Category Archives: Training

Strength Camp Challenge – Win $5,000

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Some quick information on the Strength Camp Challenge. Find out what it is and how to sign up. 1st place wins $5k!

Periodize Your Training with Block Periodization

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A quick rundown of how to periodize your training into blocks of several weeks in order to improve certain qualities, i.e. maximal strength, hypertrophy, explosiveness or strength endurance.

No Squat Rack at Gym

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Some options, if the gym you have a membership at doesn’t have a squat rack.

How to Breathe | Breathing 101

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A tutorial video on how to breathe properly. A proper breathing pattern can help improve your core strength, safeguard your spine when lifting weights and help better your posture.

Should You Overhead Press?

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An article outlining my opinion on whether or not people should utilize overhead pressing movements in their workout routines.

Ideals for People You Love

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Trying to force your ideals on the people you love is wrong. The video and additional information provided in this post explains why.

Keep Calm and Lift On T-Shirts

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Some badass gym t-shirts with the text “Keep Calm and Lift On” jacked from the British “Keep Calm and Carry On” propaganda posters used for World War II.

Accept Challenges

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Inspired by a video from Elliott Hulse, this is more of a motivational post about accepting challenges that you might face. The question whether or not you can drop squats from a 5×5 training program is also answered.

Shoulder (P)rehab Routine

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A look at what I’m currently doing to rehab my (mildly) injured shoulder. Included are videos of self myofascial release, shoulder-specific mobility drills, various static stretches and shoulder-specific prehab circuits done with light weights.

Push Up Variations

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An article with various types of push ups. The basic push up is covered along with a beginner push up progression and some more advanced push up variations.

How to Improve the Front Rack Position

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Stretching and mobility drills to improve the front rack position for movements like the front squat, clean and push press.

Chalk Alternatives

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Two great lifting chalk alternatives that won’t leave a mess.

Choosing a Workout Program

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A quick and easy way to choose a great workout program that will get you results (provided you work hard, eat well and recover properly).

Tips for Increasing Lift Frequency

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A few things to consider when increasing training frequency on a lift (or more than one lift). Some examples on how to adjust volume and intensity are given, along with other valuable information when it comes to higher frequency workout routines.

Back to School Training Advice

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For those of you going back to school now, there might be less opportunities to get your training done. This is especially true for athletes. Here are a few quick tips to make it easier on yourself.

Squat Tutorial from Chad Wesley Smith – Video

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Chad Wesley Smith, 905lbs (410.5kg) raw squatter and strongman, teaches the squat.

Hybrid Squat – Video of the Week

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A video of Jonnie Candito describing the hybrid squat, which combines the advantages of the high bar ATG (ass to grass) Olympic style squat with the low bar powerlifting style squat.

Squat Assistance Work

A breakdown of my approach to assistance work for the squat exercise. It includes squat variations, posterior chain work, abdominal exercises, drills to improve explosiveness, and more!

Fitness Industry Built to Make Money – Video from Ice Cream Fitness

A video from Jason Blaha of Ice Cream Fitness about the greed that poisons the fitness industry as a whole.

Overhead Press Assistance Work

Some assistance work I recommend to help develop a stronger overhead press.

Improve Hip & Ankle Mobility – Video of the Month

An awesome video from powerlifter Jonnie Candito about how to improve mobility to squat deeper with two simple exercises.

So You Think You Can Deadlift? – Video Series

The new ‘So You Think You Can Deadlift?’ video series from champion powerlifter Matt Wenning.

When to Use Straps – Video from Jonnie Candito

US national level powerlifter Jonnie Candito discusses his thoughts on using lifting straps to train the deadlift.

Limber 11 Video – Upgrade of Agile 8

The upgraded version of the Agile 8 lower body flexibility routine from DeFranco’s Gym. The Limber 11 routine is outlined by Joe DeFranco himself.

Bench Press Assistance

My take on bench press assistance work based on what I’ve learned in my training.

Video of the Week & Reverse Grip Bench Article

A video about hips shooting up too quickly on the deadlift and how to fix it. Also an article about reverse grip bench press!

Grip Training

Grip strength is important for people who lift heavy weights. Learn how to improve your grip strength with a few simple exercises.

I Don’t Even Lift T-Shirt

The “I Don’t Even Lift” t-shirt is available in various styles and colors for both men and women. It’s the coolest lifting t-shirt I’ve come across in a while.

Chad Wesley Smith 1 Minute Q&A

Some 1min Q&A videos from professional strongman Chad Wesley Smith. This guy knows his stuff!

Women Should Lift Heavy

Why women should stop worrying about getting ‘too bulky’ and lift heavy things instead.