Far too many inexperienced lifters hit the weights without understanding how to lift correctly and safely. They often have pieces of knowledge from gym buddies, like "keep your back straight, bro!", but lack the full picture.
"Hi Robert, I'm 58 and training to compete in masters IPF raw powerlifting for the first time next fall. I know how to squat, bench, and deadlift and am quite strong, but new to the sport. My question is what equipment do I need to compete, and how will it help me?"
"I read your stuff and know I need to get stronger, so I recently decided to start barbell training for the first time in over 20 years. My doctor says I'm probably just not genetically built for squats. What do you think?"
"I was born with mismatched legs – my right leg is about 3/4" longer than my left. This sometimes causes me back and hip pain, although my physiotherapist has me doing a stretching program that helps a lot with this. I'm interested in getting stronger and don't want to let me leg mismatch stop me. Should I being doing something like barbell back squats with a set of legs like mine?"
"I've been on a low carb diet for a few months now, and have dropped almost 40 pounds so far. I still have more weight to lose, but with Christmas coming I know I'll be facing all sorts of delicious temptations, plus pressure from family and friends to eat them. What should I do?"
This past week my brother Jacob had a horsemanship competition which didn't go as well as he hoped, so he came to me for help. I don't know much about riding, but Jake explained that he figured his biggest issue was poor posture and stability in the saddle. He asked me to design him a simple strength training routine specifically for improving these issues. Click here to watch a video showing his new routine.
If you've never heard the name Jonnie Candito before, you're probably not a powerlifter. Even if you're not particularly interested in the sport, this guy is worth knowing about. At roughly 185 lbs. bodyweight, he squats over 500 lbs., bench presses over 300, and deadlifts over almost 700. For a while now, I've felt my squat needs work to be optimal. That's why I got in touch with Jonnie, and sent him two videos of me squatting. The advice he responded with exceeded my expectations.
Recently I've been getting lots of requests for form checks on the basic barbell lifts, and I want to show you what that looks like. Below is a link to a video from John, a member of my Facebook group for men 50 and up interested in strength training. In the video he performs the overhead press, and wanted some feedback on his technique. Click here to watch the video of his lift, then keep reading below for John's explanation of his lift and my suggestions to him.