Welcome to my blog.
This blog is a reflection of my thoughts and experiences regarding strength training both in and out of the gym.
Like Joe (you must check out his strength training blog for quality articles as well: Joe Weir's Strength Blog), I like to keep my thoughts as concise and brief as possible.
Most of my blog updates will be training related. The ones which aren't are most likely going to be video updates of my favorite PowerLifters and Strongmen. If y'all have any requests for specific topics which y'all would like to me write about, please don't hesitate to ask!
I hope y'all enjoy your stay and thanks for reading!
by Ashiem_Matthn 28 May 2014 20:49
In the Powerlifting community — and this has become synonymous with "Strength Training" — the new unspoken set of rules for economic success is to train hard, compete, set at least one World Record in some federation (there are about a hundred of those so pick something legit), write an eBook workout program, claim you use it for your "many" trainees and sell the hell out of it.
by Ashiem_Matthn 25 Apr 2014 18:01
I've been following a "volume" oriented approach to Deadlifts for many months now. This blog post is meant to explain this quality based volume approach to training heavy on Deadlifts.
by EricT 25 Feb 2014 20:56
by EricT 03 Jan 2014 21:06
This article and video has been moved to the new LiftBig site! http://www.liftbignow.com/training:how-to-make-a-bad-workout-good
by Ashiem_Matthn 06 Dec 2013 22:18
I've been thinking about this and I don't usually go about talking about my numbers but several things have unfolded recently both on my Facebook page and unrelated to this page on other fitness pages. I don't like to toot my own horn as they say but I've found that every so often you have to take a stand even if it means praising yourself.
by Ashiem_Matthn 21 Nov 2013 20:08
I'm going to be posting pictures of my actual physical training log that has the Gripper Training included in it.
by Ashiem_Matthn 12 Jul 2013 12:06
These are my top ten rules for deadlifts. I love deadlifts and having Eric as my guide and mentor for all things life; here are some really quick pointers about how to get good at pulling big weights for deadlifts.
by Ashiem_Matthn 31 Mar 2013 19:26
I was browsing through some videos on YouTube and I came across some very important questions regarding squats. A lot of people are getting into powerlifting and training for maximal strength and one of the exercises that all powerlifting clubs and fitness fad programs tries to push is the back squat. This is why everybody is very obsessed with squatting. For all the powerlifters out there, the number one important exercise is the back squat because their entire meet begins with this exercise and they are able to use their gear to make the most of it.
by Ashiem_Matthn 23 Feb 2013 13:21
One of the biggest taboos in mainstream fitness and strength training is when a trainee wants to specialize on just one or two lifts. This is a huge deal on online forums and anyone who questions this is usually bullied and made to follow whatever program the forum elite are endorsing at the time. The good news is that strength specialization through prioritizing lifts is totally possible and should be advocated for. The bad news is that all the famous e-gurus and e-strength coaches that are pumping out routines and cookie cutters are being hypocritical about this topic. The bottom line is that it is crucial to prioritize the lifts in order to aggressively train them.
by Ashiem_Matthn 16 Feb 2013 10:08
I originally started writing this little blog post as a status update for Facebook just to share observations about the happenings on various strength forums of the internet. However, while developing my points, I realized I want to provide some practical solutions regarding strength training. So, what I want to do with this article is put forth a way to go about selecting weight training programs and then provide some unconventional yet practical templates for those of you interested in getting strong.