Deadlift More- TODAY!

30 years ago, Spandex was the preferred gym attire, Tony Little held the answer to a six pack and static stretching, from big leagues down to the bush leagues, was the promised messiah to performance enhancement and injury prevention. But, in the 1990s, the once-faithful static stretching choir started making heretical accusations questioning the deification…



 By Paul Leonard Recently, I was playing my recurring role of an unpaid Uber driver to drop my daughter off at a friend’s house. At a stoplight, I noticed her glued to her phone and when I inquired as to what was the object of her attention, she informed me she was looking at someone…


Picture < Words

As a kid, in a basketball game, as I was approaching the free-throw line to score two crucial points, a timeout was called and I remember a well-intentioned team member said to me, “Whatever you do, don’t miss.” At this point, I was jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo! I pictured missing the…


Julius Maddox’s World Record Bench Press

by: Josh Bryant At the end of August, Julius Maddox slapped the all-time world record bench press record to sleep; this past Saturday, he slapped it for sleeping with a world record 744-pound bench press, executed faster than the Tijuana Two Step. Everything is bigger in Texas, including bench presses, so no better place to…

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Training Mindset


Seven things I re-learned in 2019

by Paul Leonard 1. Everybody Wants Some, the title of this quintessential 80s rock song from Van Halen brings back pleasant memories of driving too fast and the movie Better Off Dead, a great snapshot of teenage angst. The song also contains the line…”Yeah that’s it, a little more to the right…”. David Lee Roth…

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Tactical Training

Unfortunately, there is no life coach at the gas station at 3 AM. You do not know who is waiting for you and what the rules will be when you meet him. In the words of the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the encounter will be “nasty, brutish, and short.” Your training should be in preparation…

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The Science of Training: Elbow Flexors

by Josh Bryant and Joe Giandonato A big, strong neck can save your ass from hitting the curb a la a sucker punch to the head at 3AM from the drunker-than-Cooter-Brown Waffle House Patron. But, well-developed “biceps” can stabilize heavy bench presses and earn you more right-swipes on Tinder. Gym bros and long-unemployed authors of defunct,…


The Science of Training: Triceps

by Josh Bryant and Joe Giandonato IFBB Pro Cory Mathews had the biggest back arms in prison, now from behind the pulpit. In “bro” bodybuilding circles, many claim, faster than Grant went through Richmond, to possess 20-inch arms. In reality, these inches are about as realistic as the skirt-chasing Lothario’s claims at the local mobile…

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Towel Pull-Ups—Building a Vice Like Grip

Kyle Pighini, Demoing Towel Pull-ups A tool sitting in your bathroom can be used for more than cleaning up after a night of sake bombs gone wrong which falls short of making it to the porcelain throne; for the more civilized, it’s used for drying off after a shower. This tool— the TOWEL— is one…