The strength and conditioning field is like no other. Coaches have bitter enemies and die-hard devotees – and sometimes a person will qualify as both depending on the day of the week. There are insane egos and there are humble, incredibly bright coaches who go unnoticed. Finally, there are a lot of coaches who people really don't get.
Like everyone else, I've had my role models and mentors who've looked out for me. My mother has taught high school English for over 20 years, so I owe a lot of my writing success to her. My father taught me to tie a tie and to remember to check the oil in my car. My brother, the accountant, is always a phone call away if I need financial advice.
Two-thirds of lifters will have some sort of shoulder problem during their training career. Nine tips to help you avoid being one of them.
In 1993, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences introduced the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), a set of four reference values for nutritional intakes:
Eight more ways to protect your shoulders so you can keep lifting hard and heavy. Check ‘em out.
How to build strong and healthy shoulders.
If you're a lifter with back problems you'll want to read this. If you're a lifter without back problems you'll still want to read this.
Strength is the foundation of all athletic qualities. Here's what you need to do to build it and improve across the board.
I'm normally somewhat of a bookworm and science geek, although – to blow a little sunshine up my own butt – I have to say, I'm getting better at reading people.
I get emails all the time from T-Nation readers who want to know why I don't write programs for the masses. About the only answer I can muster up is: "Because I have a conscience."
It's borderline heresy that I even considered writing this article. As if being a lightweight powerlifter wasn't bad enough, my actions here will probably get me ostracized by the powerlifting community. Yes, folks, I'm a powerlifter writing a nutrition article.
Most coaches hate the Smith machine, but it does have a few (surprising) uses for serious athletes. Check ‘em out.
Our goal is to take the guesswork out of bench and deadlift training and, in the process, take your total to an all-time high!
Got long legs? Gangly arms? Don't let your leverages hold you back from lifting heavier. Check this out.
Being strong isn't enough. You need to be strong for your size. That's the difference between relative strength and absolute strength. Here's what will get you there.
"I wish I could have my first year of training back."
There's no such thing as isolation in training or in life. Everything you do, have done, and will do, affects everything else. Success is a synergistic – not additive – phenomenon.
Five common workout beliefs that are just plain wrong… if you know how to train.
Do you know squat about the squat and other lifts? Here are some misconceptions.
Yes, folks, I'm a deadlift-aholic. I don't just want to pull; I want to pull every minute of every day for the rest of my life.
Cardio steals your gains, bro! Or does it? Here’s what strength and power athletes really need to know.
The Blind Leading the Blind
The complete, head-to-toe guide to fixing your bad posture. Check it out.
Strong glutes make strong lifters... and sexy ones too. Here's how to get yours in gear.
Because you've gotta train ass in order to haul ass. Here’s your guide to athletic glute training.