Like most people around this time, I am starting to think about beach season and how I am going to look in those extra medium t-shirts this year.  Yeah, I am allowed to be a little vain.  I mean, shit, I put in all those hours training in the gym all winter to get strong like bull I should be able shake what my mama gave me.  Right?

You better believe I will be rocking those extra medium t-shirts that just arrived from  It’s crazy how I wore extra large clothes all through high school when I weighed 135lbs soaking wet.  Now that I am pushing a lean, mean 195 my clothing size has shrank….well, except for my pants.  Powerlifting has given me the glutes the size of a certain Latin pop star.

Needless to say I had to go out last weekend to buy new jeans to fill my man booty from all the deadlifting I have been doing all winter.  Treat your glutes well and they well.  Just think, they are the largest muscle in your body.  Having large muscles increases your metabolism.  An increased metabolism means being less, how you say “fluffy”.  Not to mention having a 3x your bodyweight deadlift is pretty badass.

Question #1: How strong are you?

It is amazing how many guys I see around the gym doing the same thing day in and day out who definitely put in the hours but are not getting the results.  Not to mention the fact that the other night while I was setting up for box squats with one of my groups there were about 13 guys standing around in the weightroom doing nothing.  Literally.  There were cell phones, magazines and guys watching T.V.  It was like a scene from the Twilight Zone.

The good news is that my clients work their asses off and it shows.  They are all getting stronger across the board.  I have 60 year olds pulling more weight than the 20 somethings and the girls are rocking just as much if not more weight than the guys.  They all train properly and love it.  Not to mention that so far the average drop in bodyfat for the month of February is -.9% so far.  Get some!

Question #2: Are you getting strong(er)?

One of the shirts that I just bought from EliteFTS bears the word Strong(er) across the front.  If you train (I’m looking at you meatball with the cellphone sitting on the bench) and you are not getting stronger then get out of the way and make way for the strong.  Seriously.  And I will have one of the girls I train teach you how to deadlift.

Today’s workout from Eric Cressey’s Show and Go:

A1) Trapbar Deadlifts: 5×5 @ 380, 390, 395, 400, 405

A2) Ankle Mobility Drill

B1) Walking Dumbbell Lunges: 4×6/side @ 70, 70, 75, 75

B2) Chin Tucks

C1) Glute Ham Raises: 3×6

C2) Side Plank Leg Raises: 3×10/side

This is my second time following the Show and Go program and have got the best results of my life.  I am stronger, faster, move better, and am sexy as f$%&.  My max deadlift last August was a whopping 335lbs.  Just sayin’.

“Anyone can push to the limit.

Anyone can work hard.

Anyone can achieve.

Anyone can be strong.

But only a few have the Extraordinary Resolve (er) to be Strong(er).

These few know that the difference between good and great is only a few steps.


These are the few steps that only the best are willing to take.

Do you have the (er) to be the best?”

All in all, I think that my clients (as well as myself) spend less time “working out” and more time training which equates to less wasting time and more getting shit done.

It could be because your lazy or it could just be because your program sucks.  If I have to watch the lame shit guys do in my gym I am going squeeze the juice from a habañero pepper into my eyes.

Seriously, if you are looking for a program to make you look good nekkid, get you strong, and make you more attractive to the opposite sex try one of the programs I have listed below.  There are others but these are what I use with my clients and are my go to training programs.

Eric Cressey’s Show and Go Training System

Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1

Get strong(er) and get some!

Written by Steve