Men of Strength Sports Performance Podcast #4: Jeff Ward
Men of Strength Sports Performance Podcast #4: Jeff Ward
This episode's guest is Georgia Southern University’s director of Olympic strength and conditioning: Jeff Ward. Coach Ward was a part-time assistant when I started working there, and he made a huge jump to the director position. He's got a good story of how he got there, so listen up!
C.J. Murphy's Specialty Bar Car Show #2
C.J. Murphy's Specialty Bar Car Show #2
In my second Specialty Bar Car Show, I'm going to teach you everything I know about the Tsunami Bar, Bandbell Bar, and — one of my all-time favorites — Safety Squat Bars. If I haven't sold you on any of these bars, remember this...
General Criteria to Consider When Writing a Program
General Criteria to Consider When Writing a Program
It's important to note that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all training protocol, and these are just some general suggestions based on a few successes and countless failures over my career that I consider when writing a program.
3 Things You'll Find in My Mental Health Toolbox
3 Things You'll Find in My Mental Health Toolbox
Like any other coach, I love talking about training and programming and being in the weight room while coaching. But like many of you, I’ve neglected the thing between my ears, and I want you to know that it’s all right to feel. If your mental health is a weakness, don’t avoid it.
WATCH: I am Ashley Jones
WATCH: I am Ashley Jones
elitefts columnist Ashley Jones is Australian by birth, a New Zealander by choice and marriage, but first and foremost, he's a strength and conditioning coach with 40 years of experience under his belt with plenty of passion and advice to spare to future coaches.
Peaking for Sport
Peaking for Sport

If speed is what we’re going after, then why do the weights on both our heavy and light days continue to climb, and bar speed continues to fall? As we get deeper into the competitive season and continue to put more tonnage on the athletes, we are burning the candle at both ends.

Performance Drive Response
Performance Drive Response

Reading Al Miller’s “The System” made me think about my most successful program. I’ve dubbed this hodgepodge of six years in strength and conditioning “Performance Drive Response,” which is a culmination of a bunch of different systems I’ve used, seen, and been in or part of.

Cal Poly Promotes Sara MacKenzie as Director of Strength and Conditioning
Cal Poly Promotes Sara MacKenzie as Director of Strength and Conditioning
Sara MacKenzie was promoted to Director of Strength and Conditioning at Cal Poly, making her the second woman who holds that position among all NCAA Division I schools with football programs.
Through the Players' Eyes
Through the Players' Eyes

Coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, equipment personnel, and league officials all have distinctly different vantage points on the same subject matter. Somewhere along the lines, one of the most critical perspectives gets lost in the shuffle: the players’.

The Most Important Principle for Strength
The Most Important Principle for Strength

With all of the information we have at our fingertips, it’s easy to lose track of some of the basic principles of strength training. One that’s easy to forget: Balance training and recovery as evenly as possible.

Live and Learn (and Pass On, Too)
Live and Learn (and Pass On, Too)

Live and learn from your failures and mistakes. Be willing to learn, and maybe more importantly, be willing to be wrong. Now go and pass that along.

An Epic Q&A with Dr. John Rusin and Dave Tate
An Epic Q&A with Dr. John Rusin and Dave Tate

Is Dave still following Dr. Rusin’s protocol? What are Dr. Rusin’s top-two training takeaways working with Dave? In this Q&A, Dave Tate and Dr. John Rusin share their overall experiences from video series “Fixing Dave Tate” and “Breaking John Rusin,” and more.

Training Considerations for Soldiers
Training Considerations for Soldiers

Since most units don’t really allow for rest days other than the weekend, I’m looking for the biggest-bang-for-my-buck exercises that I could be able to fit into a morning training session. Also, I’m working based on the assumption that Fridays are company/battery runs.

Why Strength Training is Equally Important as Conditioning (With Template)
Why Strength Training is Equally Important as Conditioning (With Template)

For the record, I’m not writing this article to bash box programming; I’m writing this to present an alternative way of doing things while STILL utilizing the best aspects of box programming. Our strength training model is what we’ve used with nearly 20,000 athletes (in a group setting) worldwide with great success.

Conjugate U for Collegiate Tennis
Conjugate U for Collegiate Tennis

After reading Conjugate U, I moved forward with implementing the Conjugate Method with my women’s tennis team. Here’s what we accomplished this past season.

The Obese Body and Exercise — Physical Cross-Talk
The Obese Body and Exercise — Physical Cross-Talk

The main reason I would suggest you engage in exercise is happiness. You might ask, “You mean managing depression?” No. I mean simple and plain happiness, although I’ll discuss depression and mental health, too.

The SAID Principle — Training Optimally for Sport
The SAID Principle — Training Optimally for Sport

We as strength coaches have a way of screwing training up even with this ancient, written-in-stone principle.

Determining the Needs of an Athlete
Determining the Needs of an Athlete

If an athlete is training on heavy squats but is unable to get into a good technique, he is risking injury, plus he is not getting the most of his training because he is in bad positions. First things first, let’s start with an assessment.

WATCH: Road Trip Rants — Explosive vs. Strong, Trendy Hashtags, and Dave's Transformations
WATCH: Road Trip Rants — Explosive vs. Strong, Trendy Hashtags, and Dave...

At some point Dave will make it to his destination, but until then, he’s got a few more questions to answer.

The 14-Day Program: An Interview with John Bott
The 14-Day Program: An Interview with John Bott

What did your training look like before you began this training? Give us a sample week/template that would be fairly typical of what you did.

New Rules for Being a Strength Coach
New Rules for Being a Strength Coach

If you aren’t willing to change and grow, you won’t survive. Here are the ways my perspective on strength coaching rules has changed since my previous article on the topic.

Is Your Competition Outworking You?
Is Your Competition Outworking You?

I love the ideals of hard work, being hardcore, and oozing intensity, but over the years I have learned there are many ways to perceive these things.

Strength Training for Youth Athletes — The Youth Physical Development Model in Early Sport Specialization
Strength Training for Youth Athletes — The Youth Physical Development Mo...

Neuromuscular training can be implemented early in the youth physical development process, but age-appropriate speed and strength training must account for the process of growth and maturation, motor learning, and physical development.

Have You Heard the Secret to Strength Yet?
Have You Heard the Secret to Strength Yet?

I’m here to spread the true secret of strength, if you think you can handle it.

Reasons Why You're Weak — Inefficient Technique, Outcome-Focused, Micro-Managing, Online, and Over-Thinking
Reasons Why You're Weak — Inefficient Technique, Outcome-Focused, M...

Without question, the number one reason most lifters don’t lift the weights that they are able to is…

Social Skill Integration Through Movement and Strength — Gym Training
Social Skill Integration Through Movement and Strength — Gym Training

The goal is to get an inactive child on the spectrum socially and physically strong through movement. This initial type of training, the first in a progression of eight, takes place in the gym.

Africa Lifts
Africa Lifts

These are the gyms of Sub-Saharan Africa, where the training environment is unsheltered and un-floored and the equipment is made of scrap iron, car parts, cement, and anything else that works.

Embrace Being the Individual You Are
Embrace Being the Individual You Are

There is so much information that you could spend days, weeks, and months learning, without ever actually lifting a damn thing. Don’t become paralyzed trying to weed through all of the varying perspectives.

Strength Union: Building A Unified, Empowered Strength Community
Strength Union: Building A Unified, Empowered Strength Community

A union operates to give a group of individuals one voice, empowering them to lead in the right direction. This fully-equipped facility aims to provide exactly that for each of its members as they become the strongest versions of themselves.

In-Season Softball Training Guidelines and Myths
In-Season Softball Training Guidelines and Myths

The longer the season goes on, the more important it is to maintain performance. Don’t spend the season losing the physical abilities built during the off-season.

WATCH: Coach Shoop's Impact on Dave
WATCH: Coach Shoop's Impact on Dave

Continuing their conversation, Shoop and Dave talk about the past and what brought them back together.

WATCH: Coach Shoop Visits Dave Tate
WATCH: Coach Shoop Visits Dave Tate

If you’ve read Under the Bar you know who Bill Shoop is — he’s the high school football coach Dave credits with changing his life forever.

Mastery of the Mundane
Mastery of the Mundane

Everyone trains hard but few do the things that are boring and tedious. It is the willingness to do the mundane that separates those top athletes from the hordes of others training away in the gym right now.

Heavy Metal Fitness: Tim Ingram's Strength Haven Grows Again
Heavy Metal Fitness: Tim Ingram's Strength Haven Grows Again

When we first shared his story in 2014, Tim Ingram had just opened his first training facility. Now he’s back with another story of growth — and an even bigger gym.

Programming for Athletes — The Youth Athlete: Grades 4-6, Ages 10-12
Programming for Athletes — The Youth Athlete: Grades 4-6, Ages 10-12

This is the most important time in an athlete’s career for learning motor patterns, and it’s the age range that can set up athletes for long-term success in their sport.

The Difference Between Outcome-Driven and Process-Focused
The Difference Between Outcome-Driven and Process-Focused

You’ve probably been told to focus on the process rather than the outcome, but the thing is, no one tells you how; you’re simply chastised for focusing on the wrong thing, then told to go on your merry way.

Ping Pong and Powerlifting
Ping Pong and Powerlifting

Thinking back to these two activities and my time in college, I find myself wondering if the concept of working in with strangers is a concept lost on today’s youth.

Choosing Conventional or Sumo Based on Bone Structure
Choosing Conventional or Sumo Based on Bone Structure

You will need a tape measure.

WATCH: The Vision and Growth of Showtime Strength and Performance
WATCH: The Vision and Growth of Showtime Strength and Performance

Nick Showman built his facility with a purpose and, in the process of growing, has found a niche in softball, welcomed serious lifters, and expanded the services he and his coaches provide.

What, Why, When, How — A Guide to Using an Intro Week
What, Why, When, How — A Guide to Using an Intro Week

I have had more tweaks and muscle strains occur during the first week of getting back into training than any other time. If I’d known how to use an intro week, this never would’ve happened.

Real Life Status — Who's Watching You?
Real Life Status — Who's Watching You?

After our recent bowl game, all-time great Denver Bronco and two-time Pro Bowler Rod Smith spoke to my team and shared an important message that got me thinking about my athletes and my personal mission statement.

The Strongest Man in the Gym
The Strongest Man in the Gym

Although we have had a number of 1000-pound squatters and 800-pound benchers at the Monster Garage Gym, I can tell you—and so would the majority of the powerlifters at the gym—that Jerry is the strongest man in the gym.

Coaching Essentials for Program Development
Coaching Essentials for Program Development

How do you determine if your program is too easy, too hard, or just right? Here are some things to look for to see if your coach is the real deal or full of shit.

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.

Ego Is the Enemy
Ego Is the Enemy

Let me introduce you to a young gentleman from my gym. Like a lot of inexperienced lifters, he didn’t understand what it really means to keep your nose to the grindstone.

WATCH: Blast from the Past — Dave Tate's Presentation at the 2006 Syracuse Strength Seminar
WATCH: Blast from the Past — Dave Tate's Presentation at the 2006 S...

There are four components of a weight room atmosphere: coaching, equipment, training, and athletes.

Are You on Track?
Are You on Track?
Apple announces the release of the Series 3 Apple Watch. This may satisfy all of your Watch hopes and dreams.
Back to Recovery Basics: The Big Three
Back to Recovery Basics: The Big Three

In part two of this series, the topic is the big three for recovery, which allows athletes to experience better performance, resistance to injury, and longevity in their sport.

Back to Recovery Basics: Fundamentals of Recovery
Back to Recovery Basics: Fundamentals of Recovery

Understanding the role of recovery is the first step to improving your health, longevity, and performance as a strength athlete. Think of it like this: your training is the sledgehammer and your recovery is the raw materials and blueprints for improvement.

Strength Chat Podcast: Technical Aspects of Training During and After Pregnancy
Strength Chat Podcast: Technical Aspects of Training During and After Pr...

Through their four pillars and a growing nationwide network, BIRTHFIT is helping thousands of expecting moms prepare themselves for childbirth while staying healthy, mobile, and strong.

Sisyphus Stumbles
Sisyphus Stumbles

During the second double of a floor press training session, his pec tears. The bar crashes to the safety pins, inches above his face. For at least the twentieth time, the Collegiate Power Rack saves his ass.

Empowering Intellectuals: Reclaiming the Body — Muscularity, Bone Density, and Lifestyle
Empowering Intellectuals: Reclaiming the Body — Muscularity, Bone Densit...

In part one I addressed some general definitions and discussed the issues of age group, level of activity, previous training experience, and body fat. Now we address muscularity, injuries, bone density, and the lifestyle factors that impact your health.

Dave Tate: Looking Back On Nearly 20 Years, Some Things Never Change
Dave Tate: Looking Back On Nearly 20 Years, Some Things Never Change

With the exponential growth of the fitness industry over the past 20 years, the roots of elitefts still hold strong: a foundational trunk of knowledge sprouting enough branches to accommodate nearly every training discipline imaginable.

WATCH: Sharing Love and Leaving Scars
WATCH: Sharing Love and Leaving Scars

In this piece I reflect on my stepfather and his impact on me, trying to understand how a person who loved his children so much could also inadvertently created a great deal of difficulty and strife in their lives.

Circa Max Phase for Throwers
Circa Max Phase for Throwers

Each time I use this method myself I feel like I could run through a wall come meet day. Now after six years of using this cycle, we have proof that it works for our athletes.

Staying the Vigilant Lifter
Staying the Vigilant Lifter

The vigilant lifter wants to be a student of strength. They do not just want to be told what to do to get stronger. They want to learn and understand how to get stronger.

WATCH: How the Bite of the Iron Nurtured My Growth
WATCH: How the Bite of the Iron Nurtured My Growth

Sometimes we get so caught up in the physical nature of training we forget about the other impacts it has.

Building the Yoke
Building the Yoke

A big yoke equals instant respect. No one wants to screw with a guy that has a big neck and a thick yoke.

14 Things About Bodybuilding and Building Muscle That I Know to Be True
14 Things About Bodybuilding and Building Muscle That I Know to Be True

These underlying training principles contribute to keeping your body healthy, growing, recovering, and building muscle over the long-term. You simply need to follow them.

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