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3 Keys to Getting Jacked – Episode 323

In this episode I rock the mic for the first time in a while and catch you up on what’s been going on over the last couple months. Then we go in depth on three critical factors that must be optimized in your training in order to maximize your results. It all starts with execution. Very few people get this right. Next is ramping up properly. This is something almost everyone screws up. And it’s a huge part of an optimized workout. Finally, we get to effort. How much effort should you put into each rep?… continue reading.

How to Get Jacked – Episode 314

In this Q&A episode I cover exactly what you need to know in order to get jacked. Everything from frequency to volume to sets, reps, intensity and more.  Of course, I think everyone should train like an athlete and in a way that leaves you “always ready.” So I cover what you need to do to ensure that you stay explosive and athletic as you get older. Scroll down for show notes: Click here to subscribe via iTunes… continue reading.

Maximize Your Body and Life with Bobby Maximus – Episode 313

A lot of people say they don’t want to be average but it’s a rare breed of man that lives their life like it’s their mission to destroy mediocrity. Bobby Maximus, my guest in this episode of Renegade Radio, is one of the few. He’s a former police officer and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He has competed in the UFC, won submission of the night at Ultimate Fight Night 5, starred on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter Series, and was the Ring of Fire light-heavyweight champion. He has also served as General Manager at Gym Jones, an elite… continue reading.

The WORST “Over 40” Training Advice

Every day, wherever I look l see terrible training advice being spewed. Especially when it comes to training advice for those over 40. Often times it’s by inexperienced “fitness influencers” who have very little real world experience with real world clients. But sometimes it’s hard to know, right? Well, here’s something hard to believe… Almost EVERYTHING you have been told or taught to believe about proper training is incorrect. That, my friend, is the sad truth. And here are some more hard truths about training: High volume is not the key… continue reading.

A Journey of Self-Discovery with Former UFC Fighter, Kyle Kingsbury – Episode 270

How well do you know yourself and your true identity? Better yet, what can you do to learn more about yourself and find an identity that will bring you more peace, happiness and fulfillment? For Kyle Kingsbury these answers were found in some not so common and perhaps surprising places. A now retired professional MMA fighter, Kyle spent a good portion of his life being angry. This anger served him well when he made his living trying to hurt other men but not so much once he stepped out of the octagon. Realizing that being happy, content and satisfied with… continue reading.

Improved Performance, Effective Training, and The Art of Sports Science with Dr. Fergus Connolly – Episode 215

Whether you’re a player striving to elevate your game, a coach looking to lead your athletes to victory, or a weekend warrior with the desire to win, everyone wants to improve their performance. If you want the slight edge to help you rise above the competition look no further than the new #RenegadeRadioPodcast with Dr. Fergus Connolly. Dr. Connolly is the University of Michigan Football Performance & Operations Director. He previously worked as a performance expert with several NFL teams and Major League Soccer clubs. In his new book, “Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science,” Dr. Connolly tackles the… continue reading.

Unleash Your True Strength with Elliot Hulse – Episode 192

Elliott Hulse wants to help you get strong in every way. In this episode of the Renegade Radio Podcast, you’ll learn how to be physically strong and mentally tough. You’ll discover how to break the shackles that hold you back so that you can finally achieve your goals and live the life you want. Elliot will help you unlock the secrets that will make you a KING. Within a span of ten years, Elliot has evolved from a struggling personal trainer to a YouTube superstar with over one million subscribers.  In this episode, we discuss how Elliott discovered strength training and… continue reading.

Bruce Lee: Strength Training and Martial Arts

As a kid, I was obsessed with Bruce Lee because of his martial arts skills. Later, it was because he’s arguably one of the most important figures in the world of physical culture. As an adult, I’ve come to appreciate Bruce Lee, the philosopher, even more. I even read quotes from him nearly every day. My guest on today’s podcast is Charles Russo, who wrote an outstanding new book about Bruce called Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and The Dawn of Martial Arts in America. Charles is full of incredible, little-known stories about Bruce that he shares with us today. Topics include:… continue reading.

Lift More Weight with This 5 Minute Trick

Before you start lifting heavy weights there are a few things you need to do. I like a pre-workout cup of coffee and if it’s early in the morning, a hot shower before. When you get to the gym you have to warm up. I often assume everyone knows that by now, but I’m reminded otherwise every time I’m in a public training facility. Raising your core temperature by doing 5-7 minutes of some light cardio can be a great idea. Then you hit your soft tissue work,… continue reading.

4 Gironda Muscle Building Laws

My company’s logo depicts a recreation of a picture of Arthur Saxon taken in 1906. That’s because I’ve been obsessed with “old school” strength training methods for over 23 years. Whether we’re talking music, sneakers or training I’m old school through and through. From Hackenshmidt to Paul Anderson to Mentzer to Kaz, they’ve all been a huge influence along the way in shaping the Renegade Method and how I design training programs today. Vince Gironda was another big influence who was light years ahead of his time. Like me, Vince was a renegade; a rebel who never… continue reading.

Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Snatch

A perfect snatch is a beautiful thing. It seems that more coaches prefer the clean when it comes to Olympic lift variations for power production. But I’ve always preferred the snatch and have been obsessed with it for as long as I can remember. Before I even started lifting weights, actually. Cleans are a great exercise but they are also significantly harder to teach/learn than snatches are. The other issue I have with cleans is that they can lead to wrist and elbow injuries. There are certain athletes, such as basketball players or baseball players, that I wouldn’t… continue reading.

Top 15 Posts of 2010

In case you missed them here’s a quick list of the most popular (along with some of my personal favorite) posts from 2010: Please leave a comment on as many of them as you like. I always read each and every comment you post and always appreciate the feedback. You Must Have the Wrong Guy- Unlike Bruce Banner, people seem to like me when I’m angry. I kicked 2010 off with this little rant that a lot of people seemed to enjoy. Simplify Your Program to Amplify Your Results– Too many people add too many ingredients and end… continue reading.

Are You Screwing Up Your Plyo, Speed and Agility Work?

Question: Coach, can you give me a quick overview of how you implement plyos, speed and agility work with your athletes? Answer: Ok, just so everyone is on the same page here, plyos consist of jumping, bounding and hopping exercises. These can be done off of one or two legs. Some of the simplest and most effective plyos are vertical jumps for height, box jumps, hurdle jumps, and broad jumps. Speed work consists of short… continue reading.

What’s the ONLY Way to Get Faster?

By Patrick Beith & Latif Thomas On a daily basis I receive emails from newsletter subscribers asking variations of the very same question: What is ‘step over drive down?’ How do you ‘step over drive down?’ What does ‘step over drive down’ actually do? I think you understand what I mean. And this is a great question that clearly needs some further explanation. The only way to get faster is to learn to apply more force to the ground. Simple Physics state that every action has an equalAnd opposite reaction. So it stands to reason… continue reading.