In order for these two tips to work, you’ll have to practice. In the beginning, some of the time, you’ll feel as though there might be too much to think about, however with time, you will become better and better, making your bench press, squat and deadlift that much more powerful!
Why Does She Look And Lift Better Than Me?
It’s funny how we all do the same thing in the gym. And how a small population of very skilled lifters do not.
Sure, when you look at them you think, yep…we’re doing the same thing and as you watch he or she you can’t help but notice there is more weight on their bar and they are moving with more grace and smoothness.
And so you tell yourself, I’ll be at that weight soon and I’ll look that good when lifting, however an injury happens and then you have to start all over again.
Does this sound familiar?
Or, you might even stave off of the injury bug for a while but you cannot seem to progress. You get stuck at a certain weight and you cannot seem to find a way to get passed this plateau.
Don’t worry, if this has been a part of your strength training, it will soon be forgotten!
Why Didn’t I Think Of This Before?
It’s funny how vision is sometimes so linear and even though the obvious stares you right in the face, you cannot see it until someone helps you to.
This is the story of my life in strength training. When I was younger I just followed people whom I thought looked like they knew what they were doing.
Think about it! You have a barbell in your hand and you want to move it (Bench Press). So you assemble enough energy to do so.
And where will this energy want to be projected to? In other words, at what body part will that energy go right into the barbell?
Of course, your hands! It seems so obvious yet in my younger years I never would have thought to clue in to that.
Before I get to the lifting secrets, I wanted to introduce a certain breed of coach.
What Does “World Level” Mean?
All I ever wanted, after I knew I couldn’t be a professional athlete, was to be one of the top trainers in the world.
And I wanted it badly!
Thankfully, fairly early into my career I had the chance to work with (what one of my Mentors calls) “World Level Coaches”.
These are the smartest individuals in the field of strength and science combined. Not all are as famous as you might think and each one has over a million dollars worth of gold inside their head.
Just imagine someone teaching you a basic formula, or let’s even just call it a template, for strength training and if you follow this you’ll have a great reduction in injury, explosive speed and power and the body of your dreams (the latter happening if you eat very well).
Would you want to meet the people who can give you that knowledge?
StrongFirst: Pavel Tsatsouline & Dr. Michael Hartle
I had the opportunity to go to Salt Lake City Utah to participate in one of the StrongFirst Barbell Courses.
Thinking it would be a good course, I had no idea that Pavel and Dr. Hartle had built a course that did 3 things other courses do not do:
1) The program focused on 7 key lifts, rather than many aspects of fitness or training condensed into one quick weekend.
2) Provided world level coaching
3) Hands on practical in the trenches training, with step-by-step progression to fully grasp the skills required to master the barbell and the 7 key lifts covered.
Those 3 components make this one of the strongest courses I have seen to date.
Pavel was kind enough to allow me to take photos and shoot video. Coaching the course in Salt Lake City was the Barbell certification co-founder Dr. Michael Hartle, and within that weekend, even though time was tight, we had the chance to shoot two quick videos.
Earlier I had mentioned you were going to learn two key secrets to improving your bench press. Well, wait no more!
Here is the first video we shot.
Enjoy it, practice what you learn and of course…
Oh…and leave a comment below if you want any questions answered or just to help spread the word about our mission.
To help everyone get world level coaching!