The American log press record holder Rob Kearney used to avoid strict pressing as he was able to rely on his massive split jerk to get him over 400 pounds on the log. Once he incorporated strict pressing, as well as other accessory lifts to build his shoulders, he pressed 475 pounds for a new American record.
Interested in creating your own strongman conjugate program? I consulted with the experts and wrote a guide to give you all the information you need to set yourself up for strength gains in your lifts — where it matters.
The Train Your @ss Off with Dave Tate event was not only a life-changing experience; it was also truly something I will remember forever. It has made me a better coach, a better training partner, and a better overall human because it helped me figure out what is truly important in my life.
Whether you compete in a sport with overhead events like strongman, or you just like being able to press something heavy overhead, this program is for you. The following 8-week program will provide two upper body days per week to help build the overhead press.
If you're interested in doing some strongman movements but are hesitant because you're in the middle of a program, don't be! Brian Alsruhe will show you how to implement those movements into your current program.
Even if you're not a strongman competitor, the Atlas Stone's benefits have carryover to the Big Three. Besides, it's fun to train something new. So what are you waiting for? Grab an Atlas Stone, heavy med ball, or sandbag so we can get started!
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.
Now that I’m out in the middle of nowhere, I’m looking forward to beginning my descent into hermitude and madness as I train alone. Picture Jack Nicholson’s character in "The Shining" except more swole because of these 5 items.
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.
Brian Alsruhe's training style is going to be different than what you'd usually see at the elitefts S5 Compound, but that certainly didn't stop him or Team elitefts athletes from exchanging ideas and having a good time.
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.
Strongman, like any strength sport, can be programmed intelligently, allowing an athlete to reach their zenith for that time in their life. No training style has allowed me to do that quite like the conjugate method.
“I don’t need a psychiatrist. Give me a squat rack and a deadlift platform and a bench and a couple of Atlas stones, and that’s my psychiatric chair right there.” Everyone needs a safe haven, and elitefts coach Clint Darden has found his at the House of Biceps in Cyprus.
It’s great you can point out each origin and insertion of every muscle, but your client doesn’t care. Your end goal is to get your client results and to make them feel better about themselves — not getting them to the point where they're limping out of your gym.
This competition was preceded by my dad's unexpected death, a delay in his death certificate, and burying him the Monday before my wedding. It's been a tough year, and my training and diet reflected that. Still, I did pretty well all things considered.
A few weeks ago I blogged about how I was mistakenly looking for a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with my injuries, and my circumstances are different. But with the help of four friends (and my wife), we came up with a BAMF program. Here it is.
You must slow down to truly get a feel for the mind-muscle connection. I know some of you who do slow-motion reps or time under tension think you do not need to slow down. Well, then, this article is ESPECIALLY for you!
You have to learn that 2 weeks before the competition, you aren't going to get stronger. All you can really do is screw things up. Don't lift 1RMs; instead, deload or train with lighter weights. You want to peak at the competition, not in training.
To this day, I still have new members of my gym argue with me on nutrition and training, only to regret not listening later on. Follow these tips and you will not only continue to get stronger for years to come, but you will also stay injury-free.
The best part of strongman is that you don't know what to expect — and that's what makes it so fun! Rather than worry about having the "right" equipment, Matt Mills says you should jump in and compete.
A few years ago, I attempted to bring 4 strength sports together into a training plan for rugby. This time, I want to delve deeper into the framework that makes up the programming of these sports and how we can program them into a usable athletic development plan.
Don't be afraid to mix up your workout routine with something new. Try a new exercise and see if it works well for you. That's what I did today, and it ended up being a solid workout session. Plus, my bench press has felt stronger every week. Try it! What've you got to lose?
elitefts equipment is worth every single penny, especially when you can get multiple exercises out of a single item. But not everyone has the time to figure out what to do; that's where this article series comes in, starting with the SS Yoke Bar.
Cardio can help you cut weight, get shredded for the stage, and increase athletes' performance. But with so much cardio out there, where do you start? Start here with elitefts team members' top-3 cardio items, based on their sports or areas of expertise.
Programming for a death medley event can be tricky. Many people make the mistake of going too heavy right away with maybe one top set — a recipe for disaster. Instead, try out my recipe for a successful death medley.
Click for a sneak peek of what's to come in the month of May, including the updated Team elitefts roster of new athletes, coaches, and columnists. We'll also recap April's top-5 coaching blogs, training logs, and articles.
Can you deadlift 600 pounds but can't budge a 225-pound stone off the floor? If you didn't know, the upper back comes into play in nearly every strongman event; therefore, a weak upper back will surely decrease your chance of winning and advancing in the sport.
Take a look at what we can expect to read from Matt Mills, JP Carroll, Chris Cooper, Mark Dugdale, Swede Burns, Matt Ladewski, and Dave Tate this month. Inside we'll also rewind to March to see the most popular content from your favorite guest writers, columnists, coaches, and athletes.
Before the Men's Bodybuilding Finals could begin on stage, strongman had to finish the Stone Over Shoulder event. My first reaction was a giant eye roll. As if anything else couldn’t be any more boring than watching guys pose, I instead get to watch 400-pound men lift stones. Yay me.
After reading Mark Dugdale's recent off-season diet article, I thought I would write about what my current diet in the off-season is like as well. Not only will I share my current off-season diet, but I'm also going to write about my process for gaining weight — not fat, but muscle.
I might not have made it as a top-10 heavyweight finalist in the 2019 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships, but I sure learned a lot while I was there. Plus, I'll be sure to apply everything I learned this time around at my next competition.
Between three jobs, strongman competitions, and his appearance on The Titan Games, 105-kilogram World's Strongest Man Anthony Fuhrman shares his thoughts on pro middleweight strongman issues, meeting one of his childhood idols, and Taylor Swift.
This month's featured program is great for those who've recently finished training for a contest and are getting into the nitty-gritty of off-season training. It'll keep your gains coming in at a steady pace, improve your base strength, and help you peak while training for your next contest.
I decided to go back to powerlifting and tested out where my sumo deadlift was. The first time I went back to it, the weights were flying off the floor, and I went on to pull 800 pounds at the meet — a 100-pound increase in my deadlift. If I can do it, so can you. Read on to learn how I did it.
Powerlifting gave me a great foundation for strongman, but I still had to do a lot of training for it. Even though I technically qualified for USS Nationals, I want to make sure I can handle heavier events before I even think about competing.
In this collaborative podcast, Zach Gallman and Mark Valenti bring on Dave Tate as a guest. Together, the trio talks about a variety of subjects, including elitefts' history, Crossfit, the shift from geared to raw powerlifting, and more.
Even though squatting is rare in the lower levels of strong(wo)man competitions, I believe it's something we still need to work on as an accessory movement. Grab some of your elitefts specialty bars, and I'll show you the ropes.
This question makes me want to bite someone's head off. But then I remember it’s one of those questions that also requires me to take a step back and reflect on how I got to where I am today. That’s an extremely valid question and one I haven’t answered in many years.
You see it all of the time. That one person in strongman training who posts the same lifting videos on social media every day—oh, look, he’s deadlifting again. Sure, he is an amazing deadlifter, but unfortunately for him, the sport isn’t called “being a good deadlifter.”