Training Shoes: My Recommendations and Why

Over the years, I have gathered various training shoes and each has its specific purpose, both for powerlifting and general training. In this article, I discuss each of my training shoes in detail and explain what I use them for.

Strength Training and the Benefits of Perfusion

Many years ago, the president of USA Powerlifting asked me, "Did you ever notice that those who train with heavy weights have better looking skin and look more alive than those who just do cardio only?"

The Dangers of Circumducitur Cervicalis Syndrome and How to Prevent It

This not very well known condition is actually quite prevalent in our society today. People of all ages suffer from it without realizing, and once a person is afflicted with this condition, it is difficult to overcome.

The Subtle But Essential Role of the Triceps Brachii in the Deadlift

The triceps brachii are often overlooked in the deadlift, even by competitive powerlifters. But when engaged properly, they help you generate more strength and power and reduce injury.

The Basics of the Barbell Front Squat

The barbell front squat is an effective squat variation, is just plain hard work, and has a carryover to sport and life that cannot be ignored. Here are the essentials you need to know.

Deadlift: To Stop or To Go

Every time I teach the deadlift, a particular question comes up: whether to perform “stop reps” or “touch and go” reps during sets. Let's discuss the differences between them and what we can learn from each.

Quality AND Quantity

Quality and quantity are important together, in almost equal amounts, when it comes to forcing the body into the physiological and neurological adaptation necessary to achieve the goals you're after.

When Tension Is a Beautiful Thing

I am neither discussing different types of headaches, nor the strength properties of a barbell and its ability to resist bending and becoming permanently deformed. I am talking about what your body needs to generate prior to loading it.

300 Seconds: A Guide to Maximizing Your Rest Intervals

This length of time may seem like an eternity, but taking long rest intervals between work sets is one of the keys to building strength.

Why You Should Study Barbells in Addition to Kettlebells

The addition of the SFB and SFL to the StrongFirst curriculum means we all have the chance to optimize our use of kettlebells, barbells, and bodyweight training.