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Will Marijuana and Alcohol Hurt Your Progress?

I write a lot about how important it is to learn to relax if you want to maximize your recovery. You now the spiel by now: lifting is stressful, you can only handle so much stress (no matter where it comes from), so if you’re not purposefully making time to relax outside of the gym, then you’re...

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Need a Powerlifting Belt? Get This One

The New Pioneer Cut Powerlifting Belt Y’know, for one of the most popular powerlifting tools, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding belts. I get questions about them all the time: if, when, and how to wear one; what brand or style is best; even whether belts are cheating! The truth is, most of...

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Technique and Effort: What's Your Balance?

A Tale of Two Lifters Watch enough lifters starting out, and you’ll notice a pretty stark dichotomy. On the one hand, there’s the guy (or girl) who just has that fire. Every set and rep he does looks like an all-out gutbuster worthy of a Dan Green Instagram video. His effort is truly impressive…...

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Using the Offseason Program for Powerlifting

Earlier this week, there was a discussion on Reddit about programming — and whether it really makes a difference. Some people argued that really, any program works as long as you’re consistent about getting in the gym and working hard. And that’s partly true! But if you really buy into that...

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What INTENTsity Means

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot on social media about my philosophy towards training, which I’m calling INTENTsity: intensity with intent. It’s the approach I take not only towards training, but also towards life, and I think it’s a really valuable one. In this article, and the next few that...

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The "Secret" Behind Six-Week Programs

If you’ve enrolled in Unf*ck Your Program (including the new Offseason), you’ve certainly noticed that all of the individual plans are six weeks long, when most “cookie-cutter” programs are much longer. What’s the deal? Well, hopefully you know that the whole goal of UYP is to get away from...

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Old Man Strength

I first started lifting in high school, as part of wrestling practice, but I didn’t really get serious about it until college. I was an 18-year-old kid but had as much fire as anyone — and I was convinced that I had to push my body as hard as I possibly could, right now, because by the time I was...

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Strengthening the Squat

So far, the Unf*ck Your Program course and blog has focused only on the “big picture” of programming: how the many different variables that go into training relate to each other, and how you can use them to make continued to progress. Most of the movement-specific content I’ve shared is about...

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Supplements I Use, and Why

Look, supplements are a touchy subject. I get it: the supplement industry sells billions of dollars of these things every year, but there’s little industry regulation, so all those sales are driven by marketing. From a consumer’s perspective, that sucks, because marketing is designed to persuade...

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UYP: Stop Turning Your Squat into a Good Morning

Technique is tough. Yeah, I know the squat, bench press, and deadlift are “basics,” but the truth is, performing those lifts optimally can be really complicated! By optimal, I mean not only safe and effective, but also efficient. Someone who uses optimal technique will be able to lift more...

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