For those of you who haven’t read part 1, you can do so here.
In this article I want to provide you with three additional quality training resources. Each of these resources is unique in its own way, but at the same time there is some overlap between them. Once again, you’ll notice that I favour training information that is presented with the least amount of pretension as possible. Without much further ado, here they are:
Chaos and Pain
Chaos & Pain is not your conventional training website, but then again Jamie Lewis is not your conventional lifter. In fact, if you are looking for a training website that laughs in the face of convention then Chaos & Pain would be it.
I first came across Jamie’s blog back in 2009 and I immediately fell in love with it. Jamie harkened back to an old style of training that relied more on instinct and brutal work ethic more than anything else. He would do seemingly unconventional things like barbell jump squats (with 500lbs!), one handed deadlifts, swingers and much, much more.
But Jamie didn’t just do these things because he could. He did them because they worked. That’s what makes Chaos and Pain such a great website – it contradicts everything I thought I knew about training. Things like proper programming, periodization, deloading, and overtraining are all concepts that Jamie has brought new understanding to with his methods. More specifically, what Jamie has taught me is that brutal hard work coupled with consistency will out-perform any fancy routine or cookie cutter program.
Jamie’s blog has grown a lot in popularity over the years and he has since spun it off into a business of sponsoring athletes and making supplements. He still keeps his old blog active and I highly recommend that you dig into the archives when you have some down time. Jamie has a unique voice in the industry that is both refreshing and entertaining.
Elite FTS is a website that has been around for a very long time. I first came across the site over 10 years ago when it was a beacon for all things related to powerlifting. Back then there was a dearth of quality training information and Elite FTS was easily one of the most informative sites on the net at the time. Since then the site has gone through some drastic changes but still dispenses some quality training information from time to time.
For those of you who don’t know, one of the original proprietors of Elite FTS was Dave Tate. Dave was well known in the powerlifting community through his affiliation with the Westside Barbell Club and Louie Simmons. Back in the early 2000’s WSB was easily one of the most popular training programs around for guys looking to get strong. Although I don’t have the space in this article to go over the finer points of the WSB system, its most defining feature was definitely its reliance on “dynamic training” or “speed work.” What made Elite FTS particularly great at the time was not only its promotion of a good training system such as WSB, but also all of the great people that provided free, high quality training advice.
Although the website has changed quite a bit of the years (it’s become more of a business now), there are still many great athletes and contributors providing quality training advice. For example, my two favourite articles on Elite FTS are Jim Wendler’s article answering questions on his 5/3/1 training method and Matt Kroczaleski’s brief video article on his “Kroc Rows.” These are just a couple of examples of some of the quality information you can find on the website.
For those of you who are more interested in the strength aspect of weight training vs the aesthetic or bodybuilding aspect, I highly recommend you check out some of the articles over at Elite FTS. The website isn’t what it used to be, but there is still some quality information on strength training in the archives. It’s well worth your time.
The last website I want to touch on is an interesting one. It’s called Sandow Plus and it is a website that is dedicated to the history of weightlifting. The layout of the website isn’t the best, but what it lacks in design it certainly makes up for in content. What you’ll find on this website is a treasure trove of books and articles on weight training and strength culture from the early part of the 20th century. These articles and books were written by some of the greatest strongmen of that era. Men such as Eugene Sandow, Arthur Saxon, Louis Cyr, Hermann Goerner, and many, many more.
What you’ll find particularly intriguing about this website is that the training methods of this bygone era were hardly very complicated or complex. Most of the men of that time employed basic principles such as progressive overload and specificity. They favoured multi-joint, compound movements (largely because very few machines were available at the time) andtTheir diets were just as uncomplicated, focusing on whole foods (like there was anything else!) and plenty of protein. Supplements were generally unheard of.
And what was the result?
These guys were in great shape and they were brutally strong.
Just goes to show you that training doesn’t need to be complicated. Sandow Plus is a great resource and a look into the past on how great strongmen built their strength. I highly recommend you check out this website for quality training information.
This wraps up the two part series on quality training resources. In closing I would like to just reiterate once again that training does not have to be a complicated undertaking. The training resources I have provided you with in this two part series is more than enough information on the topic to fill many life times. You do not need to spend countless hours behind the computer trying to figure out what the best training approach is. Just pick one and run with it! When it stops working (which it will), look to some of these sites to help you bust through your plateau. Rinse and repeat.
Just remember to work hard and stay consistent!
Here’s to staying fit!