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WATCH: Table Talk — Mental Health with Dave Tate and Joe Sullivan

12 hours 11 min ago
"Training is my therapy" should sideline a powerlifter from competitions. If training really is your therapy, you're going to get hurt. If that's the case, you need to see an actual therapist. Seriously.
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How Strong is Strong Enough?

12 hours 26 min ago
To answer this question, we need to define strength. But there are many ways to define strength, so we all have to come up with our own method for defining strength. For me, it's the squat.
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WATCH: Why Do I Always Wear a Belt?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:39
This question makes me want to bite someone's head off. But then I remember it’s one of those questions that also requires me to take a step back and reflect on how I got to where I am today. That’s an extremely valid question and one I haven’t answered in many years.
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10 Ways to Develop Mental Toughness in Young Athletes

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:38
This article is not a guide to running your kids into the ground because, you know, “mental toughness.” If that’s what you’re looking for, I suggest you find a different career field.
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Bodybuilding for the Powerlifter: Extra Workouts

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:40
I think most lifters have the “more is more” mentality, and if you’re in that group, I probably don’t have to convince you why extra workouts are beneficial. But if you’re not, you might be skeptical, and I understand that. Remember, they’re designed to improve recovery, not hamper it.
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5 Ways to Make Weight Rooms Work for Our Kids

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:16
To quote the third single from The Offspring's album Americana: The kids aren't alright. But a solid school weight room can make a huge difference in these kids' lives and overall education. Here are five things the best school weight rooms have.
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Starting Over in the Basement

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:58
I know it is a new year, and everyone starts to look back or forward at this time, and maybe it is a good thing to act to re-evaluate what you are doing with your programs and why. 2019 brought me a new head coach and a great opportunity to review and reassess my football team's program.
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The Basics of Macronutrient Tracking

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:02
If you're interested in tracking macronutrients but aren't sure how to get started, no worries. With the assistance of fitness apps and smartwatches, it's easier to track macros than ever before. I'll teach you the basics, gram by gram.
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Hybrid Performance Group — A One-Stop Shop for Recovery

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:50
Do you need help recovering from an injury? Do you want to prevent future injuries? If so, Hybrid Group Performance is for you. The clinic's co-owners, Dr. Tyrel Detweiler (who's also an elitefts columnist) and Dr. Devee Sresthadatta, talk about the origins of Hybrid Performance Group, their treatment philosophies, and more.
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My 5 for 2019

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:58
As we rapidly move into mid-January, here are My 5 for 2019—not resolutions necessarily, but aspects of life to consider.
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To Be or Not

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:15
People keep asking me how long I intend to train at a high level and compete? My answer: As long as I can continue to improve and get my old ass to the platform, that is where I intend TO BE.
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Explosive Strength and Plyometric Options for Upper Body: How and When to Implement Them

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:07
Speed is king, right? Then you'd better train it. I have some medicine ball throws to get your athletes up to speed. Make sure those movements are crisp and fast! Go, go, go!
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Learn to Train X: Drop Your Nuts to the Bar Deadlift Set-Up with Ted Toalston

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 01:19
Don't want to see Ted drop his nuts on the bar? Then look away! Keep your eyes off the bar! Besides, that's exactly what Ted does when he sets up to do the deadlift: He doesn't look at the bar.
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I'm a Bodybuilder and I Don't Drink

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 01:09
I am that guy who takes his food to get-togethers like this one. I figure it is a casual get-together and everyone will be eating and drinking so bringing my own small cooler of food should be no big deal. Slowly, it turned into a big deal — everything turned into a big deal.
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The Plan: Walking the Talk

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 01:05
Exhaustion is the main reason I and lots of people quit following a plan. Another reason: catastrophic circumstances. Have you considered goal setting and time framing, monitoring, and journaling to follow your plan?
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WATCH: Table Talk — Deloading with Dave Tate and Joe Sullivan

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 01:02
Even though you don't want to do it, you have to do it. And by "it," we mean "deload."
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Live and Learn (and Pass On, Too)

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 09:00
Live and learn from your failures and mistakes. Be willing to learn, and maybe more importantly, be willing to be wrong. Now go and pass that along.
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Recovery for the Fat Boys

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:59
Everyone wants to post up the coolest and latest recovery systems, like Salt Floats, Compression Boots, Prowlers, and Sled Drags, but as a big dude (or lady) are you considering walking?
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Big Back, Big Bench

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:20
While having a big back doesn't guarantee big bench PRs, the back and bench press go hand in hand. The back plays an enormous role in benching effectively — most lifters just don't know how to use their back in the lift!
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Who is in Charge Here, Anyways?

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:41
Don't let your ego get the better of you. Think carefully about your choices — and if you're really the one making those decisions.
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