June 2006

Death, taxes and shoulder pain; everyone has to deal with these issues at some point in their life. After low back pain, shoulder pain is the second most common complaint in the work force (1). And that’s in a sedentary environment. The risk increases when you place someone in a gym and add hundreds of pounds of force on the shoulder joints. That’s because the shoulder area is the most complex region of the body. It’s also due in part to poorly designed training programs, strength imbalances in and around the shoulder, and improper loading of the shoulder girdle. As...

Brent Howard (a.k.a. “Sgt. Rock”) is a celebrity of sorts in the powerlifting world. Due to his high online profile and his crowd-thrilling antics when competing or guest lifting Brent has carved a niche for himself in powerlifting. Brent is known as a deadlift specialist. This interview will give us a little insight into Brent himself and then we will go in-depth into how he trains for deadlift mastery. Wannabebig: Let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself. Brent Howard: I’m 35, but probably still act like a teen from time to time. I was born in Farmington, Maine and lived...

Anybody who is somebody in the fitness industry started at the bottom of the pile. They all began with a desire and passion to work hard so they could become great at what they do. And what they wanted to do was to change people, inside and out. One such trainer who is moving up the ladder and has a great future ahead of him is Tony Gentilcore. He is a true example of what a trainer should aspire to be. He is passionate about learning and will never stop, because to stop is to kill results. Here's what Eric Cressey,...

Do you want to know what it takes to become an overnight success in the fitness industry as a trainer or coach? I’ll let you in on a secret. Start by reading every book you can get your hands on and watching endless hours of training DVDs and tapes. Attend seminars and workshops and look for people who have a lot of under-the-bar experience, so you can pick their brains. Then go to the gym, get under the bar and lift some damn weight. Once you start to see some changes, try applying this to others. Now work up to...

John Stafford is a top-tier competitive powerlifter with one of the highest totals ever in his respective class (275 lb class). John is a member of the Westside Barbell Club presided over by strength guru Louie Simmons. This interview will provide you rare insight into the life and training of a strength titan. You will get to know a bit about him personally and he will provide valuable insight into the Westside method of training and how John overcomes some of the same training hurdles we all encounter. Wannabebig: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview...

Few people understand how to train effectively for their goals when it comes to increasing size and strength. The sad truth is that most people who think they're informed are really misinformed. Whether you're old or new to the iron game the one thing that is often lacking is knowledge regarding the basic prerequisites to changing body. Some follow routines outlined in bodybuilding magazines (which are primarily geared towards trainees who’re using anabolic steroids), while others hire a trainer who end up putting them through a cookie cutter routine. Or even worse yet, some listen to their friends or the "big"...

Wannabebig: Why was this book written? Mike F & Dr John B: That’s a great question and the answer is simple. Grapplers have a long history of stupid nutritional practices. They’re sometimes better with their training (sometimes not, however). But when it comes to nutrition, grapplers are often worse than anorexic women. As we’ve both worked with some of the top grapplers in the world (think UFC, Pride, and more), and have helped these athletes take their training and their nutrition games to the next level, we figured it was time to share this info with the grappling community. Wannabebig: What is the...