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Physical Preparation with Greg Robins

Greg Robins is a guy who I’ve followed for years now. Not only is he a great coach, but someone who I feel is constantly educating himself and taking his own game to new levels. In this show, Greg and I talk about his wide-ranging path to working at Cressey Sports Performance, his personal philosophy […]

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3 Reasons You Can’t Perform Big Lifts

The other morning, my daughter Kendall and I were totally engrossed watching “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Now before you start bashing me and threaten to steal away my man card, I’m going to tell you this: Snow White is a classic. Whether it’s the simple animation, the lovable characters or the musical score, […]

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Stop Missing Lifts!

Spring 2001 Ball State University Powerlifting Practice One of my favorite guys on the powerlifting team is having a rough go at it. He’s in what he calls a “squatting slump” and he’s bound and determined to work his way out of it. We’re less than 1 month out from Collegiate Nationals; now is not […]

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Arching versus Bracing

What is a superior cue to the strength coach or trainer? “Arch” or “Brace”? After discussing this via e-mail with my good friend Wil Fleming last week, I felt it was finally time to sit down and put this blog together. A cue that we’ve all used in the past when teaching someone how to […]

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Floor Press

The floor press has been used by powerlifters for 20 years to build Herculean strength in the upper body. And if your goal is to bench press ridiculous weights, the floor press can be used as a supplementary lift to your bench to all new levels. In this article, we’re going to cover every facet […]

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4 Reasons to Hire a Coach

Before we get started today, a quick reminder: Today (Monday) is the last day to save 15% on all Robertson Training Systems products. Simply head over to the Products page, pick out whatever you like, and save some of your hard earned cash! Now let’s get into the content for the day. Leading into my […]

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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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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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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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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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Re-Building the Reverse Hyper

As everyone knows, I’m a huge fan of powerlifting.  It has provided a great link between my athletic career and my love of strength training.  More importantly, I feel like the sport has molded me into the person I am today. One of the most influential people for me when I was starting out was […]

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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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Q&A: Meshing bodybuilding with powerlifting

Q: Hey how are you? I just read your article, 21st Century Core Training, and I have a question.  Almost all of the guys at the gym are power lifters, and no one seems to be able to answer my question on how to combine power lifting with bodybuilding. I am drug free, and do […]

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