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 »

Online Powerlifting Coaching

I’ve decided to take a quick one article break from the powerlifting programming series to write about online powerlifting coaching for three reasons: 1) I just need a break from the rather arduous and tedious review process 2) I’ve recently hired Mike Tuchscherer as my online powerlifting coach 3) I’ve been receiving a number of inquiries regarding my availability for personalize, custom training.   To put first things first, yes,… 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 »

Why I Wouldn’t Westside: A Critical Review of the Conjugate Method

The Westside Barbell Method, also known as the “Conjugate Method”, was developed by Louie Simmons. Westside Barbell, the gym, has produced more multiply world record holders than any other single gym in the history of powerlifting. To this day, the Westside Barbell Book of Methods is one of the most interesting works I’ve ever read on powerlifting – albeit also one of the more incoherent and contradictory works as well.… Read More »

Become Unstoppable? Juggernaut Method Review

I am glad I received so many requests to review The Juggernaut Method by Chad Wesley Smith. To be honest, normally, I expect popular programs to be complete garbage. Why? Well, any time you write a cookie cutter template you have to generalize the program to make it work for as many people as possible. The end result is that the program “works pretty well” for the majority, but it… Read More »

Brandon Lilly’s Cube Method: Complaints and Criticism

So… we’ve arrived at Brandon Lilly’s The Cube Method. To be clear, I am going to be focusing on his most recent release of the program also known as the Cube Boss Method, Cube Kingpin, and Cube 365 Strong. I don’t know what the official name of the program is, but I do know that the most recent publication is Lilly’s 365 Strong eBook.   If you’re interested in doing… Read More »

Better Than Before: A Review of Beyond 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler

In today’s program review, we’re going to be tackling Jim Wendler’s iconic 5/3/1 system. Now, before I begin, it is extremely important to note that 5/3/1 is not a generic, cookie cutter “program” that you can easily analyze. Through his different book publications, including the original 5/3/1, 5/3/1 for Powerlifting, and Beyond 5/3/1, Jim Wendler has produced well over 500 pages of content regarding the 5/3/1 system.   Amazon.com Widgets… Read More »

Why The Texas Method May Be The Best Intermediate Program

This review is going to center around the well-known Texas Method program. First of all, I want to clarify one point: the Texas Method is more of a template than a true, cookie cutter program. This makes it very difficult to evaluate because there a lot of moving parts. As such, I’m going to focus on the version of the program that has become most popular around the internet.  … Read More »