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Squat - Deadlift

10/31/2014  Brandon Smitley

Hey Brandon, how ya goin. I have a questions if you have the time. I have just switched to squatting low bar, it feels gooooood, but it hurts my wrists like crazy, will that go away when my wrists bec Read More

10/31/2014  Dave Kirschen

How important is training calves for improving my strength in squat and deadlift? What are the best assistance exercises for this? Thank you Read More

10/30/2014  Brandon Smitley

Hi, I was hoping someone could give me some advice for glute activation in squats? I've been powerlifting for about 18 months but my squat is really holding me back - no matter what I try I can't acti Read More

10/29/2014  Scott Yard

what is the best way to get big air before a max deadlift? I have the spud 3 ply belt and im pretty sure im not maxing out its abilities. thanks Read More

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Iron Brothers

10/31/2014  Andy Deck

http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/default.asp?qid=210708&tid= This was a good rant. A very good rant. My thoughts exactly. So many people want to over analyze, over research, and look for the right conco Read More

10/31/2014  Dave Kirschen

This may some stupid, but Im moving back to my families house where i'll be opening a garage gym to start out...my question is...what is the best way or a strategy to get people to come check out the  Read More

10/31/2014  Bob Youngs

Bob, what days are you going to be at the world's? It would be great to see you and for you to see the best looking former Southside Barbell member Read More

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10/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Since you talked about reading books in your training log I thought I'd ask the question: Excluding training books, what are your favorite fiction or non-fiction books? Anything that inspired you or  Read More

10/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Harry, Not sure how to structure these little updates to you so I figured I'd just write one to give a tiny background to start off with. 5'10" and was 135 lbs 3 years ago. A powerlifter friend  Read More

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10/30/2014  Clint Darden

Clint, I've been following your log since you first joined Elite. You've been one of the most helpful, passionate, educational, and HILARIOUS contributors. I just wanted to let you know let you kn Read More



10/31/2014  Andy Deck

I see in your videos that you sometimes grab the bar to push the stone over with your chest. Do you train to do this in purpose or is it accidental? THankyou Read More

10/31/2014  Andy Deck

Hi Andy, What are your top tips for bringing up a military press? Thanks, Richie Read More

10/31/2014  Chase Karnes

hi chase, first off, thank you for all the free advice you guys provide on this site. i am planning on entering my first strongman show in about 15 weeks. i am planning on setting up my program  Read More



10/31/2014  Andy Deck

Sir, In reference to Westside Conjugate, on speed days do you always use the same main exercise that you used on ME day earlier in the week? (ie, ME Box Squat on Monday then use Box Squat on Thursda Read More

10/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Harry, Men's Fitness published an article of yours that was a "Crossfit inspired workout", intended to better serve physique and strength goals. If I remember correctly it was an Upper/Lower/Upper wi Read More

10/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Hello Harry, I have had postural issues for some time. Often, especially when I'm tired, I have a tendency to lean forward and my shoulders get pulled even further forward. I can't tell if I have k Read More


Bench Press

10/31/2014  Vincent Dizenzo

thanks for such a quick response to my question. I actually did speed work today. I did 9x3 with 60% with wide netural and close grips followed by behind the neck press for 5x6 followed by t bar rows  Read More

10/31/2014  Bob Youngs

Bob, hope all is going well. Sounds like you have a good group of boys on your basketball team. My son starts this year. He plays spring and fall baseball, but this is our first basketball season. My Read More

10/29/2014  Casey Williams

Hey Casey Before you bench you do some work with dumbbells, pulldowns and I believe pushdowns. I think I read that Matt Wenning advised you to do this before benching. Can you elaborate on it?  Read More



10/31/2014  Dave Kirschen

Ive been training using a conjugate style program. Ive been doing a ME day working up to a 3 or 1 rep max. I know that following westside principles you should work up to 1 rep max for that day and  Read More

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10/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey Josh hope all has been well. Quick question i have noticed mostly in bench my first rep has gotten to be pretty explosive and seems 2nd rep and 3rd rep im significantly less explosive/weaker. i k Read More

10/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey josh, Just started your 4 day a week jailhouse strong rest-pause routine. I can't do OHP do to some neck injuries. What do u suggest I replace it with? INcline BB, speed bench, plyo push up?  Read More

10/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey Josh--- what are the best ways to work puny calves? Read More

10/29/2014  Ted Toalston

Ted, What is your training template? It seems like you combine dynamic & max effort work on the same day & then do a supplemental day, i.e. step ups and db presses. What is the purpose of the suppl Read More



10/31/2014  Andy Deck

A few months ago, after finally doing MRI's, my doctor told me I had tears in both forearms. He gave me cortisol shots in both arms and told me to take about 5 weeks off from training. After years of  Read More

10/31/2014  Harry Selkow

Harry, (You asked if extra weight on my body would hurt my spine) My doctor said that if I were overweight as far as body fat that that would be detrimental to my spine. But as far as gaining mu Read More

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10/31/2014  Bob Youngs

Thanks a lot for the advice Bob. I'm definitely going to look into that book. I have one more question if you have time, any recommendations for what my dynamic warm up should include? I'm fairly limi Read More

10/30/2014  Bob Youngs

Hi Bob, I have a tweaked back too and just would like to know what you have done that works to alleviate some of your back pain. I have been to a chiropractor & physiotherapist with no success..it is  Read More


Sports Training

10/31/2014  The Thinker

James, Reading SST, I was wondering if, when he mentions multiple series in a session, is he talking about the same exercise, or different exercises for each series? For example, in the repeat method Read More

10/31/2014  The Thinker

Question about overtraining/adrenal burnout. I an trying to find good resources on recovery from overtraining. There are many resources on the mechanisms and how to avoid overreaching and overtraining Read More

10/30/2014  Brandon Smitley

what is the best tactic for studying for CSCS and what were the hardest parts? Any advice regarding the test is appreciated as I'm taking the test in December! I have a background with lifting experie Read More


Fat Loss

10/31/2014  Chase Karnes

If someone doesn't lift weights and just does cardio, will having a diet high in protein make them gain weight? If they would like to lose weight, should they still follow macros and have many small m Read More



10/31/2014  Justin Harris

Do you know of any protein meals that taste good cold? carbs are no problem, but meats seem to be tough and bland after being in the fridge, any help would be much appreciated im struggling to create Read More

10/30/2014  Chase Karnes

Hey Chase, I have a question regarding nutrition. I am a 200 lb lifter and would like to, at minimum, keep my weight at 200, if not increase it to 210 - 220. My current plan looks like this: Breakf Read More

10/30/2014  Bob Youngs

So, I'm 6', 295... at least 30% bf. I've been on a bit of a break from training while coaching my daughter's soccer team, whose season ends next week. Starting in November, I should be able to tr Read More


Products and Reviews

10/31/2014  Brian Schwab

I finally found a used glute ham raise and bought it this week (it's Brian's home model). Got it adjusted, and started using it last night, and so far think it's going to be extremely helpful. Any Read More

10/31/2014  Jo Jordan

Does your 6.5mm power belt have the EliteFTS logo pressed into back or is it plain leather? Read More



10/31/2014  Shelby Starnes

Shelby, As a competitive powerlifter entering my 40's and accumulating injuries I have decided to hang up my singlet and focus on longevity and physique development. I am following your Push, Pull, Read More

10/30/2014  Mark Dugdale

How to determine a leg workout that includes a secondary leg workout.i have been following your workout log for months and I really appreciate the knowledge and time you share.thanks for your time Read More



10/31/2014  Shelby Starnes

hi Shelby, I figured that (besides your documented knowledge) your association with John Meadows might help with this question. I posted my question to his facebook under a post he made on this pro Read More


Powerlifting Gear

10/30/2014  Brandon Smitley

Hey, I've been lifting for 5 years and my best lifts are a 455 squat, 350 bench, and a 500 deadlift all raw. I'm wanting to get into gear. I was wondering if anybody knew of any coaches in my area to  Read More

10/30/2014  Dave Kirschen

I need some guidance in choosing a belt. I'm unsure of the real, functional difference between the Elite Power Lifting Belt vs. P2. I will be using it for a broad range of strength movements, and I am Read More

10/29/2014  Jo Jordan

Jo, Joe Schillero gave me yor email and said to email you about getting a pair of briefs... I am looking at getting a pair of briefs to help my squat training...I am a raw lifter but would lik Read More


10/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Saw the video of you wailing on that heavy bad. Wanted to know what gloves you use? I have a pair of title but they start to slip as I hit harder. Just wondering. Take care Josh Read More



10/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey josh- I've read articles on getting your head right before your big lift in competition. What would you say is the number one thing to being successful in a meet? Read More

10/30/2014  Josh Bryant

Hey Josh, If I'm training to do my first powerlifting meet, do I need to be doing any cardio? Read More



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