How to Make It Big as a Strength Coach: Sacrifice to Advance Your Career
How to Make It Big as a Strength Coach: Sacrifice to Advance Your Career
Now, it’s time to expect the unexpected, ask questions, be proactive, continue your own education, take it to the edge, sacrifice, present yourself accordingly, hustle, and seven more to-dos (part three of three)!
It Wasn't What I Thought It Would Be
It Wasn't What I Thought It Would Be
Sums up 2020...but rewinding the clock, I thought the top guys trained hard every day when I started powerlifting. I thought it was just a matter of getting strong enough and in good enough shape to go hard and heavy 24/7, 12 months a year.
Extra Workouts for the Off-Season Football Player
Extra Workouts for the Off-Season Football Player
Here's an excellent example of how to place extra workouts in a weekly off-season football training schedule along with what an extra workout accomplishes (or should).
Storage Unit Training for Strongman
Storage Unit Training for Strongman
Storage units make for excellent workout facilities, but there are several things to consider when choosing one: Location, size, cost, terrain, amenities, and more.
Six Reasons Athletes Need to Use Sandbags
Six Reasons Athletes Need to Use Sandbags
Yes, sandbags. Nothing new for many coaches but always used as a tool when “better” training implements weren’t available.
JM Blakley’s Top-5 Bench Press Tips
JM Blakley’s Top-5 Bench Press Tips
As told to Dave Tate, some 18 years ago, these tips stand up to the gauntlet of common sense and I’m sure that at least a few will be of use to you. Load the bar!
From the Floor
From the Floor
No matter how strong you think you are, don't let it go to your head. There's always room for improvement and progress in the sport of powerlifting.
Top 5 Ways to Grow This Off-Season
Top 5 Ways to Grow This Off-Season
Off-season doesn't have to mean a lack of muscle gains. With these five tips, you can keep up your progress without feeling like it's time to coast.
How I'm Prepping for My Next Meet
How I'm Prepping for My Next Meet
How do you prepare for your next week? When do you start preparing? Jeff Guller likes to get started with conjugate powerlifting nine weeks before meet time.
Do You Want to Increase Your Overhead Strength?
Do You Want to Increase Your Overhead Strength?
Are you not performing optimally because of a tight scapula? Limited scapulae mobility can prevent you from increasing your overhead strength the way you want to.
High Road, Low Road
High Road, Low Road
We are all faced with choices every day in life. When it comes to training, we choose whether we are going to put the time in at the gym, eat the right foods, and get the sleep we need to reach our goals.
Glute Training for Meatheads
Glute Training for Meatheads
Training to get Instagram-worthy glutes is just as much for the guys as it is the girls. Not only will your backside look better, but working on your glutes might help out with knee and back pain, too.
Training Through Setbacks
Training Through Setbacks
No matter the area in life, you are bound to face setbacks. When it comes to powerlifting, you are the only one who can decide what is best for you and whether you will compete or not.
Garages are for Gyms, Not Cars
Garages are for Gyms, Not Cars
Building a garage gym is an investment that can save you time and money in the long run. Take it from one powerlifter who built her own garage gym; here are some things to keep in mind.
Off-Season with a Reason
Off-Season with a Reason
No idea what to do now that your meet is over? Here is an easy guide to help you make the most out of your “off-season.”
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.
WATCH: JM Blakley Shares His Secrets on Bench Press Form
WATCH: JM Blakley Shares His Secrets on Bench Press Form
You won't be able to properly improve your bench press without the proper form. JM Blakley recruits Yessica Martinez and Lily Starobin to share with us his secrets to a solid bench press form.
A Bag of Bricks
A Bag of Bricks
What can a retired Navy SEAL teach us about managing stress and fear in our lives? Robert O'Neill says carrying stress is like carrying around an unnecessary bag of bricks.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast #43 with Julia Anto, Yessica Martinez, and Alycia Israel
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast #43 with Julia Anto, Yessica Martinez, and Al...
This episode will have a little less testosterone than usual, but don't let that stop you from listening! Tune in to find out what makes these three women strong(er) than you...
3 Things I Learned From Training My @ss Off with Dave Tate
3 Things I Learned From Training My @ss Off with Dave Tate
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.
7 Exercises That Have Become Extinct
7 Exercises That Have Become Extinct
Trends come and go and with them, certain exercises. With that in mind, which exercises does a seasoned bodybuilder say are outdated?
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!
WATCH: How Tricep Extensions Can Improve Your Bench Press
WATCH: How Tricep Extensions Can Improve Your Bench Press
Elbow pain is a common ailment of powerlifters, particularly when it comes to the bench press. However, an unlikely move can help treat and prevent bench press related elbow pain.
Create SMART Goals for 2020
Create SMART Goals for 2020
It's not enough to simply declare a goal. In order to stay realistic and successful, make sure your goals are SMART.
WATCH: Dave Tate's Powerlifting Warm-Up Circuit
WATCH: Dave Tate's Powerlifting Warm-Up Circuit
If you've dreamed of training the same way Dave Tate's athletes do, today's your lucky day... well, not exactly. Maybe you can't train like them, but you can sure warm up like them!
Week of Testing: Rest or Train?
Week of Testing: Rest or Train?
Rest and recovery is a key part of any workout program, no matter the type or level of difficulty. Remember that while reaching your PR goals is important, so is your mental and physical health.
WATCH: I am Jordan Shallow
WATCH: I am Jordan Shallow
“I’m not the strongest guy in the world, but I might have a run as one of the stronger chiropractors.” elitefts coach and columnist Dr. Jordan Shallow wants to make his mark in chiropractic, education, training, and fitness — and he might be doing just that through his travels and writings.
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
Even though it's 6 reps, you might want to tell the person who wants to use the cable machine they'll have to wait a bit. This exercise puts the burn in slow burn.
Project Return to Press: The Road Back
Project Return to Press: The Road Back
You really don't appreciate something until it's gone. But man, when you're able to bench again... there's nothing like it.
Project Return to Press: No Barbell, No Problem
Project Return to Press: No Barbell, No Problem
OK, maybe I shouldn't have gone so hardcore with jiu-jitsu, but you know what? I made the best of my injury and learned from it.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Are Hex Bars, High Squats, and Box Squats Evil?
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Are Hex Bars, High Squats, and Box Squ...
What do Dave Tate, Nick Showman, Louie Simmons, and high school athletes have in common? A love-hate relationship with the trap bar... and a few other movements.
December's GPP for Your Business
December's GPP for Your Business
How can you bulk up your gym's profits during the holiday season? These 5 steps will help your gym get those financial gains.
Win Games by Waving Volume
Win Games by Waving Volume
Most college programs that I've seen basically run three sets on all accessories. I didn't want to be most college programs. I had to find a way to do a ton of work and build work capacity but also not run the kids into the ground. That's where waving volume came into play.
Gifts for the New Class of Annoying Gym Members
Gifts for the New Class of Annoying Gym Members
Members in smaller training facilities are like family, and what says family more than giving a gift to someone you can't stand?
Is Overtraining a Myth?
Is Overtraining a Myth?
Be careful from whom you take advice...
Creature of Habit
Creature of Habit
Habits can be a double-edged sword that work against you, particularly in training. Attending elitefts' LTT3 Seminar catalyzed the habits I needed to break to push past my training plateaus.
Integration of Strength and Power Programming for the Lower Body in Sport Preparation
Integration of Strength and Power Programming for the Lower Body in Spor...
Running sports are tangential in nature, so in order to optimize transfer from the weight room to the field, both vertical and horizontal movements need to be considered. To this end, the program I am going to outline will look at elements of training to ensure all bases are covered.
WATCH: How to Implement Strongman into Your Powerlifting Training [Whiteboard Edition]
WATCH: How to Implement Strongman into Your Powerlifting Training [White...
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.
Smarter Programming for the Competitive Box Athlete
Smarter Programming for the Competitive Box Athlete
Believe it or not, it is possible to train multiple qualities at the same time. Athletes all over the world are training that way and making huge strides.
Phase 1: How You Should Start Young Athletes in the Weight Room
Phase 1: How You Should Start Young Athletes in the Weight Room
If you're not sure where to start training a 12-year-old who's a complete novice in the weight room, this program might just be the place.
Training the Lats in Dao
Training the Lats in Dao
Lifters concern themselves with putting tension across the fibers of the lats in the hopes that they'll grow — without dosing them in the smallest moment of function to help stabilize their trunk and core, minimize the risk of low back pain, and ultimately, promote longevity in lifting.
How to Set Up a Successful Meet Prep
How to Set Up a Successful Meet Prep
The harder you work and push yourself in your off-season, the better and more productive your competitive season will be.
The Good Trainer
The Good Trainer
You don't need to hire the Stephen Hawking of all trainers, but you'll still want a knowledgeable, safe, efficient, and successful trainer.
WATCH: Atlas Stone Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Atlas Stone Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
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!
Women's Only Seminar at Tank's Training Facility
Women's Only Seminar at Tank's Training Facility
I found that I was even able to take something away from the women's only seminar, and these takeaways helped me in my coaching abilities and some made me ponder more on the female experience and perspective in a male-dominated area. I also got to interview three NCAA female student-athletes.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Training Hard Through Chemotherapy
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Training Hard Through Chemotherapy
Training through chemotherapy took everything Clint Darden had. All in all, he believes it was important that he did. There was nothing else he'd rather do and no place he'd rather be.
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.
Max Effort Modifications for Lifters with Anxiety and/or Depression
Max Effort Modifications for Lifters with Anxiety and/or Depression
Many lifters with anxiety and/or depression find that during or following max effort, their mental health symptoms worsen, and/or their sleep quality and recovery suffer dramatically. These three modifications to max effort work may prevent or lessen some of these issues.
Why Are We Doing This?
Why Are We Doing This?
Here, in this article, you will find the answer to why accomplished coaches and athletes I’ve been fortunate enough to know gravitate toward the iron and have made it a core element of their life.
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — How Steroids Can Damage Long-Term Training Progress
LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — How Steroids Can Damage Long-Term Trai...
Don't do drugs. Negative side effects and addiction concerns aside, PEDs can really harm athletes' long-term development and careers. They're not worth losing the future gains over, we promise.
WATCH: Farmer's Walk Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Farmer's Walk Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
Fun fact: the farmer's walk is one of Brian Alsruhe's favorite exercises of all time. It works your grip, back, traps, biceps, core, and calves... what's not to love?
Common Strength Pitfalls to Avoid
Common Strength Pitfalls to Avoid
Here's an idea: If your team is losing a game, how about instead of celebrating one good play, try focusing on how you and your team can muster a win.
Even More Conjugate For A Little Old Man
Even More Conjugate For A Little Old Man
This little old man's secret to recovery lies in one word: bands.
WATCH: John Meadows and The Muscle Doc Train Back and Chest
WATCH: John Meadows and The Muscle Doc Train Back and Chest
John Meadows was interested in the things Jordan Shallow discussed in podcasts and IG posts, so he reached out to him with the intention to "steal" some of Jordan's ideas. Well, that didn't go as planned. Don’t waste an opportunity to steal this workout from elitefts. Not that it’s stealing; you have our permission.
Paying the Price of the Platform
Paying the Price of the Platform
The wear and tear of the sport doesn’t end when the lifter stops competing. The price of the platform may be one that they will pay for throughout the rest of their lives.
Chin-Ups at a Higher Bodyweight
Chin-Ups at a Higher Bodyweight
If you're a heavier trainee, chin-ups are difficult... but not impossible. Case in point: I'm nearly 50 years old and weigh 245 pounds, but I do chin-ups for volume rather than output. Here lies the secret to my chin-up success.
Interview: Brewers' Aaron Hoback's Individualized Template
Interview: Brewers' Aaron Hoback's Individualized Template
If you're looking for sets and reps, you're in the wrong place. But if you wanted some insight on players' knowledge bases, individualized programs, and how new technologies are becoming more reliable, from Aaron Hoback, athletic trainer for the Milwaukee Brewers, you're right where you should be.
WATCH: Giant Sets with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Giant Sets with Brian Alsruhe
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.
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, and Inattention to Results
The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountab...
In my last article, I went over 2 of the 5 dysfunctions of a team. Here, I'll cover the remaining 3 and how to bring the team closer together.

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