The Work Hard Fallacy – Elite FTS

There are waves of disinformation in the fitness industry. Some of them are relatively harmless or are just exaggerations of relevance to anyone but top athletes. Examples include diet fads that ignore calorie intake and most supplement recommendations that aren’t caffeine-, creatine-, or protein-related. Then there is the harmful stuff—steroids and other performance-enhancing drug recommendations … Read more

4 (Big) Training Mistakes You’re Making – Elite FTS

I’ve been at this lifting game for a long time and have learned a lot. My hunger for knowledge allowed me to become one of the best powerlifters in the world. Even though my days of chasing insane strength are behind me now, I still love lifting. I am still training hard and learning every … Read more

Pro Squat Tip: Perform Eccentrics – Elite FTS

I wrote an article four years ago about finding the best squat stance for your anatomy: Find Your Perfect Squat in Five Minutes. Now I want to make an update so you continue to perfect the squat (and lifting) system. Squat Technique Technique doesn’t automatically correct itself just because you change your squat stance. You … Read more

Conjugate for the High School Basketball Player – Elite FTS

How to Organize the Training Week Implementing conjugate for the high school basketball player, let’s discuss how to best organize the training week. When I started programming, I tried to compress the typical four-day split into two days. What ended up happening was specific strengths were not covered due to lack of time. Unlike most … Read more

Connect By Entering Their World – Elite FTS

A few days ago, I was on a call with a friend who has an autistic son. I’m always ferociously writing notes on these calls hoping I can connect data points to provide some form of outside perspective clarity. Typically, a few days later, I can process all the information given, spot common threads, and … Read more

Program Variation Based on Recovery Status – Elite FTS

“The ability to train is governed by the ability to recover.” I don’t remember where I first heard that phrase, but it rings true across all types of training. When I discovered the Intensity Number of Lifts (INOL) method of assessing training, I loved the numerical simplicity and the ease of classifying a session. RECENT: … Read more

Training into Middle Age – Elite FTS

Almost everyone lifted weights in high school. In college, a few drop off because classes get tough, or they get a job. Then we get careers and start businesses, and more folks ease out. Marriage, or divorce, take their toll, and children get most of whoever is left. Then there are those of us in … Read more

The Power of a Good Training Partner – Elite FTS

Recently I was reminded of an undeniable training truth I’ve known for a long time, but pushed to the back burner my mind. What truth? That a good gym partner can vastly improve your training. When I first heard this as a newbie, I had a tough time swallowing it. For the most part, I’ve … Read more

3 Things I Learned From Training YOUR Ass Off – Elite FTS

One of the most powerful experiences I’ve had as a coach and an athlete was to be selected for one of the first-ever Train Your Ass Off (TYAO) events here at elitefts. It was a life-changing experience for me because I don’t think I could have picked a worse time in my life to be … Read more

Mobility Training is Not What You Think – Elite FTS

If you poll your local powerlifting gym and ask them what mobility training means, they’re going to say it has to do with stretching, foam rolling, or folding oneself into a pretzel. Are they wrong? Not quite. Our industry hasn’t set a good example of what it means to train for mobility. By definition, mobility … Read more