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Why You Should Consider Competing in Powerlifting

A few years back, there was a big push to train everyone "like an athlete." The sentiment of such a statement is great...sometimes "exercise" is boring, but training can be a lot more fun. There is definitely a split in the mindset of these two activities. We think of athletes as super-heroes or superstars, and when [...]

By |2019-11-27T19:41:01+00:00November 27th, 2019|Powerlifting, Training|Comments Off on Why You Should Consider Competing in Powerlifting

5 Reasons NOT to Drop Deadlifts from the Top

There's a small trend in fitness, usually seen in CrossFit gyms, where someone performing a deadlift may simply drop the bar from the top of the lift. Usually this is done on either a max effort rep, or at the end of a high rep set. We teach our clients and our athletes to keep [...]

By |2019-09-10T19:38:36+00:00September 10th, 2019|Powerlifting, Training|Comments Off on 5 Reasons NOT to Drop Deadlifts from the Top

Coach’s Couch Episode 2: Weight Loss Expert and Cancer Survivor Ben Dearman

I've known Ben for over 10 years. We met through a mutual acquaintance at a Jason C. Brown Kettlebell Athletics certification, and ever since then we've been buddies. It's easy to see why, we're both no-nonsense coaches that stick to the fundamentals of strength training, but more importantly, science. On top of that, we've both [...]

By |2019-02-22T15:01:22+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Coach's Couch, Nutrition, Powerlifting, Training|Comments Off on Coach’s Couch Episode 2: Weight Loss Expert and Cancer Survivor Ben Dearman

Some Thoughts on Squats

Squat depth is controversial. It's been a hotly debated topic since I started lifting weights in 1998. How deep is deep enough? Is there such a thing as too deep? Is squatting deep bad for your knees? If you don't squat deep enough does it "count"? There are so many questions and often times they [...]

By |2018-01-17T19:56:27+00:00January 17th, 2018|Powerlifting, Training, Weightlifting|Comments Off on Some Thoughts on Squats

Tempo Training 101

There are hundreds, if not thousands of variables you can manipulate in training. Most commonly argued discussed on the internet are sets, reps, weight, etc...One variable that is easy to manipulate but often gets overlooked is tempo. Tempo refers to the speed at which a particular phase of an exercise is performed. When your muscles work [...]

By |2017-12-27T13:23:31+00:00December 27th, 2017|Powerlifting, Training, Weightlifting|Comments Off on Tempo Training 101

How to use APRE Training

"There is more than one way to bake a cake," may be the perfect analogy for training. In order to bake a great cake, you must first have the right ingredients, then you must mix them together and put them in the heat of the oven, and at that point, exhibit a good amount of [...]

By |2017-12-26T02:10:40+00:00November 15th, 2017|Powerlifting, Training, Weightlifting|Comments Off on How to use APRE Training

What is Powerlifting?

Over the last 30 years, endurance based sports have dominated the fitness industry. Running specifically is popular, probably because of its low barrier to entry. All you need is a pair of shoes, and you're off. You can do it anywhere, and don't even need any special equipment. But strength training has been gaining traction [...]

By |2017-12-26T02:10:41+00:00October 18th, 2017|Powerlifting|Comments Off on What is Powerlifting?