Strength & Conditioning Conferences

I recently attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference was held at the Indianapolis Convention Center, which is located downtown next to Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts). I have attended this conference the past 17 years. Most of these years have been spent representing GNC. I did not have much opportunity to attend very many of the sessions but as usual at these conferences, I was able to talk with a lot of coaches and old friends. Sometimes this is the best way to exchange training methods. This year I had a chance to attend the morning workouts. The NSCA opens up the exhibition hall in the early morning for conference attendees to workout. The great thing about the morning workout set up is that you are able to move around and try all of the different equipment available through the vendors. This year I was able to workout at the Matrix, Sorinex and Powerlift booths.

On-the-Road Training

When on the road my workouts generally consist of a speed work bench press and upper body assistance along with lower body mobility work. I spend too many hours on my feet at these conferences to train heavy squats and deadlifts. The speed bench workout and assistance went well. This workout generally consists of 8 sets of 2-3 reps, completed in less than 8 minutes, with intensity in the 60-70% range. Either I keep all eight sets at the same weight, or I may hit two sets with 315-335-355-365.

Building Oldman Strength

My Dad did some big lifting in his old garage until he was well into his 60’s. He would use the garage walls as his training journal by randomly writing down big workouts in permanent marker.   He had amazing strength well into his 50’s and early 60’s. He was cleaning and pressing over 400 lbs. on a regular basis. He routinely completed 1300-1500 lb. partial rack squats, and pulled over 1100 lbs. with no straps above the knee. I have spent many weekends back home this summer, and I have been hitting some workouts in the old gym. After some intensive study of his garage wall writings, I have concluded that I have a lot of work to do to keep up with where the Oldman was strength wise in his 50’s. It is very motivational for me to lift in this old garage. I may even need to find enough wall space to start my own garage wall ramblings.

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Stay Strong!

Brad Gillingham

Brad Gillingham is a Hall of Fame Powerlifter who is a 6-time IPF World Powerlifting Champion and has more than 30 IPF World Championship medals under his belt.  Brad is the co-owner of Jackals Gym where he coaches a variety of athletes.  Brad is also strength and conditioning coach for wrestling and volleyball at Southwest Minnesota State University.

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