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Why I Train

Why do we hit the weights day after day to get stronger or build more muscle? Here are three reasons you can probably relate to.

5 More Hacks To Reinvigorate Your Training

Five methods to satisfy your need for training variety, including "going nuts on the last set," "reward sets," and "rolling the dice."

7 Ways to Make Your Training Efficient

To get bigger and stronger, you need to manage your body like you'd manage a business. Here are 7 ways you can make your workouts much, much, better.

8 Reasons People Do Dumb Things

Some people make really dumb decisions about fitness. Do you? See the list.

Heavy Lessons

A long-time strength coach finally enters a powerlifting meet. Here's what you can learn from his experiments.

Why Periodization Doesn't Work

Unfortunately, your old "what do ya wanna work today?" spur of the moment type training works a whole lot better than anything the Soviet Ministry Of Sport managed to cook up behind the Iron Curtain back in the 50's and 60's. Charles Staley explains why.

Going Deep With EDT

How many reps can you do for two alternating exercises in 15 minutes? This is just a taste of how escalating density training works. It’s a brutal, but fun way to build muscle and improve conditioning.

The Rest-Pause Technique

It's a simple training strategy, but oh-so effective. Charles has just one question: Why aren't you using it!?!

"Building-On"

Whenever you can make a workout more time-efficient, you're stacking the odds heavily in your favor. Not only do you complete your training in less time, but you've also got more time to recover before the next onslaught!

Staley Strategies: The A-B Split

When I look at all the questions that people send me, one of the more common themes I notice is confusion around the topic of putting together your weekly training cycle. So for my first edition of <i>The Staley Strategies</i>, I thought I'd elaborate on one of my all-time favorite strategies (this one being a tactic, technically speaking): the A-B split.

Breaking The Strength Barrier

Imagine if there were no barriers to strength attainment: we'd all be power cleaning 500, squatting 1000, and benching 600 in no time.

In Defense of Overhead Lifting

Everything you need to know about the benefits and the risks of overhead lifts.

Pulling Your Chain For Massive Gains!

Ever notice how two supposedly inviolate principles of resistance training are basically contradictory?

12 Tips From a Beginner (At Heart)

Although I'm better known as someone who works with high-performing athletes, I started out–like most coaches and trainers-by working with "everyday folks", and interestingly enough, after 20+ years in the game, something unusual has happened:

The 21-Day Itch – Never be Bored Again!

If you've been training as long as I have, I'm sure you can relate to feeling a bit stale and uninspired with your workouts at times.

Compound EDT

Get your mind on the weight and on the clock. This training strategy will help you get more done in less time.

10 Important Lessons

Coach Staley provides his best tips that have made the greatest impact on how he thinks and trains. Check it out.

Hunters And Scavengers

The other day while standing in the checkout line at the local supermarket, I noticed a woman feverishly scratching one of those scratch-off lottery ticket thingies. I don't know what they're actually called, but I'm sure you've seen them.

My, That's A Nice Snatch You Have... 2

In this final installment, I'll cover some of the variations in more detail and I'll also be providing a training cycle that features the snatch as an "anchor" movement.

My, That's A Nice Snatch You Have... 1

In the first installment of this article, I discussed the various benefits of the snatch and I also hinted at the large number of possible snatch variations.

15 Tips for Success

The older and wiser you get, the more you start to realize there are certain "universalities" common to successful outcomes in all of life's endeavors. These realizations are as certain as the law of gravity, albeit less obvious. You should know and understand these common threads because they make success less random and more predictable.

Periodization That Works

If you're a true musclehead like I am, you've probably read (or heard) a lot about periodization, either from classic textbooks by East-European sports training and weightlifting authorities (including the classic texts by Tudor Bompa), or by researching the subject online.

Lose The Fat, Keep The Strength

It's possible to maintain and even build strength while stripping off body fat. Don't think so? Then try this when you're ready to lean down.

End Your Strength Plateaus NOW

EDT for Maximal Strength Breakthroughs!

The EDT Arm Specialization Mesocycle

One Inch in One Month (Oh, and Yes, It WILL Hurt!)