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  • Take What Is Useful And Leave The Rest

    By Derek Woodske | In Training | on July 31, 2014

    I have been influenced by some of the greatest strength coaches in our industry and I have also pushed back against them with the might of both my hands, not because of an intrinsic need for rebellion or antiauthoritarian tendencies, but because their systems were preventing me from winning. Allow me to explain. I was […]

  • Transitioning from Gear to Raw-The Squat

    By Greg Panora | In Powerlifting | on October 18, 2013

    I remember sitting at a tikki bar with my best friend in the Summer of ’08 having a conversation about lifting. He said, “do you think you could beat Jon Cole if he were still competing?” Without a second thought I said, “absolutely, the best geared lifters would be the best raw lifters, we just […]

  • Dan Green on Knees in the Squat

    By Daniel Green | In Squat | on August 6, 2013

    Dan Green’s article West of Westside caused a big commotion in the training community. One of his points went largely misunderstood. Dan advocates an inward movement of the knees during the squat which is in stark contrast to many coaches technical cueing… 9. Knees out and back while squatting Where I’d always squatted with a […]

  • The Truth About Experts

    By travis mash | In Olympic Weightlifting | on July 29, 2013

    Crossfit in America is one of the most controversial topics in the strength and conditioning world.  I have to admit that five years ago I was one of their biggest critics.  I watched the same videos that everyone else has seen showing terrible technique and shear absurdities.  Over the last five years I have met […]

  • West of Westside

    By Daniel Green | In Powerlifting | on May 29, 2013

    As virtually any lifter who’s lived in the internet era knows… There’s only one side: Westside! The training split, the max effort and speed work, the bands and chains, Chucks. Louie Simmons has created an internet following of Biblical proportions.  His lifters have conquered record after record in federation after federation.  And via the internet, […]

  • 10 Rules to Getting Great in Gear

    By Greg Panora | In Powerlifting | on May 21, 2013

    I spent the majority of my career at Westside Barbell. Everyone there was strong had been training for years. Recently, I joined a powerlifting gym in Maine where most lifters are pretty novice. As I walked in, I noticed everyone was wearing the latest squat suits and briefs. I also noticed 405 on the monolift. […]

  • Reclaiming Real Strength

    By Brandon Lilly | In Powerlifting | on April 24, 2013

    Reclaiming “real” strength is about getting back to what got you in the gym in the first place. It wasn’t about this % for x amount of sets. It was about adding pounds to a lift, and looking better, feeling better, and being able to prove it. Real strength isn’t something you need any equipment, […]

  • Speed Work: Not This Again

    By Mike Tuchscherer | In Powerlifting | on March 28, 2013

    So the last article I wrote made some people rejoice and made other people pretty upset.  And for myself, since I rarely write articles that get such a divided response, I went back just to double check and make sure I didn’t say anything crazy.  I’m usually a pretty wordy writer and that article was […]

  • How I Built My Best Bench Ever-Floor Press

    By Greg Panora | In Bench | on March 20, 2013

    I’ve always been a decent bencher. It came naturally to me and I’ve always enjoyed the attention it brings. I met a guy at the grocery store last week who used to have a 650 raw bench, but his biceps were getting to big, and he had to quit. Despite every asshole making crazy claims, […]

  • How I Built My Best Squat Ever-Safety Squat Bar Squats

    By Greg Panora | In Squat | on January 25, 2013

    I’m going to let u guys in on a little secret. I’m not that strong. I’m not a genetic freak or a phenom. Louie Simmons constantly made fun of my “uniceps” and “reverse cankles”. I’m too tall, too thin and my form is pretty bad. So how did I break the world record multiple times? […]

  • Get to Know Greg Panora

    By Juggernaut | In Training | on November 21, 2012

    Name:Greg Panora Age: 32 Height/Weight: 5’10, 256-258 off season, 242 competition Hometown: Stow, MA Current City: Portland, ME Years Training: 18 Years Competing: 13 PRs: 1060 geared squat, 820 geared bench, 820 geared deadlift. I recently did a push/pull and benched 500 raw and deadlifted 750 raw. Where you Train: Crossfit Casco Bay Day Job: […]

  • Gear vs. Raw Training: Interview with Brandon Lilly

    By Juggernaut | In Training | on June 7, 2012

    By Chad Wesley Smith   Brandon Lilly has trained with some of the top powerlifters in the country, spending time both at the legendary Westside Barbell and Lexen Extreme alongside the one and only Chuck Vogelpohl. With geared PRs of 1005 in the squat, 820 in the bench and 755 in the deadlift, Brandon has […]

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