There's more to getting stronger than just your lifting program...
The satisfaction that comes from lifting more today than you were able to before is unparalleled. It doesn’t matter if you added 45s or just a couple change plates either, you showed up each day, trained your face off, and now you’re lifting heavier. FUCK. YEAH.
The filp side of this sucks balls though. You grind it out for weeks or maybe months. You don’t feel any improvement. Sometimes you regress. You try a different program. No dice. It’s deflating. It’s demotivating. IT’S SUPER SHITTY.
Wow, writing it out like that makes me sound like kind of an addict 😀 It’s true though. I spend most of my time obsessing about the high the comes with a new PR.
I know I’m not alone in this though. Each week I send an email to the 10,000+ lifters subscribed to the Cult of Strength with tips and tricks on lifting heavier shit. And I see those same highs when they hit new PRs.
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It's not all roses though. I hear about the lows too. In fact, I’m in a unique position here at the Cult of Strength because each month I get replies from hundreds of readers - all sharing their struggles.
Matt here was struggling with his squat...
And Seth needed some guideance to dial in his nutrition...
All of these conversations help me keep my finger on the pulse of the biggest stumbling blocks that lifters encounter. It’s funny how even the smallest things can hold back your strength. I went through something similar early in my lifting career.
In 2005 I was struggling to add weight to my squat. It was very frustrating. The previous 3 years I’d steadily been making gains, but over the last 6 months that all stopped. I couldn’t figure it out. I tried every lifting program under the sun. I tried lifting more days each week. I tried all sorts of bat shit crazy accessory lifts. You name it, I tried it. But, my numbers didn’t budge.
There's a happy ending to this though. One day I was recounting a story to a friend about how I severely sprained both of my ankles in college. Before this conversation, I’d sort of forgotten about it. I'd also recently been experiencing this weird thing where one of my feet would rotate outward when I was squatting. Up until this moment, I just thought it was a goofy thing my body did. It wasn’t. It was due to those sprains. And this was holding back my lifts. In this moment of telling the story of my sprains, it all clicked.
This was my lightbulb moment. I connected the dots between my floundering squat, my rotating ankle and those sprains.
The next day in the gym I added 5 minutes of ankle specific mobility to my warm up. And wouldn’t you know it… squatting felt just a little bit easier. It wasn’t magic. But it for sure helped.
Armed with this win I dove deep into the topic of tight ankles, how they affect movements like the squat, figured out how to quickly self assess and measure my progress and before you know it, I was back to lifting heavier shit.
Not only that, but I started sharing these techniques with my lifting buddies. We’d do quick assessments to see if any of them had tight ankles (many did) and before you know it, I was everyone’s best friend, because they were all squatting heavier.
Looking back it all seems so obvious, but it didn’t at the time.
As a lifter you have your own set of blindspots holding you back.
Maybe you’re a quad-dominant squatter. Maybe you struggle to get the bar off the ground when deadlifts get heavy. Maybe your shoulders are always grumpy. Maybe your nutrition doesn’t support your strength goals. Maybe your ankles are fucked like mine were.
We all have things like these that seem small, but are actually holding back our strength in a big way. I call them strength blindspots.
For each of these blindspots there are little clues that pop up all the time when you’re lifting (like my rotating foot when squatting). Knowing how to recognize and address them is really tough though unless you're an experienced coach. But, the lifters that can squash (or avoid) these blindspots, are the ones that are able to keep consistently crushing it in the gym.
I know the temptation is to just try a different training program, but I promise, the best mother fucking training program in the world would have been no match for my shitty ankles - and that elusive super program is likely no match for the blindspots you’re facing too.
So, you can follow the frustrating path my younger, more stubborn self pursued, saying to yourself “hrmmm…. that’s a weird thing…” and keep hoping to strike gold with a different program or you can try something different...
Introducing: Stronger Every Month
Stronger every month is a program designed to help lifters like yourself eliminate seemingly small, but massively consequential blindspots holding back your strength.
It’s not a mobility program. It’s not a lifting program. It’s not an accessory program. It’s a mother fucking blindspot crushing program.
For instance, there’s an ankle-focused module that would have really come in handy for my younger self. It teaches you how to quickly check your ankles for imbalance, layer in targeted mobility and accessory work to resolve the issue, measure if it’s working for you and then reap the rewards of squatting much heavier shit.
Maybe you’re yawning right now, thinking… “whatevs… my ankles are golden.” I get it. Not everyone suffers from ankle problems (though a lot of lifters do and are unaware of it). Ankles are just one of many blindspots you can weed out with this program.
Another module shows you how to quickly determine if you’re a knee or back dominant squatter by watching a short video of yourself squatting and then provides a structured accessory program for you to layer on top of your existing training to resolve that.
Again, I repeat… This is NOT a lifting program. You keep doing what you’re doing for your primary training. Crossfitter, powerlifter, weightlifter, bodybuilder… no problem. Do the program that’s best for you. This program will simply amplify your results through targeted blindspot elimination.
Each and every month a new module is released, hyper focused on a specific blindspot affecting most lifters. You follow the recommendations and before you know it, you’ll be like one of those lifters I mentioned earlier, making big gains week after week and month after month.
Younger me would have killed for something like this. Something that precisely walks you through identifying and eliminating the most common strength blindspots. Something that leverages the experience of a coach that’s worked with hundreds of lifters over the last decade to eliminate these exact types of problems.
Why is it called Stronger Every Month?
Just as in the fable of the tortoise and the hare, the lifter that makes steady progress each month, is the one that ends up massively stronger in the end. So, don't let those blindspots hold you back from getting stronger each and every month.
What Topics Will Be Covered?
The first six months are listed below. Beyond that, I’m planning on creating a system where members can submit their own suggestions, let the community vote up the most pressing ones and those are what I’ll address.
But, here are the first 6 months...
January: Squat heavier shit. Many lifters don’t need a new lifting program to make their numbers go up, they need to specifically address their weaknesses. In the squat lifters are usually either back dominant or leg dominant. I’ll walk you through exactly how to diagnose which of these camps you fall into, how you should modify your training to balance out your lift, and how to make sure it’s working. Oh yeah, and you squat will absolutely go up.
February: All about glutes. The best movements for that bah-donk-a-donk. How to do them correctly. How often to do them. How to fit them in with your primary training program. Want to grow and / or strengthen your backside, this is the month for you. Not only will you be able to bounce a quarter off dat ass after this month, your squat and deadlift will probably go up too.
March: Cut weight, not strength. It is absolutely possible to lose fat and continue building strength. I’ll walk you through the exact strategy necessary to make this happen. It doesn’t require that you adhere to any special diet. It doesn’t mean you have to eat chicken and broccoli. There are a handful of underlying principles required. I’ll walk you through those and shared tips and tricks so you can implement them and stay sane. I’ll dive into calories and macros, show you how to dial these in for yourself as well as how to get great results without tracking everything in case that sounds like a nightmare to you.
April: Ankles. Tight ankles are responsible for all sorts of problems and hold back many lifters from putting more weight on their squat. I’ll walk through how to quickly assess your ankles. Determine if they’re overly tight and if you have an imbalance from side to side. Then the most effective movements you can add to your training to open up your ankles and how to measure that it’s actually working.
May: Keep your shoulders healthy. Grumpy shoulders are a massive problem. This is because most lifters don’t know which accessory movements are required to maintain healthy shoulders and even if they are cycling some into their training, they are unsure how many reps, how often or even if they’re doing the movement right. I’ll walk through a few of the top movements you can do to make sure you’ll be able to keep benching and doing pull ups well into your senior years.
June: Protein supplementation. Who needs to supplement with protein? Is it possible to take too much protein? What do you do if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan? Is it important to take protein directly after your workout? What about casein before bed? What about contamination? Does age or gender affect how much protein you need? There’s a lot to optimizing your protein, but after this module, you’ll have it dialed in.
What You Get With This Program
Each module contains the distillation of my experience coaching hundreds of lifters over the past decade into a set of practical steps that will very likely address something you’re overlooking in your training and lead to massive gains over the long term.
These modules will be released on the Stronger Each Month private membership site, which you'll have access to for as long as you're a member.
This site contains all the materials for each module including articles, videos, supplemental training programs, downloadable worksheets/checklists, and anything else relevant to help make you as success as possible implementing the recommendations from each module.
Each month you’ll be notified when the latest module becomes available so you start tackling the related blindspot right away.
Even though there's some fancy stuff in this program, the true power of it isn’t in any pdf or video. It’s in the highly targeted actions provided in each of them.
For the cost of a few cups of coffee each month, you can start eliminating the biggest factors holding back your strength. Not too shabby. Click monthly to get started today.
This shit works. I know it does. But, I recognize this is a new program and so I’m asking you to trust me. In recognition of that, I’m providing a 90 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. Get the first 3 issues (January - March 2020). If you’re not happy with them, email me and I’ll refund your money. Super simple. No special hoops to jump through. I’m confident you’re going to love this shit.
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Aren’t there already lots of free resources out there?
Yes. There is a tsunami of information out there actually. Youtube videos, blog articles, instagram posts, etc., etc.. Stronger Each Month is different though. This program is curated. Each month isn’t a firehose of information for you to sort through. You’re too busy for that. This is the relevant information you need to make progress. It’s surgical in its precision. You don’t need to waste your time wading through the murky waters of the internet and testing hair-brained schemes to see what works. Leave that to me. I only report on what works and exactly what you need to do.
I’m a powerlifter / crossfitter / bodybuilder / strongman competitor / weightlifter, is this program for me?
Damn straight. This program is designed by lifters for lifters. The recommendation outlined each month are designed to be completed in conjunction with your ongoing training. If you’re a powerlifter in the middle of a smolov cycle, that’s fine, this works. If you’re a crossfitter, doing constantly varied, functional fitness - you’ll just do this after that :)
How does this compare to the emails you send out each week?
My regular weekly emails are small potatoes compared to this program. I highlight important concepts in my weekly emails, but the lessons in this program go much deeper. They’re comprehensive. They’re practical. They walk you through exactly what you need to do. A massive amount of effort and testing goes into the lesson each month.
How much time will the lessons require?
It’s going to vary from month to month. But, whenever possible I’ll provide a range of recommendation so those of you that those of you that have a limited amount of time to devote to your training can benefit from the most important pieces, but those of you that really want to go deep can as well.
What if you’re working on a body composition goal like bulking or losing fat, is this program still good for you?
Absolutely. The recommendations in this program can be used regardless of your body composition goals. What really matters is you want to get stronger - that’s who this program is for. If you don’t care about strength, then this is definitely not for you :)
When will I have access to each module?
Modules are released at the start of each month as indicated in the “What Topics Will Be Covered” section above. Why not everything at once? The idea is to give you one very specific thing to work on each month. With that said, founding members will have access to the entire back library of modules - so you can always go back and work on something from a previous month.
Will this program help with all my lifts?
Most definitely. The idea is to tackle the issues holding back your strength with all the big lifts. The initial content outlined above is focused on squatting strength, but that’s just the beginning. In future months, we'll get into issues affecting your deadlift and bench.
Should the recommendations be tacked on to the end of my regular training?
That’s going to depend on the month. Some of the recommendations, like working through back / leg dominance in the squat, will require targeted accessory work added to your existing training; other emphases like nutrition or mobility-related topics can be tackled whenever you have time throughout the week.
I love some of the topics, but not all of them.
That’s ok. Not every topic is going to be drool worthy to every lifter. But the ones your drool over will be different than the ones other lifters are pumped up about. The thread connecting all months though, is that they are designed to get you stronger. Some months the area we tackle will change how you train for years to come and some months you’ll get smaller takeaways. This is actually by design. If I blew your mind each month it would be overwhelming and difficult to put everything into practice. None of the months are a waste though - they are all designed to get you stronger. Think of it like periodization of information :)
How do you know what my blindspots are if I don’t?
Great question. Each lifter has their own set of blindspots. In this program, we're going to focus on those that are most common amongst lifters. So, the impact you personally get each month will vary, but across an entire year the effect will be big!
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