Thursday, April 21, 2016

Strength & Health TV - Episode 31: Reverse Hyper - the Best Exercise for Lower Back Strength.

In this week's episode I talk about what I consider to be the best exercise for lower back strength and health, the reverse hyper extension.

The reverse hyper extension bench was created by Louie Simmons. Louie has numerous reverse hyper benches with patents on each.

In this video I go over how to correctly perform the exercise and how to determine the optimal loading parameters to fit this exercise in your training program. The information I provide is what I've learned from Louie's work and how we've successfully implemented this in our programming at EPTS. I have talked to, and heard from, numerous people who write off this exercise as a waste of time and when I look at how they utilize it - typically a couple of sets with light weight at the end of a session - it's no wonder. To get the most out of this exercise you have to use the proper load and volume.

In addition to this video I strongly encourage you to read Louie's articles, books, and watch his videos and DVDs. The amount of information he provides on strength training is worth its weight in gold and you are doing yourself, and your athletes and clients, a disservice by not studying his work.

You can learn more about the reverse hyper and Louie's work by visiting his website at:

Stay Strong AND Healthy,


Saturday, April 16, 2016

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

In this week's episode I talk about my favorite upper back exercise - the pull-up.

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.

I hope you enjoy this week's episode and if you have any questions or suggestions for future topics leave them in the comments section below.

Stay Strong AND Healthy,


Friday, April 15, 2016

My Recent Interview on the Generation Vegan show with Dani Weiss.

I was recently interviewed by Dani Weiss for her "Generation Vegan" show, check it out!

We talk about how my transition from omnivore to vegan, my thoughts on "vegan elitists", training, and much more.

Stay Strong AND Healthy!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Way to Veg with Stic of Dead Prez - check it out!

Check out my good friend and "Eat Plants, Lift Iron" co-author Stic, from the hip hop duo Dead Prez, and his wife, holistic nutritionist and "Eat Plants, Lift Iron" co-author Afya in this short feature from Morningstar Farms, Way To Veg!

Stay Strong AND Healthy!


My Recent Appearance on Eric Fiorillo's Motivation and Muscle Podcast.

Huge thanks to Eric Fiorillo for having me as a guest on his Muscle and Motivation Podcast. Eric is a great guy and does an awesome show.

Click here to listen now!


Scott Shetler-Just Get Started-#401-Eric Fiorillo The Host of The Award Winning Motivation and Muscle Podcast Show Welcomes the owner of Extreme Performance Training Systems, trainer, writer and the host of Strength and Health TV Scott Shetler to the Broadcast. Eric and Scott start right off with who got us started in our chosen strength sports. Click here to read more!

Stay Strong AND Healthy!


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Strength & Health TV - Episode 29: The Correct Way to Set Up and Use Bands and Chains.

In this video I talk about the proper way to set up and use bands and chains in strength training as tools for accommodating resistance.

Despite popular opinion from internet "gurus" bands and chains (as well as all other aspects of the Westside Barbell Method) are a very effective form of accommodating resistance that will help you take your training to another level. This stuff is not just for equipped powerlifters, it is for anyone who is interested in developing high levels of strength, power, speed, and overall athletic performance.

In the video I discuss the correct way to set up bands and chains for the squat and bench press, why you should ignore the studies presented in the NSCA Journal of Strength and Conditioning, the benefits of using accommodating resistance in your training plan, and much more.

For more in-depth information please go to the man himself, Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell. Louie is the reason we know anything about the use of bands and chains in strength training and has written and spoken extensively about the proper way to implement accommodating resistance in strength training, powerlifting, and athletic preparation and the benefits in doing.

For information from Louie, click here. 

Hopefully you enjoyed this week's episode and if you have any questions or suggestions on future topics please leave them in the comments below.

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Stay Strong AND Healthy!


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