What is this Relentless Thing?

What is this Relentless Thing?

Dec 13, 2014

^^Created by John Lenz – the silhouette is from a heartfelt photo of Relentless poster-lifter Marshall Johnson and Carter Olson. ^^Poster-Lifter Marshall Johnson and Carter Olson In 2014, the Relentless Minnesota and Relentless Detroit combined meets raised over $420,000 for children with life-threatening illnesses through not-for-profit organizations...

WPC Worlds 2014 and Goals

WPC Worlds 2014 and Goals

Nov 23, 2014

This article is about my personal adventure leading up to a goal at Worlds.  I am working on another article related to the total Worlds experience which will be up later this week. ^^Jan Orosz, Team Slovakia and I, Team USA, prior to donning our armor and going into battle at the bench war at WPC Worlds! Oh, look, we have the same barber! On November 14, 2014,...

Use of Infrared as a Training Tool

Use of Infrared as a Training Tool

Nov 2, 2014

^^Gotta Love New Toys! During an industry conference a new toy came to my attention – the FLIR One infrared camera which attaches to the iPhone 5/5S.  Mind you, I am no stranger to the use of infrared analysis as it is one of a number of technologies that I use in business.  However, in this case, I though that I would put a few ideas to the test. ^^Cool!...

2014 Rise of the Deadlift

2014 Rise of the Deadlift

Oct 28, 2014

Well, that sucked.  I should have been with the team for the 2014 APF/AAPF Rise of the Deadlift/Beast of the Benchpress at 2XL Powerlifting LLC in Lombard, Illinois on October 19, 2014.  Instead, I was stuck at a Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida at a business conference.  I did make a point out of posing with my little friend, Lego Hulk. There was a lot of...

Checking Out the Earthquake Bar!

Checking Out the Earthquake Bar!

Oct 17, 2014

You darn well know we had to try this thing out!  Ordered from Rogue Fitness and delivered in three days!  Not too shabby there at all! Following a de-load bench day prior to a rest week 4 weeks out from WPC Worlds – we gave it a shot.  So, picture this – well, no, you don’t have to… watch this… ^^My first attempt with the...

Power-Jam! Team Stone, Team Overkill, Team Frantz

Power-Jam!  Team Stone, Team Overkill, Team Frantz

Oct 7, 2014

^^Legend Jose Garcia being watched by Ernie Frantz (far left) at 1025lbs light What do you do to make things a little more exciting on your squat day?  You get three top teams together for a Power Jam Squat Day! We met at 2XL Powerlifting (http://2xlpowerlifting.com) for a squat day and opportunity to play with a front-opening EliteFTS squat rack and an...

Bench Blokz Review at 2XL Powerlifting

Bench Blokz Review at 2XL Powerlifting

Sep 26, 2014

^^The Bench Blokz 5, 4, 3, 2 and +1 Set After a few sessions where we had a choice between additional spotters or someone to hold boards, it was time to evaluate another option.  Having noted that my sponsor, IronAuthority.com, advertised an item called Bench Blokz,, and knowing that Brady Stewart evaluates all advertisers, we invested in a set for Team Stone...

First time Competing?

First time Competing?

Sep 21, 2014

^^First meet for 50+ year old Branka Stemack with only a few months powerlifting training You hear it in the gym all the time – “I’m a powerlifter, but I don’t compete.” Why?  Afraid?  Think you might be the only first-time lifter at the meet?  Afraid that you might not lift as heavy as everyone else?  Hey, those competitors are...

Failure, Fear and Giving Up

Failure, Fear and Giving Up

Sep 17, 2014

I’m not going to harp on what happened 15 months ago.  I am, however, going to admit something very hard.  I failed.  I feared.  I discovered that I was not invincible – when I was.  Then I gave up. Talking to the doctors – jumping in a vehicle and driving 19 hours from Canada back to home with a catastrophic injury for proper care –...

The Truth About Bench Shirts – Another Response

The Truth About Bench Shirts – Another Response

Sep 4, 2014

So… ummm… someone sends me a link to a YouTube video about the ‘truth about bench shirts’ in which the self-proclaimed fitness guy is going on about how he’s heard of someone using one of these bench press shirts and in a few weeks is able to bench press 5-600 lbs at 185…  Yeah. I’m all about the difference between raw,...

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