1. Hacking Strength, Part VII: The Intermediate Strength Athlete

    The Intermediate Strength Athlete Last week’s blog covered the ins and outs of the Beginner or novice strength athlete. This week I want to speak to those intermediate athletes looking to take it up a notch. While there are no distinct lines or a moment in time that separate the beginning strength athlete from the intermediate, there are programming considerations which help differentiate the tw…Read More

  2. Hacking Strength: Part VI, The Beginner Strength Athlete

    This past year, I released my second book, The Biohacker Among the copious amounts of information found in the book is the thoughtful pursuit of strength training for beginners. Beginning Strength Athletes Should Focus on Three Key Areas: Correcting muscular imbalances Increasing workload and conditioning known as general physical preparedness (GPP) Acquiring stability strength Assessing and Corre…Read More

  3. Hacking Strength, Part V: Recovery Strategies

    TRAIN, RECOVER, REPEAT The totality of your fitness and ability to make consistent gains is NOT based solely on how many reps, sets or the amount of weight you can push in a day, week, or even a year. A more principal predictor is how quickly you can recover and get back in the gym. No matter how consistent you may be, if you’re not recovering from your workouts, it’s possible you’re NOT get…Read More

  4. Hacking Strength, Part IV: The Multi-Dimensions of Strength

      Why Westside Barbell kicks ass In 1985, at the ripe old age of 16, I was already a serious powerlifter. At 5’8”, I weighed in at a rock solid 145lbs. Although small in stature, I could squat and deadlift over 500lbs and bench pressed close to 300lbs. That same year I would go on to win the West Virginia state championships, setting multiple state records and moving on to the USPF (United St…Read More

  5. Hacking Strength, Part III: Manipulating Workload (aka, Volume) for Greater Gains

    When it comes to putting on lean muscle and increasing strength nothing is more essential than a consistent increase in quantity and quality of training volume. Training volume is invaluable due to the fact that volume is the summation of all elements of your training program including: Reps Sets Exercise type Training frequency (sessions completed) Accumulating greater, more intense levels of vol…Read More

  6. Hacking Strength: Part II, Metabolism and Energy Systems

    In addition to the complexities of the metabolism, the body also has multiple human energy systems. Much like NASCAR, Formula 1 or drag racers rely on different types of engines and fuel to maximize performance, the body uses certain types of fuel for short, powerful bursts of energy and a completely different fuel source for long term endurance events. Think Powerlifter vs. Ultra-Marathoner. The …Read More