How to Be Strong in a Dangerous World

August 23, 2012

Those who follow this blog or know me personally know that I’m a big fan of the idea that there is no such thing as “too strong”. And while this blog often focuses near-exclusively on the physical elements of strength and conditioning, I’m a firm believer that strength and health are holistic elements. In other […]

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Crash Course – Z Press

August 8, 2012

Today in the crash course series I want to show you a pressing variation that few have probably ever seen: the Z Press. Overhead pressing seems to have gotten a bad rap over the past few years. I see coaches saying that only a handful of genetically superior lifters should overhead press and I’m calling […]

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Correct Form Is Whatever Works For You

July 31, 2012

If you ever want to bleed from your ears and eyes go watch a YouTube video of a max lift and read the comments section underneath. There you’ll usually find hundreds of comments left by people who couldn’t lift a gallon of milk without sweating ranting and raving about the form of the lifter in […]

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High Frequency Training

July 24, 2012

When in doubt, I like higher frequency of training over basically any other variable. Strength is a skill, after all, and the more you practice a skill the better you get. So if you want to get stronger it’s pretty reasonable to believe that you should lift more often. One of the easiest ways to […]

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Linear Strength Cycling

July 8, 2012

One of the top reasons that people don’t see results from their training is that they never change anything (right up there with not doing any work in the first place). That’s pretty surprising because there are tons of things you can change about your training program to stimulate results. Rotating stimuli is, after all, […]

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Demystifying the 1 Rep Max

June 27, 2012

There is this belief among many trainers that the 1 rep max is something sacred and should only be performed once or twice a year. Often we’re told that it’s “too taxing” on the body to perform a 1RM. Well, I don’t buy it. I’ve touched before on how strength is the foundation on which […]

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Fixing That Computer Desk & Video Game Posture

June 4, 2012

Most of us spend the overwhelming majority of our time in the seated position. When you’re at work chances are you are sitting at a desk; driving in the car or sitting on the train; at home you are usually sitting to watch TV or eat. Or if you are a member of the video […]

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Do Speed Deadlifts Really Work?

May 24, 2012

Today I have a guest post from coaches Todd Bumgardner and John Gaglione breaking down the use of the speed deadlift. I used to be very skeptical about the usefulness of speed work until I started implementing it regularly a few months ago and I can tell you from experience that it 100% works and […]

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Full Body Training vs. Split Training

May 14, 2012

There are always going to be questions asked that have no single correct answer and will be savagely debated until the end of time. Pepsi or Coke? Milky Way or Snickers? Full body or split training? This is one of those conflicts that will never be totally laid to rest in the training world. On […]

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New Article on T-Nation – Nonlinear Periodization for Size & Strength

March 31, 2012

I’ve discussed periodization models on this blog before but haven’t really touched upon a method that I feel is superior for planning training. This week I had my first article published on about utilizing nonlinear periodization for development of strength and hypertrophy. In the article I discuss a bit of the background of nonlinear […]

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