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Internet Experts and the Deadlift

As many of you know, I’m in the final stages of prepping for my first powerlifting competition in 6 years. Needless to say, I’ve got this unique blend of emotions going on – excitement, anxiety, and of course a bit of nervousness. In all honesty, I have no clue what to expect – I’m considerably […]

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Re-Building a Deadlift

Q: Mike you had mentioned at a seminar a few weeks ago that I could improve my deadlift if I fixed up my core and pelvic alignment issues. Here is a side view of my posture, along with some video clips of my deadlift. If you were training me, what would you do to fix […]

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Squat

The squat may be the single most important lift you can perform in the gym. When properly executed, the squat is not only an amazing tool for strength development, but it can promote fat loss or muscle gain (depending on your nutrition), and it can reinforce mobility in almost all the major joints of the […]

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Q&A: Back Soreness After Deadlifts

Q: I get lower back soreness after I deadlift, especially with lower reps and heavier weight. I’m pretty sure my form is good but I also want to make sure I’m not injuring my back. Thanks for your help! A: This is a great question and one that I literally get weekly, so I figured […]

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Bench Press

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Let’s be honest: Almost all of us like to bench. It’s pretty much burned into our DNA, from the first time we walk into a weight room and start moving the iron. For me, personally, the bench press has always been the lift that has given me the most trouble. I can do a lot […]

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Pick Your Deadlifting Poison

Deadlifting truly epitomizes the saying, “Pick your poison.” You can start with a nice, flat, neutral spine and be slow as molasses off the floor. Or, you can go with a bit more of a rounded back starting position, only to struggle with finishing the big weights at the top. In this piece you’ll learn […]

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Road to Redemption Week 1

And so it’s begun. I’ve talked about it for quite some time, and I feel like there’s no more putting it off. It’s time to get back on the platform. Between my current training crew and last weekend’s Learn to Train Seminar, I’m ready to make the commitment and see how much I have left […]

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Corrective Exercise Doesn’t Work

I’ve heard the grumblings for years. Corrective exercise is a myth. It won’t work with high-level athletes. Basically, you name it, and I’ve heard it. Strangely enough, most of the people that had issues with this sort of training did very little “training” themselves. They might be able to cite some research or write a […]

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MR Training Week 7 2011

Busy week with the NFL combine in town – I love getting together with all the great coaches, but it also throws a serious wrench in work and training. Regardless, I opened it up a little bit on some of my lifts so it was a fun week. Here’s how it went down!

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MR Training Week 6 2011

Starting to get back into some semblance of a routine this week.  Definitely had some high-quality, productive workouts. Here’s a quick update, along with my thought process behind the various days/lifts.

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Improving Your Bench Press Arch

Let’s be honest – everyone likes to bench press. And one of the easiest things you can do to increase your poundages (and look like more of a bad-ass) is to improve your bench press arch. Whether your goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet, or to simply move more weight than the other […]

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MR Training Week 5 2011

Started a new cycle – technically it started last week, but due to baby girl and a snow/ice storm to end all others, I only got one day in last week. Here’s a recap of the past two weeks. Enjoy!

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MR Training Week 4 2011

Last week was supposed to be my “heavy” week, but after the first two weeks Lil’ Stevie and I were both pretty wrecked.  We decided to deload last week, and therefore this week was our big one. Stevie had the Elite FTS seminar on Saturday, so he geared things back just a bit Thursday. Regardless, […]

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Q&A Conventional Deadlift

Hey Mike, I need some work on my deadlift. After reviewing this video I definitely see a few things I need to work on. Would you care to take a look and let me know the biggest things you see that need work? Or feel free to pick it apart completely. I can handle it […]

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MR Training Week 2 2011

Week 2 is in the books.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t my best week of training, but I guess that happens from time-to-time. Did you miss my recap of Week 1? If so, you can find it here. Anyway, here’s how it went down.  Enjoy!

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