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How to Write a World-Class Conditioning Program in 15 Minutes or Less

Write Conditioning Programs in 15 min

When I was first getting into the field of strength and conditioning, I remember feeling overwhelmed any time I was asked to write out a training program for someone. I’d often spend hours writing out a single program, only to decide it wasn’t good enough and start over. From the very beginning, I was fortunate enough to be working with some very high-level athletes — and that meant a lot of responsibility.…Read More

Conditioning for Strength Athletes


The need for conditioning may be obvious when it comes to training soccer players or combat athletes, but what about strength and power athletes? Should individuals who want to build strength and/or muscle mass worry about conditioning, and, if so, what should they be doing? Does training slow really make you slow? I’ll give you the answers to these questions and more in today’s webcast on Conditioning for Strength Athletes…Read More

The Explosive Power Formula

vertical jump test of explosive power

Over the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of data in the field of strength and conditioning. We can now track and analyze more components of sports performance than ever before.…Read More

What does Louie Simmons know about Weightlifting?

What does Louie Simmons know about weightlifting?

Louie Simmons, the mastermind behind Westside Barbell, recently released an Olympic weightlifting e-book – the Olympic Weightlifting Strength Manual. Louie Simmons has always been controversial within the Olympic weightlifting community, and this particular book was no exception (see here, here, and here if you are interested). Today I’m going to try and answer the question: what does Louie Simmons know about Olympic weightlifting?…Read More

3 Things to STOP doing if you want better conditioning

3 things to stop doing to improve your conditioning

Whatever your motivation for wanting to improve your conditioning may be, you’ve likely scoured the internet and sites like 8WeeksOut to try to figure out exactly what you should be doing to get in better shape. And I’m sure that you’ve found a mountain of information. On this site alone you can find a ton of articles – 5 ways to improve your conditioning, 3 tips to stop gassing out, 3 new conditioning rules, 8 principles that will transform your conditioning, etc.…Read More

5 Tips to Increase your HRV

DJ Increasing HRV

Fitness technology can be incredibly powerful and deliver better results, or it can be a complete waste of time and money. The difference lies in understanding how to make it work for you. To get the most out of heart rate variability, the single most valuable fitness tech out there, follow these five simple and effective tips and watch your fitness transform from the inside out…Read More

Offseason Football Nutrition Part 2

Football workout nutrition

One of the most popular topics in the sports nutrition world is nutrient timing. Specifically, people want to know how should they should be eating before and after their workouts to maximize their results in the gym. This is a topic that is chock-full of both real science and pseudo “locker room science.”…Read More

Top 3 Offseason Football Nutrition Principles

football nutrition

The game of American football is incredibly well established and carries a systematic approach from once you’re a prospect in high school right up to the NFL. There are ideal run times, height and weight measures, limb lengths, strength minimums, game statistics and everything else you can think of. Coaches and scouts have football down to an absolute science, but with one glaring downfall.…Read More

Strength Hacking with HRV: Part 2


Last week I told you that the single biggest reason people hit strength plateaus, overtrain and fail to reach their true strength potential isn’t because because of reasons everyone thinks, but rather because they fail to maintain the right balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic overload is the great strength killer.…Read More

Strength Hacking with HRV

Jim Laird

Training has changed dramatically over the years. In the 6th-century BC, Milo of Croton would carry a calf on his shoulders every day until it became a full-sized bull. Unknowingly, Milo was in the process of discovering the principle of progressive overload. Simply put, the calf got bigger over time and Milo had to respond. As a result of his labor, Milo’s muscles adapted to the workload by getting bigger and stronger.…Read More

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