101 “Silver Strength Bullets” to Build Strength & Burn Fat Fast

101 “Silver Strength Bullets” to Build Strength & Burn Fat Fast

“Silver Strength Bullets” are my weekly shortlist of quick, actionable bullets to get you stronger, leaner, and performing at a higher level. I send them to my private members-area via email every Friday morning. And over the past few months I’ve compiled a fistful of my best Silver Strength Bullets into one place (here!) and laid them out for you as neatly as possible. There are 101 — because my marketer friend, David, told me odd numbers are catchy. I don’t know if that’s true (I’m no marketer) but I did put a buttload (?) of time and effort into these — and they work very well — so I hope you enjoy them enough to plop a couple in your back pocket and save ’em for later. Listen. As you’ll see, I’m not trying to sell you anything. These are free, a gift from me to you, because what I want to do — all I want to do — is give you clear, practical, and effective strategies to help you achieve your goals (whatever they may be). Cool? Cool. Here’s your 101 Silver Strength Bullets. And, should you want it, HERE is a free copy of The Metabolic Blueprint — a comphrensive workout manual with 101 of my best metabolic strength workouts for faster fat loss. Enjoy! -J 101 Silver Strength Bullets! 1…There’s no such thing as “too much” rear delt work. You can literally train them every day (with varying volumes and intensities) and your shoulders will get stronger, healthier, and more defined. The Bent Over Rear Delt Raise is my go-to exercise for them. 2…Eating fat doesn’t make you fat. The main driver of fat loss is total calories in vs. calories out. I actually...
The MOST Common Deadlift Mistake Women Make (And How to Fix It)

The MOST Common Deadlift Mistake Women Make (And How to Fix It)

I chose this as the feature picture — not because she has good technique — but because she’s making the same deadlift mistake I outline in today’s video.  She’s actually making several mistakes (shoulders way too far back, hips too low, forgot to put on clothes before going to the gym, etc) but those are topics for a different day. Today we’re focusing on one mistake. A big one. Arguably the most common deadlifting mistake I see among women — even advanced — lifters. I’ll explain everything in the video so make sure you watch it from start to finish (don’t skip around or I promise you’ll miss a big piece of the puzzle) but this mistake, if not addressed, will dramatically increase your risk of lower back pain/injury and definitively keep you from hitting big personal records.  It’s a simple fix in theory but, practically, it’s harder to ‘stick.’ So pay attention. Listen closely. And watch the video the whole way through.  If you have any questions post ’em in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. The MOST Common Deadlift Mistake Women Make (And How to Fix It)  Have You Read The Deadlift Bible? (It’s Free)   Downloaded and read by nearly 10,000 lifters, The Deadlift Bible is my own creation complete with 4 instructional video tutorials and an entire manual outlining optimal deadlift technique, progressions, programming, and more.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE DEADLIFT BIBLE              ...
Deadlift Technique 101: Tackling the Most Common Mistake

Deadlift Technique 101: Tackling the Most Common Mistake

Deadlift Technique 101: Tackling the Most Common Mistake Is deadlifting 2x, 3x, or even 4x your body weight a long-term goal you’d like to hit within the next year? Are you ever nervous you’re going to hurt your back on the next rep? Do you feel like your deadlift technique is pretty solid but you could probably lift more with one or two small tweaks? Do you love deadlifting so much you spend all week thinking about how awesome your next deadlift workout is going to be? Not you? THIS workout might be worth a shot. If it does sound like you, pay attention and watch the short video below because I’m going to show you one of the most common deadlift mistakes most lifters don’t even realize they’re making. Spoiler Alert: it has NOTHING to do with your set-up or how you initiate the lift. Have You Read The Deadlift Bible? (It’s Free) Downloaded and read by nearly 10,000 lifters, The Deadlift Bible is my own creation complete with 4 instructional video tutorials and an entire manual outlining optimal deadlift technique, progressions, programming, and more. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE DEADLIFT BIBLE          ...
Bench Press Form: How to Keep Your Butt From Coming Off the Bench

Bench Press Form: How to Keep Your Butt From Coming Off the Bench

Bench Press Form How to Keep Your Butt From Coming Off the Bench If you’ve ever struggled to keep your glutes on the bench during the bench press, pay attention and watch the short video below because I’m going to show you exactly how to fix it. Your bench press form is going to stay exactly the same as it is right now. What I’m going to show you is a little-known “hack” to help you get tighter, more stable, and bench more weight without your glutes coming off the bench from a simple tweak in how you set-up for the lift.   [FREE] Join the 30-Day Powerlifting for Fat Loss Challenge to Blast Fat, Boost Strength, and Build Confidence CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE 30-DAY CHALLENGE MANUAL                ...
Bench Press: Why It’s Not Just For Dudes (And How You Can Get Better At It)

Bench Press: Why It’s Not Just For Dudes (And How You Can Get Better At It)

Today’s guest post comes from my good friend and fellow coach, Jennifer Vogelgesang Blake (JVB). One of the smartest, kindest, and strongest people I know, JVB wrote this phenomenal piece that coincides with launch of her new program, Unapologetically Powerful which is on sale at a low introductory price through this Friday. You can learn more about JVB’s Unapologetically Powerful program HERE. I’ve got a proposition for you: let’s make 2016 the Year of The Bench Press. That’s right, big squats and deadlifts have had their time in the sun (and rightly so, because hello, big plates and thick, shapely thighs and buns!) but now it’s time for them to share the spotlight with a lift that will help round out total-body strength and add even more aesthetically pleasing muscle. Upper-body strength is important and for many women, it’s lacking. We naturally have less muscle mass up top than men and I’ll agree with what trainer Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes says in a recent article for eliteFTS: “Women [lifters] are building three plate lower bodies and one plate upper bodies.” I think he’s got a point. Training our legs and glutes is really fun—the muscles are bigger so we can move bigger weights more easily on the quest for a booty so big it requires its own zip code. The other day at Movement Minneapolis, a brand-new gym member told me her primary goal was to get stronger, but that she also wanted to see what she called “coconut shoulders” in the mirror. I can’t help but chuckle at the visual, and feel encouraged that women, even new lifters, are more open to muscular...
Constructing the Ultimate Deadlift Workout: Your 3 Step Guide

Constructing the Ultimate Deadlift Workout: Your 3 Step Guide

I’m not going to waste your time or mine rehashing the benefits of deadlifting and why you should do it. If you’re reading this you already know the deadlift is arguably the single best exercise for building strength, power, and lean, hard muscle while burning a mountain of calories, decreasing body fat, and improving performance. If you want a complete (and free) guide to deadlifting technique, progressions, variations, and benefits go HERE. If you want to learn my 3-step system for constructing the ultimate deadlift workout pay close attention and don’t let your mind wander because this short article will show you exactly what to do. Who the Hell am I? My name is Jordan Syatt — nice to meet you — and I’m one of the few people in the world who can honestly say I’ve deadlifted 4x my body weight. You can watch me do it (530lbs at a body weight of 130lbs) HERE. I’m a small guy at 5’4″ and only 130lbs but I’ve never subscribed to the whole “bigger is stronger” mentality that impregnates the world of powerlifting. “Big Isn’t Strong. Strong is Strong.”   I’ve competed in the 132lb weight class for the past 6-years and in that time frame built my deadlift from a max of 250lbs to 535lbs. In March of 2012 I hit my first ever 3x body weight deadlift (405lbs at a body weight of 132lbs) and now I use that same weight for speed work.  I tell you all of this not to impress you but to impress upon you that I’m not some half-baked keyboard jockey sitting in a bean bag chair in my mom’s basement making shit up to...
Female Powerlifters: 5 Reasons Every Woman Should Try Powerlifting

Female Powerlifters: 5 Reasons Every Woman Should Try Powerlifting

To celebrate the launch of the free 30-Day Powerlifting for Fat Loss Challenge, I’m excited to share today’s guest post written by my friend, client, and badass female powerlifter, Emily. We started working together just over 7-months ago and in that time frame Emily has completely transformed her body, strength, and mind. In her article, Emily offers phenomenal insight into the world of powerlifting, female powerlifters, and why every woman should try powerlifting at some point in their life. Enjoy! -J If you told me a few years ago that I would be competing in a powerlifting competition, I would have laughed in your face.  I was an avid weightlifter and I loved feeling strong and setting new personal records in the gym, but the concept of prioritizing strength gains in my training would have seemed like too much of a sacrifice. I just wanted to look good, be healthy, and feel like a badass on occasion… surely my well-rounded training plan was ideal for accomplishing these goals, right? I mean, sure.  It worked fine.  Here I am back in 2011. I was doing a lot of spinning, road biking and upper body strength training at the time and I was perfectly happy with (and even proud of) the way I looked. At some point, though, I got tired of going to the gym day after day just for the sake of maintaining my physique.  Shouldn’t all the hard work I was putting in amount to something more? I thought so. I needed a way to channel my passion. Enter: powerlifting! I had been starting to see that a lot of physique-focused and recreational...
Training to Muscle Failure: 5 Hacks for Serious Lifters

Training to Muscle Failure: 5 Hacks for Serious Lifters

Think back to the first time you ever lifted weights. What did you do? You probably walked up to a dumbbell rack, picked up the heaviest weight you could hold, and performed some exercise movement–heck, any exercise movement–to the best of your ability. Rep after rep after rep. And you did so until you could no longer move the weight. Then you rested—probably until you felt fresh again—and repeated. Sometimes, a little naivety and simplicity is a good thing. But that simplicity is also why so many people are frustrated by what they do in the gym. Beyond the exercises you perform and the frequency with which you train, most people don’t know how hard to push on any given set. They don’t know how to build muscle. And they don’t know how to build strength. What they do know how to do is just perform exercises. It’s the reason why “training to muscle failure” is one of the most highly debated topics in the fitness industry and, truth be told, it’s extremely misunderstood. I’ve spent enough time studying the topic to know that there’s no simple answer. Some people swear that taking every set to failure is the secret to success while others insist it’s a recipe for guaranteed injury and “overtraining.” Is training to muscle failure good or bad? Right or wrong? Will it help you achieve your goals or will it devastate your body and ruin your chances for success? The answer – as most things in life – depends entirely on the individual as well as their needs, goals, and preferences. Unfortunately, though, saying “it depends”...
Proper Squat Form for a Safe, Strong, and Perfect Squat

Proper Squat Form for a Safe, Strong, and Perfect Squat

In This Proper Squat Form Tutorial You’ll Learn… The best foot width for heavy and pain free squats How to create more surface area for your feet, balance more efficiently, and transfer force more effectively If letting your knees pass your toes is a dangerous or smart strategy If sending your hips back or sitting straight down is optimal for elite squat performance The best bar position (high or low?) for your body type Proper Squat Form for a Safe, Strong, and Perfect Squat I hope you enjoyed this squat tutorial and that it’s helped you better understand proper squat form in a way that’s simple, straightforward, and allows you to squat a metric shit ton of weight. Increase Your Deadlift by 30lbs in 30 Days with the FREE Deadlift Bible Downloaded and read by thousands of lifters, The Deadlift Bible is my own creation complete with 4 instructional video tutorials and an entire manual outlining optimal deadlift technique, progressions, programming, and more. Plug in your info below and I’ll send your free copy directly to your e-mail in less than 60-seconds. Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal. -J World Record Strength! Sign Up & I’ll Send Your 4 FREE World Record Strength Training Manuals Directly to Your Inbox Name: Email: We respect your email privacy...
2 Shortsighted Lifting Mistakes Keeping You from Getting Strong

2 Shortsighted Lifting Mistakes Keeping You from Getting Strong

When you first start strength training getting stronger is quick, easy, and simple. But as you continue to gain strength and become an advanced lifter things get a little bit trickier. Attention to detail becomes increasingly important and understanding nuances in programming strategies, exercise selection, training philosophies, etc is essential for your long-term success. To that end, in today’s article I’ve outlined 2 shortsighted lifting mistakes that will hinder your progress and keep you from getting to the next level. Keep in mind, I made both of these lifting mistakes for years on my journey to becoming an Elite level powerlifter. Fortunately, I finally saw the error in my ways and made the necessary changes which allowed my clients and me to get exceptional results. 1. You Do Too Many Warm-Up Sets Warm-up sets are meant to [hold for dramatic pause] warm you up before your heavy work sets. Crazy, I know. But the thing is, many lifters (especially intermediate to early advanced lifters) shoot themselves in the foot by warming up too much. And that’s not a typo. They warm-up too much. Here’s the Deal If you’re fatigued, tired, out of breath, or burned out before you even start your work sets then you’re excessively warming up. It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the most common mistakes I see among intermediate to early advanced lifters is taking too many warm-up sets as they progress towards their work sets. In theory, taking lot’s of warm-up sets sounds like a smart idea as it gives your mind and body a sufficient amount of time and stimulus to prepare for heavy lifting. But what many lifters fail to realize is that as...