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Hard Lessons Learned From Half a Lifetime of Lifting

21 hours 1 min ago
With a bachelor's degree in exercise science, a master's degree, and a doctorate in the works, you think I'd be smart about how I trained. Well, think again! I've spent most of my life training like an idiot. Don't make the mistakes I did. Learn from them.
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What's Changed at Age 45

21 hours 3 min ago
As I approach my 45th birthday in December, people keep asking me what things are like now that I'm in this life stage. Some things change; some things don't. But the things that change are important, and I'm going to talk about them here.
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LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — Going All In

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 01:24
What does it mean to go all in? Is there a point where you've gone too far down the rabbit hole of all in? Clint Darden and Dave Tate attempt to answer these questions with their different perspectives.
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To Hell With Ankle Mobility...

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 01:21
In the strength industry, we’re putting too much emphasis on the side dishes. We’re combining the main course and the dessert. When’s the last time you smeared your cupcake frosting over your fat juicy steak and mushrooms?!
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LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast #28 — A Simple and Effective Template for Conjugate Training

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:38
It’s back to the drawing board for Dave Tate — specifically the drawing board for explaining how to set up a conjugate method training program.
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Applying The French Contrast Method to Beginners

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:56
As with all great articles and ideas, this one was inspired... by a controversial tweet. Rather than rail against the idea that newbies shouldn't use the French Contrast Method, I argue that this training method actually may be suitable for beginners in some situations.
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The Biggest Pitfalls of Powerlifting

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 09:46
Think about all of the things you would never miss a training session for, and then think of all of the things you missed with your family due to those sessions. Those memories you missed out on are only a fraction of the pitfalls you'll face in powerlifting.
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WATCH: DIY Sissy Squats

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:15
Want to mix up your home gym training session with the equipment you already own? Grab your rack, a pair of elitefts Pro Light Bands, and a pipe, and we'll get you all set up in no time to do some sissy squats.
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Competing in the College Classroom

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 10:39
I wrote an article about planning to achieve athletic success, and the classroom path is no difference. By following the same (or similar) principles, students can achieve academic success as well. If you want to avoid a terrible GPA, please read onward.
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WATCH: Matt Rhodes' Problems with Sports Coaches

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 15:14
Strength coaches have a lot of problems to deal with. Some of those problems come from the strength coaches themselves, but don't even get him started on the sports coaches... too late, though. We got him talking about them.
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7 Items Rugby Players (and I) Can't Lift Without

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:57
I am seeing that the specific injuries that are inherent in rugby need a modified program that’s not using traditional training equipment to get results, so here are 7 of my non-traditional tools of the trade.
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WATCH: Back Training with Justin Harris

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:56
“Dumbbell rows are bodybuilding burpees.” For more wisdom and the full post-Table Talk Podcast workout with Justin Harris, read on. This back workout is complete with pull-overs, pull-downs, deadlifts, and multiple row variations (one by which Justin deems as the best lat exercise there is).
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Romanian Deadlifts Revisited: How to Appropriately Apply The Hinge

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 11:19
There’s an assumption (known or unknown) that everyone has the proficiency to perform what we see “if we just lower the weight.” That’s quite the caveat with a lot of assumption, especially when it comes to movements like the Romanian Deadlift.
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How to Get Through a Near Career-Ending Injury

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:00
It's said a person is only one injury away from ending your sports career. When dealing with that kind of injury, we often neglect how it affects our minds, which are almost just as easy to break as our bodies.
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Make Your Time More Valuable

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:50
Your key asset, the one thing that you can leverage to build a successful company and the real measuring stick isn’t money; it’s time. You open a business to earn a higher return on your time, not to buy yourself a job.
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What You Will Gain From a Strength and Conditioning Internship

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 01:53
You'll learn a lot from your strength and conditioning internship — but there are some things you might glean over. Keep these points in mind, and you'll get even more out of your internship than you thought possible.
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Can I Continue to Build Muscle in My 40s Without Getting Injured?

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 01:49
Oh, lordy, are you over 40? Sure, you might not feel like 40 most of the time (or all of the time), but you need to remember you're not a 20-something anymore, so you can't be training like one, either. Back to the question in the title... Yes.
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LISTEN: Table Talk Podcast Clip — How Dave Tate and Justin Harris Met

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 01:47
Dave Tate and Justin Harris reflect on how they first met and a handful of the adventures they shared during Dave's post-powerlifting retirement diet.
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How Many Exercise Variations Do You Need?

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 01:45
When I refer back to what worked best for me in college, I always seem to glean some "new" information by reviewing old material. This time around, I decided to use less variance in my programming by repeating the same special exercises 3 weeks at a time.
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How to Effectively Train Core Strength

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:04
My idea of developing core strength is by both locally and globally training all the musculature that is attached to the hips, specifically by focusing on programming planks.
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