Surviving Max Effort Day
Surviving Max Effort Day
I thought about just putting my workout off until tomorrow. That would have been the smart thing to do.
Training Is Where Your Life Happens
Training Is Where Your Life Happens
There’s nothing that will ever replace good old-fashioned hard work and practice. Not only that, this is where your life happens one plateau at a time.
Motivation and Inspiration: What Keeps You Going?
Motivation and Inspiration: What Keeps You Going?
Sometimes working through adversity feels like a task you cannot possibly do on your own. Here are some ways to keep you going when things get tough.
The Road to Recovery
The Road to Recovery
My injuries have taken me from meet platform to operating table and back again.
How Training Partners Changed My Lifting Career
How Training Partners Changed My Lifting Career
From cellar dweller to lifting in a hardcore powerlifting crew.
Glory Lasts Forever
Glory Lasts Forever
Why don't you just go the safe route? Sit on the couch and think about all the things others have accomplished.
What's the Big Deal About a PR, Anyway?
What's the Big Deal About a PR, Anyway?
You want to leave the gym on a good note. Aichs explores what that really means.
Motivation From Within
Motivation From Within
How far would you push yourself when you believe the only person who will ever know is you?
It's NOT About Luck
It's NOT About Luck
Need motivation? Watch this.
The Angry Coach: A Big Part of My Coaching Philosophy
The Angry Coach: A Big Part of My Coaching Philosophy
Do you know the difference between a coach and a cartoon character?
A Lion in Iron: Motivation Only Takes You So Far
A Lion in Iron: Motivation Only Takes You So Far
If you want to see your goals through, you must have concrete reasons and the mentality to do so.
Darden Diaries: I Can Do All Things
Darden Diaries: I Can Do All Things
It took him more than a decade to answer my prayers. But in 2006, when he did, it helped to form me into who I am today.
Training with Purpose: Individualization
Training with Purpose: Individualization
When it comes to training athletes, certain individualities need to be considered.
Iron Sport: My Iowa Adventure
Iron Sport: My Iowa Adventure
My running theme when I do any kind of public speaking is to make the audience laugh and make the people who actually hired me cringe.
Steve's Strength Tips: Stay On Your Feet
Steve's Strength Tips: Stay On Your Feet
There's a big difference between you and me. I've been there and back. I've done it all. Everything you've ever thought of, I've lifted already.
I'm Too Young to Be This Damn Old: The Last Diet
I'm Too Young to Be This Damn Old: The Last Diet
I developed three wardrobes: medium, large, and too damn big.
Dave Tate Speaks at CrossFit HQ
Dave Tate Speaks at CrossFit HQ
They wanted to learn more about powerlifting... so they called in Dave Tate, of course.
Business: It's Never Easy
Business: It's Never Easy
Since day one... if it hasn't been one thing it been two others... I used to say that every small business is only a few months from being "out of business."
Training the Younger Generation of Athletes
Training the Younger Generation of Athletes
Now more than ever, the younger generation of athletes (and their parents) are looking to gain an edge.
Life is for the Living
Life is for the Living
Life is for the living man, find what you want and never look back!
No F**cking Idea Why
No F**cking Idea Why
I have no idea what is going on this week.
Psychobabble Bullsh*t
Psychobabble Bullsh*t
Before reading this, just know that while these words reflect my feelings it doesn't mean that I'm acting on any of it.
RENO HARDCORE: Cliché
RENO HARDCORE: Cliché
When I first decided to pursue powerlifting seriously, I knew I could be good. How good? I didn't know.
Strengthening Your Core (Values)
Strengthening Your Core (Values)
With many great things, the precise point of origin is not always obvious.
Under The Bar: If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This
Under The Bar: If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This
If I was to tell you about my last week, you wouldn't believe it.
Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Sometimes NOT getting what we want is actually what we need.
The Company You Keep
The Company You Keep
They say you can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. If you associate with positive, motivated, driven people it can only rub off on you and make you more successful in anything you do.
Elitefts Classic: Under the Bar – Attitude
Elitefts Classic: Under the Bar – Attitude
I always felt the “under the bar concept” could carry it own weight. This is because just about every skill needed to be successful in business and life is also needed to be successful “under the bar”
What is Strongman and Why Do You Do it?
What is Strongman and Why Do You Do it?
I love competition and competing in strongman gives me a focus for my training, goals to strive for, and periodic tests of how I am progressing.
Are Your Athletes Training or Working Out?
Are Your Athletes Training or Working Out?
There is a huge difference between working out and training, but training dictates that there is a goal.
Hard to Train…but Training Hard: Part III
Hard to Train…but Training Hard: Part III
Growing up, I hated things that made me feel "different" or "not normal".
How Weight Training IS Saving My Life
How Weight Training IS Saving My Life
I wage a war against the iron like no other.
Training to be a Dad
Training to be a Dad
With lifting, I can create a bond with my son that can be held for life.
The Weakest Link: Motivation
The Weakest Link: Motivation
According to Josh, motivation is something you either have or you don’t.
Words Win
Words Win
Words win! The more I use it, the more I realize there is a whole lot more going on with these two words than I ever imagined.
Break to Build
Break to Build
Eric discusses how building an athlete is just as important as breaking an athlete.
 Training in the Zone of Proximal Development
Training in the Zone of Proximal Development
The zone of proximal development is the area between what people can do independently and when they need help.
Training for Football
Training for Football
Growing up, I played a variety of sports and fell in love with weight training when I was 13 years old.
McGorry/Starnes Interview: Powerlifting to Bodybuilding
McGorry/Starnes Interview: Powerlifting to Bodybuilding
Our very own “Unlikely Powerlifter,” Matt McGorry, decided to compete in his very first bodybuilding show just a few short weeks ago.
 The Mindset of a Powerlifter
The Mindset of a Powerlifter
The world of powerlifting is a small enclave overshadowed by the field of bodybuilding.
 Motivated People Only
Motivated People Only
However, I’ve had to fire a few clients. I love a business where the business owner fires his clients.
It’s Not a Race for Last
It’s Not a Race for Last
It was during the conditioning portion of my son’s football practice that I heard one of the greatest motivational lines I’ve heard in my 34 years of playing sports and coaching.
 Bob Youngs and the Restless
Bob Youngs and the Restless
I became acquainted with Bob Youngs well over a decade ago when the internet and lifting forums were still in their infancy. Like many aspiring lifters, Bob served as my guide when I was somewhat lost in the dark, weightlifting wilderness.
Raising the Bar: A Review
Raising the Bar: A Review
Dave Tate’s first book, Under the Bar, was billed as a book that wasn’t about training but kind of was. It wasn’t about business but kind of was, and it wasn’t about life but kind of was. His second book, Raising the Bar, is very similar but with a dark twist.
Product of Your Desires
Product of Your Desires
You hear people talk all the time about how someone is a product of his or her environment. This is almost always the case when someone has done something wrong, and the argument is used as an excuse for the person as if they had no choice in the matter other than to become what their environment leads them to be
 Raising the Bar Introduction: Blast and Dust
Raising the Bar Introduction: Blast and Dust
Were you fed through a bottle, or were you fed naturally? Did you eat from plastic plates? Stand too close to the microwave? Did you grow up in the ghetto? Are you a recovering drug addict? Is your life a living hell? Are there things about yourself that you don't like? Do you procrastinate?
The Return of Hardcore
The Return of Hardcore
That’s it. I can’t take it anymore. These sissified commercial gyms and their clipboard holding trainers have just about ruined the weightlifting world.
 My Journey to the Grappler's Quest: Part 2
My Journey to the Grappler's Quest: Part 2
The nerves didn’t hit until I walked into the Las Vegas Sports Center for Friday night weigh-ins.
Are you playing with a full deck?
Are you playing with a full deck?
Here is a question I was just asked on the Q and A. I do not watch or read the news in regards to political issues so my answer is based solely on the issues I deal with on a day to day basis with no BS or political agenda. It is what it is...
 How I Passed Basic Training at 235 Pounds
How I Passed Basic Training at 235 Pounds
Before I get started here, I want to say that I am in no way, shape or form a badass. I’m simply an average guy with a little better than average genetics, and a good work ethic. I know a hundred guys that are tougher and more hardcore than I am. They just haven’t written their stories down on paper yet.
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.
 Under The Bar: WHERE TRIALS NEVER END
Under The Bar: WHERE TRIALS NEVER END
As a kid in high school, I never particularly liked math; I was OK at it I guess, but it wasn’t my favorite subject. One thing I did like about it, though, was that I immediately knew where I stood. Back then, my ninth-grade brain wanted some things to be at least certain.
Top 17 Tips for Losing Body Fat ASAP (Part 2)
Top 17 Tips for Losing Body Fat ASAP (Part 2)
Summer is quickly approaching. Will you be at the pool proud of the way you look or hiding at the snack bar?
Self-Esteem and Lifting
Self-Esteem and Lifting
I have a ton of theories about life, lifting, weight loss, and other things. None of them are based on any scientifically proven truth. All of them are based on my observations of the world and people in general.
 Under the Bar: Law of Attraction
Under the Bar: Law of Attraction
First off, if you’re going to bother with this, at least listen or read the Wayne Dyer stuff. I feel the “other” stuff is a jacked up crock of shit.
Powerlifters have Values?
Powerlifters have Values?
There aren’t many among us out there who make a living from their three lift totals.

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