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4 Ways to Build Confidence for Powerlifting

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What if I told you that to become a better powerlifter, you should spend less time building muscle and take more time to build confidence? If you’ve been a powerlifter for any appreciable time, you’ve likely competed and fell short

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8 Lessons from My First 600 Pound Deadlift


A few weeks ago, I hit my first 600-pound deadlift. Although far from a world-class number, it’s a big milestone for me. It was my first triple-bodyweight pull and marked a long road of retooling my deadlift from awful to

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3 Intangibles You Need for Powerlifting Success


The sport of powerlifting serves as a nice little metaphor for life. You’re competing against others, but you’re really competing against yourself. You do a ton of work for a big payoff. And there are aches and pains, but it’s

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Powerlifting Meet Recap: Elite Total at 2015 Gate City Gauntlet

Last Saturday, I earned my first elite powerlifting total by totaling 1500 to win the 198 open amateur raw modern division (in knee sleeves) at the 2015 RPS Gate City Gauntlet in Nashua, New Hampshire. I went 9-for-9 and squatted

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Posted in Powerlifting, Training Log

Video: CSP Powerlifting at the RPS Power Challenge

Last weekend I had the honor and privilege of coaching nine amazing lifters at the RPS Power Challenge powerlifting meet in Everrett, Massachusetts. It was a well-run, well-judged meet (as is the norm for RPS meets) and everyone had a

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Posted in Cressey Sports Performance, Powerlifting

The 7 Most Dangerous Words You Can Say

I’m still riding the high of yesterday’s Optimizing the Big 3 seminar with Greg Robins and Miguel Aragoncillo. We had an enthusiastic group of lifters who came in willing to learn and ready to crush some heavy weight. We forced

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Maintaining an Environment

Today’s guest post comes from fellow Cressey Sports Performance coach Miguel Aragoncillo. I’ve had the honor of calling Miguel a friend, training partner and mentor since arriving at CSP and today’s post explains why an intense training environment is so

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