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 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.
by EricT 12 Dec 2012 21:26
Not many strength trainees have personal trainers or strength coaches to check up on them when they are lifting. I actually think that most people who do strength training have never had any formal help of any kind. Probably, if you did a survey or something, you'd find the number of trainees with this kind of luxury so small it is insignificant. This means that most trainees are on their own and get no advice whatsoever, or they get their advice from the internet. Most training advice on the internet seems to come back to exercise form. Everybody seems to be an expert on “form.” Also, there are a lot of technique experts. I doubt that most of these internet-experts even know what the word form means. And since the word form and technique are used interchangeably, they must not know what technique means either. It's not easy to explain, so I asked Eric how he would go about explaining it, and here is what he had to say:
by Ashiem_Matthn 30 Nov 2012 19:03
Practical training involves balancing exercises and how much of your workload is dedicated to training them. If you look at most of the powerlifting, strength training or other such routines floating around the web, you’re going to notice all of them focusing on the big compound movements, but then listing a ton of supplementary, assistance, or accessory lifts after them. Typically, you'll see someone recommending a few sets of heavy Bench Press followed by a total of 15-20 sets of other pressing work, pull-ups, rows, and other exercises for reps. You meet someone at the gym and you ask them what they’re training that day and they’ll tell you that they’re doing 2-3 sets of Squats followed by 10 sets of other leg exercises. Does this seem reasonable? I mean, if you’re doing 2-3 sets of Squats and then 10 sets of some other leg exercises that doesn’t make it a “squat” day, does it? The bulk of the workload is utilized on these supplementary exercises.
by Ashiem_Matthn 09 Jul 2012 18:37
I’m writing this article to shed some more light on Speed Work and to suggest some other ways it can be used in your training. Using Speed Work for Strength Training has become exceedingly popular. Strength & Conditioning Certifications list it as a mandatory part of Maximal Strength Training and almost all powerlifting programs have a whole day dedicated to "Speed Training".
by Ashiem_Matthn 31 May 2011 16:18
Vincent Urbank Deadlifts 846 lbs RAW in his training. Vincent competes in the 308 lbs weight class and is ranked #5 on PowerliftingWatch lifter rankings.
He competed in his first powerlifting meet, the Orlando Barbell Florida State Championships, in February of 2010 where he had the number one ranked deadlift at 820lbs. He started with 760 and after getting the 820, missed at 840. Here we see him beating that 840 by six pounds.
by Ashiem_Matthn 23 May 2011 05:06
Here are the results of one of the most impressive powerlifting competitions of 2011 so far. Evgeniy Yarymbash came in first place with a 1,195 kilo total, Andrey Malanichev came in second place with a 1,180 kilo total and Andrey Belyaev finished in third place with a 1,100 kilo total. Judging was not via Wilk's formula but some good old school "Whoever lifts the most comes in First Place" decision making!
by Ashiem_Matthn 31 Jan 2011 10:08
I recently came across an article by Chad Aichs called Mistakes Made and Truths About Strength Learned. This blog update is a reflection of my thoughts regarding Chad’s article.
by Ashiem_Matthn 27 Jan 2011 07:09
There has been an increasing buzz regarding Single, Double and Triple (SDT) Progression and I think it’s important for trainees to understand these principles correctly.
I’m compiling a FAQ series for this type of progression and I will be updating it as and when new questions arise.