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MR Training Week 1 2011

I’m going to attempt to keep an online log of my training over the next couple of months. Not only will it keep me thinking about what I need to address, but I hope it will give you guys a peak into my training thoughts as well. I can’t promise this every week, but I’ll […]

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My Goals for 2011 – Athletic

Last week, we covered my professional goals for 2011. This time, it’s time to focus on my training and athletic goals for the new year. Here are my current stats, as they sit after last week’s “test.”

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Are you following the right program?

Today, I’ve got a hypothetical question I want to ask you. Are you following the right program? And before you blindly answer “Yes” or “Of Course,” really step back and think about that for a moment.

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Random Training Thoughts via UGSS 2010

We haven’t had a Random Post in a while, and it shows. I think you’re really going to like this one.  This is a collection of quotes and random knowledge bombs I got while hanging around this weekend’s Underground Strength Session (UGSS) at Elite Fitness. Needless to say, these are some of the strongest guys […]

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Step-by-Step Bench Pressing

If you’ve been in the iron game for any period of time, you’ve probably been asked the following question: “Hey bro (or broski, or brosef) – how much ya bench?” We can argue about the efficacy of bench pressing ‘til we’re blue in the face.  While I’m apt to say that a big squat or […]

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Pulling Up Your Bench

For whatever reason, my bench has been feeling great lately.  I feel like I need to knock on wood so as to not jinx myself, but I can’t tell you how good it feels to have some decent bench pressing sessions. Even when I was competing in powerlifting, I had some serious issues with my […]

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3 Keys to Long Term Bench Press Success

Today I’m going to link you over to the CriticalBench.com site.  I wrote a guest blog over there that I think you’ll really enjoy, especially if you’re interested in driving your bench press numbers up! 3 Keys to Long-Term Bench Press Success Got questions about the bench press? Be sure to leave them below and […]

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The Single-Leg Solution for Athletes

One of the primary groups I created the Single-Leg Solution for was athletes. Strangely enough, single-leg training can benefit a wide variety of athletes in a whole host of different ways. For endurance athletes, improving stabilizer recruitment and strength could go a long way to rehabilitating injuries, as well as preventing future injuries from cropping […]

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Great Training Partners

This past weekend, I was reminded what it’s like to have a great training partner. I met “Big” Joe Williams back in 2000 as we had both joined the Ball State Powerlifting team that year.  I was a weak guy trying to get stronger; he was a converted bodybuilder that was looking for something new […]

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Learning from Ed Coan

(The following is the result of another discussion Jason Ferrugia and I had at last week’s IYCA Summit). Ed Coan is a pretty smart guy. And in case you missed it, he’s pretty strong as well. Any guy that has squatted over at grand at 242, benched close to 600, and deadlifted 900 pounds in […]

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Reverse Hypers versus Glute Hams

Hi Mike, Certainly enjoy your article content and very much the Podcasts. I am a new gym owner and have considered purchasing either (but not both) a GHR or a Reverse Hyper from Elite FTS.  I am convinced that the posterior chain must be developed in all athletes for many reasons of injury prevention and […]

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The Floor Press

The floor press may be one of the single best bench training exercises known to man that you aren’t using in your program. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t really used the floor press for many years. It wasn’t until I embarked upon a powerlifting specific program in the last couple of months that I put […]

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Q&A: Glute Hams vs. Leg Curls

Mike, Thanks for sharing this story – very insightful. \”You know the feeling – the first time you do a glute-ham is like none-other, and you quickly realize that the leg curl machine is pretty much useless.\” But at risk of incurring your wrath (since you’ve likely been asked this a thousand times before), do […]

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My Training Stories #2

In late 2001, Joe Willliams, Julia Ladewski, and myself attended an Elite Fitness training seminar hosted by Dave Tate.  Day 1 covered the Westside Method, while Day 2 was focused on the squat. As we were covering Day 1, Dave decided to use me as an example.  Here’s how it went: Dave (to me):  What’s […]

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The Truth About Pec Strains

Justin Ware and I were talking about pec strains the other day, so I figured this would be an opportune time to discuss how pec strains come about in the gym. Now, keep in mind (as many are more than willing to note) I’m not a therapist, so I’m not going to discuss treatment strategies.  […]

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