Black Widow Training Gear Strongman Pipe Collars

Garage athletes are often gear addicts. The money we save in gym memberships and drive time often gets sunk into this or that gadget either because they’re on sale or because we think it will save time/increase safety/improve performance/save money.  As my daddy once loves to say, “You can go broke saving money”.   Today’s […]

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A Common Sense Approach To Using Common Sense by John Greaves III

I’m going to close this series on Common Sense with the most important point: We don’t need as much advice as we think we do.  That may sound odd after posting three blogs giving out advice but hear me out. Within the last twenty-four hours I’ve responded to the following questions: I don’t care about drug […]

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Get To Know: Brian Pankey Masters Strongman Competitor

As a garage athlete, you have a ton of options when it comes to competing.  One sport that seems tailor made for garage lifters is Strongman.  You lift oddly shaped objects, much of it DIY pieces and are encouraged to drop heavy things at the end of reps.  Not very commercial gym friendly but excellent […]

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The Case For Backyard Powerlifting Meets

Powerlifting is both one of the most popular and one of the most obscure sports in America. It’s also not for everyone. Although a lot of us played around with some version of the three power lifts in middle or high school, most people are unfamiliar with the esoteric rules and guidelines governing sanctioned competition. […]

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A Common Sense View Of Competition by John Greaves III

CrossFitters want you to compete every day. Newbie powerlifters think they should be able to qualify for Nationals within their first few months of training. Strongmen won’t lift anything not shaped like something from a deserted junkyard because it’s not event specific. Then there’s everybody else, training year after year and too afraid to compete. […]

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Sixty-three Years of Non-stop Exercise

Non-stop exercise is a way of life. I have been a garage / home gym / outdoor exercise dude for decades. I use logs, rocks, tires, concrete, ropes, chains , whatever. My exercise life started in 1953 when I was between 5th & 6th grades. Started at age 10. I did not care about team […]

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Slaying Leopards, Narnia and My Powerlifting Total by John Greaves III

I’ve been struggling with my lifts lately.  When I was just exercising to get in shape, whatever that really means; I could lift alone in my garage without much trouble.  Now I am training for a sport. I have specific goals and specific rules and techniques to master. My obstacles are: work schedule, training environment, […]

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A Common Sense Approach To Diet & Nutrition

Diet & Nutrition gets a lot of press IIFYM, Clean Eating, Paleo, Low Carb, 40-30-30, Moderate carb low-fat. Just trying to understand all of the diet options out there is enough to drive anybody crazy.  So I don’t.  I’ve come up with a simple approach that works most of the time. I like to think […]

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A Common Sense Approach To Programming by John Greaves III

I started training for powerlifting three years ago and competing in full meets last year.  But I’ve been lifting recreationally for twenty plus years.  In that time, I’ve noticed that lifters become ridiculously tribal about their training methodology.  I’m running 5/3/1, I run Westside or I’m doing Sheiko.  As a garage athlete you’re free from the […]

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Garage Gear Guide: What Should I Spend My Paycheck On?

Garage athletes are often gear addicts. The money we save in gym memberships and drive often gets sunk into this or that gadget either because they’re on sale or because we think it will save time/increase safety/improve performance/save money.  As my daddy once loves to say, “You can go broke saving money”.  Today we’re passing […]

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