The Forgotten Key To Getting Stronger

If you’re anything like me you’ve read, and re-read, hundreds of articles and books about getting stronger. Off the top of my head I can list dozens of different unconventional methods, ideas and tools to speed up progress and add pounds to the bar – all of which work to varying degrees. That said, I’ve recently come back to my training roots and re-examined the methods I have to thank for the big PRs I’ve set and it’s here I’ve remembered a lesson too many of us let slip away in our training…

Getting stronger is about lifting more.

Whether it’s about one more pound, or one more rep, getting stronger comes down to pushing yourself a little bit further than the time before – that’s it.

The methods you can use to help yourself do this are as varied and different as the people who use them and all of them have a place… so long as you remember that nothing works unless you do.

That’s it!

This might seem simple and if it does – great, if not go back through your past few weeks of workouts and start looking for spots you can add a couple pounds or a couple reps. If you consistently look to do those two things the sky is the limit!


Craig was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. Craig grew up in martial arts and boxing before transitioning into strongman and ultimately competing at the world amateur championships. Craig’s transition into coaching came with mentorships from the greats including Louie Simmons and Bill Kazmaier and led him to be considered one of the top strength coaches in the world. Craig works with athletes internationally including: Olympic athletes, professional UFC fighters, some of the best boxers in the world and top ranked amateurs in a variety of sports.

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