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Updated Training Log of Sorts

I get questions quite frequently about how I’m training, so I figured since I disbanded the training log that I’ll do a little update here. I’m a little conflicted, to be honest.  The body is feeling quite good these days, albeit at a much lighter body weight than I’ve been at in the past 2-3 […]

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Squatting 101

“The squat is the king of all exercises.” If you’ve trained long enough, chances are you’ve heard that before. And for good reason; the squat may be the single best lift you can perform in the weight room. Unfortunately, many people have no clue what they’re doing when it comes to squatting. Not to mention […]

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Bench Press Updates….

As always, I like to start these posts off with a little inspiration. Pictured to the left is my good friend and former Ball State University powerlifter Matt Wenning. I’m assuming this pic is from ~2002 or 2003. At the time, Matt was benching in high 400’s, maybe low 500’s. I got word (via the […]

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Olympic vs. Powerlifting Squats

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com There’s a rivalry in the iron world between the Olympic lifters and the powerlifters as to who’s stronger. This argument has invariably led to the two camps debating which one squats more and who has the better style of squatting. The reality is this is like the old cliché of comparing […]

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Mike Robertson’s Words of Wisdom

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Packing our picks, shovels and tin pans, your dauntless editors went prospecting once again in the Authors’ Locker Rooms for more golden nuggets of wisdom. It took some digging, but we hit pay dirt big time. Mike “Ass Master” Robertson is always generous with his limited time and copious knowledge, and […]

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Blood on the Barbell

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com There are two types of powerlifters in the world: 1) Powerlifters who powerlift 2) Strength athletes who powerlift A powerlifter is someone who’s focused solely on increasing the bottom line: their total. This could be via strength gains, technical improvements, or simply getting more out of their gear. A strength athlete […]

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5 Guaranteed Ways to Break Through Plateaus

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Plateaus in weight-training suck. Plateaus in fat-loss suck, too. Plateaus in our strength and performance? You got it — they suck! No longer do we need to fall victim to the plateau; throughout this article, I’m going to give you 5 GUARANTEED ways to analyze and break through your lifting plateaus. […]

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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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Overcoming Lousy Leverages, Part I

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com “I suck at squatting because I’m too skinny!” “My bench is weak because of my long arms!” “My deadlift will never go up. I’m just not built to pull heavy!” Ever hear a training partner utter one of these lines? Or, worse yet, have you ever said these things yourself? If […]

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Overcoming Lousy Leverages, Part II

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com In Part I, we discussed how your body type can hinder you on certain lifts while making you an absolute stud on others. We also covered how your body type can influence the way you should be training to maximize your performance in the squat. Here in Part II, our goal […]

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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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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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