Monday Meditation from Epictetus: “Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast…and one day you will build something that endures:…Details
Bill Commer has made steady progress since he began training four months ago. This is his latest PR — 315×5 in the deadlift:
Rebecca has made consistent progress since returning from a month-long vacation in Argentina. This past week she worked up to three sets of five reps with 135 lbs in the bench press — so she’s now using a full plate on each side for her work sets. The following video is of the second of…Details
Eric “Easy-E” Stroud started training two years ago. When he first performed the deadlift, he topped out at 155 lbs for a set of 5. He didn’t believe he could ever deadlift 300 lbs — if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know he has moved well beyond that barrier. Last Friday, Eric reached another…Details
Heyward “Heywire” Boyce passed another century mark in the squat with a 300 lb. effort. He also pulled a big PR deadlift of 365 lbs — at a bodyweight of 171 lbs, that puts his deadlift at 2.1x his bodyweight.
Monday Meditation from Marcus Aurelius (VI.16): “So we throw out other people’s recognition. What’s left for us to prize? I think it’s this: to do (and not do) what we were designed for. That’s the goal of all trades, all arts, and what each of them aims at: that the thing they create should do…Details
Regardless of your goals, strength matters. Improving maximal strength through a logically-structured program improves quality of life and can extend longevity. Everyone can benefit from higher strength levels, and it’s never too late to start.
This topic has come up in a few conversations in the gym over during the past week — especially when discussing the deadlift. Proper technique is, of course, the key to lifting heavy weights; but when the weights start to get very heavy, like when you’re approaching your one-rep max, even some of the best…Details
I made a trip to Milwaukee to compete at the Wisconsin State Open. The sport of powerlifting has deep roots in Wisconsin so I expected a large turnout and stiff competition. That certainly turned out to be the case: over 140 competitors showed up and the talent was as good as I’ve ever seen at…Details