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The Action Plan

The Action Plan

Focus ONLY on the actions that will lead you there.  I have said many times that a man of action keeps his head down and focuses only on the next step/task at hand. Do NOT look up and try to look beyond the horizon. This is when you stumble and lose sight of what needs to be done today.
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Home Gym Tour

Home Gym Tour

There are a lot of little odds and ends not listed on here (collars, chalk, etc.) but this list is the meat and potatoes of my home gym.  I know that a lot of people are thinking about setting up their home gyms, especially at this point in time. My two pieces of advice are:
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My Conditioning by Era

My Conditioning by Era

Not training for a specific sport allows a lot of freedom and is insanely easy to do. But like training for a sport, consistency and discipline are key to getting the job done.  Like I tell my athletes, "Strong legs, strong lungs!"
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Variable Krypteia Training for Athletes (Matt Rhodes)

Variable Krypteia Training for Athletes (Matt Rhodes)

This is one area where Jim and I have varying opinions.  We have talked about this and he definitely understands where I’m going and generally likes the ideas.  But, for him, it’s just too complicated and may take too much mental energy that he doesn’t have time to spend.  You may find the same.  When in doubt, keep it simple.  For me, this has become very simple.  I’ll attempt to explain it via the written word.
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Training After an Illness

Training After an Illness

It reminds me of the question I’ve answered more than a hundred times, “How do I know if I’m ready to use chains and/or bands?” The answer is always, “When you stop asking the question and know the answer.”
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5/3/1 and MMA

5/3/1 and MMA

Being sport specific in the weight room is a gimmick.  Even the people that stroke that flaccid idea know it.  You don't need to be strong to be a better athlete, but being stronger than you were is always a good thing.  Especially if done progressively, over time, with patience and while training for your sport.  These are the gains that last and that will hurt your opponent the most.
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Refined Savage Podcast

Refined Savage Podcast

I first met Mark Valenti at the SWIS Conference in 2019; I believe we met in the restaurant/bar area.  And I don't think we talked about training one bit.  Mark and I finally got together in the London High School weight room and had an informal discussion about training, the psychology of why football is important for young men and even about Ron "Don't sass me, Birkus" Swanson.
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2020 Wendler Strength Fest

2020 Wendler Strength Fest

When: 1 Day Event, June 13, 2020 CANCELLED FOR COVID 19 SOCIAL DISTANCING LAWS

Where: Strength Guild, 2800 NE Center Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66616

What: The 2nd Annual 2020 Wendler Strength Fest consists of the N.O.V. Powerlifting Meet, a full Highland Games and a sanctioned Strongman Competition.

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The Safety Squat Bar - Increase your Deadlift and Squat

The Safety Squat Bar - Increase your Deadlift and Squat

Of all the different specialty bars on the market, this is the one I recommend most. The safety squat bar develops great brute strength. It's a phenomenal way to build your lower back, legs, and upper back. The key is to not get too fancy with it. The two exercises I recommend are simple, the good morning and the squat.
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