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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

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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The Myth of Teamwork

The Myth of Teamwork

I hear the term Teamwork thrown about in the work place; this became popular in the late 80's (at least that is what I remember). People championed this new attitude and strove to make it part of their businesses. Unfortunately, it's hard to change an adult culture.
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Iron Radio Podcast

Iron Radio Podcast

I recently did an Iron Radio podcast with Phil Stevens. It is an hour long and talks about training, coaching, fatherhood and leadership.  While you are listening please take some time to enjoy this rare photograph of me running.
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Advanced Athletes are not Advanced Lifters

Advanced Athletes are not Advanced Lifters

More than that, you have sport coaches who demand weird "character building" training for a month or more. This is code for "doing a whole bunch of stupid conditioning under the guise of making the players mentally tougher."  Basically this is what happens when sport coaches get together and watch too many Navy SEALS videos on the internet.
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Dal Gains, Wichita, Kansas, Fire Station 5

Carry Your Own Weight

Question: I'm a firefighter and would like to know when I should focus on losing body fat or concentrate on getting stronger.
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