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The Phantom and the Atom

A few nights ago when I was at a Maverick business event, one of the guest speakers was Sandra Joseph, who played Christine in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. As she told her story, she talked about as a child she went to see the play Annie. She felt this immense connection and […]

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To Press a Lot You Must Press a Lot

Fil states: “I’d love help in increasing my one arm dumbbell overhead press.” While more details certainly would have helped me give more directed information, I can still talk about this in a more general way. Pavel Tsatsouline popularized an old Russian saying: “To Press a Lot You Must Press a Lot” What this means […]

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Constitutional Types and Training

This is a largely unspoken principle, yet it affects every person in different ways. If we understand it, we can better put the principle into right action. We all know that we are individuals. What works well for one person doesn’t work well for another. Still, we’re all human, therefore there are certain commonalities. Bridging […]

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Which Oldtime Strongman are You?

The Mighty Atom Eugene Sandow George Hackenschmidt They’re all great oldtime strongmen…but you’ll notice they have different builds. Which one are you like? While everyone spouts that they have the best training system, is it true for you? The lack of understanding about constitutional types is one of the biggest problems with the training industry […]

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6 Strength Training Measuring Sticks

How do you match up? While you shouldn’t necessarily compare yourself to other people out there, it can be useful from time to time.These six measuring sticks can be helpful guidelines for how you might want to structure your training and what your weak points might be. Deadlift – Bodyweight X 2 Back Squat – […]

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You can’t learn it from a book

I love books. You may have seen some of the videos I’ve done in front of my book shelves. Here’s a photo in case you haven’t… Yes, I read a lot. I find it is a great way to gain information, plus I enjoy it. There is a problem with reading though. In many things, […]

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What to do about Failure?

Michael asks an important questions: Have been engrossed in Mental Muscle for several days (not finished) and am trying to set anchors. there is so much to remember!! Been listening to your tape on strength so my visualizations are of the three primary lifts in powerlifting. I have used visualization for used visualization for years, […]

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I blame Descartes

Based on the correspondence I get many people fall into three camps regarding hypnosis. 1) They think it’s BS 2) They think it’s a magical solution 3) They think it’s a useful tool Let’s discuss these in order. For those thinking all hypnosis is bunk, it’s often because they’ve seen a stage hypnosis show and […]

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Stoneland – Stone Lifting Documentary

If you’re interested in strength, this is well worth watching. Nothing is more ancient in the strength world then lifting stones. For all of time it happened anywhere were stones were, which is most places. Stoneland is a short documentary movie put together by the people at Rogue Fitness. Known for putting together quality strength […]

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Brian Shaw and Arthur Saxon Agree

In reading Ironmind magazine, I came across the following from Brian Shaw, in an article by Thomas Van Vleck. If you’re not familiar with Brian Shaw, he’s been dominating the World’s Strongest Man competition in recent years, with four wins. He’s also twice won the Arnold Strongman Classic. So, yeah, he might be worth listening […]

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