A Couple of Strength Routines: Part II

In Part I, I covered Ladders. The second part will cover the Hepburn Power routines. [caption id="attachment_818" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Doug Hepburn overhead pressing what appears to be 315 pounds..."][/caption] I first read about this routine on Matt Perryman's blog. Just so you know Doub Hepburn was the first individual to bench 500 pounds. According to Sean Katterle, he got his bench all the way up to 580 pounds. This was was in the 50's when there was no supportive gear and little to no drugs being used in North America. Very impressive stuff. This routine will again have you handling the same weight for multiple singles, this is known as the Hepburn A routine. Once this goes stale you move to the Hepburn B routine. You start with a weight…
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A Couple of Strength Routines: Part I

There are a crap load of strength routines out there. There are many that tend to hide in the shadows, not really gaining in popularity. Why is this? Maybe because they aren't sexy, or they're incredibly hard, or maybe some people would find them boring and monotonous. For me, and for many other individuals, getting stronger matters, and the way you achieve this strength doesn't matter... Just do something in the gym, crazy or not, and if it puts pounds on the bar people will use these routines. I'm going to present two routines that I have been using on a variety of lifts. Part I will cover Ladders. Part II will cover the Hepburn A and B routines. These routines aren't a pure program, it's a specific method to…
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Screening and Assessing… Why?

Many of my clients ask me what the reason is for my initial screen and assessment during our first training session together. In my opinion it's negligent for me not to screen and assess a client. This article will go over the reasons that anyone who is looking for a personal trainer should be screened and assessed. I've talked at length about the Functional Movement Screen in previous posts. I'm not here to promote the system although I have yet to find anything better. As Charlie Weingroff told me during his seminar, you should have some sort of objective movement baseline to compare your movement patterns to. You also should not be exercising in pain! Whether or not you use the FMS or not is moot. Just do something that…
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