New Pull-up Challenges

If you’re not aware of just how beneficial the pull-up is than you’ve more than likely have been living in a cave for the last decade. The pull-up is the squat for the upper-body and one of the biggest-bang-for-the-back exercises (see what I did there =). Chances are if you’re reading this then you already […]

How Often Should You Rotate Your Lifts?

We’ve gotten to the point where we are constantly looking for the next great workout or training plan to avoid boredom. And being locked up for the last 4 months certainly doesn’t help our cause as coaches.. If there is one I know with 100% certainty – if you only repeat a movement pattern, and/or a […]

Loaded Carries For Conditioning

It’s no mystery that loaded carries have a multitude of uses. The fact that we are able to effectively check off multiple boxes in terms of benefits is an added bonus. We know that loaded carries can help us to develop stability in all three planes of motion, but we often don’t consider the value […]

Strong Ass = Strong Lifts

The rise of glute training has been made popular for the most part by women. If you follow the “glute guy” Bret Contreras on IG you’ve likely seen scores of before & after photos with ladies going from zero glutes to competing on stage as a figure athletes. In terms of aesthetics, glute development tends […]

The Grip & Strength Connection

Grip training isn’t something that you see many people focusing on, but truth be told having a strong grip correlates with systemic strength. And any time we can add a “grip component” to an otherwise basic exercise we effectively increase the number of motor units that are activated. Moreover, many will experience added size to […]

5 Ways To Improve Deadlift Lockout: By Brandon Smitley

Improving your deadlift lockout is usually hammered with glute exercises out your butt (pun intended). While some of these exercises can certainly help you do this, positioning is just as important to ensure you can use your glutes when you need to. If you’re stuck in an extended position, good luck ever getting your ass […]

The Box Squat Guide

There is a lot of available data to support the notion that Box Squatting is a viable method for increasing the squat and deadlift. The results that Westside Barbell has incurred alone speak volumes, but is this movement relevant to the non-powerlifting community of people that just wants to get stronger and look better? We […]

3 Air Bike Conditioning Methods

The Air bike has gained quite a bit of popularity over the last few years. Anyone that has used the air bike knows that this piece of equipment can be particularly painful when used for developing the anaerobic system, but the air bike can provide additional benefits, other than just smoking your clients. By using the Air […]

The Squat Roundtable

As a society with information at our fingertips at any given point in the day, you can follow just about any of your favorite strength coaches and trainers on social media and get bombarded by knowledge bombs every minute, on the minute, if you please. This can be a blessing and a curse, though, as […]

How To Level-up Your Biceps Training

No physique is complete without a great set of guns and developing a great set of biceps will take more than just hanging out at the dumbbell rack cranking out alternating curls. It will also take more than your standard machine curls too. Instead, having a balanced approach encompassing multiple angles & loading schemes is […]