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“Hey, I Think I Wanna Do a Powerlifting Meet…”
Elitefts™ equipment + Metal Gear + mental toughness = record lifts...
[Elite FTS]

Making the Best Use of Summer Training
This article is dedicated to all those involved in the greatest season for strength coaches...the summer!...
[Elite FTS]

4 Squat Challenges You Must Conquer
Ready to find out what you're made of? Warning: Your momma needs to sign a note before you try these front squat challenges!...
[T-Nation Articles]

3 Keys to Exercise Selection for Sport Performance
Front squats are more functional. You never are below parallel on the field, so why do it in the weightroom? Closegrip bench transfers better to the field. These and many more...
[Juggernaut Training Systems]

More Muscle in 10 Minutes A Day
With just a kettlebell and a home pull-up bar you can easily increase your training frequency and pack on some new muscle....
[T-Nation Articles]

Iron Woman: Embrace Yours, Part 3
Iron Woman is a movement to celebrate strong women, to honor competitive female athletes and all that makes them amazing. We want to offer articles, videos, nutrition, events,...
[Juggernaut Training Systems]

5 More Thoughts on Energy System Development
A few weeks back, my article 10 Nuggets, Tips and Tricks for Energy System Training got some great reviews. However, I don’t feel as though people should take what I say as...
[Robertson Training Systems]

The Cardio Competition
Note from MR: Last week in my 10 Nuggets post, Tip #10 was to make energy system training fun whenever possible. Jen Sinkler is someone I really respect in our industry, and with...
[Robertson Training Systems]


Joe Defranco's Limber 11 is an update to his original, widely popular Agile 8 flexibility routine. This video gives a very detailed step-by-step demonstration to follow along with.

More from Defranco's Training Systems

The original Agile 8