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Powerlifting Gear

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

Iron Brothers

10/30/2014  Jo Jordan

Looking at purchasing resistance bands. What is the difference between the regular resistance bands you sell and the Onyx bands? Any recommendation on one for things like face pulls, pull aparts an Read More

10/30/2014  Bob Youngs

Thanks for the advice...I certainly appreciate your perspective and I'll definitely get to moving more and cleaning up the diet. I'll be looking at the weight loss goal as both long-term and as a life Read More

10/30/2014  Brandon Smitley

Do any of you guys read paul carters stuff on his lift run bang blog? Or have checked out any of his books? Smart guy, great training knowledge, i know Jim wendler has colaborated some stuff with him. 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

10/28/2014  Chase Karnes

Hey Chase! I saw in a question that you answered a few days ago about fasting where you said you've had good success with it. You said you fasted from 9pm to 10am. I was wondering how your training Read More

10/28/2014  Justin Harris

Justin I wanted to ask you a question regarding medication and losing bodyfat.I have suffered from mental health problems for 6 years but it's totally under control and I have a normal life. I w Read More

10/28/2014  Justin Harris

Justin, I am currently at school with a cafeteria style breakfast, lunch, and dinner set up. I am trying to eat as healthy as possible but it is tough with the limited choices they provide us. Bre 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

10/28/2014  Justin Harris

Hey Justin. Thanks for the training log's interested in seeing what all you do in your comeback to bodybuilding. I noticed you mentioned you can't do squats currently have you thought about doing Yoke Read More

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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

10/29/2014  Shane Church

Shane, thank you so much! So basically, since you train your internal rotators in your shoulder so much via any Pressing movement, no extra internal rotation training is needed, correct? Hip  Read More

10/28/2014  Matt Rhodes

I've been having some shoulder pain, which the doctor (orthopedic surgeon) diagnosed as rotator cuff tendonitis. He ordered physical therapy starting next week, but I was wondering if anyone here had  Read More



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

10/29/2014  Brian Schwab

I want to run the M2 method without doing the competition prep part. After the 12 weeks, do I just work up to a heavy rep max to see where I am at to base my next cycles numbers off? or how do you tr Read More

Dave D
10/28/2014  Chase Karnes

Hey Chase, With your 3 day program you're running, are you using 5/3/1 & 5's Pro? Just curious as too your set up on your barbell lifts. Thanks 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

10/28/2014  Jo Jordan

hi, I'm training for my first meet in mid november i'm 280 lbs and my gym prs are a 450 squat a 560 DL and a 300 bench. should I wear my belt when i do may work sets on my bench? i feel like it it hel Read More

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10/27/2014  Amy Wattles

New Orleans Powerlifters - For Zack  Read More

10/27/2014  Matt Rhodes

Matt, thanks again for the advice. Perhaps I just wasn't strong enough for that 315. You asked why I hit singles on the way up. When I hit the gym I will grab my bands(EliteFTS of course) and do a Read More

Brent Hartley

Sports Training

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

10/27/2014  The Thinker

DISREGARD THE LAST QUESTION, THIS IS THE COMPLETE POST! James, Hope all is well. I had a couple questions for you if you could answer them. 1)Of your presentations/DVDs/products for sale, whi Read More


Squat - Deadlift

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

mike v.
10/28/2014  Dave Kirschen

Hello, To start with, I am 29 yrs old, 175lbs, 5'10" and have only been lifting 2 years. I have never done a meet before. I was hoping someone could critique my deadlift for me. My max is 415, this Read More

10/28/2014  Matt Rhodes

Hey Matt, I was wondering if you had any specific recovery methods for recovering from a heavy squat(multiple singles over 90%). I'm getting roughly 8 hours of sleep a night, and I eat pretty decent.  Read More


Bench Press

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

10/29/2014  Murph

Band tension. Just wanted to share some info on the bands I just bought, they are the Pro Light bands. ( http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=495&pid=247 ) I used them benchin Read More

Rocky Balboa
10/28/2014  Scott Yard

Is there any good reason that someone should bench press with their legs in the air? I see it so often but I can't think of any reason why I would have someone perform this exercise. Educate me. Thank Read More

10/28/2014  Harry Selkow

Hey, I have had an issue where my left pec would either strain or become pulled at random times 3 years in a row lasting around 2 weeks to a month to heal. I actually asked a question about it the las Read More


Products and Reviews

10/29/2014  Mark Dugdale

I dont want to sound cheap, but i really am. Anything cheaper than GASP?  Read More

mike v.
10/28/2014  Mark Dugdale

I have been searching for workout pants for years with no luck so I figured this has to be the forum for some answers. Can any suggest a brand of workout pants? Im 5'10" and 215lbs. I wear a 36"  Read More

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10/28/2014  Mark Watts

What are the available options for the signature multi-half rack? Is the core blaster an option for this rack? Thanks Read More

10/27/2014  Bob Youngs

What are the benefits of reverse bars supports / J hooks for a power rack? Read More



10/28/2014  Brandon Smitley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqeC4zOJSVw&feature=youtu.be if you look you can see my upper back curve as i'm standing, that's core right? Let me now what you think, this was after a few sets and Read More

10/28/2014  Julia Ladewski

Hi Julia. I was reading your log recently and it mentioned an exercise you referred to as prisoner pulldowns. I tried looking it up on youtube but was unsuccessful. Could you possibly include a brief  Read More

10/28/2014  Justin Harris

Justin, since you trained DC for quite awhile I was wondering what your take on rack chins is? Did you ever use these in your training and do you think there is merit to them over regular chins? I c Read More


Business Discussion

10/28/2014  Murph

Thank you so much for your help, what were your suggestion for most bang for buck? I can definitely afford the power rack and Texas power bar, the weights for the power rack may be pricey along with t Read More



10/28/2014  Matt Rhodes

Hi EFS! My question is about creatine. Sometimes you read, it "helps crank out those 2 last reps" or something like that. But when looking at the function of creatine, it's just a really quick r Read More

10/28/2014  Justin Harris

Justin, in regard to your recent qa post on your current intra drink, what is the purpose of the baking soda? And also why the addition of the bcaa's if there is the hydrolyzed casein? Just trying t Read More

10/28/2014  Justin Harris

Justin, What's up with the baking soda in the workout drink? I'm guessing to adjust pH, but I have no idea. Read More



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