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Iron Brothers

7/24/2014  Scott Yard

Hi Scott, Good luck at the meet. Sounds like you got everything dialed in. Reading your gym story reminded me when I used to go the gym years ago and these 2 young guys were doing tons of sets. They w Read More

Eric Ostling
7/24/2014  Harry Selkow

I have some elitefts equipment I'm looking to sell. Change of scenery and I can't keep it unfortunately.  Read More

7/21/2014  Vincent Dizenzo

Hey- It was great to see you come back and hit 900 (I was in the RI and CT meets, too). I have a philosophical question about lifting- once the inevitable decline hits, should one leave the platform? Read More

Justin Anderson


7/24/2014  Harry Selkow

10x7 complete. Seemed tougher than it should have. Previous assignment was 1x16, 1x15, 1x14, 1x13, 1x12, 5x9 before surgery. Thanks for everything. Steve M Read More

Steve M
7/23/2014  Matt Rhodes

I'm loving all the logs on full body training. Now that I'm finished with powerlifting this is something I'm very interested in trying. Thanks. Also do you use this with or plan on using full body  Read More

7/22/2014  Josh Bryant

Josh.. I have really bad arthritis in my hands. It is affecting my grip strength on deadlifts. Anything I can do? Read More

7/21/2014  Matt Rhodes

Matt, In reference to your new 3 day full body workout, how would you program conditioning into it, whether it be hiit or steady state? Read More

7/21/2014  Josh Bryant

I'm taking a long break from power lifting and want to lean out. Last year, I went from 205lbs to 185lbs. This summer, I've gotten down to the high 170's with a physically active summer job, lots of  Read More


Sports Training

7/24/2014  Matt Rhodes

I'm trying to further educate myself in training athletes, as I would like to specialize in sports performance training, but im currently reading a book by gray cook called movement that talks about  Read More

7/22/2014  The Thinker

Thinker, One of the drawbacks of being someone who works on the private side of the training industry is the fact of having to accommodate for what coaches do with practices. A lot of my American F Read More

7/22/2014  The Thinker

Hey James - any advice for sprinters who suffer from sports-induced asthma? Depending on climate, be it cool or hot, dry or humid, its hard to gauge when it will be an issue or not and how to coun Read More

7/21/2014  The Thinker

James, What can I expect to find in your "Military Special Operations Training for Selection" book? I've looked through the table of contents and I'm sure the title is very telling. Thanks. Read More

7/20/2014  The Thinker

James, If I am using an EMS unit, specifically Globus Premium Sport, and utilizing it in a recovery means around 10 impulses a second, how concerned do I need to be with negatively effecting type I Read More



7/23/2014  Brandon Smitley

i have a question about how much eating and rest and how much those two things impact progress in the weight room. obviously if you are tired and stuff your strength will suffer to some degree but im  Read More

Josh Zimmerman
7/22/2014  Vincent Dizenzo

Vincent- First off, congrats on the 900 pound bench this weekend. I'm glad you gave that another shot before continuing the cut down to 242. Anyway, I've noticed that you've said you weren't a ver Read More

7/22/2014  Harry Selkow

I have no one else to ask since no one I’m around lifts or follow any healthy lifestyle. I’ve been lifting for several years and got “serious” about a little over a year ago. I used Jim Wendlers guide Read More

Ray Alvarado
7/21/2014  Jim Wendler

Hi Jim, Not to overcomplicate things but just wondering if you or anyone you've been in contact with has ever estimated their next 5/3/1 cycle's numbers by averaging their approximate 1RMs after th Read More

Gary Nickel
7/21/2014  Murph

Hey all. Purchased the ab wheel because admittedly I have neglected direct ab training. I really don't think I'm "doing it wrong" per se, but I feel it a lot more in my lower back than my midsection.  Read More

James Omara
7/20/2014  Brandon Smitley

Hey Brandon! I sent this to JL as well, but you're notorious for giving quick and extremely detailed responses as well, so I thought I'd ask you as well. I'm new to the conjugate method, after trainin Read More

Not so Biggie

Products and Reviews

7/23/2014  Shane Church

How would you set up bands (upper or lower) on an E-Series rack? Carabiner on a chain? Read More

Jason Detwiler
7/23/2014  Shane Church

Hey everyone! Recently I purchased 2 of the russian manuals from your website. The books are "managing the training of weightlifters" and "programming and organization of training". I am curious to se Read More

7/21/2014  Brandon Smitley

Hello, I'm looking for a light wrist wraps and was wondering which wrap was lighter, the normal wrap or the red wrap? also is the normal wrap red as well or orange? Read More


Fat Loss

7/23/2014  Shelby Starnes

Hey shelby always appreciate you taking time to answer these, anyways I've been doing fasted cardio 5x a week now for thirty mins and weight loss is good, I'm wondering if as the duration increases an Read More

7/22/2014  Vincent Dizenzo

currently training to drop body fat and gain strength. have dropped about 20lbs so far while maintaining front squat and deadlift(455 and 650)incline and press coming back since feb surgery(training m Read More


Powerlifting Gear

7/23/2014  Shane Church

I currently have an EliteFTS lever belt that I use, but have never been able to wear it deadlifting. I would like to get a new belt, and am unsure of which to get. I've narrowed it down to the 6.5mm Read More

Joe Maloney
7/21/2014  Jo Jordan

I have never squatted with wraps and there are so many options out there. I am mainly looking to keep the pressure on the knees and a nice rebound effect. Any suggestions for first time user looking f Read More


Squat - Deadlift

7/23/2014  Matt Rhodes

So I have this issue with my conventional deadlift i just cant seem to shake. I get an awkward tightness in my left side of lower back and glute. It only happens with the conventional deadlift and goe Read More

7/22/2014  Julia Ladewski

Hey Julia I asked about training my dead lift in a periodization but lets say I stay with what I'm doing right now (5/3/1) how would you add volume to your lifts ? Read More

7/22/2014  Zane Geeting

I'm thinking about starting the Coan/Phillipi Ten Week Deadlift Program, and I'm wondering how to run my squat routine along with it. I have a pretty good feeling that with the Coan Program, I'll hav Read More

Michael Shrock


7/22/2014  Mark Watts

Hey Mark. First, I want to say I really enjoy reading your posts. I thought I would ask you this question because of your experience in the military. I'm currently serving and as you can imagi Read More

7/21/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey Josh, I'm 5 weeks into your limit strength program you designed for BJ Whitehead in your Powerbuilding book. I ALSO just signed up for my first PL meet (this coming October...about 13 weeks awa Read More



7/22/2014  Vincent Dizenzo

I have question I did about an hour of art therapy last night, attempted to bench tonight. During this cycle I've hit 345x2, tonight could even attempt 305. Nothing felt right. Weeks previous I had to Read More

7/22/2014  Thomas Deebel D.C.

Hey there, So I have a Spindololisthesis of the L5 vertebrae. I'm seeing a Chiro current and doing traction/adjustments 2x per week to try to correct it. It has me in a posterior pelvic tilt when  Read More

7/22/2014  Thomas Deebel D.C.

Hi, I'm a 27-year old personal trainer living in Northern California. I have been battling a chronic back problem for a little over 2 years. I was a power lifter for 6 years doing the bench deadl Read More

7/21/2014  Matt Rhodes

I have a full thickness tear of the supraspinatus that will be anchored down on the 24... and a buch of shit shaved sown and cleaned out, I have powerlifted for 15 yrs. done had it scoped and debrided Read More

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7/20/2014  Brandon Smitley

So I am three weeks from a national meet and my knee is really starting to bother me. What's strange about the pain is that I don't feel it when walking or doing everyday things. I slowly felt little  Read More

Nick Massa


7/22/2014  Julia Ladewski

Julia I admire yours and matts dedication to powerlifting and I am interested in bodybuilding also so love the fact you are becoming successful In that!! I always wondered how you execute sissy Read More



7/22/2014  Julia Ladewski

Hey Julia, i know you work a lot with John Meadows for dieting so i was wondering if you knew his thoughts on bacon and bacon grease from pasture raised pigs. Read More

7/22/2014  Shelby Starnes

Hey Shelby after a trip to the physical therapist I found out my blood pressure was at 135/80 at 28 years of age and body fat in the low to mid teens. I do have predisposition to it since my dad also  Read More

7/21/2014  Dave Kirschen

Just wanted to mention to you (since I've seen you speak of it multiple times) that I started the Anabolic Diet today at 6' 294. I'll be doing 2 days of heavy lifting with 3 long, hilly walks per week Read More


Bench Press

7/22/2014  Josh Bryant

Josh, Would it be safe to say that guys that have a naturally slimmer build with long limbs need significantly more frequent training of the bench press and overhead press to keep them steadily inc Read More

7/21/2014  Dave Kirschen

question re bench setup: no matter what I try on hard sets my ass comes off the bench?! I setup high on my traps (use same method as Kenny Patterson in Lou's videos) and use Metal Militia style for  Read More



7/22/2014  Jennifer Petrosino

You work hard. Training, EFS and school. Spoil yourself. Life is too short to do the analytical right thing all the time. Get the car you want and don't waste a minute feeling bad about it. Read More

7/22/2014  Jennifer Petrosino

Jennifer I love your articles and your incredible work ethic!i try to be more like you except I think I could beat you on coffee drinking ;) I was wondering could you send me your email for coachi Read More

Hannah James


7/20/2014  Chase Karnes

Hello Chase just had some questions regarding incorporating Strongman in to my routine. I have access to farmer's handles, a yoke, stones, a log, and tires. I currently train 5 days a week using 5/3/1 Read More



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