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(Getting coached on my squat by the legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan)

No one wants to get “no repped”in a meet or on a test; solid technique will solve that problem.

Isn’t there more to having good technique than that?

Why do coaches constantly stress technique anyhow?

First, let me clarify that, good coaches do and  lousy coaches don’t.

Good technique will definitely help you get stronger and help prevent injuries.

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • improved structural integrity
  • full range of motion is achieved
  • coordination is enhanced
  • speed increases
  • better mind/body connection
  • more effective use of available energy
  • body control/stability gets better

Excellent technique coupled with smart programming will help both the seasoned strength athlete and the novice lifter get better overall.

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”.





One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.

If you are a coach, or are aspiring to be one, pay close attention to this.
You have the power to make a real difference in real peoples lives on a daily basis for the better.
Politicians and judges do what they do far removed from the “real world” of our daily lives.
Coaches, on the other hand, are face to face with their athletes every day they train and some times more often than that.
They know what people are struggling with individually on their strength journey.
They know their weaknesses and their strengths.
The best coaches place the needs of the people they train above their own coaching ambitions. In fact, anyone who is ego-driven or selfish shouldn’t even be a coach.
As a coach, you also work with people who are often racially, culturally, or age-wise very different from each other. It is your job to cultivate a sense of unity and cohesiveness as people strive to achieve their goals.
No one should get “special” treatment! Do not ever show favoritism as a coach.
Does that mean you go easy on some people?
No way!
Everyone should be challenged to achieve excellence, no exceptions.
You must know when to push their limits and when to periodically cut back a little to deload.
Above all, you as the coach, must set the standard high and lead by example!
Politicians and judges will never achieve the positive changes in people, especially in mixed groups, that you will.
Now go crush it, coach!

Combining basic strength-building exercises is a good alternative for circuit training. We did one at our Iron Brotherhood Mens Weightlifting Club yesterday.

In case you are wondering, this has nothing to do with cats, but a lot to do with dogmas.

I just liked the catchy title!

So let’s briefly define dogma as quoted from

Dogma means the doctrine of belief in a religion or a political system.

The literal meaning of dogma in ancient Greek was something that seems true. These days, in English, dogma is more absolute. If you believe in a certain religion or philosophy, you believe in its dogma, or core assumptions. If you belong to a cult that believes that cupcake consumption is the only true path, then you follow the cupcake dogma. Dogma, once adopted, is accepted without question. Go eat cupcakes!”

This definition forgot to include strength and fitness systems, which are loaded with dogmas. Many people get almost psycho about “their” training system, which of course must be the best in the world because it’s the one they are using.

I heard a very wise statement by Richard Ficca at his Powerlifting seminar a few months ago, to the best of my recollection it was this, “A thousand Italian mothers will make sauce a thousand different ways, but they all use tomatoes.”

While I am not a competitive Powerlifter, I do incorporate Powerlifting into our training at my gym.

Some might ask, “I thought you had a CrossFit gym?”

My reply would be what Coach Glassman stressed when I was  at his seminar in Santa Cruz, CA years ago . Fitness should be broad, general, and inclusive.

Powerlifting has been a huge asset to our training!

A thousand different coaches might teach weight training a thousand different ways, but they all use weights.

Zach Even-Esh emphasizes not discriminating against any thing that will make you stronger. I fully agree!

Some people think that only one type of weight is superior to all the others.

Take your pick:

  • kettlebells
  • barbells
  • dumbbells
  • stones
  • kegs
  • bodyweight
  • isometrics
  • sleds
  • bands

This is just a few, of course, but you get the point.  Why not take advantage of the benefits of all of them? We do at my gym.

Resistance is resistance no matter what tools you train with.

So, starve your dogmas and get more out of your training!

This club will not have any membership fees, no strings attached.

We will be teaching guys the basics of Strongman, Powerlifting, Underground Strength, plus more.

Since our culture is severely lacking places where men can be men, without apology, this club has emerged.

We will also focus on a couple of common problems men run into.

  • Some guys neglect their health due to their careers, they provide well for their families at the expense of their physical well-being
  • Other guys are just the opposite, they abandon their families
  • Many young guys growing up have no positive masculine  role models or mentors

IRON BROTHERHOOD will bring these guys together to get strong, and be around like-minded men in a “no frills” manly environment. The “iron” can teach guys many things about life. The parallels between lifting weights and life are many.

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