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A Day of Deadlifts

This past Saturday, I traveled down to Bloomington, Indiana to work with IPF Masters World Champion Greg Simmons on my deadlift technique. Greg is not only a great coach, but more importantly, he’s a fresh set of eyes.  I’ve got some great friends and coaches in the area, but I wanted someone who was pretty […]

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531 – Two Months Down

So I’m two months into the program, and things are continuing to go pretty well. Mentally, I’m a little bit more beat up.  Stress is definitely higher right now – with trying to get A&C completed, the gym continuing to grow, pushing the training and keeping the home life in check, recovery doesn’t feel as […]

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531 – One Month Down

So the first month of 5/3/1 is in the books, and I’d consider it a pretty rousing success. Now keep in mind, I’m building back up, so the weights definitely aren’t where they need to be yet.  I’m ok with that.  I’d rather re-develop a strong base and have something to build from moving forward, […]

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September 7th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.17 Re-Building the Reverse Hyper As everyone knows, I’m a huge fan of powerlifting.  It has provided a great link between 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 […]

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Just when I think I’m out….

“Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in.” (Please enjoy the gratuitous Godfather reference). I definitely feel this way when it comes to the sport of powerlifting.  I made some serious progress in the past and hit some decent numbers, but I never felt like I achieved what I was capable of.  […]

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531 and other random musings

One of the keys to my job is keeping up with all the current literature, research, DVD’s, etc.  Quite simply if I hear that something is good, I want to check it out. A few weeks ago, I gave high praise to Dan John’s book Never Let Go.  If you’ve read anything by Dan John […]

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Bench Press 101

Evidently, my new favorite lift is the bench press (or at least that’s what all the guys in the gym say!). Hey, everyone else has been doing it for years – maybe I’m just a little bit behind the times!  I’m definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed. In all seriousness, as someone who […]

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July 14th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.14 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 […]

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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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Four Kettlebell Moves for a Bigger Powerlifting Total

Originally published at DragorDoor.com Four Kettlebell Moves for a Bigger Powerlifting Total Mike Robertson Powerlifters are a resourceful group; we’ll do damn near anything to add pounds to our lifts and grow our total. Go to any powerlifting gym today and you’ll likely see lifters using bands, chains, dragging sleds, and other various tools to […]

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Defending the Bench Press

This article was originally publisehd at EliteFTS.com Defending the Bench Press By Mike Robertson For www.EliteFTS.com The bench press is a great lift. Whether your goal is to develop a powerful overall physique or a barrel chest or just get brutally strong, the bench press can help you get there. Before we go any further, […]

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April 9th, 2009

Robertson Training Systems Newsletter 5.08 In This Issue: – Mike hatez teh squatz!!!! Mike hatez teh squatz!!! Yes, the title is somewhat in jest, but I hope you will enjoy the quick turn-around on the newsletters! Yesterday, an article ran on T-Nation titled Mythbusters.  Essentially, this was a 15 minute conversation I had with Nate […]

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Training Tips: The Grind

Seeing as how it’s St. Paddy’s day, AND I have a wedding to attend (which explains the pinstripes pants and dress shoes), we’re going to keep things relatively simple today. When you take time off from training, you need to ease back into low rep, high intensity training.  You can’t go straight from high rep […]

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A simple squatting tip

The other day, I was watching our intern, Nick, squat.  He was getting rounded over in the bottom a bit, and couldn’t figure out why as he hasn’t been coached all that much. In all honesty, it’s a very common issue, and one that I used to have happen to myself all the time.  There […]

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Old-School Article of the Week

In this edition of the Old-School Article of the Week, we have what I consider to be the easiest article I’ve ever written.  For some reason, inspiration struck and I wrote the entire piece in about 1 hour.  I hope you enjoy it! Precision Pulling Stay strong and have a great weekend! MR

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