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The WUSSification of Today’s Youth

Recently, I have been involved in instances of parents literally coddling their children when they do not get what they want. I coach various sports in addition to training athletes in the gym. I have had a few parents complain because their precious “cargo” was not getting to play the position they thought he/she should be playing. Most of the time, these same parents have never coached a sport. In some instances, they NEVER even played a sport growing up to begin with. The problem today is our society is such that if you don’t get your way, you are basically raised that you don’t go out and work harder to achieve your goal, you instead complain, groan, or get mommy and daddy to go do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training, Uncategorized

Underground Strength Nation

Join the Underground Strength Nation today! Zach Even-Esh shares his wisdom with you all and its well worth it! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bench Press, Deadlift, Fat Loss, Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training, Squat, Strongman, Uncategorized

Conventional Deadlift – Part Dos

In the first article we went over different key points on how to bring up your deadlift. In this section we’ll see what we can do about more technical issues and training with the conjugate method. This is where the fun stuff begins! Foot Position This is an often misunderstood part of the deadlift. I’ll cover 3 different stances/foot positions and highlight benefits for each one. Remember that with each stance you need to have your toes pointed slightly outward! Also, do all 3 stances in your training to make sure you’re strong no matter what. In all examples below, make sure to keep the bar close to your shins. If you have scrapes on your legs then you’re doing it right. Shoulder … Read entire article »

Filed under: Deadlift, Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Sports Training

My Experience with 531

Over the last few months, I have been extremely focused on coaching and work and less focused on my own training. Part of that was due to just flat boredom due to training alone many times, and another part was due to what we all have to deal with on a daily basis, and that is family commitments. Put all this together with my coaching duties and my normal job and you create yourself into a total lazy piece of crap. Well recently, I had an epiphany. I was either going to train the way I know how and go after my goals despite whatever else is going on in my life or I was going to regret it for many years to come. When the training slacked off, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bench Press, Deadlift, Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training, Squat

Conventional Deadlift – Part 1

Everyone who wants to get strong knows that there are 2 lifts that will put muscle on you quickly – the squat and the deadlift. The problem that we have seen for years is that lots of people do NEITHER correctly! I will go over a few things that will help you put pounds on the conventional deadlift in just a few weeks. Train your quads You’re probably asking yourself “Why train quads to deadlift?”. Well the simple answer is that, when pulling conventional, you use a lot of quad. If you aren’t, then you aren’t doing it properly. You should be able to flex your quads and the bar will start to move for you. A few exercises to bring your quad strength up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Deadlift, Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training

Old School Muscle Building Advice

I just read an awesome post by Elliott Hulse over at Old School Muscle Building Advice It talks about judging athletes on their PERFORMANCE and not strictly on their muscle size…there are many High School athletes who are not blessed with large muscles, but can run fast, hit hard, jump high, and push people around on the field or courts or your chosen sport just as good as any of the bigger guys or gals, or as this article Old School Muscle Building Advice calls them “Artificially Swollen Muscles”. They do it by training for the sport, not training for asthetics!!!!!!! You see, many athletes today are doing routines that are not really great at making them better, but will add muscle size…many of these will not do anything to help you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training, Strongman

Chris Taylor Bench Press Seminar (Roanoke, VA)

We are currently working to bring Chris Taylor to Roanoke, VA for a Bench Press Seminar. Chris is an Elite powerlifter and 800+lb bench presser. Chris has benched 750lbs@242 in a full powerlifting meet (August 2008), as well as recently hitting 805lbs@275 in a bench only contest. Chris trained under the guidance of Dr. Ken Leistner at Iron Island Gym, and currently still trains in Long Island, NY with a group of STRONG lifters. Chris continues to set PRs in both the 242 and 275lb class in not only the bench press, but also in the squat, having recently done a 905 squat at 242. Chris is also a certified Physical Therapist Assistant with an in depth background about injury healing and prevention If you are interested in … Read entire article »

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Girl Training at Elite SSP?

Well, today I ventured into the realm of training a girl who was not looking to be a better athlete but rather looking to get in better overall shape and lose bodyfat. I am use to training athletes to be better at their sport, so this was a little different but in a good way. This trainee is actually my 20 year old sister Kim. She is planning a wedding in December so she has the same motivation most females get for those kind of events. Needless to say, I put her through the paces today and we shall see if she sticks with it or not. She definately enjoyed it and said it beat a workout at Golds gym any day of the week. Training with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training

Who wants a better deadlift?

Mike and I came across this accidentally but it works like NO OTHER PROGRAM that we have tried.   We initially thought we might actually lose some strength deadlifting twice a month instead of every week.  Now that we have seen the results of this we are sticking with it!! Here’s the basic max effort lower outline: Week one: day one – DE squats day two – ME squats Week two: day one – ME Deadlift day two – DE squats and work up to a heavy triple or single, ~85-90% Doesn’t look complicated, does it?  Well it isn’t supposed to be!  The DE squats with bands will increase your posterior chain strength like crazy while building speed.  Then, on week two, when you go to pull heavy, you do so with reverse bands, against bands, pulling off of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Deadlift, Old School Lifting, Powerlifting, Routines, Sports Training