The Best of the Best Content From July
The Best of the Best Content From July
Sifting through Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, coaching logs, and articles, here's the best!
A Social Experiment Gone Wrong
A Social Experiment Gone Wrong
Why can’t you speak to people face-to-face like you can on social media?
How to Avoid Pitfalls with Exercise Selection and Progression
How to Avoid Pitfalls with Exercise Selection and Progression
You found a new fancy-looking exercise on the 'gram, so you do it. Then, you have your athletes do it. But you don't know the exercise's common technique flaws or how to fix them — all you know is how the person looked and how you felt doing it.
Your Haters are Pushing You to the Top — Embrace It
Your Haters are Pushing You to the Top — Embrace It
Maybe instead of flipping off the haters, you should be thanking them instead. If anything, the haters are just bringing more people your way!
What If No One Was Watching?
What If No One Was Watching?
One might act a certain way at a concert Saturday night but act entirely different at church Sunday morning... and of course, one might lift a certain way for the sake of Instafamousness and socialookatmedia versus how they should lift and train for the pending meet or competition.
Two Lifters, One Ultimate Holiday Shopping List
Two Lifters, One Ultimate Holiday Shopping List
If you have gym friends with different focuses, no worries! The gifts on this shopping list are sure to please both of your powerlifting pals, regardless of their goals, focus, or social media presence.
Don’t Let The Things You Love Destroy You 
Don’t Let The Things You Love Destroy You 
The things that gym owners and coaches love to do are destroying them. Find what you love to do without it taking too much of a toll on your health, both mental and physical. #BeThe1ToAsk others if they need help.
Instagramification
Instagramification
Try to keep an open mind when trying a new, proactive approach to anything, even if it doesn't quite feel right at first — whether it be your job, social media, or a new program. Just because it doesn't feel good right away doesn't mean it won't later on.
Social Media Eliminates the Small Pond
Social Media Eliminates the Small Pond
I love the Internet. I really do. But at the same time, I can tell you that I absolutely miss those days where I was able to feel like a big fish in a small pond before the Internet came about. It's a paradox for us as we're all small fish in a very big pond.
20-Year-Olds, You’re Off The Hook — I've Got Smaller Fish to Fry
20-Year-Olds, You’re Off The Hook — I've Got Smaller Fish to Fry
Here's a riddle for you. What's worse than 20-something-year-olds? Teenagers. Teenagers are the worst. Worse than that, even? Teenagers on Instagram. Where on Earth are they learning all of this annoying stuff? Jeez...
9 Things I Learned From a Social Media Detox
9 Things I Learned From a Social Media Detox
Quitting social media will help you realize how you’re spending your time and where you’re spending your time. Most of us, myself included, are wasting entirely too much time on stupid stuff. Stop wasting your time there and start putting it where it's most important.
At War with the ME Culture
At War with the ME Culture
Social media is toxic when it comes down to good teamwork. There's no "I" in team, and there's no "me" in team, either. So let's try to figure out how to flip the "M" in me upside-down and change that Me to a We.
Risk Versus Reward
Risk Versus Reward
If we all sat inside a cage and didn’t go anywhere, we would certainly be safer with less chance of injury or death. But what kind of life would that be? No one cares what you think, so shut up.
What It Means to "Pass On"
What It Means to "Pass On"
Lately, I've noticed a lot of coaches telling other coaches to be careful of people who ask for advice in case they'll steal their trade secrets. Knock it off. Where did you learn the stuff you know now? That knowledge is not yours alone.
Keyboard Warriors Need to Stop!
Keyboard Warriors Need to Stop!
People with similar issues can respond differently to the same treatments, so having multiple solutions is a great way to increase the likelihood of success. As for arguing about different solutions with experts on the internet? Not so great.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast #7 with the Hypertrophy Coach (Joe Bennett)
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast #7 with the Hypertrophy Coach (Joe Bennett)
In this episode of Table Talk Podcast, Dave Tate and Joe Bennett (aka the Hypertrophy Coach) discuss pursuing knowledge, balancing family and work, online coaching, Dave Bautista, and more.
When Did Everyone Become Allergic to the Eccentric?
When Did Everyone Become Allergic to the Eccentric?
Nobody wants to watch their favorite athletes practice what they do best. But if you want to be the Michael Jordan or Reggie Jackson of powerlifting, you've got to work on the eccentric.
Training and Competition
Training and Competition
It is crucial to delineate these training and competition as separate but mutually impactful things. I’d wager that the majority of lifters who had a bad meet were doing a whole bunch of competition in training, leading up to the actual competition.
These 10 Words Are All You Need to Get Your Clients Back
These 10 Words Are All You Need to Get Your Clients Back
Rather than try to get new clients, why not try to win back your former clients? They just need a teeny, tiny bit of a nudge to come back through the door. Lucky for you, I have 10 words that'll get these guys and gals back in your gym — and three easy-peasy alternatives, too.
WATCH: Table Talk — The Future of Powerlifting with Dave Tate and Joe Sullivan
WATCH: Table Talk — The Future of Powerlifting with Dave Tate and Joe Su...
Sure, you could just pull out some tarot cards or dust off your great-grandmother's crystal ball to predict what powerlifting's going to be like in 10 years. Better yet, you could listen to Dave Tate and Joe Sullivan's powerlifting predictions.
Where I’ve Been, Future Plans, and Why You Won’t Hear it From Me
Where I’ve Been, Future Plans, and Why You Won’t Hear it From Me
I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me and my logs. And... in a way, you might have. But at the very least, I wanted to update all of my readers and followers here on my life before I start a social media blackout so I can get back into training.
Ed Corney: A Life Well Spent
Ed Corney: A Life Well Spent
Whenever one of the greats of bodybuilding or powerlifting passes away, it's a good time to pause and reflect on the present and learn from the past. With the recent death of Ed Corney in mind, let's take time to do just that.
Before You Social Media Shame Athletes' Poor Technique
Before You Social Media Shame Athletes' Poor Technique
All too often we sit back and make judgments through a keyboard in an instant rather than thinking that this is one moment of a program rather than the whole thing. I know that I have done this, too, earlier in my career (and on the wrong day, recently, too).
WATCH: Has Powerlifting Become Soft?
WATCH: Has Powerlifting Become Soft?
It's easy to sit around and pound your chest and call other people wimps while bragging about how strong you are... but if you ask Dave Tate, the people who do that are the real wimps.
Beware of False Prophets
Beware of False Prophets
There is a huge list of things the sport of powerlifting has produced over these seven decades. Within this sizable list, the sport has consistently produced two specific items over and again, each and every single decade.
Shit Coaches Need to Stop Telling Their Clients
Shit Coaches Need to Stop Telling Their Clients
Honestly, there are so many that I could go on forever. Within my sarcastic tone, I hope the message that comes across is simple.
WATCH: Andrey Malanichev — RPR, Powerlifting Culture, Injury Prevention
WATCH: Andrey Malanichev — RPR, Powerlifting Culture, Injury Prevention
This interview gives you the chance to learn more about Andrey, his training techniques/philosophies that led him to great success, including his views on sport history/culture found in the US and Russia.
Wrestling with Identity
Wrestling with Identity
I confess to feeling grossly inadequate while my girls seek to find their identities, and I contemplate where I may have messed up in their younger years.
Three Things I Would Change About the Fitness Industry
Three Things I Would Change About the Fitness Industry
Two decades of working in this industry—and even longer being part of it as a lifter—has shown me a lot of great things, but I've got a few suggestions as well.
Kids Ruin Everything?
Kids Ruin Everything?
I recently read two statements that I not only disagree strongly with but am qualified to disagree with. Total immersion in a goal isn't the only way to success, and if you believe having a family has to take away from your goals — well, you're wrong.
The Danger of Disposability
The Danger of Disposability
I’ve recently noticed culture embracing the idea of disposability at an ever-increasing measure. Quick, convenient, and disposable may lead to instant gratification, but I fear there are long-lasting consequences.
WATCH: Q&A with Coach Kav — Marketing and Branding in the Fitness Industry
WATCH: Q&A with Coach Kav — Marketing and Branding in the Fitness In...
Whether you're starting your business or have been around for years, one of the most important parts of your success is understanding and controlling consumer perception of your brand.
Social Media in Strength and Conditioning
Social Media in Strength and Conditioning
Life was meant to be lived, not read. Cars were meant to be driven, not parked. The harbor is safe, but a ship was meant to sail. Don't let articles and books convince you that you understand it all.
 Fitness Professional vs. Fitness Personality: The Social Media Conundrum
Fitness Professional vs. Fitness Personality: The Social Media Conundrum
I want to discuss what to look for when searching for accurate fitness and health resources, and even more importantly, what red flags to look out for.
I Might Be an Asshole But I'm Not Arrogant
I Might Be an Asshole But I'm Not Arrogant
Apparently when you become a self-proclaimed expert in training and nutrition, you also know everything about politics, social issues, and life. Have we always been this arrogant?
WATCH: Table Talk — The Current State of the Fitness Industry
WATCH: Table Talk — The Current State of the Fitness Industry
What do you think of the fitness community today and all the shitty gurus on social media?
Access Knowledge to Be Your Own Coach
Access Knowledge to Be Your Own Coach
Always being told what to do is not how one becomes great and it is most definitely not how one becomes a great lifter.
The Boards vs. Social Media — Can We Have Both?
The Boards vs. Social Media — Can We Have Both?
There was a time not that long ago that you knew where to go for positive discussion about a shared interest. What happened? Can we get it back?
Virtual Existence: Are You Clark Kent, Pretending to be Superman?
Virtual Existence: Are You Clark Kent, Pretending to be Superman?
It’s pretty damn easy to disguise yourself behind the anonymity of a keyboard, but the character you create online isn't the person you get to be in the real world.
YouTube Olympics vs Peaking for Competition
YouTube Olympics vs Peaking for Competition
A lot of lifters show huge discrepancies between their strength in training videos and their performance in competition. If you design your program correctly, your best lifts will happen where it counts: on the platform.
Getting the Most Out of Online Coaching
Getting the Most Out of Online Coaching
There are obstacles to overcome for effective online coaching. If you've considered working with a coach from a distance, here are the things you'll need to do for an optimal working relationship.
Are You a Gym Gypsy?
Are You a Gym Gypsy?
If your allegiance to a gym only lasts as long as your free membership or you bash your old gym on social media, this term may apply to you.
WATCH: The Red Flags of Online Coaching
WATCH: The Red Flags of Online Coaching
Everything you're seeing online is a mirage. How do you filter through all the bullshit?
A Glimpse Into the Rebirth of Powerlifting
A Glimpse Into the Rebirth of Powerlifting
One doesn't need to look that hard to see glimpses of this rebirth of powerlifting because they are all around us. I caught a glimpse (one of many) of the resurgence at the 2015 APF Chicagoland Summer Bash.
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me
Show Me, Don’t Tell Me
I don't want to hear about how great you are. I want you to prove it.
Integrity (Or a Lack Thereof)
Integrity (Or a Lack Thereof)
Why is our industry full of morally corrupt lifters and unoriginal thieves? Isn't there something we can do?
Competence is Confidence
Competence is Confidence
Belief in yourself is only useful if you take the time to build your abilities. Here's the formula to turn bravado into skilled-mastery.
The Pursuit of Likes: Why Women Should Save Competition for the Stage
The Pursuit of Likes: Why Women Should Save Competition for the Stage
Beautiful women, so what’s your Instagram account look like? Selfie-fest? Pushing the limits of skin exposure?
Arrogance vs Relevance: Fix Your Business Practices
Arrogance vs Relevance: Fix Your Business Practices
If you're relying on the wave of popularity to bring you clients, what will you do when the dry season comes.
What to Expect From a Supplement Company Sponsorship
What to Expect From a Supplement Company Sponsorship
Every aspiring lifter in this industry dreams of being sponsored by their favorite brand. But does the reality stack up to the fantasy.
Can You Handle The Couth?
Can You Handle The Couth?
You're welcome to your opinion about any man — living or dead. But sometimes you should just keep that opinion to yourself.
LISTEN: Changing the Game in Youth Sports
LISTEN: Changing the Game in Youth Sports
In the state of youth athletics, John O'Sullivan is the voice of reason amongst coaches, parents, and administrators.
How to Get a Supplement Company Sponsorship
How to Get a Supplement Company Sponsorship
Companies are looking for more than 6-pack abs and a big bench. Ask yourself this question: what do I have to offer?
The Pursuit of Strength
The Pursuit of Strength
We hold these truths to be self evident...all men are created equal (but not genetically) and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of strength.
Stop the Trash Talk
Stop the Trash Talk
Wise advice from the Gandhi of the Farmer's Walk.
Team Sports Are Not About Individual Glory
Team Sports Are Not About Individual Glory
What do you do when a win for yourself is a loss for your team?
Don't Be a Turd
Don't Be a Turd
Skip's steps to a feces-free Facebook.
Monster Garage Gym: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Monster Garage Gym: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
It is pretty much true, you are what you eat...or you will be.
How to Get Sponsored
How to Get Sponsored
It's not all about numbers and PRs. It takes a little something extra.

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