In the year 2000, I purchased my first piece of fitness equipment (a Powertec power rack with a bench). Along the way, I kept making small purchases, and fourteen years later, voila. I recently moved into a new house in Phoenix, AZ. Here is the new and improved garage gym. It has all the big things I like in terms of equipment, and also all the little things that make the gym awesome (bathroom, mirrors, rubber mats, mini-fridge, heater, AC unit, HDTV, stereo, etc.).
Here’s a quick video that shows a panarama of the gym:
Here is a more thorough video of the place where I explain all the various training tools and pieces of equipment:
The importance of strength
If you are a strength coach, I’m guessing that you probably spend a lot of time on building programs designed to increase your athletes’ strength. Call it an educated guess.
Or, if you’re a personal trainer, I am guessing that you might want to help your clients gain strength so that they can lift a greater volume of heavier weights and improve their body composition. Again, I might be reaching here, but please stay with me.
And if you’re a physical therapist, you might be putting late-stage rehabilitation programs together that help your patients improve their full function after regaining pain-free range-of-motion. That sounds like increasing strength is a big part of the process.
Just a quick update with my training. I’ve been a PR machine lately. Funny how PRs make the day so much more enjoyable.
Yesterday I pulled 515 x 3, then followed it up with 535 x 3!
Several days ago, I front squatted 300 x 1, then 275 x 3. Then, I hip thrusted 635 x 2 and 585 x 4.
What’s really nice about this is that I’ve lost 8 lbs since my meet and I’m still setting PRs. My benching this week was good but military presses seemed to be affected slightly by the weight drop. At any rate, I think I could have pulled 545 x 3 with the deadlift had I not done the 515 x 3 first, and I think I have a 305 lb front squat in me. Can’t wait to hit 315 one day on those! I also think I have a 650 lb hip thrust in me. I’ll probably give this a whirl next week. My sumo and conventional pulling strength flipflops; right now I’m wondering if I’m better at conventional. A front squat, deadlift, and hip thrust PR in one week? I’ll take it!
Over the weekend, I was talking to a fellow personal trainer who wanted to know how I became known as the expert in glute training. I thought about this for a minute and realized something important. You see, although I’d conducted numerous EMG experiments and biomechanical analyses, my popularity didn’t really take off until I started regularly posting before-and-after pictures. While EMG experiments and biomechanical analyses are cool, they don’t seem to pack as much of a punch compared to testimonials and success pictures. I suppose it all goes hand in hand.
It’s not easy to reshape the glutes, and in my opinion, most programs fall far short of the mark in terms of eliciting the optimal glute shaping stimulus. I’ve made sure that the glute training programs that I write (along with my colleague Kellie Davis) deliver the goods. This is evidenced by the numerous clients and readership who have seen incredible results from these programs.