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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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November 5, 2008

In This Issue – Robertson Training Systems Updates – Nutrition Tip – Exclusive Interview with internet icon Steve Shafley – Latest Articles and Blog Posts Robertson Training Systems Updates Friday is the last day to get the early-bird discount on the 2009 Australian Seminar Series! Follow the link below to register.  I look forward to […]

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Modified 5×5 Squat Program

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com The Perfect Program? I’m going to get my ass kicked for writing this article. Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, Eric Cressey… I can just see the hate mail pouring in. Not just that, but Louie Simmons only lives three hours from me. He might just drive over to Indianapolis and kick my […]

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Yo, How Much Ya Bench?

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Striving for the Big Bench I recently had the privilege of being an assistant coach for the USA’s World Bench Press Team. While I was there I refused to sleep more than a few hours a night; I wasn’t about to miss out on learning some kick-ass tips and tricks to […]

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6 Tricks For a Sexy Squat

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Confessions of an Ugly Squatter This article is dedicated to those of you that either aren’t squatting, or squatting with weights well below what you should be using because you have bad levers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people bitch and moan about having a short back, […]

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Precision Pulling

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com Deadlift or Die! If I hear one more geek personal trainer or “fitness enthusiast” say that he doesn’t perform deadlifts because he doesn’t want to hurt his back, my next set of articles may be coming from behind bars. I just can’t stand to hear this crap anymore! The truth is […]

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10 Tips for Flawless Squattin’

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com You’ve heard it a thousand times. To get big and strong, ya’ gotta’ squat. But how many of you are doing it right? The squat isn’t as complex as a clean and jerk, but whether you’re a competitive powerlifter or just the basic trainee trying to put some size on your […]

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Bodybuilding for Powerlifters

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Last time around, I hit you up with an article called Powerlifting for Bodybuilders where I listed all the things bodybuilders can learn from powerlifters. In this installment, I’m going to discuss how powerlifters can benefit from certain aspects of bodybuilding. Most powerlifters view bodybuilders as evil incarnate. Bodybuilders’ goals are […]

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Powerlifting For Bodybuilders

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com I always find it amusing when bodybuilders make fun of powerlifters and vice versa. I mean when it comes down to it, we’re all into the iron game, just different variations with different goals. People, people, can’t we all just get along? Back in the day, a ton of the old-school […]

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Your First Meet: Part I Setting a Date and Developing Goals

Originally Posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and compete in a powerlifting meet. However, there are so many questions to be answered. What federation should you compete in? How do you prepare? What do you do on meet day? My goal with this series is to give you an idea […]

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Your First Meet: Part II Getting Diesel

Originally Posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com In part one of this series, we covered how to develop goals and find a meet that will work for you. In part two, we’re going to cover the actual training program and other aspects of a successful training regimen. Developing a training program While I could easily write a series […]

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Your First Meet: Part III The Meet

Originally posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com It’s here! You’ve set up clearly defined goals. You’ve busted your ass for the past eight, twelve, or sixteen weeks. And now, quite simply, it’s show time. Unfortunately, while this should be the best part of the entire process, it can very quickly become the worst. There’s no feeling worse than […]

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The Intermediate Deadlift Cycle

originally posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com The deadlift may be the purest test of strength in the iron game. Heavy weight. On the floor. Must pick it up. In the beginning, you can follow just about any routine and make decent progress. Heavy sets of five have worked for more than a few lifters. However, once you […]

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Understanding the Supplemental Exercises: The Deadlift

Originally posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com In our series, “Overcoming Lousy Leverages,” Eric Cressey and I covered all three power lifts and discussed how smart training can lead to bigger totals. In this series, we will discuss the biomechanics behind each lift as well as several strategies to destroy any sticking points you may have. We will […]

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How to Improve the Wide Stance Squat

Squatting…like it or not, you just have to do it if you are serious about getting strong! There are two main ways of squatting today; one being the high bar, narrow stance squat (Olympic squat), and the other being a wide-stance, low bar squat (Powerlifting or Power squat). While they are in essence the same […]

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