Training For The Older Trainer

Something all of us have to face sooner or later is aging. Past a certain point, our hormones start to change, our bodies become more sensitive to various stressors: physical, emotional, dietary, lifestyle etc. The key to continuing to make progress and in our training and overall health is to be very proactive and pay […]

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Modified High Pulls From Hang

Walk into a gym and you can like spot the guys who regularly perform cleans. There is nothing for building the upper back, delts and traps like doing lots of power cleans. Key to performing a power clean is the triple extension aspect of it – the “high pull”. I came across this video of […]

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Escalating Density Training Revisited

Back in the mid-2000′s trainer Charles Staley developed a very simple yet brutal method of training: EDT or Escalating Density Training. This type of training is based in principle on pairing movements in superset fashion, under a rigid time limitation. The major premise is to take two movements grouped together, called “PR Zones”, where you […]

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The Back-Saving Workout

If you lift heavy enough, long enough, there is a pretty good chance that your lower back will be telling you to back off. Many times I’ve had low-back issues – tight QL ligaments, misaligned sacroiliac joints, etc – that caused me to back off of heavy squats or deadlifts for a bit while I […]

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Training Two Days a Week

Suggest hitting the weight room two days a week to the average gym-goer and right away you’ll either get strange looks or arguments that its not enough training time to make any real progress towards added size and strength. But there are times that a two day a week gym routine can be the best […]

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MMA Minimalist Routine

There are many training modalities/components to deal with when preparing for MMA. Strength, mobility, flexibility, conditioning, and on top of that, you still need enough gas in the tank to develop your sports specific martial art skills. The goal of all of this is directed towards being able to stand and bang for five minute […]

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Stiff Legged Deadlift – Done The Right Way!

All too often we see people not doing this basic exercise the right way. We either see them bringing the bar straight up and down 6″ from their shins in a vertical line, never touching the floor (more about this at the bottom of this page). In this video, Jonnie Candito, one of the strongest […]

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Dave Tate’s Six-Week Bench Press Cure

“This is the United States of America,” he bellows. “Like it or not, the bench press will always be the most popular exercise. Too bad everyone sucks at it.” From Dave Tate’s Six-Week Bench Press Cure. Full program and more at T-Nation

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Badass Exercises: Snatch Grip Deadlift

One of Charles Poliquin’s favorite movements for building lower body strength in athletes is the snatch grip deadlift, particularly when done from the deficit of a 4″ podium. He is a big believer in this exercise because it is among the best for putting on mass, fast. If you are doing MMA, particularly wrestling, which […]

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Bill Starr’s 5 x 5 Training

Perhaps the most influential book ever written on the subject of strength training for sports is Bill Starr’s “The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football” written in 1976. Since then, seemingly endless variations of Starr’s original 5×5 routine have sprouted up all over the Net and for good reason – it is possibly the […]

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Classic Push/Pull/Legs Split

One of the most enduring types of split routines is the so-called “Push Pull Legs” splits for many good reasons. Functionally, it is a logical way to split one’s muscle groups and physiologically, it might well be the routine that allows for the best recovery as well. When looking at designing any workout routine, one […]

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Minimalist Power and Bulking Routine

If I told you that it was not only possible for you to make great gains in strength and muscle mass by spending two hours a week in the gym you would probably think I am trying to sell you on the latest fad or gimmick, but in actual fact, that is all the growth […]

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Reg Park’s Beginner Routine

Perhaps the finest natural example of the perfect balance between aesthetic physique and phenomenal strength is the late Reg Park. It was Reg Park was the inspiration for a young Arnold Schwarzenegger to pick up his first set of weights. Park won Mr. Britain in 1949 and although there were bodybuilders before him, his level […]

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Full Body Training Routines That Kick Ass

Recently there has been a renaissance in the “full body” training routines, thanks in large part to people like Ken Leistner, Stuart McRobert, Ellington Darden as well as the rebirth of the classic Bill Starr 5×5 routine, thanks to Glen Pendlay, Mark Rippetoe and websites like Madcow’s and Stronglifts. These routines which are intense and […]

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