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 »

Steroids vs. Natural Training

I recently received a great question on the differences between programming for the natural and the enhanced lifter. From reading or watching the Powerlifting Programming Series, I think a lot of people got the idea that I was saying that I personally believe training more frequently is better for naturals whereas training less frequently is better for enhanced lifters. Actually, I don’t consider this to be case; it is just… Read More »

The Best Way To Measure Body Fat for Powerlifting

In the last installment of the Nutrition Series, I discussed how to optimally cut and bulk for powerlifting. One of the main tenets of the strategy I advocated was that one should bulk up until about 15% body fat or so, then cut down to 8-10% body fat, and simply repeat the process over time in order to accumulate muscle mass (add 6-8% body fat to these numbers if female).… Read More »

Powerlifting Diet: Cutting and Bulking

In the inaugural edition of the PowerliftingToWin Nutrition Series, we established that nutrition in Powerlifting serves primarily two purposes: 1) weight management and 2) performance enhancement. In the service of these goals, the conclusion was drawn that, with our eating habits, we should aim to a) gain as much muscle as possible, b) maintain a competitive body fat percentage, and c) spend as much of our training time in a… Read More »

Powerlifting Nutrition: How To Pick Your Weight Class

So begins the PowerliftingToWin Nutrition Series!   Nutrition, in powerlifting, primarily serves two purposes: 1) performance enhancement and 2) weight management. When done properly, both of these ends are met simultaneously. That is, you do not need to choose between being strong and fat or weak and lean.   There is no “or” here. When nutrition is dialed in, you are both strong AND lean. That is the purpose of… Read More »

How to Change Your Lifting Technique

One of the great questions that I was asked recently is how one should go about the process of trying to change to a new powerlifting technique. For example, maybe you want to shift from high bar squatting to low bar squatting or maybe you want to try out sumo deadlifting for a time. Now, this is a bit of a broad question, but I do think some general guidelines… Read More »

Back Rounding and Back Injury

One of the oldest and most controversial topics in terms of lifting weights is whether or not you will get hurt from rounding your back when you deadlift. Opinions tend to run the gamut. You’ll hear people suggesting that you instantly reset the weights you’re working with whenever you get even the smallest hint of back rounding. Others will tell you that you should just ignore back rounding altogether if… 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 »

How To Improve Your Bench Press Arch

The recent trend on all of my training videos is to make some sort of comment about my bench arch. People want to know what my secret is to having such a big arch.   Well, in this article, I’m going to reveal what I believe to be the secret to a big bench arch.   If you’d rather watch than read: How to Increase Your Bench Press Arch The… Read More »

How to Gain Strength While Cutting

Recently, I’ve lost about 6-7kg of bodyweight while adding 40kg/90lbs to my powerlifting total. Because of this success, as you might expect, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about how one should go about trying to make gains on a cut. Now, while I fully plan to address this question in much more depth in the PowerliftingToWin Nutrition Series, I do want to give a brief overview of the… Read More »

The Best Way To Learn About Steroids

So… you want to learn about the dark side, do you? While there may not be a right way and a wrong way to go about it, some methods are certainly more productive than others.   If you just want recommendations for learning without having to read a full article, grab a copy of William Llewelyn’s Anabolics:   Generally speaking, there are two popular ways that most people try to… Read More »

When To Wear A Lifting Belt

When should you start wearing a belt? Right away? When you can squat 225lbs? 315lbs? When should you start using a belt in a given training session? 70%? 80%? 90%? In this video, Izzy discusses his opinion on the optimal way to use a belt for powerlifting training.

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 »