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The foundation of my training philosophy is that training should make your life better, but it shouldn’t be your life. The only time you grow and get stronger is when you’re resting and recovering. You don’t get stronger when you’re training. Instead, you are breaking your muscles down, damaging them, and they must repair for you to get stronger through rest and recovery.

Training merely stimulates an adaptation, so your body knows to grow and get stronger. Your life should be spent hanging out with your family and enjoy life experiences. Training should improve those experiences. You want to look fantastic, and you want to feel great.

I believe that volume should be kept to an absolute minimum because it is a negative factor. If you trained 24/7, it would surely lead to injury and, if continued, eventually death. When you train, you need to recover from that training. I will show you how to structure your workouts, how to adjust and use a tool called autoregulation. 

I was using this method before I came across the term, but then the phrase, as far as I know, was coined by Dave Tate. I am a fan of Dave Tate and have learned much from him, along with many others. The primary influencer of my philosophy was Arthur Jones. I was also influenced by Mike’s mentor, Dorian Yates, And other high-intensity training practitioners. I put my touches on this style of training, incorporating a personal record philosophy and the practice of autoregulation.  

I have had the great honor of being close friends with Vlad Alhazov. He’s the world record holder in the raw squat, Julius Maddix the raw record holder in the barbell bench press, and Dan Bell, the raw record holder in the total. Pete Rubish, my favorite powerlifter, a tremendous dead lifter, is also a very close friend. And he coached me as well. I have had the unique opportunity to be coached by the world’s greatest powerlifting and bodybuilding coaches: Pete Rubish, Josh Bryant, Justin Harris, and Dave Palumbo. 

Elite FTS’s philosophy is to Live, Learn and Pass on, and that’s what I’d like to do with your pass on what I’ve learned over the years to you so you can pass it on to someone else as well. Let’s get started! 

Here are a few tips for implementing my style of training:

I believe the foundation of every training program should revolve around the barbell squat. The barbell squat done through a full range of motion is the king of all exercises and will yield the most significant results in the whole body. The barbell squat will stimulate muscle growth and strength gains throughout the entire body.  No other exercise produces such great results as the full range of motion barbell squat.

Along with the barbell squat, I like power lifts such as the bench press and the deadlift. The bench press and the deadlift are both great result-producing exercises. These exercises should be the foundations of your training program. 

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