The Role of Fear in Strength

Fear is a wonderful thing. In my mind to be completely fearless is the mark of sub-par intelligence and not something that I would ever actively seek out for myself or others. If you’re living a life without fear are you really living? There’s no denying that getting under a heavy squat or heavy bench is…

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Process vs Goal Orientation

When you step foot in a gym for the first time someone’s likely to ask you what your goals are. It’s a pretty straightforward question and a great way to establish which path in the labyrinth of physical training is best for you. Here’s where I think most people get hung up. You see to…

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3 Tips for a Consistently Strong Deadlift

For a large portion of the early part of my powerlifting career I hated deadlifts. I found all kinds of excuses as to why I sucked at them (short arms, long torso and a big gut to name a few). Ultimately it came down to the the realisation that I hated deadlifts because I sucked…

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Life Begins At The Door

Human movement is a universal language and an integral part of our evolution. Over millennia humans have evolved from nomadic hunter gatherers to live a largely sedentary lifestyle. The rise of technology has seen physical culture become a thing of the past and we’re paying the price. In the absence of physical work (and in…

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Finding a Coach

The age of the Instagram coach is well and truly here to stay. Every day another lifter is adding “DM for coaching/programming” to their profile and officially becoming a ‘coach’. For a long time I thought this was a terrible scourge on the fitness industry and something to be quashed as quickly as possible. I…

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Powerlifting Equipment 101: What’s all the fuss?

“When should I get a belt?” This question is definitely in my top 5 FAQs at Burley so I figured, in the interest of time management, I’d put all my thoughts and knowledge around powerlifting equipment into an epic blog series for y’all to read! My plan is to break down the what/why/when for each…

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5 Tips for Your First Powerlifting Meet

So you’ve decided to enter your first powerlifting meet! Firstly – Congratulations! You’ve taken a step that plenty of people talk about taking but few actually commit to the idea. Well done. You won’t regret it. Before we go any further into looking at some mistakes I’ve made and seen others make over the years…

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Does mobility even matter?

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m a reformed Supple Leopard. I’ve stopped drinking the Kool-Aid. I’ve taken off my black Nikes. Ok for the sake of your sanity, dear reader, let’s back track. A while ago (a few years) I discovered “mobility work”. I was convinced, thanks to a few very charismatic YouTube personalities,…

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Flipping the switch

When I first discovered powerlifting and training for pure strength I thought, having watched a lot of YouTube videos, that the best way to get fired up before a heavy attempt was to induce some sort of murderous rage inspired by stimulant heavy pre-workout, death metal, obscenities, ammonia and slaps to the face. I used to listen…

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Dynamos, Cruisers & Losers

Yesterday I was talking to one of my business partners about a guy name David Maister. I’d never heard of him before but was soon to discover that, despite the fact he’s a writer that specialises in professional services development and that he’s probably never lifted a weight in his life, he’s got some incredible…

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