September 2, 2021Introduction After spending my teen years being bullied and feeling inadequate, I decided to stop listening to all the other voices and listen to my own. I wanted to chase something that no one would think was possible: to be the youngest and lightest Beast Tamer in the world. This meant that I would need […]
March 18, 2021The Goal The idea of the Five-Rep Iron Maiden was planted in my head back in 2018 after completing the Iron Maiden Challenge at The Dome in Chicago. Training for something as big as Iron Maiden takes years of practice and after training for something for so long, it’s hard to be “finished.” Ben Eisenmenger […]
August 16, 2016All too often, we see exercises being done with poor technique—the pistol, in particular. The key to developing excellent movement is the continual application of assessment and correction.
May 10, 2016The bodyweight pistol and its progressions are great for grease the groove training as they can be done anywhere at any time. But, you first need to be able to perform a perfect rep.
August 18, 2015To get stronger and healthier, we need mobility and stability to maintain alignment while developing forces. These tips for a better pistol are based on that idea.
August 19, 2021The pistol squat is one of the best exercises to develop strong, flexible, and resilient legs, but it also requires skill, practice, and consistency. When I started practicing pistols in 2005, I didn’t have a roadmap or a solid progression, I just kept practicing until it got easier. Once I got acclimated to training pistols, […]
May 14, 2019The pistol squat is one of the hallowed movements among fitness lovers—especially bodyweight aficionados. While they’re not for everyone, if they’re in your repertoire you want them to be as clean as possible. A great pistol is smooth like a hot spoon through ice cream and effortless like this is how I always pick up […]
July 12, 2016The sad truth is most of us are lost without our kettlebells or barbells. But you will never be without your body weight—and that means your strength doesn’t ever have to get lost.
December 8, 2015I recently trusted my Beast Tamer training to Pavel. The experience gave me renewed insight into what it feels like to be coached – and how to be coachable.
September 11, 2014First, learn how to do the perfect pistol. Then follow my plan and before long, you'll be performing 100 consecutive pistols and reaping all the associated benefits.