a program. It can be tailored to suit whatever your goals are: powerlifting, athletics, CrossFit, marathon running... You name it, and this system can’t be beaten. This article is meant to show beginner powerlifters how to set up their own conjugate-based program.
WATCH: Training After Westside
WATCH: Training After Westside
What type of training comes after years of lifting in the world's strongest gym, with the sole goal of moving as much weight as possible?
Where Most Box Athletes Miss the Mark
Where Most Box Athletes Miss the Mark
Many coaches still believe it is heresy to say that athletes can build absolute strength and endurance simultaneously, but athletes all over the world are doing so and making great progress. Here are a few ways to do so even more successfully.
Has the Max Effort Method Been Forgotten?
Has the Max Effort Method Been Forgotten?
Is there any value left to this method or has the lifting world moved on?
WATCH: Westside Misconceptions — High Standards
WATCH: Westside Misconceptions — High Standards
To be on the board at Westside, at the time, meant you had to break the all-time world record, because that was pretty much everybody that was on the board.
WATCH: Table Talk — Can You Use Competition Lifts for Max Effort Work?
WATCH: Table Talk — Can You Use Competition Lifts for Max Effort Work?
If you feel you need more work on the competition movements, can you use them as max effort work instead of doing specialty exercises?
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar, Parts 23 & 24
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar, Parts 23 & 24
This is part twenty-three and twenty-four of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar, Parts 17 & 18
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar, Parts 17 & 18
This is part seventeen and eighteen of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar, Parts 15 & 16
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar, Parts 15 & 16
This is part fifteen and sixteen of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 9 & 10
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 9 & 10
This is part nine and ten of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 8
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 8
This is part eight of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar (Part 7)
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar (Part 7)
This is part seven of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 6
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 6
This is part six of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 4
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 4
This is part four of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 3
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 3
This is part three of the original elitefts™ Tour De Force Strength Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 2
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 2
This is part two of the original Tour De Force Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 1
2000 elitefts™ Strength Seminar Part 1
This is part one of the original Tour De Force Training Seminar (video). We will be posting all parts of this seminar so keep checking back.
Under the Bar: Are You Ready, I Mean REALLY Ready?
Under the Bar: Are You Ready, I Mean REALLY Ready?
You can be prepared ahead of time and know what to do when the expected changes occurs, as well as when the unexpected happen.
3 Great Ways to Do it: The Max Effort Method
3 Great Ways to Do it: The Max Effort Method
"Damn, dude that looked really hard," Rob said.
EFS Pro Short Band Strength
EFS Pro Short Band Strength
Bands were first introduced to Dave Tate close to 10 years ago. After experimenting with accommodating resistance and the use of chains, Dave took his squat from 760 to 855 in 12 months.
Marc Bartley’s Squat Routine
Marc Bartley’s Squat Routine
Squatting big in a meet is every powerlifter’s dream. For some, it can make or break the meet. The big squat sets the tone for the meet. This is truly the case for me. Therefore, my focus is always on the BIG SQUAT.
My To Do List
My To Do List
Sometimes I reflect back on my days (or is it daze?) in college when I could just wake up, go directly to the gym, and pump away.
35 Reasons to Love South Side Gym
35 Reasons to Love South Side Gym
Billy Mimnaugh wrote an article for elitefts™ about the South Side Gym in Stratford, Connecticut. Here's an update.
The Odyssey of a Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach
The Odyssey of a Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach
This article is designed to give future strength & conditioning coaches a better insight as to what it takes to get your “foot in the door”.
Boston Seminar Overview
Boston Seminar Overview
Drum roll please…..Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for the myth, the man, the legend – Dave Tate! I am going to give you readers an overview of the phenomenal presentation put on this past weekend by Dave at Total Performance Sports in Boston, MA.
Skepticism in Training
Skepticism in Training
I am a powerlifter. One of my great passions in life is spending time in the gym lifting heavy weights. To this day, I cannot think of anything more satisfying than setting a hard earned personal record. Well, let’s just say there are very few things that are more satisfying.
The Right Piece for the Right Puzzle: Training High School Athletes with the Conjugate Method
The Right Piece for the Right Puzzle: Training High School Athletes with...
“There are a hundred ways to skin a cat, I am only good at one of them”, is something my grandfather used to say to me all the time.
Doing it Differently
Doing it Differently
As a follow up to Bob Youngs article “Things I Would do Differently”, I decided to give this idea a shot and see what I could come up with.
Variation on Max Effort Training
Variation on Max Effort Training
There are two variations to this structure. For the sake of time and space, I will only discuss one at this time. The second variation is a bit more complicated and is recommended for an experienced lifter only.
Sample Workout
Sample Workout
Sample Westside Barbell Workout by Bob Youngs when he was training at the gym.

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