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By July 6, 2013January 14th, 2014Random Thoughts

Hello my Fitness Friends! I have some good information to share with you today:

My Three Training Facilities:

Lately I feel pretty spoiled. I’ve been training at three different places.

Gene’s Badass Basement in Scottsdale

First, I have Gene’s kick ass basement, which is better than most gyms. Check out all the goodies we have:

Revolution Training Systems in Tempe

Second, I train a few times per week at Revolution Training Systems. In addition to having the strongest pound for pound lifters in Arizona, Revolution Training offers excellent classes as well. Below is a video of a bootcamp class, and my friend Keats Snideman is teaching a kettlebell conditioning class there as well.

Bret’s Bedroom in Phoenix

And third, I have my bedroom. I recently renovated it!


With this simple set up, here are all the things I can do:

Back squats, box squats, front squats, Bulgarian split squats, barbell reverse lunges

Deadlifts, sumo deads, RDLs, rack pulls, good mornings

Hip thrusts, barbell glute bridges

Bench press, incline press, close grip bench press, military press, weighted dips

Bent over rows, weighted chins, inverted rows, one arm lever rows, easy bar curls

In fact, my girlfriend Diana just did her first workout in quite some time. I had her do one set of squats (135 x 5), one set of deadlifts (135 x 5) and one set of barbell glute bridges (135 x 20). She’s in school now and doesn’t have much time to train so I’m going to see how she likes HIT training (one set of a handful of exercises twice per week). Gotta keep that booty!

Most Popular Article Yet: Training for Maximum Muscle Growth Explained

I was shocked – the article I wrote last week on hypertrophy surpassed my all-time most read article. This surprised me because it was a very scientific article. Often S&C people get turned off by these types of articles so I’m happy to see that this was so well-received!

Louie Talking Shop

If you have an hour to spare, listen to Louie ramble!

Hatfield Talkin’ Shop

If you have another hour to spare, listen to Fred ramble.

Click HERE for the podcast.


Fred Hatfield doing his thang

My High School Football Program was Ahead of its Time

I recently stumbled upon this on a friend’s Facebook page. Check it out – the head football coach from my alma mater put this together in the early 1990’s: Shadow Mountain

Pumped Glutes – 100 Barbell Glute Bridge Reps with Just the 45 lb Bar

In our Get Glutes program, we (Kellie Davis, Marianne Kane, and me) recently programmed max reps on the barbell glute bridge with just the barbell. A couple of members informed me that they’ve never experienced such pumped glutes in their lives. I think the highest number of reps achieved was 70. Anyone think they can get 100?

Is This Heaven?


Last Month’s Strength & Conditioning Research Review Service

Chris Beardsley and I have been scouring even more journals lately for our research review service. Last month, we downloaded a total of 370 articles from over 100 journals that we felt were worthy of reviewing. From there, we had to narrow it down to the 50 best, which is tough work. The end result though is the  most comprehensive and up-to-date science for our subscribers.

Top 20 Most Influential People in the Fitness Field

Several weeks back powerlifter/teacher/writer Tim Henriques created a list of the top twenty most influential fitness folks HERE. I was very proud to be included!

Congrats to Charles Staley on his 510 Deadlift at 198 lbs!

A couple of weeks ago my training partner Charles set a PR on the deadlift at 53 years old! And he’s lost 15 pounds in the past year too.

Charles pullin' 510 lbs!

Charles pullin’ 510 lbs!

Prospective Sports Science Students – Check out ETSU

Eastern Tennessee State University has an incredible staff and sports science program. Check it out HERE if you’re interested.

Sorinex Summer Strong

Two weekends ago I presented in S. Carolina for Sorinex Summer Strong VI and had a blast. I think it was my best presentation to date as I had tons of equipment to perform demonstrations and teach exercises, and the crowd asked excellent questions. I was very happy to meet Zach Even-Esh in person, I’ve been watching his videos for many years. Here’s Nick Tumminello, Zach, and me:

Nick Zach Bret

And here’s Joe Kenn, head strength coach of the Carolina Panthers, and me. Joe is a top-notch strength coach who I respect a lot.

Joe Kenn and Bret Contreras

Andrey Belyaev Beats Ed Coan’s Sumo Deadlift Record

Belyaev just broke Ed Coan’s 30-year deadlift record in the 198 lb weight class, pulling 862 pounds! Check out this motherfuckin’ form!

Here’s Ed’s legendary pull – check out this form too. Incredible!

Klokov Dimitry – Holy Hell! 

Kendrick Farris – Squat Jerking 473 lbs!

Two Excellent Hypertrophy Articles

HERE is one by Dr. Jacob Wilson on Overtraining/Overreaching in relation to hypertrophy.

And HERE is one on tempo by Dan Ogborn on Tempo in relation to hypertrophy.

That’s all fitness peeps! Have a great weekend.


  • Derrick Blanton says:

    Nasty pull, Charles! Outstanding!

    And was that footage from Andrey Belyaev’s “speed day”. That bar came up in 1.5 seconds. Wow! He has to be good for more yet.

  • George says:

    Yes that picture was heaven for sure.

    That Tempo Article was a good find I liked the read.

  • Gil says:

    Coan’s pull is with a power bar; Belyaev’s with a deadlift bar. Context, context…

    • Bret says:

      Great point Gil! I didn’t think of that.

      • Gil says:

        Coan also did his lift in a full power meet, after squatting well over 800 with a walkout (no monolift). Belyaev’s lift was in a deadlift only meet. Huge difference…!

        • Bret says:

          Two more great points Gil!

        • Mark Hollingsworth says:

          Gil, great point! Also, Belyaev’s bar seems to have much more flex than Eddies.. Personally for me pulling on an eleiko is much harder than say an Okie bar. Does anyone know what the weigh-in times for these meets where? Sorry but in my mind Mr. Coan will forever be the king!

  • Ryan says:

    Love this kind of random stuff. Louie is pretty amazing, first time hearing him speak.

  • Meysam says:

    Hey, Bret
    I’m a 100 sprinter PB 10.71
    with 2years experience in personal training.
    just studying MS in Sports Biomechanic and my area of interest is Strength and Conditioning, Sprinting Biomechanics, Strength Training Biomechanics.
    Which program do u recommend for Phd?
    Is there any good one in Canada?

  • JR says:

    Yes. It is Heaven.

  • Bret, Love your barbell bedroom suite! Very efficient use of a corner. Want to do something similar in my living room. Would like to know the model of your Powertec rack, your source for blast straps and what you use the double grip seated row attachment for (bottom right corner of the photo.). Many thanks for your top notch articles. LMS

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