My SWIS 2015 Experience
My SWIS 2015 Experience
The best come together for a weekend to educate each other on business, strength training, rehab, and nutrition. My head is still spinning.
Strong(her) Bench Press Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Strong(her) Bench Press Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Now that we've tackled the squat, let's break down the bench set up and introduce a cue system to use during every set.
Are You Hearing Advice But Don't Know How to Listen?
Are You Hearing Advice But Don't Know How to Listen?
You need someone who isn't afraid to criticize; you need to listen to what you're doing wrong.
You Never Know How You'll Find Your First Job
You Never Know How You'll Find Your First Job
Whatever your plans are for breaking into this industry, forget them. It's never going to work out how you plan.
Poor Business Advice from Training and Business 'Gurus'
Poor Business Advice from Training and Business 'Gurus'
The advice of other business owners will be an invaluable asset to growing your company— but only if you're listening to the right people.
'It Looked Good in Theory'
'It Looked Good in Theory'
Trends dominate the personal training industry. Rely on self-education to determine the difference between what sounds good and what IS good.
Consistency is the Name of the Game
Consistency is the Name of the Game
To develop and ingrain the habits of success overlook no fine details.
Carbohydrate and Cortisol Control
Carbohydrate and Cortisol Control
I have implemented these nutritional and sleep strategies in attempts to manipulate my body into restoring a healthy hormonal profile.
Strong(her) Squat Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Strong(her) Squat Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Use these cues and coaching methods to teach an inexperienced lifter how to squat safely and build a foundation for future strength.
Keep It Simple, Stupid: Programming Collegiate Athletes
Keep It Simple, Stupid: Programming Collegiate Athletes
When it comes to training athletes in the weight room, remember that just because you love science doesn't mean your athletes do. Learn to speak their language.
Build a Bigger Bench: The Female Edition
Build a Bigger Bench: The Female Edition
The bench press is typically the weakest lift for women. It's no mystery why—they require a targeted approach.
Just Load the Bar
Just Load the Bar
Don't build a false sense of security by relying on bands and chains. Remember this fact: straight weight trumps all.
Four Ways to Become a Strong(her) Boss
Four Ways to Become a Strong(her) Boss
If you're a woman who holds a supervisory role in a male-dominated field, you're going to encounter unique challenges. These four principles have helped me improve management processes.
Managing the Social Aspect of Change
Managing the Social Aspect of Change
Your health and fitness goals will require many sacrifices. Here's how to ensure you don't lose the things that truly matter.
The Right Tool for the Job
The Right Tool for the Job
Strength is a journey, not a quick fix. Take the time to choose your tools correctly and create something indestructible.
What Foundation Are You Building?
What Foundation Are You Building?
You can choose to be a wise builder or a foolish builder. You may not notice the difference at the start, but once meet day comes, there will be no way to hide a weak foundation.
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.
Crazy Mistakes Strength Coaches Make
Crazy Mistakes Strength Coaches Make
These 10 coaching mistakes can hurt you, your team, and your entire program. Are you making any of them?
Why Context Matters
Why Context Matters
If you don't know your audience, you can't communicate your message. If your audience doesn't have your knowledge, you can't assume they'll understand.
It's All About Heart and Will
It's All About Heart and Will

There are a lot of factors involved in being a good strength athlete. From most to least important, here is my list of what you need to excel in this industry. Do you have them all?

Stay the Course
Stay the Course

I have made the mistake of letting other programs distract me from my own. It is a waste of time and effort and I vow to never do it again.

Strength Progressions for Beginner and Intermediate Lifters
Strength Progressions for Beginner and Intermediate Lifters

The path of continual progress includes some these important programming specialties: don’t add techniques you are ready for and don’t become stale.

Assessment Methods to Determine Ideal Speed Development Protocols
Assessment Methods to Determine Ideal Speed Development Protocols

These three velocity-based sessions build the trainable aspects of athletic speed development.

Dirty Bulking: The XXX Edition
Dirty Bulking: The XXX Edition

Take your eating seriously by following these ten tactics to pack on pounds in a short time.

Life, Lifting, and Facial Disfigurement with Power Tools
Life, Lifting, and Facial Disfigurement with Power Tools

I was stupid, and lazy, and it led to a freak accident. Remember this when you’re training: as soon as confidence becomes arrogance, you’re in trouble.

Mobility Basics for Sticky Hips
Mobility Basics for Sticky Hips

It’s time to roll out a mat and put down the sandwich for a few minutes while we go through some joint greasing.

The Most Important Thing You Can Do As A Strength Coach
The Most Important Thing You Can Do As A Strength Coach

It isn’t the squats. It isn’t the cleans, nor the reverse hypers or pull-ups.

The New Era of Athletes
The New Era of Athletes

Expectations and beliefs about work ethic are changing. Are our kids striving to maintain high energy, good health, and proper nutrition in order to train hard consistently?

How Bodybuilding Changed My Life
How Bodybuilding Changed My Life

I lacked endurance. I had no drive. Then I found Men’s Physique. Through this I gained confidence. I gained ambition. Driven, I am.

A Powerlifter's Guide to Wimpy Exercises
A Powerlifter's Guide to Wimpy Exercises

As you focus on moving maximum weight on squats, benches and deadlifts, wimpy isolation movements just don’t have a place. Or do they?

Chad Aichs's Guaranteed-to-Work Miracle Program
Chad Aichs's Guaranteed-to-Work Miracle Program

Are you still searching for the holy grail of programs? Here it is, in all its perfection.

Sometimes Quitters DO Win
Sometimes Quitters DO Win

While I was thinking about how stupid and selfish I was for my life decisions, I started thinking about my health. If something happened to me, how would it impact my kids?

So Many Stupid Reps — Just for Bodybuilders?
So Many Stupid Reps — Just for Bodybuilders?

Julia, in conjunction with Alexander Cortes and Scott Paltos, discusses how training like a bodybuilder and adding in higher reps might help powerlifters with the big three lifts.

The Rationale Behind Specialty Bars, Grips, and Angles
The Rationale Behind Specialty Bars, Grips, and Angles

With a variety of unique, specialized equipment, you can program to address a multitude of player strengths and weaknesses.

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.

Bodybuilder Back: A Different Approach
Bodybuilder Back: A Different Approach

Incorporate these alternative back-training methods into your programming to build a bigger back and sharper V-Taper.

WATCH: Table Talk—OH CRAP! Edition
WATCH: Table Talk—OH CRAP! Edition

I realized this week that I made a huge mistake in my last table talk video…this is for the female lifters I left out.

The 5 Worst Mistakes I've Made in Powerlifting
The 5 Worst Mistakes I've Made in Powerlifting

You learn a lot from the mistakes you make at your first meet. Imagine all you can learn from the mistakes spanning an entire powerlifting career.

LISTEN: High-Frequency Training and the Science That Supports It
LISTEN: High-Frequency Training and the Science That Supports It

Scott Stevenson details the scholarly and bodybuilding principles that formed his high-frequency training philosophy.

Army's fitness training fails the combat test
Army's fitness training fails the combat test
In today's Army saying drop and give me 50 might not be what soldiers are expecting when training for combat.
Training Tips For Busy People
Training Tips For Busy People
If you work long, hectic hours, here are some exercise tips that will keep your training on track.
Acceleration Triumphs for Baseball and Softball Athletes
Acceleration Triumphs for Baseball and Softball Athletes

This comprehensive guide to sprint training will give you the drills, dynamic movement patterns, and training tools to improve acceleration and athletic power.

Newtonian Laws in Motion: Physics in the Weight Room
Newtonian Laws in Motion: Physics in the Weight Room

The three laws of motion are the roots of athlete programming. Find out how to apply these rules and improve your athletes.

GPS Tracking in the Real World: My Experiences with American Collegiate Football
GPS Tracking in the Real World: My Experiences with American Collegiate ...

GPS tracking for sport’s performance may seem overwhelming at first, but I have found with the right data and tracking methods, proper technology will yield improved performance.

Are You Overtrained or Under-Recovered?
Are You Overtrained or Under-Recovered?

Some people will tell you that overtraining isn’t real. Don’t listen to these people. Take the time to consider your recovery just as much as you consider your training.

Motivation and Inspiration: What Keeps You Going?
Motivation and Inspiration: What Keeps You Going?

Sometimes working through adversity feels like a task you cannot possibly do on your own. Here are some ways to keep you going when things get tough.

Shiftwork, Sleep Deprivation, and Training: How to Overcome A Less Than Ideal Schedule
Shiftwork, Sleep Deprivation, and Training: How to Overcome A Less Than ...

If you’re looking for the ideal training effect with a poor work and sleep schedule, you won’t find it. A lot of people try. A lot of people fail. Here’s how I learned to work around it.

Save a Newbie
Save a Newbie

Remember all those things you wish you would have known when you started? Maybe we should do more than laugh at the guy across the gym doing machine decline iso-lateral presses.

What Type of Deload Will Help You Recover Best?
What Type of Deload Will Help You Recover Best?

Deloads are extremely useful for making continual progress from harsh training. When the time comes for you to back off the weights, make sure you do it the right way.

Fourteen and Broken: The Female Athlete
Fourteen and Broken: The Female Athlete

Discourage injuries through coaching basics that will appropriately prep your athletes for the field and weight room.

101 Ways to Use the OBB Power Handles
101 Ways to Use the OBB Power Handles

Get more out of your standard barbell and dumbbell set by the swivel of a bolt and the tightening of a wing nut. It’s that easy.

Training the Inner Drive
Training the Inner Drive

Your career in this world of strength will only go as far as your desire to win. Lose that, and you lose any chance you ever had to succeed.

Expanding My Circle of Training Knowledge
Expanding My Circle of Training Knowledge

There is a well-known saying in our industry: information in strength and conditioning doubles every eighteen months. How will you keep up?

Do Your Records Mean Anything?
Do Your Records Mean Anything?

There’s a lot of hatred thrown around when a lifter hits a federation record. Should we be celebrating the PR with them?

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?

Did You Win or Lose the Day?
Did You Win or Lose the Day?

Build your winning culture the same way you build in the weight room: every session, every set, and every rep leading to game day.

Solving the Summer Challenges of Coaching Collegiate Athletes
Solving the Summer Challenges of Coaching Collegiate Athletes

With summer programming for athletes, control what you can control and don’t sweat the rest.

Single-Legged and Semi-Functional?
Single-Legged and Semi-Functional?

Can proper implementation of unilateral exercise produce healthier, higher-performing athletes?

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