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May 2016
Okay, Picking up where we left off, which was the conclusion of squats and now we’re heading into bench press. For me, bench press really didn’t seem like anything too special. Although, my opener and my second attempt were both meet pr’s, I just didn’t feel too amped up around this time. The meet and...
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Picking up on where we left off last time, which was me trying to find some last minute assistance with wrapping my knees. It was at this time that I was doing my warm up sets on squats, and I was trying to get at least one or two sets in with wraps before my...
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Since the last time I wrote in here, I have an interesting training cycle for USS Nationals.  After my first attempt deadlift during the King Of Spring powerlifting meet on April 30, my wrist became swollen and pretty painful.  After two weeks of little to no improvement, I had some imaging done that revealed a...
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Starting a journey in fitness has the potential to be very confusing and difficult. There are many things to consider, ranging from the correct facility to train at to the proper shoes to wear on training day. I’d like to look at two options that will potentially help make your fitness journey less confusing: hiring...
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Right now, I’m reading a book called “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, I’m only about a quarter of the way in, but so far I’m really enjoying the perspective he gives. I enjoy “self-help” books and particularly ones that are a bit more religious but I go in waves of the type of books...
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Michael Waltermeyer is not new to powerlifting. He has previous experience but has been out of the game for over a year prior to this meet. Michael attempts to balance a crazy schedule as he is in school to be a nurse anesthetist. He busted his tail to make training sessions and pushed himself, during the...
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From time to time I’ll think back to when I first started training. Pretty much my entire youth, especially when I hit puberty and grew in height far faster than I did in width, people would make comments about how skinny I was. Like many teenagers awkwardly moving throughout their pubescence, I was trying to...
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I go out of town to visit family in Alabama often and over time I’ve had to learn how to adapt to training in other gyms. I am spoiled at NBS and when it comes to the equipment and training atmosphere, I have yet to train in a gym that compares. So, when I go...
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Hannah has been a client of mine for 2 meet cycles prior to this one (almost a year). She too is in school and has the challenge of making it all work and come together on meet day. This meet was a bit of a surprise for us both as we originally were just going...
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College is a time of experiences, and these experiences will shape you as an individual. For athletes, I think this is doubly true. Not only are you experiencing living on your own, meeting new people, etc., but you’re also influenced by the values, lessons, and demands of being a competitive athlete at the same time....
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  Over the past six months or so, I have heard the following cues be subject for criticism: “Break at the hips first” “Break at the knees first” “Sit back” “Knees out” “Pull the bar to your chest” “Shoulders down and back” “Activate your lats” Criticisms have ranged from “I think there is a better...
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When I was getting ready for my week long vacation I pretty much decided I wasn’t going to worry about my diet or training while I was gone. I was okay with it and felt no guilt because I had been training consistently without any significant amount of time off in over a year. It...
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This past weekend was the second time that I have been privileged to attend BBQ fest.  The first time was when I was in high school and had no idea that I couldn’t just try all of the food I could find.  This time was much more enjoyable, but I did notice some interesting things about...
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The best thing about metal music is that there are million sub genres to fit all the different tastes. In today’s metal song of the week we get a little taste of Swiss Folk Metal from the band Eluveitie. The band has 8 current members that play everything from guitar and drums to bagpipes, violins,...
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I was talking with a member today who was curious about competing in powerlifting for the first time and what some solid numbers for him to put up would be. The conversation contained some good tidbits that I think many of you may find helpful and/or humorous. -There are standards that exist in all areas...
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Marc came to me very close to competition time asking for programming. Although this is not the most ideal scenario we still made it work. He has an athletic background as a competitive hockey player which aided him in self motivation and having a competitive mindset. We did not have much time to build strength...
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If there is anyone out there following along with my posts, then you know that I just recently competed in the RPS King of Spring meet here at NBS Fitness. What some of you may not have known is that I had two clients that were also competing in the competition, as well as my...
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Dealing With Disappointment On April 30th I took to the platform to put my hard work on display for everyone at the King of The Spring Meet at NBS Fitness.  This was my second powerlifting meet and I was nervous as this was the first competition that my family would be able to see me...
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Christian hired me to work with him on nutrition to cut down to the 181 class for the XPC at the Arnold. When Christian first came to me, he was weight between 195 and 200. He was eating around 5-6 meals a days with protein around 50g per meal, fats around 15-20 grams per meal,...
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Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the bottom or plantar surface of the foot in which primarily the plantar fascia, a supportive structure in proper foot biomechanics, is irritated and stressed to the point that it becomes painful. In many cases, the pain can be severe enough to alter or even disallow walking.  ...
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Kenzie Stewart had a fantastic day, she accomplished something very few can, an elite total at her very first competition. An elite total is a pre determined amount of weight combined between your squat, bench, and deadlift for each weight class. It is a milestone in powerlifting to show your strength levels at your respected weight class. She...
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At NBS we love our members, we wouldn’t be who we are without them. One thing we do each month to show our appreciation is choose a member that stands out to us and acknowledge them for their accomplishments and hard work. Stephanie Moe is a fairly new member but you’d think she has been here...
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So two weeks ago NBS Fitness hosted our first federated meet under Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) federation in our brand new facility (right behind the old one). I had the privilege of programming four lifters in preparation for this meet. NBS Fitness members; Kenzie Stewart, Michael Waltermeyer, Marc Piantedos, and remote client Hannah Hayes. Everyone had a...
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Nothing says anger and aggression like thrash metal and Metallica are the kings of the trash genre. Nothing requires anger and aggression quite like powerlifting. Perfect Combo!!!!! The speedy guitar riffs and violent vocals pair quite nicely with a shot of nose torque to the dome. Enjoy!  
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Taking a week off from training and coming back to a new program has caused me some serious soreness this week. Some people think they should take off from exercise when they are extremely sore but that only makes it worse! The only reason I’m able to walk is because I’ve forced myself to move...
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The last couple weeks have been a wild ride to say the least. Within a 4 day period we somehow managed to host a 60 person powerlifting meet with around 150 spectators and move an entire facility worth of equipment, office materials, random artifacts, and a plethora of junk across a parking lot while setting...
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I am writing this article in an attempt to help anyone out that may not be at the time paying a professional to write out a structured program for them to follow.  Since being at NBS and working under the wing of our owner David Allen, I have learned a couple of things about programming...
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In December, we launched the inaugural training cycle for the NBS Womens Powerlifting team.  I had decided that I would run the programming along side my teammates, but was fairly certain I would have to pop off at some point and get ready for my hopeful strongman schedule. Why I thought I would actually do...
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Change is a good thing, and for those who have been following NBS Fitness, you know that there has been PLENTY of change going on. Recently, the gym hosted a big powerlifting competition along with the move into a new facility with new equipment. Things are moving at lightning speeds as we put the final details together to...
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Every career has rules that one follows. The rules may be set in place by procedures you have to follow to do your job properly or by a boss, who knows that certain guidelines gets the job done the most efficient. During my development as a strength coach and a personal trainer one rule always...
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Social media is a strange place.  Formerly, having a following in any profession required that you be excellent at what you do as well as strategic marketing.  However, the fitness industry and social media seem to be growing together, creating perhaps the easiest marriage of effort and outcome.  This article won’t jump into the morality...
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Sticking with the anti authority theme from last week, we have Do Not Obey by all That Remains making the list this week. If you’re one of the unlucky few who train in a commercial gym (because why would anyone choose to train at one) then you can use this song to fight back against...
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Taylor is Physical Therapist and strongman competitor who previously lived in Memphis and trained at NBS but moved to Oxford, MS. Taylor contacted me for online programming in October with the goal of getting stronger and preparing for the Mid South Smash strongman competition. Starting off, my main goal was to build Taylor’s base strength....
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Many of you may know when people arrive by their car, it is something people correlate friends with. Prior to getting balls deep in strength training and powerlifting I was a big car guy, my first degree is in Automotive Technologies. A deal was presented to my by my pops concerning a 2008 G37s that I...
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So we finally had our RPS, King of Spring powerlifting competition here at our new facility at NBS. For myself, I would say all in all it was a pretty good meet. I don’t think that everyone on the team would say the same, but I would without a doubt say that we all went out there...
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When one decides to make the plunge into the competitive world of strength sports there is a process which all lifters could care less for and that is the task of making weight. There are several approaches to weight cutting depending on the federation you are competing in. We are not going to focus on...
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Summer is coming up and it’s time to show off those beach bods. But what if you’re struggling to get the physique you want? These 5 reasons may be why: You don’t actually want it What a way to start an article right? But I think it’s important that we address the obvious elephant in the...
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