July 20, 2023In a recent article, I explained how varying your lifting speed can help you gain more strength. Today I will show you a couple of ways of applying this knowledge to boost your squat, barbell (back, front, Zercher) or kettlebell (goblet, double front). 3 x Gear Squat Protocol #1 The simplest thing you can do […]
May 31, 2022An Excerpt from Deadlift Dynamite If you know your way around the kettlebell, you have an unfair advantage when it comes to learning barbell skills. Start with a barbell half-deadlift because it is less demanding of skill and flexibility. And it really teaches you to drive the hips forward, an essential element of Andy’s competition […]
January 26, 2016Sometimes it is not appropriate to measure 1RM, but what if your back squat program is based off one? Enter the 5TRM - your five technically perfect rep max. A new program inspired by Plan Strong.
August 23, 2013Here is how I decided to compete in powerlifting, how I trained, and how I incorporated the teachings of StrongFirst into the process.
July 29, 2013The 5x5 method is credited to Reg Park, a bodybuilder who built a 500-pound bench press in the 1950s. It remains one of the most reliable ways to build strength in existence.
June 7, 2022An Excerpt from Deadlift Dynamite The paradox breathing technique, developed in the USSR by opera singer Alexandra Strelnikova for applications obviously unrelated to lifting, will teach you how to tense your abs while “packing” your belly with air. Lie on your back with your legs straight.[i] If you are top heavy, anchor your feet under […]
May 3, 2016I 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.
July 15, 2014Updates from Jason Marshall and Pavel on recent meet results and the future of the team. Read for information on how to apply.
August 10, 2013On June 22-23, 2013, the StrongFirst Deadlift Team competed at the IPA Strength Spectacular at the mecca of strength training, York Barbell Club in York, PA.
December 9, 2012Which squat variation gives you the biggest bang for your buck? Let's go through the possibilities and I'll explain the reasons for my choice of best squat.