Deload, Reload, Shmeload, Smeagol

I've trained three times in the last two weeks.  It's absolutely awful.  In my defense, I competed in my first powerlifting meet over the weekend, and it's par for the course to take the week prior to the meet to mental and physically prepare for the meet.  I'll cover the specifics of the weekend in …

Do Warm-Up Sets Count?

A few days ago, my friend Max was visiting the gym and asked me to update an old program for him.  I've written a number of programs for Max over the past two years, and it's nice to watch his progress in the weight room while I work to write better programs.  As I finalized …

“There Are No Barbells On The Beach”

Several weeks prior to the New Year, I was on a nomadic journey through several of the local gyms, on the search for the perfect squat rack and bench.  My go-to gym, which I was working at, was flooded during the storm, and they're still in the process of repairing.  You can't really train for …

Do Lateral Squatz

Squats? Check.  Deadlifts?  Check.  Reverse lunges?  Check.  Lateral lunge?  What in all hell?! That's how I felt the first time I came across a lateral variation of lower body exercises, and I struggled.  The lateral lunge can be tricky business due to the hip mobility demands, and the fact that we'd rather not fall on …

What is your Main Movement

It's 2013, and you're going to make it count.  You've locked down a friend to train with, and you know how to R.A.M.P. it up when you get to the gym.  So what comes after the warm-up? Today I'd like to talk about the idea of a Main Movement in your training, which comes from …

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