WATCH: Unilateral Specialized Power Training
WATCH: Unilateral Specialized Power Training
To improve athletic power, functional core strength, and body composition, check out these video exercise executions and training strategies that you can use right away.
8 Rules for The Hard Gainer
8 Rules for The Hard Gainer
You’re sick of spinning your wheels. Trust me, I get it. I’ve been there. Here's how to stop being timid and weak.
Are You Just Going Through the Motions?
Are You Just Going Through the Motions?
Life is meant to be lived. Stop sleepwalking through life and waiting for things to happen.
Should Pain Be Normal?
Should Pain Be Normal?
Most people automatically brush pain off as something that is a typical part of life, but I'd say that, "no pain, no gain" is furthest from the truth.
The Dying Art of Strength and Conditioning
The Dying Art of Strength and Conditioning
Between art and science, the pendulum has swung massively to one side.
The Mandatory Deload
The Mandatory Deload
My biggest mistake over the last few years was competing too much and training through injuries. Taking time off was probably the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.
WATCH: Interview with Acumobility’s Brad Cox
WATCH: Interview with Acumobility’s Brad Cox
Cox and Duffin discuss hip shift and pelvic tilt in the squat and deadlift, giving quick fixes and demonstrating five assessments to improve your performance.
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Strength Beyond the Barbell
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Strength Beyond the Barbell
Mental illness isn't something you hear often in the strength world — but that's not because it doesn't exist.
Top Four: What Are Your Priorities?
Top Four: What Are Your Priorities?
Dave has always said that elitefts is for those who place training as a top priority in their life. But what does this really mean?
40 Years and 40 Lessons
40 Years and 40 Lessons
On my 40th birthday I reflect on the things I learned for each year of my life.
Perspectives on Hypertrophy
Perspectives on Hypertrophy
My viewpoint runs counter to much of the current climate, which is dominated by the short-term perspective of a “hypertrophy phase.”
A Refresher on Traditional Periodization
A Refresher on Traditional Periodization
Before there were a bunch of fancy training programs, and after Milo carried the growing cow a bit further each day, there was traditional periodization. Let’s review.
4 Powerlifting Trump Cards You Should Hold Onto
4 Powerlifting Trump Cards You Should Hold Onto
Just like a game of euchre, there is an optimal time to play these trump cards in powerlifting.
WATCH: Bench Press Instruction with JL, Swede, and Casey
WATCH: Bench Press Instruction with JL, Swede, and Casey
In this final collection of footage we’ll share from our April training camp, the three expert coaches demonstrate the proper way to learn and improve the bench press.
Progressions and Regressions in Strength and Conditioning
Progressions and Regressions in Strength and Conditioning
This model allows you to assess and modify the training of your athletes based on their daily performance and movement proficiency.
The CVASP Podcast: Episode 15 with Dr. Bryan Mann
The CVASP Podcast: Episode 15 with Dr. Bryan Mann
Bryan cuts to the chase and shares the latest topics that are making his skin crawl.
Three Days at Kabuki Strength Systems
Three Days at Kabuki Strength Systems
Through our many adventures, Chris Duffin and I trained, went four-wheeling, ate A LOT, and talked about many aspects of coaching and programming.
Adaptive Thermogenesis  — The Beauty and the Beast of The Biggest Loser
Adaptive Thermogenesis — The Beauty and the Beast of The Biggest Loser
Starvation Mode is the not-so-accurate term for your body’s reaction to extreme caloric deficits. What price do you pay for rapid weight loss?
Do You Have a Fat Slob for a Wife?
Do You Have a Fat Slob for a Wife?
I’ve been married for 23 years and have had a wife fluctuate from one extreme to another. Just hear me out.
Hip Squatters vs Back Squatters  — What is the Proper Way to Squat?
Hip Squatters vs Back Squatters — What is the Proper Way to Squat?
There are two types of squatters: hip squatters and back squatters. The proper way to execute the lift depends on which technique is best for you.
 Resistance Training for Young Girls — Building More Than Strength
Resistance Training for Young Girls — Building More Than Strength
As a father raising a young girl, I have seen the importance of empowering the next generation of women. Here are my recommendations.
How Can I Get Stronger?
How Can I Get Stronger?
Whether you’re healthy or coming back from injury, try incorporating these things to increase force production and longevity.
Practical Programming Adjustments Determined By Age
Practical Programming Adjustments Determined By Age
If you aren’t considering this factor, your training is suffering.
Building the Biggest Hood in the Hood — Juarez Valley 10 Push-Ups
Building the Biggest Hood in the Hood — Juarez Valley 10 Push-Ups
The Juarez Valley 10 is the ultimate chest finisher — this sequence will have your chesticles swell up like the Himalayas!
Zoo RunRun — Blaine Crosses the Finish Line in His First 5K
Zoo RunRun — Blaine Crosses the Finish Line in His First 5K
Two faces in a crowded zoo, here’s our story: a 14-week play-by-play that prepared us for the rigors of race day.
3 Old-School Exercises You Need in Your Training Plan
3 Old-School Exercises You Need in Your Training Plan
Growing and progressing is the name of the game. You should do what works even if it isn’t new.
50 Things All Handlers Need to Know
50 Things All Handlers Need to Know
This list and the included video give you what you need to know before, during, and after the meet to help your lifter reach their competitive goals.
WATCH: Reno Hardcore with Guest Chris Duffin
WATCH: Reno Hardcore with Guest Chris Duffin
Kabuki, mental aspects of training, masculinity, geared vs. raw lifting, RPE — it’s all here in this video with two all-time great powerlifters.
Things I Have Learned From 15 Years of Conjugate Training
Things I Have Learned From 15 Years of Conjugate Training
Through a lot of ups downs since 2002, I’ve learned things both the hard way and the easy way. In one quick read, here are 137 of the best things to remember about conjugate.
Iron, Intensity, and Innovation — I3 Strength and Performance
Iron, Intensity, and Innovation — I3 Strength and Performance
Brandon Holmes and Marlon Woods open I3 Strength in Performance in Augusta, Georgia for a client base committed to high-level strength and fitness.
Are You Asking the Right Questions?
Are You Asking the Right Questions?
If you aren’t getting stronger or making gains, you’re doing something wrong. Your first job is figuring out what that is.
Why Do You Lift — Meaning, Identity, Hope and Passion
Why Do You Lift — Meaning, Identity, Hope and Passion
For the next three or four articles, this is our topic: motivation. This first part will explore the construction of meaning, identity, and the origins of motivation.
Strategies of Business and Training: Save, Spend, Invest
Strategies of Business and Training: Save, Spend, Invest
I am going to describe the similarities between three money management strategies and their application to your time in the iron game.
WATCH: Training Camp Q&A — What Do You Wish You Would've Done Sooner?
WATCH: Training Camp Q&A — What Do You Wish You Would've Done S...
JL Holdsworth, Swede Burns, and Casey Williams opened their training camp by answering this question.
Training Through Injury: How To Overcome Disc and Lumbar Issues
Training Through Injury: How To Overcome Disc and Lumbar Issues
A disc injury is not a death sentence. You now need to develop into a smarter lifter who is not only focused on PR’s but also on long term health.
Motor Patterning and PRI — Finding Solutions to Hip Shift and Dysfunctional Movement
Motor Patterning and PRI — Finding Solutions to Hip Shift and Dysfunctio...
Using a number of methods, here’s a look at what I did to correct a host of problems hindering my performance and health.
Inside the Mind of Stuart McRobert — Training Advice You're Not Following
Inside the Mind of Stuart McRobert — Training Advice You're Not Fol...
Get bigger and stronger with these four cornerstones of McRobert’s training method.
Mental Characteristics of Successful Powerlifters
Mental Characteristics of Successful Powerlifters
In my years of powerlifting, I have seen some really gifted people go nowhere, and some really poorly suited people do very well. Mindset is everything.
Physical Preparation Guidelines Every Firefighter Should Follow
Physical Preparation Guidelines Every Firefighter Should Follow
Your job is your playing field and you need to prepare your body for game situations through proper training, nutrition and hydration, along with preventative maintenance and recovery.
Do You Believe?
Do You Believe?
Was I able to do these things and reach the level that I did simply because I believed?
Social Skill Integration Through Movement and Strength — Off-Site Training
Social Skill Integration Through Movement and Strength — Off-Site Training
½ Gym, ½ Off-Site Training leads us here: a full session away from gym grounds. Fit your programming needs within these structures to differentiate skill, meet new people, and have fun.
What's Old?
What's Old?
Instead of thinking of age as a disability or a disadvantage, recognize your experience for what it is: an advantage in achieving physical and mental greatness.
Understanding the Strategy of Periodization
Understanding the Strategy of Periodization
Knowing how to implement proper periodization will set you free from being slave to rigid programs and pre-written training plans.
WATCH: Table Talk — How to Maintain a Healthy Spine
WATCH: Table Talk — How to Maintain a Healthy Spine
Screw up your back and being unable to squat or deadlift won’t be your only concern.
Know Your Bars
Know Your Bars
Nobody wants to waste hard earned money on equipment they’re not sure about. Use this overview of the SS Yoke Bar and the Rackable Cambered Bar to make your next purchasing decision is an educated one.
Jeff Magruder: Powerlifter and Bench Press Champion
Jeff Magruder: Powerlifter and Bench Press Champion
A multi-world record holder in the bench press, a successful gym owner, and a successful all-around lifter, Magruder has certainly made his mark.
My Weekend of Strength
My Weekend of Strength
With a clinic and meet scheduled on back to back days, I was surrounded by influential members of the strength community and made a few discoveries.
Three More Guidelines for Injury-Free Progress
Three More Guidelines for Injury-Free Progress
The primary question you should ask for your training is this: How can I get stronger while staying injury free? Maximize your results with these general rules.
WATCH: Reno Hardcore With Guests Dan and Sparkle Green
WATCH: Reno Hardcore With Guests Dan and Sparkle Green
Chad interviews world-record holding powerlifter Dan Green and his wife Sparkle after a seminar at American Iron gym.
The Training Ego — Are You Letting It Win?
The Training Ego — Are You Letting It Win?
I had a training ego. It drove everything I did — every weight I put on the bar, every lift I took, and the design of every workout. And then one day, my training ego gave up.
Tapering for a Powerlifting Meet
Tapering for a Powerlifting Meet
Let’s evaluate how to train in the final four weeks leading to a competition. Most importantly, what does it mean to taper and how should you do it?
How To Train Around Old
How To Train Around Old
Please don’t believe the clichés that age is only a number or you’re only as old as you feel. If it were only a state of mind, we all could stay 21 forever.
Three Powerlifting Fads That Are Hurting Your Total
Three Powerlifting Fads That Are Hurting Your Total
Training isn’t meant to be flashy — it’s meant to be effective. Resist the temptation of these “hip” techniques and stay on track to bigger PRs on meet day.
Confidence — What Separates the Elite from the Novice
Confidence — What Separates the Elite from the Novice
Where is your confidence and what are you willing to do to strengthen it?
Communication in Strength and Conditioning — The Heartbeat of a Successful Program
Communication in Strength and Conditioning — The Heartbeat of a Successf...
With your athletes and with your staff, communication is all you have for keeping everyone on the same page. If you won’t talk to them, you won’t understand them, and your program will fail.
Seminar Lessons from Kettlebell Workshop at Elite Training Systems
Seminar Lessons from Kettlebell Workshop at Elite Training Systems
Even at the highest levels of coaching and training, there is a need and desire to continuously learn from different people to consistently improve your ability to help your clients get better and improve.
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
If I left work and went to the bar instead of the gym, would it really make a difference?
REGISTER NOW: April 30th Training Camp with JL Holdsworth, Swede Burns, and Casey Williams
REGISTER NOW: April 30th Training Camp with JL Holdsworth, Swede Burns, ...
You will have the opportunity to learn about any topic in strength training you choose, from execution of the main lifts all the way down to minute details of accessory work.
Your First Summer of Planning — Schedule and Program Setup as a New Coach
Your First Summer of Planning — Schedule and Program Setup as a New Coach
Young coaches often find a spot late in the summer leaving little time to prepare for the year ahead. Here are the planning and scheduling factors to consider as you construct your program.

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