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...
The Feet Elevated Bench Press is Way Better Than the Floor Press (Here’s Why)

The Feet Elevated Bench Press is Way Better Than the Floor Press (Here’s Why)

The floor press is overrated. There. I said it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a decent exercise and obviously has a time and place within a well designed program but most lifters (save for geared powerlifters and individuals with anterior shoulder pain) aren’t going to gain much from it. But What About All of the Floor Press Benefits? The floor press offers a variety of benefits including minimized leg drive and a major emphasis on improving raw upper body strength for the pecs, anterior deltoids, and triceps.  And while powerlifters have touted these benefits for years in its defense, the reality is these benefits are not exclusive to the floor press.  In fact, there’s another bench variation that encompasses all of the exact same benefits and probably has greater carryover to your bench press strength than the floor press. Enter: The Feet Elevated Bench Press Regularly utilized by bodybuilders and unfortunately mocked by powerlifters, I’ve become a huge fan of the feet elevated bench press and would argue that it’s more effective than the floor press. Why? Watch the short video below and I’ll let you in on a little secret…. Technique Points 1. Set up exactly as you would for a standard bench press but bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the bench right in front of your butt. 2. Lower the bar towards your chest and make sure to keep your shoulders down & away from your ears throughout the entire movement. Think about raising your chest to the bar to keep your shoulders in the safest position.  3. As soon as the bar touches your chest, press the bar back up at a slight backwards angle to the starting position.  Feet Elevated Bench Press...
4 of The Worst Deadlift Mistakes You Could Ever Make

4 of The Worst Deadlift Mistakes You Could Ever Make

Having pulled 4x my bodyweight (530lbs at BW of 132lbs) and coached numerous lifters to 2-3x bodyweight deadlifts, I like to think I know a little bit about deadlifting. And while deadlift articles are now unfortunately a dime a dozen, this is not your standard deadlift article. So rather than talk about why Deadlifting is awesome or tell you to maintain a neutral spine for 87,453rd time, I’m going to outline 4 deadlift mistakes you’ve probably never considered. Some of the most commonly overlooked deadlift mistakes I see made on a daily basis, each of the brief videos below will show you exactly what you’re doing wrong and, more importantly, precisely how to fix it. In no particular order of importance, here are 4 of The Worst Deadlift Mistakes You Could Ever Make.   Deadlift Mistake #1: Bouncing the Bar Off the Floor Remember, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Specific to the deadlift, every time the bar hits the floor, the floor is returning the exact same amount of force directly into the bar.  So if you aren’t letting the bar come to a complete stop in between reps and are initiating the lift from a bounce, you’re essentially lifting less weight off the floor and missing numerous benefits. Your Takeaway: If you want to reap all the benefits of a full range of motion (ROM) deadlift, let the bar come to a complete stop in between repetitions. Notably, if you find you’re weakest off the floor and lockout is relatively easy, you need to let the bar come to a complete stop because bouncing the bar is never going to help you get...
Jordan Syatt Interviewed on Evolutionary Health Radio

Jordan Syatt Interviewed on Evolutionary Health Radio

This was bar-none the absolute best interview I’ve ever done. Brad Dieter from Evolutionary Health hosted the interview and asked me some of the most insightful and thought provoking questions I’ve ever been asked. Click the link below to listen to the interview now!   —-> Jordan Syatt Interviewed on Evolutionary Health Radio <—-   Some of the major discussion points included Louie Simmons…and how he dealt with my “cute elbows.” My experience with Eric Cressey…and the similarities between CP vs. Westside My overall thoughts on nutrition…and how supplements aren’t so complicated The absolute WORST thing about the fitness industry…and how I deal with it Thoughts on giving advice to friends for free…and how to make it a win-win The biggest lessons I’ve learned the hard way…and how you can avoid making my mistakes What’s Next for Syatt Fitness…and YOU! Needless to say…Brad and I covered A LOT of material. If you decide to listen to any interview with me…make it this one. Unquestionably the best interview I’ve ever done, you’re bound to laugh, learn, and enjoy the discussion. Click the link below to listen to the interview now! —-> My Best Interview Yet! <—-   Enjoy and have a great day! Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal. -J Sign Up for Your FREE Syatt Fitness Newsletter! Name: Email: We respect your email privacy Powered by AWeber...
How to Succeed as a Powerlifter: An Interview with Jordan Syatt

How to Succeed as a Powerlifter: An Interview with Jordan Syatt

I was recently interviewed by my friend and colleague, Andrew Kirby, over at Strength Intellect and we spoke about all things Powerlifting. To get complete access to the interview, click right here! Topics discussed include How I Prepare for Competition Major Differences between Beginner vs. Intermediate/Advanced Program Design The Most Commonly Overlooked Mistakes Made in the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift My Experience Interning Under Louie Simmons The Importance of Dropping Your Ego to Achieve Your Ultimate Strength Potential My #1 Secret to Increasing Productivity And much more! Andrew hosted a fantastic interview and gave me the opportunity to answer some truly insightful questions. If getting as strong as humanly possible is on your to-do list you definitely don’t want to miss this discussion so for complete access click the link below. How to Succeed as a Powerlifter: An Interview with Jordan Syatt   Want more great info on strength training? I recently filmed a 45-minute seminar, The Beginners Guide to Strength Training, outlining everything you need to know to begin your own successful strength regimen. Sign up for my free newsletter below and get The Beginners Guide to Strength Training sent directly to your inbox! Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal. -J Place Your E-mail Below and Instantly Download Your FREE Seminar: The Beginners Guide to Strength Training! Name: Email: We respect your email privacy Powered by AWeber Email Marketing...
Eat to Perform Interview with Jordan Syatt

Eat to Perform Interview with Jordan Syatt

Hey there! Last night I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Paul Nobles of Eat to Perform and wanted to give you access to the video. The entire conversation lasted for just over an hour and we discussed a variety of topics including: The KEY to fat loss Why fasted cardio is a waste of time The reason I gave up Intermittent Fasting And much more! I hope you enjoy the video and, as always, if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below. Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal. -J Sign Up for Your FREE Syatt Fitness Newsletter! Name: Email: We respect your email privacy Powered by AWeber...
Westside Barbell Raw Lifting Q&A

Westside Barbell Raw Lifting Q&A

Westside Barbell Raw Lifting Q&A   1) Everything I have read so far by the well respected raw lifters I look to, has the same message. Full range lifts (Squat, Bench, Dead)must be included as well as using exersises that will build the bottom of each lift (pause squats, dead squats, deficit deadlift ect) which would be the sticking point for the raw guys as opposed to equipt. How would someone set up a raw westside template that would include full range lifts using the conjugate method? And how would these be rotated so that on max effort day, both the squat and deadlift get worked? O.K. so this type of question is very common among those trying to understand Westside’s methods and I want to preface by saying the answer is extraordinarily simple! Most people tend to over-complicate the process entirely too much. That being the case, before I start explaining just take a deep breath, relax, and read very closely. First: Westside already incorporates full range lifts into their programs. If you understand their methods then you know full well that they incorporate full (and sometimes even more than full) ROM lifts every single training day. Second: Westside, above all, advocates training your individual weaknesses! If you’re weak out of the hole, Westside recommends training movements that strengthen you out of the hole. Likewise, if you’re weak at lockout, Westside recommends training movements that strengthen your lockout. That being the case, ANY movement that benefits you can be incorporated into your program. ANY MOVEMENT!!! As long as it actually provides significant strength gains then it’s 100% valid. Third: The template can be set up any way...
Strength and Conditioning Q&A with Jordan Syatt

Strength and Conditioning Q&A with Jordan Syatt

Hi Jordan, Following on from our brief facebook conversation here are the questions I wanted to ask you. They are generally training based and also on your life experience/s, as I would love to gain insight into how you both progressed and continue to progress as a strength and conditioning consultant.    Q1- What caught your eye about powerlifting? Have you always done it as a sport?    Powerlifting, in no uncertain terms, saved my life. Stuck in a University setting that I loathed more than words can describe, Powerlifting gave me the outlet that I so desperately craved.    I loved that body composition wasn’t the main purpose of training. I was tired of only training to look good naked. It wore me out physically, mentally, and emotionally. Powerlifting changed my focus from training for looks to training for performance. This was a DRASTIC change in mindset and – oddly enough – helped to improve my physique while getting stronger than I ever imagined possible.   I also loved the unique aspects of the sport. For example, there’s no one to blame but yourself. You either hit a personal record (PR) or you don’t. It’s not the fault of your teammates, coaches, or anyone else…it’s all on you. Not that stagnation is bad or immoral either. Not making progress doesn’t make you a bad person…it just means that you didn’t do something (or several things) well enough to ensure that you succeeded. It’s all part of a learning process that – in my opinion – helps us to become more accountable.    It’s also unique in that the competition is truly...

Exercise Video of the Week: Assisted Dip Machine Tricep Extension

  In last weeks’ Exercise Video of the Week I discussed the relative importance and contribution of the triceps to Bench Press performance. I also provided a video outlining one of my favorite tricep accessory exercises, The Rolling Dumbbell Tricep Extension, and have since received an outstanding response. Keeping with the theme of tricep development, in this weeks’ Exercise Video of the Week I’ve provided a new exercise which I decided to name The Assisted Dip Machine Tricep Extension. I hope you enjoy the video and, as always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please leave them below. Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal. -J  ...

Exercise Video of the Week: Rolling Dumbbell Tricep Extension

  When Bench Pressing do you fail off the chest or just below lockout? If you answered just below lockout, keep reading because this post is specifically meant for you. If you answered off the chest, keep reading because this post will keep your Bench Press from stalling in the future. Of the three prime movers in the Bench Press (pec major, anterior deltoid, & triceps), the triceps are likely the most under appreciated muscle group. Despite showing significantly high EMG activity and greatly contributing to overall Bench Press performance, most trainees neglect to train their triceps effectively. Enough is enough. It’s time to start giving the triceps the attention they deserve. Over the next few weeks I’m going to provide video tutorials outlining several of my favorite exercises for tricep development. Keep in mind, when building the triceps for Bench Press performance the most important part is the area surrounding the elbow! Sure, the lateral head (i.e. the part that looks like a horseshoe) might look cooler/more aesthetically pleasing, but it has little to no impact on the Bench Press. As such, when training the triceps for a bigger Bench it’s necessary to focus on the medial head and area surrounding the elbow. In this Exercise Video of the Week I outline The Rolling Dumbbell Tricep Extension. I picked this move up during my time training at Westside Barbell and like it for numerous reasons, including: It absolutely destroys the area surrounding my elbows. It provides a decent stretch for the lats which is great considering many lifters are extremely tight in that region. You don’t need to use a lot of weight...