Watch Me Dump A 375-Pound Squat!

September 13, 2016

On Monday I was gearing up to do some heavy singles on squats, and something weird happened (see video below): I worked up to a 365 single which felt just like every other heavy low-bar squat I’ve ever done — maybe even better actually — so I loaded the bar to 275 with the idea of […]

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Acute Versus Chronic Training Mistakes

September 7, 2016

Today I’d like to discuss a couple of different training errors that don’t seem like errors because they don’t negatively impact the workout where they occur. In fact, you could make all 3 of these mistakes during the same workout, and you could still have a great session. Instead, the mistakes I’m about to mention […]

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The Eccentric Side Of Pulls — How Should You Lower The Barbell?

August 31, 2016

Although it’s only natural to focus mostly on how you actually lift the barbell during deadlifts, the way that you lower the bar has a significant impact on the benefits (and drawbacks) you experience from this excellent exercise. Unlike most other resistance-training movement, when it comes to the deadlift, you’ve got a few different options […]

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5 Great Truths That I Keep Coming Back To

August 21, 2016

One of the biggest challenges for people interested in continuous growth is the ability to temper open-mindedness with a healthy dose of skepticism. If you’re too open-minded, you end up falling for all sorts of ridiculous ideas; if you’re too skeptical, you close yourself off to new, potentially useful approaches. Over my 30-year career in […]

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When Good Workouts Go Bad: 5 Damage Control Tactics

August 16, 2016

I often remark that effective training is a lot like the game of golf — a sport where you’re only as good as your worst shot, not your best. Similarly, when it comes to successful resistance training for strength and/or body composition objectives, you’re only as good as your worst workouts. Look — we all […]

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3 Nuanced Progression Strategies

August 9, 2016

In the iron game, progressive overload is quite literally job one — without it, your efforts — though well intended — will be in vein. In fact, the whole point of manipulating various training parameters such as frequency, volume, and exercise selection (just to name a few) is to optimally facilitate progressive tension overload. Despite this, […]

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Become A Successful Fitness Writer TODAY — Here’s How

August 6, 2016

Over the course of my 25+ year career in the fitness industry, I’ve managed to become very successful and respected across the World. The success I’ve enjoyed isn’t due to the fact that I have an amazing physique (I don’t), or because I’m the smartest coach out there (I’m not) or because I have dozens of famous clients in my stable (I don’t). Rather, the […]

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How To Take Your Pull-ups From Meh To WOW!

August 3, 2016

So you can do pull-ups, and that’s a good thing. But depending on the day, you can only do between 3 and 5 reps, which isn’t all that great. You have a goal to be able to do a set of 10, but the question is, how are you going to get there? That’s the […]

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5 “First Principles” Of Effective Workouts

July 27, 2016

A lot of my blog posts here at Target Focus Fitness basically come down to me thinking out loud about how I might improve the results of my own training. As I get older, progress is harder and harder to come by, so I’m pretty much always thinking and rethinking my approach in an effort […]

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How I Grew To Love The Goblet Squat

July 17, 2016

When I first saw someone promoting the goblet squat as the next big thing, I instantly suspected that he was one of those corrective exercise Nazis disguising his evil craft in the form of a squat — a movement that most rational people will readily embrace. And, after watching about 3 reps of this odd-looking […]

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