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Tysons Powerlifting Club – A Rare Opportunity



If you are interested in lifting weights, getting as strong as possible, working with an experienced coach, and smashing the gym with other motivated folks – I have an exciting announcement for you.




In conjunction with Ken Stewart and the awesome training facility Tysons Playground, we are starting up Tysons Powerlifting Club.

Members to the club will receive the following:

o   A powerlifting program customized to your strength level written for you by me

o   The ability to train with the Tysons Powerlifting Club as a group, likely from 9-11 am either on Saturday or Sunday (exact time TBD), under the watchful coaching eye of either myself or Coach Ken

o   A copy of the book All About Powerlifting

o   A Tysons Powerlifting Club T-shirt, size of your choice

o   The ability to compete as part of the Tysons Powerlifting Club Team when we go to competitions and vie for team awardstim1

                You get all of this for a monthly fee of only $139/month (normally that would not even get you a single one on one personal training session per month with me, and now you’ll get 2 hours of coaching time a week plus a free program for you to follow the other times you workout).


If you wish to do all of your training at Tysons Playground you can simply pay an additional $40/month and you will get unlimited access to the gym, all of the great equipment it has, plus its kick butt atmosphere – whenever you want to train.


If this is something you are interested in let me know as soon as possible, space is limited and once we reach capacity we won’t be able to take any more lifters for a while.


You do not need to be super strong to be part of the powerlifting team; newbies are welcome, we simply ask that you come willing to work hard, learn, and be ready to push yourself to become as strong as you can be.


Contact Tim at as soon as possible if you wish to sign up for this opportunity.

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Some Pretty Good Stuff

                We have put out some pretty good stuff in the last couple of weeks – stuff that I strongly believe will really help you as a trainer make your clients’ programs significantly better.  To that end, I wanted to compile those various charts and handouts into one easy to find space.  If you are looking for more detail about each one of these things or if you want to download high quality versions of the media, simply click on the specific link to take you to that article.


First, we put out the Hierarchy of Strength, which attempts to rank the key variables in building strength in order of importance.  It also attempts to highlight how important each variable is:


Then we composed program design charts for the Big 3: The Squat, The Bench Press, and The Deadlift.  The idea here is that once you know which level a client is on the chart (most clients will be beginner, a few intermediate, advanced will be a rarity among normal PT clients) you can then select an appropriate weekly volume for the lift.  It is suggested to start with the minimal suggested volume and work your way up from there.  Sample programs are included to help you see these charts in action.


Squat Article:


Bench Article:


Deadlift Article:

If you find this information useful, feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues. 


Don’t forget to check back periodically to our Coming Events section to see the new CEU’s we are offering, we update that every month or two.


Remember, if you refer a friend to NPTI you receive a free CEU of your choice, a value of up to $300!

Keep learning, keep studying, applying the information in the gym on yourself and on your clients, and keep moving forward to become the best trainer you can be.


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The Muscles Involved in the Key Barbell Lifts


Sometimes it is nice to have a quick resource that outlines the major muscles working in the key, compound lifts.  Look no further, here is such a resource!  5 Key Lifts are outlined with a ranking of the all the various muscles on a scale of 1 to 5; 5 is hugely involved (the agonist), 1 is very minimally involved.  In general improving anything that is ranked a 3 or more likely to help your performance on the lift.


The Squat:


The Bench Press:


The Conventional Deadlift:


The Sumo Deadlift:


The Overhead Press: