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7/31/2014  Andy Deck

Hello, I have a couple questions about gear to anyone who wants to field this. Pretty sure I've read it on the site before, but couldn't find it again, sorry for being repetitive . Are knee slee Read More

7/30/2014  Steve Goggins

where did you get your front squat harness, only one I can find is made in new Zealand,thanks todd Read More

todd w
7/30/2014  Steve Goggins

Hi Steve, Not a QA really, but a sincere thank you for helping out Lodrina and I are USAPL Raw Nationals last week. People like you and your lifters are a testament to why this sport is great. Tha Read More

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7/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Thanks for the info! I have the 5-3-1 program (1.1-1.4) bookmarked because my youngest son is using it this fall at college. I will look into it more in depth and see how it fits our situation. I li Read More

Eric Dralle


7/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Hey Guys, I was wondering what your opinions are on intermittent fasting? Is anyone here currently using this protocol? I've read good and bad things about it and was just wondering what you Read More

7/29/2014  Hannah Johnson

Hi Hannah, first off great to have you back! My wife and I love your training log and recipes. A while back you mentioned posting your weekly food prep for you and Matt, when you get a chance we would Read More


Business Discussion

7/31/2014  Andy Deck

To become a top trainer I know you have to read a lot of shit and have hands on experience, but when it really comes down to it is hands on experience more beneficial ? Read More

7/30/2014  Andy Deck

guys, i hate my job. i am cscs/cpt certified by the nsca. i know that in this industry, that doesn't mean shit. realizing experience seems to be much more valued/respect, i just had a general quest Read More

7/29/2014  Harry Selkow

Just say one had a passion for training, football, and helping young men achieve their full athletic potential and wanted to start volunteering with a local high school football team, particularly the Read More


Squat - Deadlift

7/30/2014  Brandon Smitley

Hi folks I'm a raw, low bar Squatter with a medium wide stance (1 1/2 of my shoulder width approx.). My question is: Is there a benefit about going thumbless (suicide grip) or thumbs around the  Read More

7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey Josh, Will keystone deadlifts help transfer to my regular deadlift? Read More

7/30/2014  Dave Kirschen

Elite FTS, I use a moderately wide stance while squatting. What are the benefits of doing close stance squats with different bars, or to a box or not and different set and reps? should i use clos Read More

7/30/2014  Dave Tate

Dave, I know it's been a while since you've trained for powerlifting, but I'm interested in your thoughts on circa-max work. I have been debating creating a circa-max deadlift cycle that I would perf Read More

David Adamson
7/29/2014  Justin Harris

I have been squatting narrow stance and high bar (focusing on hypertrophy). My left ankle is causing discomfort coming out of the hole. It starts as a kind of odd pulling sensation on the outside of t Read More

Nate Trusty
7/29/2014  Harry Selkow

Regarding ME exercises for lower body in the westside program: My gym doesn't have boxes so I can't do low/parallel box squats. I can use a flat bench which would act as a high box (knee angle ~110 Read More

Iru Doramas


7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

I'm currently preparing to go to the police academy which I know requires a great deal of cardiovascular endurance but I also love training for size and strength. I know these goals can sometimes cont Read More

7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Josh Before I ask this just wanted to say I have a 9 year training experience and use mostly compound movements with perhaps one isolation exercise.I train only for muscle these days Two thing Read More

7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey josh- I know a lot of people deload after 3 hard weeks but I do construction and feel worn out on week 3.. Should I deload earlier than most Read More

7/30/2014  Julia Ladewski

Julia , I've noticed that for your bench workouts, you keep in the MD protcol of doing a dumbbell press of sorts before the big pressing movement. Do you do that simply for activation or do you  Read More

7/29/2014  Harry Selkow

Coach, I have completed the most recent assignment of: 1x14 1x13 1x12 1x11 1x10 5x5 I must say the hardest set here was that last set of 5. Anyway, I'm ready to rock 'n' roll on the next step  Read More

7/28/2014  Shane Church

Hello again I hope you ok guys? I really need some help regarding my training? I train Muay Thai/ mma at least 3 -4 times a week . Which Is very demanding in my body and hard to recover from. M Read More


Fat Loss

7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hi Josh, are keto diets good for losing fat whilst keeping muscle? Im leaning up for my first time ive just been slugging away over the years to get bigger and stronger. Im 26 and 18% bodyfat, narural Read More

7/29/2014  Shelby Starnes

Hey Shelby, I know carb cycling usually has a low, medium, and high carb day, but can it be run with just low and high days? If so, do you think eliminating the medium days will severely impede it Read More

7/28/2014  Shane Church

question about fat loss Ive often heard coaches & nutritionists talk about a common mistakes people make is eating too little and not realizing their bodies adapt, so fat loss is mitigated. Howeve Read More


Sports Training

7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hello Josh I hope you ok? I wanted to ask for some advice regarding training for ( hypertrophy and strength) I train Muay Thai/ mma at least 3 -4 times a week . Which Is very demanding in my bod Read More


Bench Press

7/30/2014  Josh Bryant

play solid blockGood evening Chris I really appreciate the kind words on the bench press book! I do not see anything wrong with that order. Now granted, I would not run the same accessory moveme Read More



7/30/2014  Julia Ladewski

Hello Julia! I just want to ask you about the extra shoulder workout you have been doing a day after speed bench work. Don’t you feel muscle soreness or overlapping between those two days, since you w Read More

João Pedro
7/30/2014  Julia Ladewski

Julia, I am a figure competitor and training for a November show. I am struggling dropping body fat. I am so discouraged with "dieting"! I would love your help. I just don't want to keep cutting calor Read More

Debbie Hilliker
7/30/2014  Mark Dugdale

Mr. Dugdale, I am working hard on mind-muscle connection currently and I have a couple issues. 1)My left pec gets a great pump and great contraction while my right feels dead, even though my right is Read More

Nate Trusty
7/30/2014  Harry Selkow

I want to try BFR training for my biceps. I read that you're supposed to tie a wrist wrap around your arm below your shoulder. I've never used this kind of a wrap. Which wrap would be appropriate.  Read More

Chris Drake
7/29/2014  Mark Dugdale

Hello Mark I hope you ok? I wanted to ask for some advice regarding training for ( hypertrophy and strength) I train Muay Thai/ mma at least 3 -4 times a week . Which Is very demanding in my bod Read More



7/30/2014  Julia Ladewski

Hi Julia, For the first 9 or so years of my lifting career I used high volume, with multiple exercises per body part. This was no sweat at a commercial gym full of equipment. I also just turned 3 Read More

7/29/2014  Harry Selkow

Neither…we have an AD, but not really an S&C coach. I'm a currently a teacher and FORMER coach who lifts frequently in the room. Since I'm in there 3-4 days per week, I have a chance to see what goe Read More

Eric Dralle
7/29/2014  Harry Selkow

Mr. Selkow! I see you helping lots of trainees here with Dip/Pullup programming. What i wanted to ask is, do you also program for jumps? I'm powerlifting, but love to do Conditioning 1-2x per Read More

7/29/2014  Hannah Johnson

Hi Hannah, I thoroughly enjoy reading your log! Thank you for putting so much time and effort into it. Now for the questions: How did you structure your lifting while training for your distanc Read More

7/29/2014  Vincent Dizenzo

I'm looking to add band work to my bench, and also use a band for mobility exercises. What size and/or strength bands would get me going? I'm currently benching 365 for 4. I assume I need to buy a fe Read More

7/28/2014  Mark Watts

Mr. Watts I've been trying to increase my power clean but seem to have hit a wall. I would like to know what would be the best exercise's to increase this lift. Current max 190x1 goal is to hit 205 b Read More


Powerlifting Gear

7/30/2014  Dave Kirschen

I was wondering if you guys had any tips on getting on a closed back single ply bench shirt? Read More


Iron Brothers

7/30/2014  Bob Youngs

Bob, Check this gem out from Q&A over a decade ago. Was feeling nostalgic and hit the search button... http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/default.asp?qid=18548&tid= I was that dumb 18 year old who k Read More

7/29/2014  Harry Selkow

Hello Harry, I'm a 22 year old guy, and I haven't been feeling great lately. Well, to be honest, it has been over a year and a half at least. I'm worried I have a hormone imbalance of some kind. I Read More

7/29/2014  Scott Yard

Congratulations Scott! I figured you'd get some PR's no weight loss or anything to mess you up and pretty healthy training cycle. You know you would have pulled the 710 DL so sounds like you are no Read More

Eric Ostling
7/29/2014  Matt Rhodes

Can someone tell me why a great lifter like Richard Hawthorne hasnt been covered by elitefts? This guy is probably pound for pound the best powerlifter in the world. He competes drug free in an UNT Read More

7/28/2014  Scott Yard

Hey Scott, awesome lifting. Great job on the squat and bench pr's. Read More

Vincent Dizenzo
7/28/2014  Shane Church

Dave, Just wanted to let you know I have a friend who has decided to start training with me for a meet that has never lifted, much less lifted with a purpose. We're training for a state meet (master's Read More

Chuck H.

Weight Gain

7/30/2014  Shelby Starnes

Hey Shelby! I am a 198lbs class Powerlifter, but try to get up to the 220's over time. I follow your carb cycling approach, which i absolutely love! However, my bodyweight is sitting at 197-198l Read More


Products and Reviews

7/29/2014  Amy Wattles

My question is about the prowler sled skis, my gym has a thin durable carpet on top of concrete and I would like to know if there is any product we could apply to the bottom of the skis to prevent the Read More



7/28/2014  Mark Watts

Mark, I have to say - THANK YOU. Thank you for doing this interview with James Clear! (here: http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?qid=210592&tid=219) I had noticed you referencing him Read More

Michael Tanner


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