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Powerlifting – A Sh*tty Analogy

Powerlifting – A Sh*tty Analogy

Most ‘regular’ people don’t really understand what powerlifting is like.  They don’t understand how powerlifting changes the way you view things, how it seeps into every aspect of your life, and how bad ass it is to throw around some heavy weight.  I want to help those that don’t lift weights understand what powerlifting is all about.  That is the…

The NEW 5×5 Workout

The NEW 5×5 Workout

Most lifters have heard of a 5×5 workout arrangement.  Two legendary strength coaches, Bill Starr and Mark Rippetoe, popularized this training method.  It is simple, easy, and often quite effective. 5×5 involves performing 5 sets of 5 reps on a given exercise (squats, bench, etc) as your main working sets for the day.  5 reps seems to be an ideal…

Introducing All About Program Design

Introducing All About Program Design

Workout programs can be confusing.  How often do I train each lift?  How intense should I go?  What percent of my 1RM do I use?  Should I do 5/3/1 or The Cube or The Shut-Up plan?  How many exercises do I need for each body part?  How does training change when your goals change?  What does the latest exercise science…

Tim in the News

Tim in the News

I wanted to share some recent features that may interest you. I recently wrote a guest post on psychology today discussing my thoughts on assessing and improving your physical wellbeing, available HERE. I was also on the podcast “Cut The S#!t Get Fit” with host Rafal Matuszewski, available HERE. Finally, there has been some debate recently about whether or not…

My Struggle with Fitness

My Struggle with Fitness

Sometimes I struggle with how I feel about my fitness level.  I started working out seriously when I was 14, did my first true powerlifting competition when I was 19 (22 years ago), and I have competed in about 50 meets over the last 2 decades.  I have now been retired from competitive lifting for 3 years. When I look…

Powerlifting for Women

Powerlifting for Women

I have met some amazing female powerlifters in my last two decades in the sport.  I am not just referring to phenomenal women lifters such as Jennifer Thompson or Sioux-z Hartwig Gary, I am talking about amazing people.  It takes a special kind of person, with a special kind of strength, to break the mold, cast aside old stereotypes, and…

Is Michael Phelps the Greatest of All Time?

Is  Michael Phelps  the Greatest of All Time?

The Olympics is in full swing with the first week typically dominated by swimming and gymnastics – two sports that America (my home country) seems to excel at.  Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time – his medal total alone would be very competitive if he were his own country, and as an individual, it is unprecedented. …