• The Pam Project

    We are starting a new feature this month (July 2010), The Pam Project. This feature will chronicle Pam Bello’s return to greatness. Pam Fitness shoot Pam is a former TPS client and instructor who also competed in fitness competitions. Pam was forced to take some time off from training, almost a year, due to personal

  • Training Tip – Improve all of your lifts.

    This months training tip comes from TPS’ Kettlebell instructor Kevin Delaney. Kevin and I were discussing working out and ways to make our squats, benches, and dead lifts improve. There was one common denominator that we found is frequently overlooked or dismissed that carries over to all these: Upper Back Strength.   Improving strength in

  • EFS Strongman

    I get calls just about every day asking for help integrating strongman training and Westside style training and I see a lot of confusion with this. Many athletes look at Westside and say it doesn’t work or they think it’s all about putting bands and chains on your bar, and that’s it. This is a

  • Non traditional MMA Training

    Get Out Of The Box – Nontraditional Training For MMA/Combat Sports By CJ Murpy, MFS Total Performance Sports© I can’t tell you how many times I have had the same conversation with athletes and coaches regarding weight training for MMA. It usually goes something like this: Coach: Hey, won’t weight training bulk my fighters up

  • Assistance Training for Strongman and “Functional” Strength

    Assistance Training for Strongman and “Functional” Strength By CJ Murphy, MFS for EliteFTS.com A lot of guys who train for Strongman don’t put much thought into assistance work, if at all. Assistance exercises can help out your attributes and get you through your sticking points in many cases. For the sake of discussion, we’ll call

  • Assistance Training for Strongman – Part 2

    Using the Safety Squat Bar By CJ Murphy, MFS for EliteFTS.com The Safety Squat Bar (SSB) is one of the most versatile tools you have in the gym. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Powerlifter, Athlete, Strongman, or Body Builder (it pains me to write that last word) – EVERY GYM NEEDS A SAFTY SQUAT

  • Torso Training – Part 1

    Torso Training for Athletes, Part 1: The Basics By C.J. Murphy Published: July 29, 2005 What is torso training? Torso training is strengthening your body from just above the hips to just below the chest. Training your torso involves many movements, but can be done effectively in just a few minutes, 3-4 times per week.

  • Torso Training – Part 2

    Torso Training – Part 2: Basic Rotational Exercises By C.J. Murphy Published: August 3, 2005 In this article, the second in our Torso Training series, we will cover rotational exercises that don’t specifically target the rectus ab. Our exercises will focus on the obliques (internal and external) and the quadratus lumborum. Of course there are

  • Torso Training – Part 3

    By C.J. Murphy In the past two articles, we have given you ideas and progressions for strengthening your torso. As you know by now, strong abs isn’t all that is needed. There are many more muscles at work in your mid-section. It doesn’t matter if you are squatting, playing golf, or carrying groceries out to

  • Torso Training – Part 4

    Training Templates Putting It All Together By CJ Murphy, MFS for EliteFTS.com In this final installment of our torso training series, we are going to put things into perspective for you. I’ll list several attaining template using the exercise the exercises we listed in the previous articles. We suggest doing torso training at the end