I have been following Paul Carter for almost 2 years now on Social Media. I have read his books Strength, Life, Legacy and Base Building, as well as worked through a couple of his programs myself. His website Lift Run Bang has some great articles, and if you haven't read them I would check them out. I have done his 18 week program out of Strength, Life, Legacy, a mass building program, and used his peaking cycles for meet preparation. I have seen great results with each of his programs and realized that I pretty much hit my goals by the end of each one. I invited Paul to come out my facility Evolution Fitness/Tucson Barbell Club for a 2 day workshop to break down some fundamentals in Powerlifting last month and here is a recap of the weekend. I picked Paul up from the airport, and to say the least he is one big MOFO. Wearing his Punisher Tank he pretty much had every head turned at Tucson International Airport. It was a great weekend, myself and my team learned a lot, and I think Paul was just happy to be safe and sound after witnessing my awesome driving skills.
I had to share this for those that have been "thinking" about doing the Tactical Strength Challenge. I try to tell people all the time this is about you and your goals. I feel bad for people that rob themselves of this event by thinking they can't do a pull up or they can't lift enought. That is not what this event is about here at Evolution Fitness. Rachel Tineo one of our dearest friends and loyal clients wrote this on her experience with the TSC. On a side note her first 3 TSC events she wasn't even close to hitting her first pullup.. Her 4th TSC she hit her first strict pullup ever... Perserverance, dedication, and commitment come together at the Tactical Strength Challenge...
Rachel's Journey to the Tactical Strength Challenge..
I have received numerous questions this week about passing the StrongFirst and RKC Snatch tests. There are numerous ways to get it done. It really depends on what your starting point is to decide the appropriate program. If you have never snatched a 24 kg kettlebell your program is going to look very different than the program I am about to lay out. This program is good for someone that is intermediate to advanced. This is good for someone that hasn’t passed the test yet but may be close or has passed it but barely and wants some more wiggle room. I strongly suggest that you can pass the test in under 4 minutes and 30seconds prior to attending the cert. Also if you tell me you have passed it but your hands were hamburger afterwards, you are not ready. Your hands will be sore a beat up at the certification you need to OWN this snatch test before you go. Meaning….. You need to be able to pick up that 24kg bell cold if need be and pass the test with time to kill. One more thing… Probably THE MOST IMPORTANT piece of advice I can give. DO NOT use the snatch test as a training protocol. I hear guys all the time saying I have been doing the snatch test every week and I haven’t passed yet. This could be the worst idea for your preparation. Remember it is called the Snatch Test…Tests are tests not training protocols. This is a great way to burn out and rock your CNS.
A very big congratulations to Tucson Barbell Club (the competitive branch of Evolution Fitness). We placed first overall at the 100% Raw Southwestern Regional Powerlifting Meet in Prescott Arizona on March 29-30th. We also had some stand out performances!! Team member Andrew Lee: Set the 165lb weight class Open state record...
As a Personal Training Facility that specializes in Corrective Exercise and Post Rehab training we get lots of questions on why we use the FMS as a tool to help our clients. The FMS really has become the standard in the industry of screening movement and we have spent thousands of dollars in our training to learn the system. I was trained directly by Gray Cook the creator of the Functional Movement Screen and since people in Tucson probably don't move too differently than people in other parts of the country we feel that it is a great fit for our Fitness Facility. I get asked lots of questions about the FMS and why we use it so here is a little article can give you my view of why we use it.
What is the FMS and why can it be helpful?