Lyle McDonald’s Rapid Fatloss Handbook:
Before and After, Results, Review

For those who don’t know, Lyle McDonald is one of the original online nutrition gurus. The guy was there arguing the science from day one on UseNet. Lyle has authored multiple nutrition books including the incredibly popular Ketogenic Diet. He is also the author of www.bodyrecomposition.com which is quite literally one of the best nutritional resources on the entire internet.   More than anything else, Lyle is a science nerd;… Read More »

Simply The Best: Tuchscherer’s Reactive Training Systems

Traditional powerlifting programming is flawed.. Luckily, Mike Tuchscherer’s Reactive Training Systems offers a solution.   Generally speaking, traditional powerlifting programs call for prescribed sets, reps, and weights. Often times, several months’ worth of training is written in advance. Assuming the conditions are the same as when the program was written, and the lifter progresses at a predictable rate, this actually doesn’t present a problem at all.   If you’d rather… Read More »

Losing 30lbs in 80 Days and Qualifying for Nationals

If you haven’t checked out Parts 1-4 yet, head here so you know the context of this time period in my training. Part V is going to focus on how I used Lyle McDonald’s Rapid Fatloss Handbook to lose 80lbs in 30 days in order to qualify for USPA Nationals.   If you’d rather watch than listen: I Love Powerlifting Moving to a new city where I have few contacts… Read More »

Tren, Almost Getting Arrested, and Why I Quit Steroids

If you’re arriving here without having read Parts 1, 2, and 3, please do so now. Otherwise, you will not have the context for this article.   Look guys, again, I am not a steroid guru. I cannot tell you where to get them, how to take them, or when. That said, I urge you not to listen to the “big guy at the gym. William Llewellyn’s Anabolics contains over… Read More »

My Experience Using Steroids and Totaling 1405@220

If you haven’t checked out Part One and Two, make sure you do that now. You’ll need that context to keep pace with this piece.   Before we get any further, I need to say that I am NOT a steroid guru; I can’t answer your questions about what you should take and when. That said, I truly wish the best for you and I don’t want you to listen… Read More »

My First Meet and Cutting 50lbs

If you haven’t read Part One, make sure you check that out so you understand the context of what I’m saying in this piece. In Part II, I’m going to focus on how I actually got into the sport of powerlifting. Primarily, it was thanks to Marty Gallagher’s book Purposeful Primitive.   If you prefer to watch than listen, check out the vid: Discovering Powerlifting Around the same time I… Read More »

Starting Strength and Gaining 80lbs in 9 Months

It is important to me that all of you know who you are listening to and where he is coming from. As such, beginning today, we’ll be embarking upon a journey that covers my entry into the sport of powerlifting. We’ll begin where I began, with the most important book I ever bought: Starting Strength.   I highly recommend watching instead of reading on this one: Background For me, weight… Read More »

Powerlifting Knee Sleeves

Knee Sleeves were created to provide the knee joint with moderate compression in order to keep them warm and “safe”. Knee sleeves are generally made out of neoprene. Regardless of your goals as a lifter, I highly recommend knee sleeves if you have the cash available. If you size them appropriately, they add nothing to your lifts, but they will keep your knees warm which will prevent tendonitis and other… Read More »

Powerlifting Belts

  At first glance, for a beginner, selecting the correct powerlifting belt can seem like an overwhelming task. Should the material be leather or velcro? Do you go with single-prong, double-prong, or lever? Do you go with a 10mm thick belt, a 13mm belt, or something else? Should it be 3” wide, 4” wide, or should it taper from small in the front to wide in the back? Does the… Read More »

High Bar vs. Low Bar Squats for Powerlifting

  I participate in several powerlifting forums and one of the ever-controversial topics that has come up quite a bit lately is high bar vs. low bar squats. Opinions range from “anything can work, just gotta find what works for you, brah” (the powerlifting broscientist) to “low bar is universally better for every single application, ever” (the powerlifting fascist). I tend to be somewhere in the middle, but, despite the… Read More »

Recommendations for Powerlifting Wrist Wraps

Wrist wraps are a useful piece of equipment to own. While they aren’t going to add gobs of pounds to your total, they can make a useful difference on each and every lift. They’re allowed by most federations’ rules, so you may as well take advantage of them.   In terms of what you’re looking for in a wrist wrap, frankly, they’re all very similar. Whether you choose Inzer, Titan,… Read More »

Powerlifting Deadlift Technique

Before we get started, I’d like to say that I drew heavily from the concepts I learned in Starting Strength to create this material. While Starting Strengthis not a book about powerlifting, it contains more than 300 pages of biomechanical analysis directly relevant to the powerlifts. If you grasp this knowledge, you will begin to develop your own ideas about optimal technique based on physics. I can’t recommend Starting Strength… Read More »

Deadlift Form: Sumo vs Conventional, Round Back vs Flat Back

I’ve mentioned this at the beginning of every article in this series and I’ll continue to do so here: I drew heavily from Starting Strength to create this material. If you enjoy biomechanical analysis, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Starting Strength. There is literally no other book in existence that spends 300+ pages analyzing the powerlifts in the context of physics and mechanics. If you… Read More »

Deadlift Setup Science

I have to make it abundantly clear that many of the biomechanical principles and physics applications in this article are derived from Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength. If you enjoy discussions on leverage and optimizing technique, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of the book.   Of the three powerlifts, the conventional version of the deadlift is by far the simplest both in terms of set-up and execution. Despite… Read More »