Leadership, Relationship, Creativity

By Mike Tuchscherer 2 April 2018

There are no magic programs. Coaching is about a lot more than writing a good program. Of course writing a good program as part of being a good powerlifting coach especially in an online setting but to think that there is just writing the program is to misunderstand the process and to do a serious disservice to all the clients who put their trust in you. Read more…

Custom Training in The Face of Athletic Adaptation

 By Mike Tuchscherer 07 March 2018

Many of us treat “what works for you” like a math problem and it’s not.  If I ask you “What is 247*53”, you likely don’t know the answer right off the top of your head.  But with a little calculation, you can pretty easily figure out that the answer is 13091.  Now if I ask you again “what is 247*53”, you don’t need to go through the same steps.  You just remember that the last time the answer worked out to be 13091 and assume it’s the same answer this time.  And as long as you did the math right, that’s a good assumption to make.  It saves you time.

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Why I Don’t Use Prilepin’s Chart

By Mike Tuchscherer 28 February 2018

Bottom line up front:  It wasn’t developed for Powerlifters and will have limited direct applicability.  A much better way is to extract the useful information from it and apply the principles rather than the chart directly.

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The Effect of Fatigue in Training

By Mike Tuchscherer 14 February 2018

Bottom line up front: measuring fatigue helps you make useful training choices, but will not help you to decide whether to go for a PR or not. Read more…

Should You Use Heavy Singles In Training?

by Mike Tuchscherer, 10 Jan 2018

In 2013 I met Boris Sheiko at a seminar he was conducting in Vicenza, Italy.  It was quite an enjoyable time and we had several interesting conversations that day, particularly over lunch.  I’m sure it’s no surprise and probably goes without saying that we generally agreed on most things coaching related.  But one thing that we didn’t agree on was particularly interesting.  He feels that working with 90%+ loads are especially taxing to the lifter.  I do not.  Coach Sheiko (or whoever runs his social media accounts) recently posted about his opinion, so I wanted to weigh in with mine.

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Recovery and Training Throughput

by Mike Tuchscherer, 27 December 2017

Doing a lot of training volume doesn’t matter much if you can’t recover from it.  It’s not about workload, but rather the workload that you can recover from.  Now from there, we can spout generalities usually in one of two varieties.  We can say, “Most people aren’t working hard enough, so most likely you shouldn’t worry about it and just work harder.”  Or we can say, “Recovery is the critical factor.  Better to under-train than over-train.  So keep training on the conservative side.”

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Deloading Effectively

by Mike Tuchscherer, 20 December  2017

Deloading is taking an easy week every third or fourth week, right? Well… That’s a caricature of what effective deloading looks like.  In most standard cases, deload training is intended to reduce accumulated fatigue and facilitate adaptation to future training cycles.

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Log Your Training!

by Mike Tuchscherer, 14 December  2017

Back in 2008, we had a training log app on the RTS website.  For many reasons we had to shut it down and rebuild it.  We relaunched it in 2016 and have been packing it with features ever since.  What’s more, it’s free for anyone to use with any style of training you want.

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How to Use RPE in Your Training *Correctly*


By Mike Tuchscherer, 5 December 2017


You may see people using the term “RPE” regarding their training, but not be sure what it’s all about.  Or, more likely, you are one of the people who *thinks* you know what it’s about, but still make fundamental errors with it.  No matter which one you are, or even if you do for sure get RPE training correct, hopefully you can learn something from this post.

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What is “Squishing” in Powerlifting?


By Mike Tuchscherer, 14 November 2017


One of the general movement deficiencies I identify in the powerlifts is “squishing”, but a lot of people don’t know what I mean by this term.  In powerlifting, you need to be solid and stable to effectively transmit force into the barbell without any leakage with maximum safety.  “Squishing” is basically a failure to do that.  It can look different in each lift, so let me explain in a bit more detail.

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