Blog: The Lecture Hall

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4 Strategies for Busting Your Bench Plateau

As a competitive powerlifter, I’ve always struggled with the bench press. Once I started taking my training seriously, my deadlift and squat skyrocketed from the 500 to over 800 fairly quickly (“quickly” in this case meaning about 3 years), but my bench has floundered in the low-400 range. That’s...

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Program Review: High Evolutionary

Recently, I had the privilege to take a sneak peak at John Meadows’s new program, High Evolutionary. The program is out now on John’s site, so it’s not exactly an exclusive look, but I wanted to offer my thoughts on the plan. First, here’s John’s own description: This program is not a push,...

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Reasons to NOT Wear a Belt

Thanks for visiting phdeadlift.com. As a token of my appreciation for your support, you can click here to take 33% off my flagship course, Unf*ck Your Program — the only resource you'll find that will teach you how to train yourself for maximum strength and happiness. The most common fear (or...

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Stuff I Love

Today I’d like to share some of my favorite powerlifting gear. Now, I know what you’re thinking — that this is just going to be a big list of products I’m advertising in exchange for kickbacks. Wrong. The truth is, I hate modern marketing, and think it is a serious societal problem that often...

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FLASH SALE

Hey guys, you might remember my promotion last year about MASS – the academic digest journal written by my friends Greg Nuckols, Eric Helms, and Mike Zourdos. The guys are celebrating their second anniversary today with their biggest sale ever. Because I know that UYP works even better when you...

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Unf*ck Your Cycle: The Basics

Hey Think Strong fam! If you’ve been following me on social media, you already know that I’m taking a hiatus from powerlifting to focus on earning my pro card in bodybuilding (or mayyyybe classic physique if I’m lucky). As part of that, I’m also trying to share a lot more information about...

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My Favorite Mobility Tools

Now, I’ve written before about how I think mobility is highly overrated for powerlifters. It’s important: if you’re immobile, then you’re at best going to underperform and at worst, going to get injuries. But in truth, the standards of mobility required to be successful in powerlifting are far,...

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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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