Do everything Dave Tate tells you to do in this article and you'll add 50 pounds to your bench press.
Dave Tate talks about injuries, nutrition, technique, peri-workout nutrition, and in general, busting your balls in the gym.
The next phase in Dave's iron evolution is helping others, and he's starting with you.
Thirty years of iron work ends at the top of the mountain - with the Mountain Dog.
How does a broken-down powerlifter turn himself into a jacked-up bodybuilder? He gets help from three top coaches.
When Dave retired from powerlifting, he was a physical wreck. But all the king's horses couldn't put him back together, so he took matters into his own hands and came up with an unorthodox cure.
Maximum Effort Method, Dynamic Effort Method, and the Repetition Method, including a comprehensive workout that pulls it all together. Enough said.
Dave shares his step-by-step approach to doing record lifts in the squat, bench, and deadlift.
Most of you don't have what it takes to train at Westside. But it's not your body that will break down first, it's your weak mind.
Powerlifting's prodigal son returns bigger and stronger to bending bars, busting PR's, and tearing pecs.
Zubaz pants, Hotskinz tights, and matching fanny packs. Dave Tate survived bodybuilding in the '80s - and learned a few things along the way, too.
While you were listening to Duran Duran and watching Mork and Mindy, Dave Tate was under the bar. Here's what you can learn from his experiences. Nanoo, Nanoo!
You don't spend 30 years under the bar without acquiring a few scars - and learning a few lessons.
More tough love from Date Tate. Just don't get too grossed out by a couple of the pictures.
Dave presents his greatest training secrets, They're based on his experience and that of his peers and they represent the cold hard truth that many would rather avoid.
If you don't know your foot position for a conventional deadlift and need a place to start from, try hanging from a chin bar and simply drop to the floor. Normally, where your feet land is your best pulling stance.
There are very few things that I've seen work when it comes to help with dropped deadlifts due to grip. Dumbbell holds, however, are one movement that's shown great results. Grab the top of a hex dumbbell, making sure that you don't touch the numbers. Grab, stand, and hold for as long as you can. If you can go over 20 seconds, up the weight.
The most successful people spend their time learning from their mistakes and other people. If strength is your game then read about it, talk about it, and do everything you can to make yourself better. Talk to anyone you feel can help you. Steal from the strong and use it in your training. You can never learn too much. Your success may depend on one very small thing you could never have figured out yourself.
You only go around once, so you may as well make the best of your time here by living the life you really want to live. "Well, Dave, I'd like to but..." But what? Do what you gotta do! There are many people out there who live "but lives," "I shoulda lives," and "I coulda lives." These people are easy to find. They're the ones we call critics: those who've become masters of the "have not" and love to spend their time telling us what we can and can't do. They make up 90% of the people I've met. Avoid them! They love to pull you down.
Train your ass off. Rome wasn't built in a day, but they didn't waste time by sitting around doing nothing either!
You've read about the dynamic and max effort methods and are excited to get rolling. Problem is you just began training six months ago and look like a beanpole. Yes, you can use these methods, but only when they're implemented into a program based around your weaknesses. What's your weakness? Hamstrings? Triceps? Or could it be that your entire body needs to be built up? A beginner doesn't need to start with advanced training principles. He needs to first build a solid foundation with basic movements.
There's more to getting strong than just lifting the weights. You have to get an attitude with the weights and bust your ass. Louie once told me he would NEVER train with anyone who didn't scare him in one way or another. This is some of the best advice I've ever heard. I'm not saying you should be a dick, but there's a huge difference between "training" and "working out."
Weak points come from not doing the things you suck at doing. The difference between a successful athlete and a crappy one is they always do the things they have to do, not what they want to do.
Screw that Spiderman sequel! We've got the only sequel that matters: the next installment of Dave Tate's "Eat my Meat." Oh, and you'll want to get a bench shirt after looking at one of the pictures in this article, guaranteed.
Disappointed in your progress? Well, it's the person who trains the smartest who'll last the longest, and in time your day will come. The road is never easy and it may take a few years to put ten pounds on your bench if you've been training for awhile. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. This isn't an easy game for anyone, even the guys who progress quickly. This is because it all slows down in time. If you can't handle it, then try the Stairmaster and stay the hell out of the weightroom! The rest of us have work to do and don't need your negative ass in the way.