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Todays been a really interesting one. Ive received lot messages from people wish
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Todays been a really interesting one. Ive received lot messages from people wishing me the best after the incident yesterday where i was accused of some very spiteful things. It got me reflecting on a few things with regards to the direction within which society is going. . Now we all have people whom we were close with and then all of a sudden the relationship ends. When you think about it life just a big game of poker and you play the hands in front of you and watch it play out. Some you win and some you loose. We would all agree that social media brings out some of the good, but a lot of the bad in us and our behaviours. Easy to do as we dont see much accountability due to our ability to hide behind a keyboard. . What really concerns me is this relaxed attitude toward accusation, mob rule and group think. When you have a falling out with someone, its between you, it might have ended really badly, but there is no reason to then assemble a gang or mob and convince them to validate your opinions through slanderous and damaging accusation. . . Plenty of men behave really poorly online and do some really stupid things (women do too). But when someone is generally polite and courteous to you, you your default should not be to think he is preying on you. Perhaps, bare with me here, they are just genuinely trying to help and boost their outreach. I do this regularly and always ask for permission before giving feedback or opinion on say, their lifting. . If you dont want to communicate then be polite about it and simply say no thank you. If that person persists then of course be more forceful and block him/her. But jumping straight to the conclusion that he is some kind of predator and then pushing this accusation is not only damning, but it belittles real predatory behaviour and defeating it. . My job is based upon reaching out and connecting with people over a common interest called powerlifting. Believe it or not I have a ethos where I wish to help as many as I can whilst perhaps earning an honest living. Whenever Ive received that no thank you, Ive respected it. So remember, there are 2 sides to every story, context matters. . So I bought new shoes.
10 YEARS AGO...I’ve seen several of these posts pop up on my feed. For me, they
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10 YEARS AGO...I’ve seen several of these posts pop up on my feed. For me, they put in perspective how young the sport is now, and how far the sport has come. We have grown exponentially over a decade. 10 years ago you’d see 5 raw lifters at a 40 lifter meet, and now you’re hard pressed to find 5 equipped lifters at a 100 lifter meet. Change and growth are (mostly) good things, although both often leave me shaking my cane. Who was I, 10 years ago? I was a kid. I found something that I had passion for, and I poured myself into it. I gave the sport all that I had, and I wanted to be stronger more than anything else. I still have the same desires, but they’re moderated by the willingness to spread my self-worth to more than ONLY powerlifting. I hadn’t yet figured that out. That came with my maturity level. So in a way, I’m the same. Only wiser. What comes to mind when I see this picture from 10 years ago is the experience I had at this meet. The people there who I loved, and that guided me. The feeling of coming out of the rack after squatting 600 for the first time. This still exists today. The memories I have from the meet I was at a few weeks ago are much like the memories I have from 10 years ago. Social media has made changes to the sport of powerlifting, sort of. Go to a meet and see someone you idolize on Instagram, and realize they’re only human. They may think they’re the shit, or they may be really down to earth. None of that matters at a powerlifting meet, only the lifting. I still find the same fulfillment today that I did 10 years ago at a meet. This is where powerlifting ACTUALLY happens. You’re a fool to bring a knife to a gunfight. You’re equally as foolish to think your iPhone matters at a powerlifting meet.
THIS IS A CHOICE NOT A SACRIFICE. @trigger_warning_conjugate
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THIS IS A CHOICE NOT A SACRIFICE. @trigger_warning_conjugate
22.5kg #squats PB from Ginacarlo today after an exceptional couples months train
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22.5kg #squats PB from Ginacarlo today after an exceptional couples months training cycle. He also hit a 10kg on #benchpress and 15kg on #deadlift . . If you fancy working with myself, are not easily offended and prioritise form over everything else, get in touch. . . #powerlifting #forgetheory #forgepowerlifting #strength #training #instafit #britishpowerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #garagegym #gym #personaltrainer #edinburgh #coaching #onlinecoach #learning #volume #learning
Nothing really more I can say other than what I have in the video after todays i
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Nothing really more I can say other than what I have in the video after todays interesting debacle over an Instagram conversation. . . #forgetheory #forgepowerlifting #insta #instafit #bodybuilding #gym #opinions #britishpowerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #personaltrainer #coaching #triggered #onlinecoach #truthhurts #fuckfeminism #learning #perspective #fuckit #squats #benchpress #deadlift
EACH LIFTER RESPONDS TO DIFFERENT STIMULI...first off, @lindsayloves2lift is the
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EACH LIFTER RESPONDS TO DIFFERENT STIMULI...first off, @lindsayloves2lift is the next Calloused Hands lifter due for a meet. So she gets the spotlight. You’ll be able to follow her journey into the meet on her page (you can see her entire meet cycle on her page). I’ll be in Florida to handle her in less than two weeks! Typically at this point, I would begin to taper the volume down substantially for a lifter. But Lindsay is different. She responds exceptionally well to volume. I see it as no secret that most women are able to handle and recover from volume better than men. If they can birth children, they can do anything, right? Anyway, this is Lindsay hitting 120 pounds for 10 reps from earlier today. That’s about 15 pounds under her best meet bench. That’s excellent progress, and will yield results on meet day. Coaching on an individual basis takes time and thought. I have no mold that I wish to fit lifters into. I have a set of ideas, and it takes time and being cognizant of what works to use my beliefs and ideas into what works for them the best. Lindsay’s bench is as fickle as she is kind, but still, we’ve figured out what works to improve it. I’m excited to be by Lindsay’s side as she competes in her next meet in 11 days!
ON GAINING WEIGHT...I am not a dietician. I am simply a reporter. I have an inbo
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ON GAINING WEIGHT...I am not a dietician. I am simply a reporter. I have an inbox full of messages from younger lifters asking me questions about gaining weight and getting bigger. I ask them what they eat, and the average answer usually ends up somewhere in the 3500-4000 calorie mark. If you’re eating 4000 calories a day and not gaining weight, it simply isn’t enough. More prevalent than this, though, seems to be consistency. If you’re eating 6000 calories on days 1 and 3, and 4500 calories on days 2 and 4, and 3800 calories on days 5 and 6, you aren’t being consistent with your intake. And this doesn’t work. If you’re committing to 5000 calories per day, you don’t know how that affects you unless you eat that every single day for at least a month or two. This post is an illustration of what it takes for me to gain weight. It’s also to maybe give you a kick in the ass that you need to eat. I’m 6 feet 2 inches tall, I have a huge frame, and I’m naturally thin. I started high school at less than 150 pounds. I pulled back on my calories (but still eating roughly 4200 or so) and dropped into the 260’s very easily. I’m on a path back to 300 pounds or so. As far as what I eat, you can see most of it. I have no idea how to use MyFitnessPal. But it’s all there. My protein sources are primarily meat and eggs. Carb sources are primarily rice, and liquid carbs before and after training. Fat sources are cheese and peanut butter. Truthfully, I choose the foods that are the least nauseating. I’ve force fed myself for years, and I’m not a fan of eating nor any food. However, these foods go down easiest and don’t make me feel like garbage. The sugary carbs, candy, and juice are all around my training, and that works well for me. Even when I am not trying to gain 40 pounds. Truthfully, what I add is more rice (that’s about triple what I’ve been eating), cereal, liquid calories, and fats. Protein is about the same at 300-350 grams. This shit isn’t easy or fun to do, and it takes actual work with a fork. However, this is what it’s going to take for me to get where I want to be. I hope this helps some of you that have messaged me when it comes to your eating!
When you write down any objective along a graph, you will find that adhering to
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When you write down any objective along a graph, you will find that adhering to any kind of programme that utilises periodisation and good form will get you stronger. . . However when you look closely at it and examine the fluctuations in each individual cycle you will see peaks and dips. Now overlay this with not just a performance graph but a nutrition, sleep, professional workload and even a happiness one and you will see just how difficult this journey really is. . . The trick is simple, try to get it more often than not and strike up the right balance. . . #Powerlifting #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #strength #coaching #onlinecoach #weareforge #learning #personaltrainer #gym #bodybuilding #makepowerliftinggreatagain #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #edinburgh #garagegym #perspective #teaching #squat #bench #deadlift #posteriorchain
CURIOUS AS TO HOW I PROGRAM? Check this article out on @elitefts. It was publish
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CURIOUS AS TO HOW I PROGRAM? Check this article out on @elitefts. It was published 10 months ago. Although it may take you an hour to read through, it was tough for me to edit this down to acceptable article length. But it has all you need to structure your own training based upon the bulk of my beliefs, and it’s up for grabs for free. I receive questions on how I like to do X or structure Y, and chances are, the answer to any question you have regarding that is in here. Although my beliefs are ever evolving and growing, this information still holds true. If you’ve taken the time to sit down and read it, I appreciate that more than you know. The way I structure my coaching is an evolution from the man I learned from and trained under from the ages of 17 to 27, Brent Tracey. It is catered primarily to raw powerlifting, because that is what most lifters choose now. I think the spread of information is awesome, and I think it’s awesome that it’s so easy to do in 2019. If you like what you see on this page, this is a good snapshot into my brain that took me at least a solid 20 hours to write. Take advantage of it, if you wish!
All these new lift variations I keep seeing with people trying to stand out beca
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All these new lift variations I keep seeing with people trying to stand out because they made up some weird new movement. . . Progressive overload, fatigue management, effective movement patterns. . . Keep it simple!!!!!! . . #Powerlifting #strength #strength_by_forge #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #instafit #squat #Benchpress #deadlift #volume #posteriorchain #gym #basics #bodybuilding #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #makepowerliftinggreatagain #learning #onlinecoach #coaching #personaltrainer
Am gestrigen Samstag stand für den ein oder anderen wieder Kreuzheben an.
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Am gestrigen Samstag stand für den ein oder anderen wieder Kreuzheben an.
FACE PULL VARIATION...I’ve mentioned face pulls on this page several times, as w
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FACE PULL VARIATION...I’ve mentioned face pulls on this page several times, as well as put up a video demonstration not too long ago. However, here’s @chloe_callousedhands doing a slight variation (without using the hands/grip). Chloe is using a handle that she can wedge her hands in, almost like straps. However, instead of making gripping the handle easier, this pretty much just takes a good bit of the biceps and forearms out of it and forces her to use the muscles of her back to do the work. She’s also doing them seated, which I prefer over standing. She’s not leaning forward, or back. She’s in control, as you should be with a bar in your hands. Chloe struggles with engaging her back on all of the lifts, but these were done after benching. I’d say face pulls can carry over to all of the main lifts because the upper back is important in all of them. If you struggle with your biceps taking over on back movements, you might try something like this. Chloe is doing these for a reason, as you should do everything. She has all the pressing strength in the world (she hit 5 pounds under her meet max for 5 reps after some paused triples with it before that). But when she misses with something heavy, it’s due to losing positioning in her back. So we’re combating that. This is one movement we are using. This is a common problem. Missing the bottom of a bench press can sometimes be due to a weak chest, but it’s often the upper back that needs work. Try these, if you have the means. If you don’t, it’s easy to figure out/rig up if you’re creative.
Just a bit of a rant I guess. Basically a little bit more depth and info on the
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Just a bit of a rant I guess. Basically a little bit more depth and info on the #sumo and #conventional #deadlift . . The drill I use in the video is used by a lot of equipped lifters, mostly Westside. But what it does demonstrate is how easy it is to misplace leg drive and rely to much on the pulling aspect of either of the lifts. If your strong in the back then usually you will favour the idea pulling the bar more. But Ive always been an advocate of maximising the output from the hamstrings and the glutes. So the more bedded and locked into the floor you can become, whilst optimising bar and hip speed, the better the lift will be. . . Try this the next time you sumo or have a technical session, try this movement with and without a barbell during warm ups and assess how well you can initiate the lift with leg drive counteracting forward lean. . . #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #Powerlifting #personaltrainer #onlinecoach #coaching #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #makepowerliftinggreatagain #garagegym #edinburgh #bodybuilding #techniqueisking #learning #instafit #gym
THERE’S A NOT SO FINE LINE...when it comes to unpacking technique and positionin
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THERE’S A NOT SO FINE LINE...when it comes to unpacking technique and positioning. What am I talking about here? I’m talking about being too much of a nerd versus being too much of a bulldog. Aim to be like a well trained German Shepherd, or something. Strong, yet disciplined. I digress, let’s get to the point. If you’re lifting like an asshole with no technique, it might work for you. But it won’t work for long. You can get strong with really shitty form. I’ve seen it. But it’s nearly guaranteed you’re going to end up with something in a sling and mad, relatively quickly, because you ignored your issues for so long. You were getting stronger, until you got hurt. On the contrary, don’t be that guy in the corner of the gym that films his warmups with the bar and examines the EXACT angle of which his ass cheek lies on the bench pad relative to optimal external shoulder rotation relative to his body composition and current mobility. You’ll never get stronger if you don’t push it, and every rep will never look perfect. It needs to look proficient, not perfect. But aim to have better deadlift technique than a shitting dog. In short, there’s a pretty large middle ground I’d encourage you to reside in. Don’t bust you head through a brick wall, but don’t rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic. There’s a point where your positioning needs major work, and there’s a point where good is good enough, and you need to push it. The constant here is that you need to keep an eye on your technique, and understand what needs to be done going forward. But not to be incessantly critical. There’s a time to lean one way or the other. A month out from a meet, your technique is pretty much what it is. If you don’t know what’s happening, there’s plenty of people willing to help you. They’re easily accessible. Ask them. Ask me. You can send me a video from the comfort of your your own home, and I’ll tell you what I see. But this is powerlifting. You’re supposed to lift heavy and train hard.
BRIDGING A GAP...between back tightness and tendinitis. Two topics of which I’ve
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BRIDGING A GAP...between back tightness and tendinitis. Two topics of which I’ve discussed at length in previous posts. Where do these intersect? Simply put, good technique is the first and most important thing/impactful that you can do to stop these tendinitis and nagging overuse issues from happening. Yes, you can still experience them if you lift with good technique. Yes, straight bar squats will probably wear on your upper body joints after X period of time. However, you can combat joint pain by taking the time to make sure you’re doing all you can when a bar is in your hands to move correctly. This is just one example, there are other tips that can help you avoid these issues. Many of which are covered on this page. This certainly isn’t just the bench press, either. As I’ve said before, there are tons of body types. There are tons of techniques that somehow work for people that don’t make logical sense. However, something like locking your back and rear delts into place when benching is a general principle of which we should all abide by. Hopefully this helps some of you guys.
This really does perplex me. 2 fucking years for posting my own opinions on my o
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This really does perplex me. 2 fucking years for posting my own opinions on my own social media pages and not even naming anyone. At the same time we have other lifters doing proper random shit on their pages and not a damn thing (most of it hilarious I might add). But the best one is the adult stuff from the girls who use the #britishpowerlifting and all the other associated ones to sell their only fans pages with no recourse. God I cant wait to get back in there and have some fun. . . Oh and I am all for capitalism and think the girls and guys should be able to post what the fuck they want so this isnt a dig at them at all. Im just pointing out more irony from the elite fascist federation. . . #makepowerliftinggreatagain #irony #Powerlifting #gym #instafit #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #bodybuilding #personaltrainer #opinions #factsdontcareaboutyourfeelings #truestory
~Barbell bad habits~ . . First, allow me to be excused for the last video missin
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~Barbell bad habits~ . . First, allow me to be excused for the last video missing my head. My budget for making these videos is lacking to say the least, but at least you can hear me. So here is a great cheap teaching aid for monitoring the touch position on your #bench and also an easy cue for gauging how low to drop your hips for the #sumo #deadlift . . #Powerlifting #forgetheory #forgepowerlifting #edinburgh #personaltrainer #onlinecoach #coaching #britishpowerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #britishpowerliftingunion #gym #instafit #bodybuilding #learning #basics
@lindsayloves2lift pulling a deadlift opener for the @revolutionpowerlifting Sar
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@lindsayloves2lift pulling a deadlift opener for the @revolutionpowerlifting Sarasota Showdown! I included her second to last single (shown up top) as well as her last one (shown below). The top weight is 315 and the bottom weight is 320. Lindsay sent me the 315 and asked if she should cut it there, or take another. I suggested she take another, but remember to start with her hips a little higher. It’s pretty satisfying to see Lindsay move a heavier weight this much quicker with a simple form cue. However, I will say that with a clause. What has gone into that is prefaced by months and months of working with Lindsay on her technique. The one line I gave her is backed by tons of frustration, video correspondence, needing jesus, and discussion. She knew what I meant when I gave her that cue, and she executed it well. Lindsay, I couldn’t be one more ounce more proud of you than I am, and I don’t feel you could be one bit more ready to step onto the platform. I’m looking forward to being there with you in a few short weeks. See you soon!
Hit another PR at my school gym today, i think the axle bar is about 70 lbs so I
1 week ago

Hit another PR at my school gym today, i think the axle bar is about 70 lbs so I believe I hit 430 lbs on this very thick axle bar for an easy beltless single, def had more in the tank but i havent used an axle that thick and heavy before so played it safe today👍💪 #gains #gainscity #gaintrain #gainsville #dyel #legday #legdayisthebestday #brosdontletbrosskiplegday #gainsbyanymeansnecessary #makepowerliftinggreatagain #powerlifting #powerlifter #strongman #griptraining #axlebar #axlebardeadlift #idontevenlift
Here we go! Time for the first RPS meet in years in California! @crossfitboath
1 week ago

Here we go! Time for the first RPS meet in years in California! @crossfitboathouse will be hosting You Didn’t Do Squat! ——— Categories are push/pull, bench only or deadlift only. Registration is done online at revolutionpowerlifting.com. ———— You can also DM me for more details! #makepowerliftinggreatagain
More posts today about being judged by people in the gym. I will say it again, e
1 week ago

More posts today about being judged by people in the gym. I will say it again, everyone judges everyone. Here is a truth bomb for you. . . When you walk into the gym wearing barely anything men will think one of two things. Most common is Nice ass, I would, might try it on or wouldnt let my missus go to the gym like that, daddy issues probably . . I know that sounds terrible, but its the truth, but what do women think? They would have you think that it inspires them, and Im sure in some instances of does. But plenty of others think the following Anything for attention or i wish I was that confident and of course others might think She cant pull that off . . Men who see stronger or more muscular men usually default to steroids or Squats are bad for your knees and lastly how much do you bench bro? . . Radical feminism has no place not only in western society, but for sure not in sport. Women and men are completely different but really do work well together in most, if not all circumstances if they communicate. There is no patriachy as Ive said many times. Toxic masculinity doesnt exist. . . On an individual basis everyone can be a total shit to everyone else and it seems women have a totally different attitude toward the uses of social media than men. Oh and another thing, stop wearing a full singlet in a commercial gym whilst constantly telling people your a powerlifter and intimidate men when you havent even competed yet. We get it, you like compounds and think your some kind of beast, but your not, your just after group validation. Nobody cares or is impressed. . . #forgepowerlifting #strength #coaching #makepowerliftinggreatagain #instafit #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #gym #bodybuilding #truestory #personaltrainer #controversial #learning #edinburgh #fuckit #itiswhatitis #forgetheory
Under the watchful eye of our trigger Lord the Donald I hit a top set of 4 of 16
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Under the watchful eye of our trigger Lord the Donald I hit a top set of 4 of 160kg #Benchpress followed by. . . 3x3 170kg 2 board press 3x5 120kg plus red banded #bench . . #makepowerliftinggreatagain #strength #Powerlifting #gym #garagegym #edinburgh #personaltrainer #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #coaching #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #learning #instafit #bodybuilding #training
Look, we’ve all got ‘em. But we all have varied levels of control over them. Wha
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Look, we’ve all got ‘em. But we all have varied levels of control over them. What is our ego? Definitions surely can vary. In the context I speak about, I see the ego as somewhat of a contradiction. Our ego can be in control if we feel superior to others, and our ego can be in control if we feel inferior to others. It’s the part of us that craves to feel special and different from everyone else. It seeks approval and validation from others. Our egos thrive here on Instagram. Our egos served a survival purpose in earlier times, and long to be validated in present day. How we treat them is important. Your ego may help you squat a huge weight. But it could also cause you to overlook respect for the weight itself. It may mislead you to feel that you are different than everyone else. Your ego needs to be monitored and checked often. Though your journey differs in some ways, your journey is much the same as everyone else’s. You are not special, and you are not a lone wolf that battles the iron, or whatever dramatic metaphor you’d like to make. You’re a powerlifter, and you’re part of a community. Use that ego in times it benefits you to feel supremely confident, but be mindful that you can be crushed in a split second just the same. Don’t let your ego man your ship, that’s a great way to make everyone hate you. Be aware of what’s going on in your own head, and be aware that you are not all that matters. Don’t let your ego blind you from respect toward others, the barbell, or the sport of powerlifting. Don’t let your ego get in your own way.
Top set of 4 at 230kg and then back off 4s with 195kg sloppy as fuck last rep bu
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Top set of 4 at 230kg and then back off 4s with 195kg sloppy as fuck last rep but momentum is everything. Only #squatting and #deadlifting once a week has seen my recovery go up for sure but takes a bit longer to get familiar during warm ups. . . Nobody cares John. . . #makepowerliftinggreatagain #Powerlifting #strength #forgetheory #forgepowerlifting #coaching #personaltrainer #edinburgh #volume #bodybuilding #instafit #garagegym #instafit #learning #Benchpress #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion
Its becoming so tiring to see so many people chasing validation through claiming
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Its becoming so tiring to see so many people chasing validation through claiming victim status. . . I like seeing people go about there business and dedicate their time and effort to their chosen craft. But lets be honest, thinking your scaring and out lifting the boys in the gym because you are deadlifting is just as cringe worthy as claiming you dont understand why men might look at you as you wear hot pants. . . Now, more power to you if you feel confident and good about yourself, really happy for you, but every action has a reaction and it wont always be a good one. In fact for every one woman who tells you how great you look, another will bitch behind your back, for every one guy whos polite and says nothing, there will be one who perves on you. . . My point on this post is that group think and identity, will get you nowhere. Relying on the sport you do to define yourself is just as dangerous as giving too much validation to the thoughts of others and how many likes you get on social media. Like most things its about balance. My advice to every lifter I have is the more comfortable you are as an individual, the more you care less about the opinions of others and dont present falseness or crave the praise of others, the more content you become. . . So, chill out on the inspirational quotes, dial down the attitude of the world is against me when its really not. Apply conviction and confidence in what you do, but be multidimensional in your attitude and thoughts to critisism. . . Oh, and if someone approaches you with lifting advice in a polite courteous way, listen to them, it takes a few seconds to gauge the value and it might be a gem of info you didnt have before. . . #Powerlifting #strength #personaltrainer #edinburgh #coaching #britishpowerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #perspective #lifting #instafit #gymdogs #bodybuilding #squat #Benchpress #deadlifting #bodybuilding
NOT ALL ACCESSORY WORK IS CREATED EQUAL...you’ve heard it one million times, “do
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NOT ALL ACCESSORY WORK IS CREATED EQUAL...you’ve heard it one million times, “do your accessory work.” Some don’t necessarily take heed to this piece of advice. I’ve stated it no less than 100 times, and others have stated just as msy. So first off, do accessory work. If for no other reason, to keep you healthy. Accessory work can and will build your lifts as well, but you can probably get away without doing it (or a whole lot of it). That’s a mistake that might not show up for a minute. Some of you do take the advice, and do accessory work. However, they might execute it poorly. Accessory work isn’t just something to fill the gap of time between squatting and leaving the gym. It is part of your training session, and should be treated as so. There’s nothing wrong with doing your accessory work heavy, and there’s nothing wrong with doing it light. Do it all the ways, and do it with some thought behind it. Do it in the ways that carry over for you. Do the shit that is multi joint, and that sucks. There’s nothing wrong with leg curls, but what do we do on the platform that resembles one? You may choose a Romanian deadlift instead. You see it all the time, lifters mindlessly jerking weights around or holding a conversation while doing tricep extensions. If you’re going to take the time to do it, do it in the way that will most benefit you. Do it controlled, do it slow, and treat it the way you treat your main movements. It’s about building muscle, and saving positioning. I’m including a couple of example videos from tonight that I filmed after pulling. My values pertaining to accessory work probably stem from my equipped lifting background. The equipped lifters I grew up around trained accessories religiously. It was almost always light, and focused on building muscle. The accessories often lasted longer than the main movements. I’ve trained with lifters that benched over 500 raw consistently, and 700-800 in bench shirts. I rarely saw one of them pick up a dumbbell over 75 pounds, but I ALWAYS saw them do accessory work after training. What I take from that is it doesn’t take a 5RM to build muscle.
Versuch Nr. 4 mit diesem Post 😂 Aaaalso... Retraktion und Depression der Schulte
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Versuch Nr. 4 mit diesem Post 😂 Aaaalso... Retraktion und Depression der Schulterblätter❗️Das bedeutet das nach hinten und nach unten ziehen der Schulterblätter. Wofür macht man das❓ Für mehr Stabilität, für eine stärkere Brücke und zum Schutz deiner Schulter. Ganz kurz mal umschrieben. Wie findest du so einen kurzen knackigen Fakten-Post❓ Peace ✌🏼 ___________________________________________ #maxoutbois #spreadthehype #ausliebezumliften #powerlifting #powerbuilding #powerliftingbasics #powerliftingbeginner #makepowerliftinggreatagain #benchpress #bankdrücken #fitnesshamburg #liftingislife #elbgym #powerliftingmotivation #getstrong #roadto500 #insanitymeet #kraftdreikampf #kraftsport #sportverbindet
~Barbell bad habits~ . . Short sharp and simply video really. Was asked about co
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~Barbell bad habits~ . . Short sharp and simply video really. Was asked about core training and I thought Id post a little about how I teach the plank and planked pulls. One thing I would say is make sure your head on to the cable or band that you use, I got my angles a little wrong in my demo. . . Have fun. . . #Powerlifting #strength #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #volume #gym #bodybuilding #learning #coaching #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #makepowerliftinggreatagain #coaching #volume #garagegym #personaltrainer #accessories #strength_by_forge #edinburgh #squat #Benchpress #deadlift
I fucking love #accessories day. Those who fail to do then miss out on so many b
1 week ago

I fucking love #accessories day. Those who fail to do then miss out on so many benefits. Stabilisation, overload, a different kind of fatigue and of course it stops you looking like just another fat shitty #powerlifter 5x15 on everything today. . . #Powerlifting #strength #volume #gym #bodybuilding #instafit #garagegym #gains #britishpowerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #garagegym #coaching #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #bro
The text within this discussion post pretty much sums up all you need to think a
1 week ago

The text within this discussion post pretty much sums up all you need to think about and answer this question. Things have changed over the last few years. I’d like you to think about it, and tell me what you come up with. I’m interested in hearing opinions from new lifters, old lifters, novice and veterans. What’s going on, what happened? Are there pros and cons of each way of going about powerlifting? Thank you in advance for your commentary.
Here’s my volume work on low bar paused squats tonight, took some time off these
2 weeks ago

Here’s my volume work on low bar paused squats tonight, took some time off these because of some intermittent elbow tendonitis but everything felt good tonight, hit a PR of 440 lbs paused low bar squat and after all that, did sets of 5 on snatch grip deadlifts and dumbbell rdls to finish the workout. #idontevenlift #brosdontletbrosskiplegday #gainsbyanymeansnecessary #lowbarsquats #legday #legdayisthebestday #legdayismyfavorite #ilikelift #dyel #doyouevensquat #quadzilla #thiccsquatgains #powerlifter #powerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #strongman #liftyoudonotabadtimeyouwillhave #pausesquats #pausesquatsmakeyouabetterperson #dontskiplegdaylikeabitch
SPONSORSHIP COLLECTORS...I’ll preface this post by saying there are companies wi
2 weeks ago

SPONSORSHIP COLLECTORS...I’ll preface this post by saying there are companies with backbones, admirable sets of values, amounts of revenue that can support having sponsored lifters, and that do positive things for the powerlifting community. Most of these companies have been around for some time and provide effective content and product. However, in present day, we have an onslaught of companies that have popped up much like a pimple the night before your high school prom. Not only willing but insistent on sponsoring powerlifters. This works well as many lifters crave inclusion and attention of some sort. Lifters are willing to sell themselves for very little in order to make their Instagram biographies look more official or credible. The lifter/consumer chomps at the bit for sources of external validation. They are willing to take, but not so willing to give, in the arena of symbiotic partnerships as well as the sport of powerlifting itself. They gladly take t-shirts but leave barbells loaded and incessantly talk about themselves to everyone (including that one guy in the stock room at work who’s never cared to lift a weight in his life.) Sponsorship is an individual doing work to promote a brand so that the company can profit. The individual doing the work is typically impactful. How, exactly, does this work when every powerlifter and their mother have discount codes or sponsorship shoutouts in their Instagram biography? To quote @thompsonbowtie, “Sponsor yourself - in the end you will owe nobody nothing.” We’re all just dreaming elegance.
wE aRe ThE eLiTe AnD dIFfErEnT tO eVeRyOnE eLsE . . #ipf #Powerlifting #makepowe
2 weeks ago

wE aRe ThE eLiTe AnD dIFfErEnT tO eVeRyOnE eLsE . . #ipf #Powerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #britishpowerlifting #squat #Benchpress #deadlift #memes #gym #bullshit
@sylva_sbc IS BACK IN ACTION...actually, he never was out of action. He’s been (
2 weeks ago

@sylva_sbc IS BACK IN ACTION...actually, he never was out of action. He’s been (arguably) quietly squatting, or benching, or pulling his work sets and hammering accessory work since the US Open. Here’s Ryan hitting 50 pounds under his best squat at his last meet, but using the safety bar, and with ease! He’s just 8 weeks out from the XPC Finals at the Arnold Classic. Here is the point at which Ryan will wind up to drop the hammer on pushing things hard. Ryan has been with me nearly since the birth of Calloused Hands. I wrote his first few programs on @chloe_callousedhands iPad because I didn’t have a computer yet. My first few months doing this bought me one. It’s not in the bells and whistles, it’s in the experience and in the will. If you work with me, you know that technology isn’t my strong suit. It never has been, and probably never will be. My car still does things I don’t know about. My 15-20 page first blocks scream, “inefficiency.” However, it’s my way. And much like Ryan’s devotion to eccentric 90’s pro wrestlers, it’s not going anywhere. This will be a fun year at the Arnold.
~Barbell bad habits~ . . So I tried to cover some of the cues and movements I tr
2 weeks ago

~Barbell bad habits~ . . So I tried to cover some of the cues and movements I try to encourage within the #sumo #deadlift today for you all. Now I probably missed loads and repeated myself a few times, but the more repeat something the more hopefully it beds in. . . This is a great movement that has great carry over to our squat and deadlift even if not used as your primary lift. But like anything technical, patience and breaking the movement down will serve you best. . . Feel free to Give comments below on how you best execute this lift or if I missed anything. . . #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #coaching #britishpowerlifting #learning #personaltrainer #weareforge #britishpowerliftingunion #makepowerliftinggreatagain #volume #gym #edinburgh #garagegym #bodybuilding #developments #posteriorchain
Very very happy with this top set of 5 at 235kg. Havent gone above 200kg in 8 we
2 weeks ago

Very very happy with this top set of 5 at 235kg. Havent gone above 200kg in 8 weeks and have completely rebuilt this lift. Really excited to see what happens on June. . . #forgepowerlifting #forgetheory #sumo #deadlift #personaltrainer #strength #instafit #gym #learning #competition #coaching #britishpowerlifting #garagegym #gains #britishpowerliftingunion #makepowerliftinggreatagain #weareforge #volume
FORWARD KNEE TRAVEL...if your experience has been anything like mine, you’ve hea
2 weeks ago

FORWARD KNEE TRAVEL...if your experience has been anything like mine, you’ve heard something along the lines of, “forward knee travel when squatting is bad.” Have a look at many of the very good squatters of today. Some level of forward knee travel exists with most of them. Of course, I think it’s a good idea to load the hips when squatting. They’re a strong area of your body, and loading them will keep you healthy. But you can absolutely still load your hips and still have some level of forward knee travel to involve the quads as well. You will probably NEED to do some level of this as a raw squatter. I can’t tell you how much is optimal for you, because many factors impact this. Sitting as far back as possible does NOT work for me with my raw squat like it does with my equipped squat. It’s been frustrating for me to learn this, and causes me issues on many squat days. It is my opinion that the raw squat requires more quads than the equipped squat, and I think equipped powerlifting is where this belief comes from. Because it’s true. You want to sit back hard if you’re in equipment, to load the equipment. This has nothing to do with bashing any style of lifting, and everything to do with squatting as much weight as possible given your chosen lifting style. There are many general principles most of us should probably abide by. However, there really are no absolutes. I’ve tried to abide by technique principles I thought were essentially infallible. I’ve found that often they might not be. On top of that, the last thing I’m advocating is that you should lift like an asshole with no regard to technique at all.
Huge welcome to our new #forgepowerlifting lifter @trashpandastrong . . Technica
2 weeks ago

Huge welcome to our new #forgepowerlifting lifter @trashpandastrong . . Technically already very proffecient and riding a wave of her own success, Alicia will be competing at the Uni champs and WILL be hitting the numbers we have targeted. Huge potential from this lady. . . #forgepowerlifting #coaching #personaltrainer #squat #Benchpress #deadlift #edinburgh #britishpowerlifting #britishpowerliftingunion #makepowerliftinggreatagain #volume #bodybuilding #learning #instafit #Powerlifting
CHEERS TO 500 POSTS...I’d like to take a minute today and celebrate this post ma
2 weeks ago

CHEERS TO 500 POSTS...I’d like to take a minute today and celebrate this post making 500 posts for this page. It’s important (to me, if no one else) that I bring this up. I see many individuals celebrate having X amount of followers, but I’d rather not do that. I’d rather celebrate goals that are centered around time and content. I’d rather celebrate what I can do for you, over what you have done for me. Make no mistake, I highly appreciate all of you that follow me, and I want Calloused Hands to continue to grow. One way I express this gratitude is to (try to) respond to all of the messages and comments that you leave. You are what makes this page gain attention. However, one can hire a robot or company (or however it works) to get more followers. One can also easily post a bunch of junk to increase total number of posts. That’s not my goal. My goal every day since I started this page is to post something that I think may help someone along their journey in powerlifting, and I spend a lot of time doing so. I’ve gained this from my past, what I pick up on from lifters that I coach, and what I see and think about in present day. So thank you for being here for that. Thank you for letting me know that you appreciate what I do. If you need some advice or another set of eyes on your lifts, don’t hesitate to ask. My inbox is open. I look forward to interacting with you guys in the new year, and hope to see you on at meets. I also look forward to bringing you content that may help you in some way, every day. This year is going to be a busy one, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ll see those of you in Tennessee this week, and then I hope to see many of you from Florida a couple weeks after for the RPS Sarasota Showdown, then the USPA Battle of the Bay!
OLD MAN FEELS PART TWO...one more thing for me to shake my cane at, right? I apo
2 weeks ago

OLD MAN FEELS PART TWO...one more thing for me to shake my cane at, right? I apologize in advance for dropping two of these on you in quick succession. At the end of the day, we are just lifting weights. We’re unlikely to be remembered for our success in the sport. No one will remember how many meals we ate each day. We are truly in pursuit of getting stronger for ourselves, no matter how we look at it. Powerlifting may be a hobby to us, or it may be something we’re literally willing to die for. Either one, cool. Generally, I think we all need to care about the bullshit less and learn to care about what actually matters more. We need to stop being so concerned with what people say about us. Feelings and reflexive actions say things about us, not others. We need to stop getting so easily offended. We need to stop being so goddamn sensitive. In my opinion, powerlifting is the antithesis of sensitivity. It’s rigid and it’s in your face. As a mollycoddled generation grows in powerlifting, the internet does nothing but exacerbate the snowflake mentality. Powerlifting is the sport that it’s always been...a place for those who don’t fit in. This populace once got along. And if they didn’t, it was squashed quickly and then right back under the bar. Our present schism continues to multiply. Why? Powerlifters try to thrust personal meanings of the sport upon everyone else. Powerlifting lives and breathes on its own. Powerlifting was here before we were. Powerlifting was made what it is by lifters of which we step on without even knowing we’re stepping on them. I encourage all of us to take this into consideration: Our opinions don’t matter. Our totals don’t matter. Our followers don’t matter. How we leave the sport when we exit it DOES matter. We’re going to get talked about, we’ll get our feelings hurt, and we’ll disagree with others just like we would any other arena...but it doesn’t matter. What matters is the positive we gain, and the positive we leave for others to find. I feel passionately about keeping the reality of this alive. I feel it’s insulting to feel that the sport revolves around us. We are simply a conduit of which the sport travels through.
HYUGGEEE PR TONIGHT! 495 lbs PAUSED deadlift for a decent single! Lock out needs
2 weeks ago

HYUGGEEE PR TONIGHT! 495 lbs PAUSED deadlift for a decent single! Lock out needs a bit more work but Ill take it! Great way to end 2018 and start 2019! Shoutout to my true bro @hauzillaaa for pushing me to go for 495 instead of 485 after I hit 475! #legday #legdayisthebestday #legdayismyfavorite #idontevenlift #brosdontletbrosskiplegday #maketheworldyourgym #gainsbyanymeansnecessary #deadlifts #pauseddeadlifts #deathlifts #lowerbody #gains #gainscity #gaintrain #gainsville #dyel #neverskiplegday #newyearseve #newyearseveworkout #noexcuses #powerlifter #powerlifting #makepowerliftinggreatagain #strongman #makethegymgreatagain #prcity #prforlarry
Well, @jennarhoffman and @rileypresnell made the decision to jump right back int
2 weeks ago

Well, @jennarhoffman and @rileypresnell made the decision to jump right back into meet training after a week off after their last meet. At 8 weeks out, it’s about time to mash the gas pretty hard for a few weeks before a deload, then back in it again. And mashing the gas is what they did! That’s 70 pound PR for Jenna, and a 30 pound PR for Riley on block pulls. Though it’s a quick turn around, I’m excited to see how these girls do at the XPC.
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2 weeks ago

⚠️NEW YEAR SALE⚠️ SITE WIDE 35% OFF SALE. PROMOCODE: NEWYEAR35 @combatironapparel #newyearnewgear #combatironapparel #tacticalathlete #makepowerliftinggreatagain
Huge welcome to our newest lifter and team member of the #forgepowerlifting crew
2 weeks ago

Huge welcome to our newest lifter and team member of the #forgepowerlifting crew @raymarc.japson . . Competing in February and having decided to work with myself, this young man already has some good numbers to start with. Lets get this young man roaring on the platform. Welcome. . . #Powerlifting #strength #makepowerliftinggreatagain #britishpowerlifting #gym #instafit #coaching #personaltrainer #edinburgh
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