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Scott Shetler
Business / Gym Owner, Coach, Kettlebell Coach, Author, all around awesome dude...
Business / Gym Owner, Coach, Kettlebell Coach, Author, all around awesome dude...

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Strength & Health TV - Episode 30: Tips and Tricks to Improve Pull-up Performance.

Some people refer to the pull-up as the "squat for the upper body" and with good reason, for most people pull-ups are freaking hard! However, with a little bit of practice and consistency they can be one of the best exercises in your training program. I honestly believe that they are one of the best developers of strength and muscle mass for the back.

In the video I go over pull-up and chin-up variations, how to progress if you can't perform one unassisted rep, and how to build your training volume as well as strength in this exercise.

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#strength #pullups #calisthenics #fitness #fitnesstips #fitnessmotivation 

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Strength & Health TV - Episode 36: Strengthening Weak Points.

Weak points are essentially weak muscles that are holding your lifts or performance back. Weak muscles can also contribute to poor posture and structural imbalances as well.

A lot of times I hear trainers and coaches say to focus only on the primary lifts, for instance if you want to bench more, then bench more. Technique is certainly important, no arguments there. However if a small muscle is weak and holding a lift back, I feel it is essential to train that muscle hard in order to bring up the primary lifts. For instance, if your legs are capable of squatting 500 lbs and your lower back is only capable of holding 300 lbs your squat will be closer to 300 lbs. The way to fix this is by building up the lower back through special exercises like reverse hypers, back extensions, etc. I've seen this work time and time again with my lifters, athletes and general fitness clientele.

#fitness #strength #health #strengthtraining #powerlifting #strengthandconditioning #fitnesstips #fitnessmotivation

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Working some kettlebell squats with my boy Stic during the filming for The Veg Effect documentary.

Stic was one of five people featured in the documentary which looked at how different people incorporate plant-based nutrition into their lifestyles. It was a fun project to be part of!

Check out The Veg Effect here:

#vegan #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitnesstips #waytoveg #thevegeffect #health #strength #kettlebells #deadprez #sticman #rbgfitclub

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Strength & Health TV - Episode 46: Training Considerations for Combat Athletes.

In this video I talk about some of the strength training and conditioning strategies I utilize with combat athletes.

I talk about why we use the conjugate sequence system, why programs suck, and the importance of tailoring the training to the individual's specific needs.

In addition I go over some of the specifics of the training of one of our BJJ athletes, Chris Jones, who I interviewed in episode 44.

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#mma #bjj #brazilianjiujitsu #combatathlete #fighttraining #strengthandconditioning #powerlifting #conjugate #conjugatestrong #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitnesstips #sportperformancetraining #personaltraining #strength #health #wellness

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Strength & Health TV - Episode 44: Interview with BJJ Athlete Chris Jones.

In this episode I interview Chris Jones. Chris is brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who trains out of Creighton MMA in Suwanee, GA. In addition Chris does his strength and conditioning with me at my gym, Extreme Performance Training Systems.

Chris got his start as a combat athlete wrestling in high school and continued through his enlistment in the Marine Corps. Chris has been training in BJJ for 5 years now under the expert eye of Paul Creighton who earned his BJJ black belt from Renzo Gracie. Chris has won gold at the Pan American Championships, 2x silver medals at the IBJJF World Championships, and numerous golds at various competitions throughout his career, as well as a recent victory at the Fight to Win 20 where he also took home a Fight of the Night award.

In this video Chris and I talk about his experience getting into combat athletics, some of the major competitions he's won, what his normal training schedule looks like, and why it is important to for combat athletes to include a well planned strength and conditioning program in their training regimen. In addition we talk about the modern state of combat athletics and it's impact on the heritage of traditional martial arts.

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#bjj #mma #strengthandconditioning #fighttraining #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitnesstips #martialarts #ufc #combatathlete #chrisjones #scottshetler #extremeperformancetrainingsystems #epts #teamepts #ultimategrappler #fighttowin 

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Go check out my YouTube channel, which hosts my Strength & Health TV vlog, and hit the subscribe button while you're there!

#fitness #fitnessmotivation #youtube #strengthtraining #health #strength #powerlifting #powerbuilding #wellness #strengthandconditioning 

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Strength & Health TV - Episode 43: Triceps Power Cheats to Build Your Bench Press.

In this video I talk about training the triceps for carryover to the bench press.

Strong and well conditioned triceps are critical for a big bench press and I feel it's important to do a lot of volume for the triceps, particularly in single joint movements like extensions.

Recently I was revisiting one of my favorite books, "Forgotten Secrets of the Culver City Westside Barbell Club Revealed" and came across an article reprinted from the October 1966 issue of "Muscle Builder" call "Triceps Power Cheats". The article featured a favorite training exercise of Bill "Peanuts" West and the legendary Pat Casey which was referred to as the power cheat. The power cheat was essentially a half pullover coupled with an extension and by nature allows for a huge overload of the triceps. I discuss the variations of the exercise they favored as well as some of their training loads.

In addition I go over some of the triceps exercises that have been beneficial for a few of my lifters as well.

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#strength #fitness #fitnesstips #fitnessmotivation #strengthandconditioning #powerlifting #benchpress #triceps #westsidebarbell #powerbuilding #sportstraining #sportperformance #sportspecifictraining

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Can't build muscle eating a plant-based diet? My buddy Stic disagrees.

He built 20lbs of muscle eating nothing but a whole food, plant-based diet (that's right, NO supplements, pills, or powders, just WHOLE FOODS) all the while maintaining his distance running schedule.

A plant-based diet and high mileage running, two things any fitness guru will tell you to avoid like the plague if you're trying to build muscle.

Click here to see how Stic built 20lbs of muscle in a little over 2 months by Eating Plants and Lifting Iron!

#vegan #plantbased #plantstrong #stic #deadprez #waytoveg #eatplantsliftiron #health #fitness #fitnesstips #wellness

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Strength & Health TV - Episode 42: Why Cutting Weight is a Mistake.

In this video I talk about why I feel cutting weight for novice to intermediate strength athletes is a mistake.

All too often I hear new lifters complaining about the horrors of cutting weight and they have barely even begun their competitive career. I feel if strength is the goal it is far better to grow into your weight class and not cut to your weight class. Strength sports are about getting bigger and stronger, not smaller and weaker.

This does not apply to everyone, elite and professional lifters are a different story, but until you are competing at that level you do not need to worry about the cut. Going into your competition well fed, well hydrated and well rested is a much better approach even if it means being in the next weight class up.

Having to go through various weight cutting methods the week of a competition brings new elements of complexity and both physiological and psychological stress that a novice lifter does not need.

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#powerlifting #fitness #strength #strengthandconditioning #strengthtraining #fitnesstips #fitnesspro #weightcut #health 
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