WATCH: The Method Behind Brian Alsruhe's Training [Whiteboard Edition]
WATCH: The Method Behind Brian Alsruhe's Training [Whiteboard Edition]
Brian Alsruhe's background in strongman, martial arts, MMA, and counter-terrorism led to his training system being "messed up" and unique from everyone else's. Despite that, he's found great success with his programming and will be breaking it down in this video.
WATCH: Fighter Mentality with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Fighter Mentality with Brian Alsruhe
Growing up in the ‘80s, Brian Alsruhe found strength in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and He-Man. The one thing these people (and cartoon character) had was muscles; therefore, he’d need muscles to be strong. That brought him to martial arts, forming a strong mindset, and eventually, to strongman.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — How the Hypertrophy Coach Met Dave Bautista
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — How the Hypertrophy Coach Met Dave Bau...
"That's kind of fucked up." Learn how Joe Bennett met Dave Bautista, a retired WWE wrestler, former mixed martial artist and bodybuilder, and Guardian of the Galaxy — and Joe's one full-time client.
Finding Strength: Missing Link Crossfit
Finding Strength: Missing Link Crossfit
Casey Hagstrom and Allen Bose have taken the culture they developed in the Marines and brought it to the civilian side to help create some amazing athletes in multiple sports.
The Intimidation Factor
The Intimidation Factor
Mike Tyson, Ronda Rousey, and the 1990 UNLV Rebels—what did they have in common? They knew how to win before the match even started.
LISTEN: Loren Landow Exposes Methods for Developing Speed, Power, and Endurance
LISTEN: Loren Landow Exposes Methods for Developing Speed, Power, and En...
Olympians, NFL players, MMA fighters—Landow has trained them all. Here's how he does it.
Training Energy Systems for Boxing Success
Training Energy Systems for Boxing Success
Extended miles of road work may not be the best for developing late-round power. Boost your in-the-ring performance with these energy system tips.
Laying Down the Foundation for Boxing Victory
Laying Down the Foundation for Boxing Victory
Solid principles for pound-for-pound power.
Training Frequency for Fighters
Training Frequency for Fighters
Lawrence outlines a schedule that allows a boxer to maximize sports performance and fitness while preventing the risk of overtraining.
NSCA National Conference: MMA Training, Intermittent Fasting, and More
NSCA National Conference: MMA Training, Intermittent Fasting, and More
Presentations from Joel Jamieson, Dr. John Berardi, Dr. Disa Hatfield, and Mike Favre from the NSCA National Conference In Las Vegas, NV
Knowledge and Nonsense: FAQ About MMA Conditioning
Knowledge and Nonsense: FAQ About MMA Conditioning
Jamie Hale addresses these frequently asked questions concerning MMA training.
By the Coach for the Coach: Stronger Than the Sum of Our Parts
By the Coach for the Coach: Stronger Than the Sum of Our Parts
Todd Hamer interviews former professional boxer, Joe Divosevic.
The Ladder…Good? Bad? Both.
The Ladder…Good? Bad? Both.
Ladder drills should be included in the dynamic warm up phase of a complete strength and conditioning program on occasion to change things up and keep it fresh.
Eat Up!
Eat Up!
I think that this concept, with the right foods, is one of the best for fighters and combatants.
MMA Rope Conditioning
MMA Rope Conditioning
Rope training is one of the premier tools you can use in your quest for victorious MMA conditioning.
Explosive Hip Development for MMA
Explosive Hip Development for MMA
If you're a fighter and want to dominate your competition, what do you need?
MMA: Painful Training for the Big Fight
MMA: Painful Training for the Big Fight
If we get a bit uglier year by year through our craft...maybe we should work a bit more on defenses.
The Thinking Beast: The Necessity of Being a Consummate Individual
The Thinking Beast: The Necessity of Being a Consummate Individual
I won’t focus on only one field because I want to do the best I possibly could in each field.
Shaun's MMA Fight Recap
Shaun's MMA Fight Recap
I needed boxing training as well, that is a must for me. I found that boxing really helped my style all around.
Periodization, Training, and MMA, Why All the Confusion?
Periodization, Training, and MMA, Why All the Confusion?
Have pride in your workouts, only you can get it done!
Heave Ho! Top Pulling Moves
Heave Ho! Top Pulling Moves
Regardless of whether you're a beginning grappler or a black belt, a secretary or a garbage man, the importance of pulling and grip strength can’t be emphasized enough.
Shane Carwin Weighs In on Strength Training for MMA Fighters
Shane Carwin Weighs In on Strength Training for MMA Fighters
Shortly after his 3:48 first round knockout of Frank Mir, I had the opportunity to speak with Shane about his strength training and conditioning program and why it is important for fighters to spend some of their time in the weight room.
Meeting the Scale: The Art of Making Weight
Meeting the Scale: The Art of Making Weight
Have you ever watched a pre-fight weigh-in and noticed how gaunt and stringy that most fighters look as they get on the scale, only to see them with full cheeks and muscles the very next day as they step into the cage or ring?
Spotlight: New Addition - MMA Fighter Shaun Mirjavadi
Spotlight: New Addition - MMA Fighter Shaun Mirjavadi
I want to motivate people and help in any way that I can.
Test Yourself: Strength and Conditioning Standards for the Martial Arts
Test Yourself: Strength and Conditioning Standards for the Martial Arts
This article is aimed at mixed martial artists and those wishing to make that transition into mixed martial arts (MMA).
Midsection Madness for MMA
Midsection Madness for MMA
The definition of one’s core has gotten lost in translation over the years and we need to better understand what it really is.
“Fab Five Finishers” for MMA Conditioning
“Fab Five Finishers” for MMA Conditioning
If you’ve ever witnessed or participated in a metabolic circuit designed for combat athletes, you’ve seen hard core.
Corrective Exercise: Does It Have a Place in MMA Strength Training?
Corrective Exercise: Does It Have a Place in MMA Strength Training?
Trying to convince a combat athlete that thoracic spine mobility drills will help him in the octagon is like trying to convince my girlfriend that size doesn’t matter.
Partner Training: A Different Approach to MMA Strength and Conditioning
Partner Training: A Different Approach to MMA Strength and Conditioning
What’s going on “upstairs” allows you to utilize your physical skills to the best of your ability.
My Top 5 Strength Tools For the Combat Athlete
My Top 5 Strength Tools For the Combat Athlete
Strength training is a great way to “lay that foundation” and help an athlete develop superior strength and power endurance.
Who Said Training to Be a Fighter Was Easy?
Who Said Training to Be a Fighter Was Easy?
Anyone training for MMA will soon realize that it isn’t as easy as first intended.
Exclusive Interview with Martin Rooney (Part 3)
Exclusive Interview with Martin Rooney (Part 3)
In this third installment, Martin and I talk about the evolution of metabolic training.
4 Best Ways to Use a Mini Sled
This is a great product variation to the single sled when it comes to extra workouts, recovery - and especially prehab/rehab.
So You Wanna be a Fighter? Part 3
So You Wanna be a Fighter? Part 3
This is the final installment of the series—where my transition from powerlifter to entering a mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament takes place.
 Strength and Conditioning for Combat Athletes
Strength and Conditioning for Combat Athletes
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is here to stay.
A Fighter Training Fighters: An Interview with Jimmy “the British Assassin” Campbell
A Fighter Training Fighters: An Interview with Jimmy “the British Assass...
Jimmy Campbell’s record is eleven wins with just four losses.
Metabolic Power Training for MMA
Metabolic Power Training for MMA
SLAM!!! The empty Mountain Dew can hit the table.
 Work Capacity: Do It Stronger, Faster, Harder, and Longer
Work Capacity: Do It Stronger, Faster, Harder, and Longer
There are many elements to strength and conditioning (S&C) training as it relates to mixed martial arts (MMA). Most folks think that it’s all about “strength” or “cardio.”
 Developing Explosive Power for MMA
Developing Explosive Power for MMA
In almost every sport, the ability to be explosive and powerful often goes hand in hand with success, and this is especially true in mixed martial arts (MMA). Being a faster and more explosive fighter gives you the ability to overpower, outwork, and outgun your opponent from start to finish.
 Making the Switch from Powerlifting to Fighting
Making the Switch from Powerlifting to Fighting
A competitive powerlifter has one goal—to get as strong as hell. We try to perform GPP, eat healthy, and do all of the other little things to stay in shape. However, the bottom line is if it isn’t increasing the total, it’s not really high on the priority list. This is my mindset as a powerlifter, and most of the successful lifters whom I’ve known have been the same way. Anyone who has stepped on the platform has this competitive spirit. It’s the same spirit that drove me to my other favorite sport…fighting.
Countdown
Countdown
We arrived at Metropolis (a night club) at 6:00 p.m. The fights were scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. The time had finally arrived—Ryan Farhat’s mixed martial arts (MMA) debut.
To My Readers..  by The Thinker
To My Readers.. by The Thinker
One week ago I was offered and accepted an incredible opportunity to co-author a book outlining the physical preparation training of 6-time UFC Champion Randy Couture.
The Misconception
The Misconception
As a strength and conditioning coach, I feel there’s a duty not only to educate and learn from fellow sport-specific coaches on proper implementation of strength and conditioning programs but to educate and learn from the athletes as well.
Life Isn’t Just about Wins and Losses
Life Isn’t Just about Wins and Losses
Sports, physical training, and coaching have been my life for the last three decades. From the time I started playing soccer when I was five years old until today, many of the life lessons I’ve learned have either been found on the field, in the dojo, or in the gym.
Lift and Learn: The Downfalls of Bodybuilding
I started lifting weights at the age of 13. I recall the first day like it was yesterday! It was 2 weeks before 8th grade ended and I trekked down into my older brother’s room where he had a K-Mart bench, small straight bar and adjustable dumbbells. I carried Arnold’s Encyclopedia with me and followed the program of supersets. I supersetted everything! It was hilarious.
Time Under Tension for Grapplers & MMA Fighters Part II
Time Under Tension for Grapplers & MMA Fighters Part II
I still get goose bumps when I think of how John Smith, two time Olympic Gold Medalist was training when I attended his intensive wrestling camps.
Time Under Tension for MMA Fighters & Grapplers
Time Under Tension for MMA Fighters & Grapplers
There is a lot of confusion on how a fighter or grappler should train. Managing their time between training in the ring / mat and in the gym (or out of the gym) becomes important.
The Significance of Specific Strength Development in MMA
The Significance of Specific Strength Development in MMA
As the sport of MMA progresses so must the specific means and methods of fighter training.

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