Archive for the ‘deadlift’ Category

Note: All testing is individualized working from each athlete’s training journal, in particular their last test scores**. If they have  hit the target number of reps on the last ten minute test, they progress to a 3RM test this time. when 3RM approach or exceed previous 1RM, then a new 1RM test is given.

general warm up (10 minutes)

Adex club front cleans x 30 reps

walking lunges x 100 feet

side shuffles x 200 feet

resistance band suitcase deadlifts x 20 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

deadlifts set up and light reps

test #4


No conditioning/accessory work this week

general warm up (10 minutes)

Adex club barbarian pull overs x 30 reps

traveling broad jumps x 100 feet

windshield wipers x 20 reps

isometric pull x max. effort x 1/1/1

specific warm up (5 minutes)

deadlifts set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

deadlifts x 7/7/7/7 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

Romanian deadlifts x 12 rep

dumbbell shrugs x 12 reps

general warm up (10 minutes)

rear bear crawls x 100 feet

kettlebell swings x 50 reps

Adex mace barbarian squats x 15 reps

Adex club inside mills x 15/15 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

deadlift set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

deadlifts x 4/4/4/4/4/4 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

Mississippi shrugs x 10 reps (each rep is held at the top for 10 seconds)

sandbag BTN good mornings x 20 reps

dumbbell calf raises x 20 reps



Life is unpredictable, at best, you never know what you might be facing that day when you get up in the morning. I believe that our training should build a well-rounded readiness for any situation.

If someone were to ask how we train at the Cave, for instance, “Do you do Powerlifting or Olympic Weightlifting?”, the answer is yes. It’s not one or the other.

Whether it’s CrossFit or Strongman or Underground Strength, or PowerX, the answer is yes, once again.

Do we prefer barbells, dumbbells,  kettlebells, sandbags, kegs, stones, logs, bands, chains, sleds, or bodyweight? The answer is still yes.

Bruce Lee said, “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”.





The heat index was 112 degrees today in southwest Florida, and nobody cared if there was no air conditioning. We were there to learn from the incredible Ed Coan. Most of the people who came were extremely strong already, but they knew the value of expert coaching, they knew they could get even stronger.

I was very humbled to learning alongside some very accomplished Powerlifters, like Billy “The Tank” Tutko,  at this event.

The cool thing was, no one came across as rude or arrogant today. I was the oldest one there and one the smallest. Everyone was supportive and encouraging.

I learned a lot there and added over ten pounds to my deadlift PR. It was a very productive day!

PRs were being broken all over then place as Coach Coan worked one-on-one with each person there. His vast experience and knowledge let him pinpoint problem areas rapidly and teach how to fix each one.

Coach Coan really focused on the mental side of lifting as well as getting your whole body as strong as possible.

This very cool training event was held in a place that many would think was very unusual for Powerlifting, a CrossFit gym. However, this is no ordinary Crossfit gym.

CrossFit Havoc is run by Jim Denofa, and his lovely wife, Natasha.  Jim was a Powerlifter before he started CrossFit and he is good at both.

The take-home points are

  • never stop learning
  • never put limits on what you can do
  • train with Ed Coan if you ever get the chance


For about 18 months we had Coach Dru Patrick running the first ever Powerlifting class at our gym. He changed how we approached training in a big way! I owe him a debt of gratitude.
Here are a few videos from that time