One Weird Programming Trick To Increase Your Strength!

I’ve been wanting to write this article for a very, very long time.   Despite the fact that I spent nearly a month reviewing dozens of programs, various methods of organizing training, and even several periodization schemes, to most of you, that stuff is hardly relevant minutiae. That’s right; I said it. Most discussions about optimal programming amount to nothing more than mental masturbation.   If you’d rather watch than… Read More »


ProgrammingToWin Is Finally Here!   Grab a copy now!     If you’d rather watch than read: What You Will Get The book features more than 100 pages of discussion on the why and the how of optimally programming your first two to three years in the sport of powerlifting. More than fifty pages of discussion are dedicated to the scientific principles of proper powerlifting programming. No stone is left… Read More »

All About Autoregulation

As detailed in Mike Tuchscherer’s Reactive Training Manual, traditional percentage based programming is highly flawed. The crux of the issue is that most programmers make two fatal assumptions: 1) they assume a lifter’s one rep max is fairly stable from training session to training session and 2) they assume by knowing how much work a lifter has done, that they know what effect the training session has had on them.… Read More »

The Cutting Edge: RTS Generalized Intermediate Program Review

Well, well, well, we’ve come to the very last program that I’m going to review: Mike Tuchscherer’s Generalized Intermediate Program using RTS principles. After this, I’m going to be writing and releasing the first real eBook from PowerliftingToWin: Programming To Win. The book will contain an updated and revised version of the PowerliftingToWin Novice Program as well as the highly anticipated PowerliftingToWin intermediate program. Multiple templates and options will be… Read More »

Shattering American Programming Myths: Korte’s 3×3 Routine

Next up the Program Review queue is Stephan Korte’s 3×3 routine. There is no eBook or product associated with this program. You find the original articles written by Korte at the DeepSquatter archives.   A lot of people have been complaining that these reviews have become unnecessary long and wordy so we’re going to blast right through this one.   If you’d rather watch than read: History and Context: Korte’s… Read More »

Critiquing The Coan Philippi Deadlift Routine

Our journey across the powerlifting map during this programming review series now takes us to the Coan/Philippi Deadlift Routine. For those of you who are unaware, this is not a eBook or anything that you have to purchase. The Coan Philippi Routine is free and widely distributed across the internet. This is a deadlift only routine which means we aren’t going to be able to evaluate it as a true… Read More »

Why I’m a Fan of Destroy The Opposition by Jamie Lewis

The programming review series has taken us all over the place with regards to powerlifting programs, but no stop thus far is more in your face than this one is going to be: today we will review Jamie Lewis’ Destroy the Opposition. For those unfamiliar with Lewis’ ChaosNPain blog (NOT SAFE FOR WORK!), Lewis has made quite the name for himself both with his world record caliber lifting and his… Read More »

Something Different? Brian Carroll’s 10/20/Life Review

Well, our next stop in the programming review series is Brian Carroll’s 10/20/Life. Over the past few weeks, probably a dozen people have requested a review of this program. As such, I couldn’t fail to deliver.   10/20/Life is the next in what I anticipate to be a long string of American powerlifters trying to cash in on the powerlifting eBook craze. As my programming series indicates, people LOVE programs.… Read More »

The Bulgarian Method for Powerlifting

As the programming series heads towards its finale, it is time to take a look at the Bulgarian Method for Powerlifting. To construct this review, I have consulted multiple works, but my primary influences were John Broz, Matthew Perryman, and Damien Pezzutti. In fact, much of the science behind recovery, overtraining, and its relation to the Bulgarian Method comes directly from Matthew Perryman’s Book: Squat Every Day.   I have… Read More »

A Review of Jonnie Candito’s 6 Week Strength Program

Backed by immense popular demand, we’re finally going to sit down and review the revised and updated addition of Jonnie Candito’s 6 Week Strength Program. I was impressed by both the quality and overall philosophy that went into Candito’s Linear Program. As such, I was pretty stoked to take a deeper look into Jonnie’s Six Week Periodization Plan. Candito didn’t disappoint! While I don’t think I’m ever going to rate… Read More »

Lift Like a Lilliebridge? Lilliebridge Method Review

As we move right along in the programming series, the next program we’ll turn our critical eye towards is the Lilliebridge Method.   Now, upon review of this program, I have developed a love, hate relationship with it. On the one hand, I don’t think you should ever charge someone $40 for a shoddy 17 page eBook. On the other hand, the program is a direct slap in the face… Read More »

Breaking Down Base Building by Paul Carter, A Review

As the programming series heads towards wrap-up, and we review these last couple of methodologies, the next target of our focus is Paul Carter’s Base Building Manual. Base Building is about 80 pages long and, more than a specific program, it contains Paul Carter’s general philosophy and programming tool kit. In other words, this is not the book you want to snag if you’re looking for a “cookie cutter” template… Read More »

Smolov Routine Review:
The Smolov Squat Cycle and Smolov Junior For Bench

Smolov is every masochistic lifters favorite program. The program is often advertised as capable of putting 100lbs on your squat in only thirteen weeks. The only thing that exceeds these lofty claims is the actual severity and brutality of the program itself. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that more lifters are forced to quit Smolov than any other single popularly available program out there.   In… Read More »

Sizing Up Sheiko: A Review of Routines #29, #30, #31, #32

The time has arrived for us to evaluate the highly popular numbered Sheiko routines. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Boris Sheiko is perhaps the foremost powerlifting coach in Russia at the time of this writing. He has worked with world champions and world record holders such as Andrey Belyaev, Kirill Sarychev, Yuri Fedorenko, Alexei Sivokon, and Maxim Podtynny.   As you might imagine, given the tremendous success of… Read More »