If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I preach not training to failure. However, there are a lot of training to failure proponents out there.
So who is right and who is wrong?
Of course I’m not going to throw myself under the bus, so let me elaborate on why I’m an opponent to training to failure, and what you should be doing instead.
Continue reading Should You Train to Failure?
Psych-up procedures are one of the most important mental aspects of the iron game, especially if you’re trying to go for a max effort lift.
At face value, you’d say psyching yourself up is just to “pump you up”. But it’s important to understand the science and how we can use emotions to boost our performance (and how too much emotion can detract from our lifting).
Continue reading Are You Properly Aroused?
Last week during my training at the Primal Strength Gym, I noticed some things were off with my deadlift technique.
It was my first deadlift session since my Strongman competition and the weights felt abnormally heavy. It was clearly an “off day” for me and the ‘heaviness’ of the weights were causing me to lift with some bad technique.
Continue reading Why Every Rep Matters (Motor Engrams)
This past weekend I took home first place in my weight class (lightweights under 200) at the River City Strongman in Richmond, Virginia.
It was a great but grueling day of lifting and competing. I met some awesome people, had overwhelming support from friends and family, made a few mistakes, but most importantly, overcame and battled throughout the day to bring home the win for Primal Strength Gym. I was also honored to compete with another Primal member who took home third in the heavyweight class.
Continue reading What I Learned From Winning Strongman
Specialty bars have grown in popularity since Westside Barbell introduced them into their training. While the straight bar may always be king, especially for powerlifters who must use a straight bar in competition, variety never hurt anyone and in a lot of other cases, may prove superior to standard training. Enter the safety squat bar.
Continue reading Why You Should Be Squatting With A Safety Squat Bar
A few months back, I wrote a post on competition. If you missed it, check it out here: Who is Your Competition?
Evidently it ruffled a few feathers around town. Heard people calling me (behind my back) everything from a cocksucker to an asshole. All of a sudden I was the renegade gym owner.
Continue reading Who is Your Competition? Part Deux
Yo Primal Nation!
It has been about a month and a half since my last blog post. Let me apologize for dropping off the radar for a bit. Sometimes life proves tough to fit everything in that you need to accomplish during the course of a day.
Continue reading Information Overload: Don’t Stray From the Basics
There are a lot of things you can do to improve your strength.
Typically people hit a wall and start making all kinds of second guesses about their programming.
Am I training enough? Am I training too much? Do I need to gain weight? Does my technique suck? What else do I need to incorporate?
It can be maddening. There are times when I can get obsessive over my training and all of the second guessing only heightens anxiety and makes things worse.
Continue reading One Quick Way To Be a Better Lifter
One of the first things you lay eyes on when you enter the Primal Strength Gym is a wall of kegs. Once you take a closer look around, you’ll see a wide variety of odd objects like a circus dumbbell, sandbags, slosh pipes, tires, logs, grip tools and other unorthodox equipment.
Continue reading Why I Emphasize Odd Object Lifts
Popular opinion and bro-science will tell you that you shouldn’t train squats, deadlifts, bench press, and overhead press more than once a week.
It will fry your CNS, lead to overtraining, make you weaker, and lead to injury, they will say.
Continue reading Can You Train the Big Lifts Too Much?