Dan John wants to know if you're making progress. It seems the answer should be simple, but is it? Fortunately, the big guy offers up 3 unorthodox ways to gauge your answer. (Wait until you read about the "pencil test".)
Dan John's been dragging his calloused butt across Terra Firma for a relatively long time, but he only recently realized he'd been wasting a lot of time on assistance exercises and aerobics.
Three days of serious lifting per week and four crucial exercises will turn you into a warrior. Here’s the plan.
It looks crazy, but this workout gadget, which you can make yourself, will kick your butt. Here’s how.
Lots of the usual solid folksy wisdom from Dan John, but in addition, this article contained so many great training ideas that we dropped what we were doing and ran straight to the gym to try them. (Sorry Ma, we'll fix your dialysis machine tomorrow.)
Blood on the Barbell is our new series describing workouts to do when your woman left you, your momma' don't love you, and even your dog doesn't care much for you. This time, Dan John brings the hurt and the healin'.
More wisdom about life and lifting from Testosterone Nation's sage.
Why do so many lifters follow programs that fail to fit any of their equipment needs, exercise issues, volume or intensity issues, or personality? Dan John calls it the "Cinderella's Stepsister Syndrome." In other words, the shoe don't fit! Here's how to find the right shoe for you. Hopefully, it doesn't have a 6-inch clear plastic heel, you tramp, you.
Dan John is Testosterone's Yoda, wise as hell but with better skin and a heckuva' lot higher PR in the snatch than the original. However, our Yoda has had his share of Yodas to learn from. Read here as he shares his most valuable weight-lifting lessons.
So, Mike sat in my front room after a six hour drive from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and asked a simple question: "Dan, why do people ask you to coach them?"
I'll have to admit that my mind was elsewhere. We were all sitting in the lounge at the Los Angeles Strength Seminar and everyone was drinking wonderful things like beer and bourbon, often together. One lovely young woman was drinking a wine spritzer. I can allow that, if you're a lovely young woman.
On our way to Montana for the National Weight Pentathlon, my wife Tiffini and I pulled over for a break. It's a beautiful drive, but I drink a lot of coffee and I'm 49, so we have to pull over for a lot of "breaks."
This week, one of the great mentors in my life died. He was Coach Ralph Maughan of Utah State, and he taught me one great lesson.
I remember lying on the incline bench. It was an "old school" incline bench: long, straight, and red, with footpads at the bottom so you're literally locked in from heel to shoulder for every rep.
Sometimes I think that I've been coaching and training so long that I just take for granted this thing called "experience". As an athlete, I always felt that w? wasted up to an hour of practice doing this thing called a "warm-up".
If you're interested in becoming leaner, faster, and more muscular, keep reading.
It happens every time I write an article or give a workshop. Someone asks me, "So, uh, Dan, do you think I should do it five times a week or should I do it twice a day?" It doesn't matter what "it" is – one arm lifts, Tabata front squats, Olympic lifts–I always get the same perplexing response.
This legendary strength coach shares wisdom on lifting, living, and learning. Apply it all and you'll perform better than you ever have.
Moderation and Glazed Doughnuts
Achieve your goals or eat Alpo!
The T Nation article that ignited the whole Tabata craze. Check it out.
The program is simple, the workouts are short, and the results are fantastic. The catch? It’s also brutally hard. Check it out.
What if you only had one dumbbell to train with? Actually, you’d get a great workout if you followed this plan. Check it out.
H.I.T As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Religious Studies Professor