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"Out of everyone I've had to come to for progression in my journey, you were the only one who has ever given me true progress. I already told my karate instructor and the trainer at my gym that I'm only going to follow your advice when it comes to anything with strength training. So everything you tell me to do I'll follow to the letter!"

-Joey L.

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First time using my brand new Rackable Trap Bar from Titan Fitness and pulled an easy 600 with it! This bar is a beast and a high quality piece of craftsmanship from Titan. If you like trap bar deadlifting this bar is a great choice.

Squatting 350lbs for a set of 15 reps at a body weight of about 165lbs. This was near the end of my recent foray into 20 rep squats (aka "Widowmakers"). I discuss this method in detail here: THE SECRET TO BUILDING HUGE LEGS FAST: 20 REP SQUATS

11/19/20 - Mental Strength

A well designed training program is an indispensable part of reaching your maximum potential, but no training program, no matter how perfectly designed it may be, is going to be capable of driving progress forever. Training programs come and go. There is one constant, however, that is always there, either nudging you forwards or holding you back, every single time you step under the bar: the mind. The thing no one ever mentions when it comes to strength acquisition is mental strength. Mental strength is the precursor to massive physical strength. Without cultivating the former, the mind simply cannot fathom or tolerate the brutally intense work the body requires to obtain the latter. A weak-minded person will not appreciate the fact that every single training session is a battle, each one part of a greater war. Some battles are won and some battles are lost, but, regardless of the outcomes, they must all be hard fought. When the low hanging fruit has all been plucked, the weak-minded lifter will cease to become stronger.

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EEF Home Workout Program: Minimal Equipment, Maximal Results, Social Distancing Approved!

by Alec Enkiri | 11/9/20

It's a shame that I have to make this blog post, but it looks like we're not quite out of the woods yet here in terms of the global pandemic. Cases of Covid-19 are expected to surge in the United States in the coming weeks, especially as we move through the fall and the winter, and they've already begun to spike pretty rapidly across the European Union, according to several recent reports that I've read. So in light of that it would be prudent to plan for your gym to be closed again, and possibly very soon. I've actually gotten multiple comments from subscribers on my YouTube channel these past couple weeks saying that the gyms have already been closed in their countries...

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"Hello Alec, I purchased your intermediate programming template about eight weeks ago and I'm currently seven weeks in. I would like to personally say thank you, since your programming actually works/because I am progressively overloading at a reasonable and fulfilling rate. I am making progress, such as being able to squat two and a half plates for several sets of five, and benching a plate and a half for several sets of five (compared to a year ago I could only squat a tad bit less than two plates and benching barely a plate) and steadily increasing the overall QUALITY of my explosive movements (power clean & jerk, power snatch, etc). Thank you for helping me progress in only seven weeks, for a guy who purchased (overpaid) programs from a certain <physical therapist> and <strength coach> and used his <"good"> training methods for several years hitting unnecessary plateaus."

-Hiep, Chicago

"First of all, I'd like to thank you for the great program you wrote me about a year ago. I used it as written for multiple months and I've been using it as a rough template since then. My squat has grown to a beefy 175kg from 135, my deadlift is at 195kg from 145, Bench press 100kg touch and go --> 130kg pause, OHP 50 -->almost 80kg. My strength increase has been incredible and I've had a lot of hypertrophy to go with it. I am the strongest and most muscular 19 year old I know and you are largely responsible for that, so thank you."

-Stef T

"I contacted Alec about improving my 40-yard dash and vertical jump. Alec designed me a program that I could perform while continuing my powerlifting training. On Alec's program, my powerlifting numbers have continued to rise and my sprints and jumps have improved immensely. Alec was very prompt in responding to my questions and put a lot of work into getting to know my needs and abilities as a client. I would definitely recommend his training services.

I have really enjoyed all the sled training and explosive work. I just feel some much more powerful overall; running, and in the weight room. The high-pulls and kettlebell swings I think have really improved my bar speed on my squats, and my squats have just been flying up out of the hole. My squat is now comfortably in the mid 400s and I feel like I'm zoning in on a 500lbs squat, which is a huge milestone for me. The other day I decided to test my standing broad jump (which I don't train at all). I tested it about a year ago and I could jump just under 8 feet, which is good but not that great. When I tested it a few weeks ago I hit 9 feet 6 inches easily which is pretty insanely good for something I don't train. Obviously my improvement in vertical jumping has improved my jumps and explosiveness overall. I'm also excited to see how this new-found power improves my hockey play this winter. "

-James, Ontario

"I've been working with Alec for about 6 months now. My goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet one day and officially join the 1000 pound club. When Alec and I first started working together I was able to squat 225 pounds, bench 180 pounds, and deadlift 275 pounds. But after finishing up my last training cycle I hit personal bests of 275 for 3 reps on the squat, 200 for 5 reps on the bench, and 315 pounds for 3 reps on the deadlift. I can't wait to test my lifts next cycle and I think I'm going to be hitting that 1000 pound total really soon too. I'm definitely going to continue working with Alec for the foreseeable future!"

-Justin, San Antonio

“I was very satisfied with Alec’s program he gave me. He listened to exactly what my goals were and where I wanted to improve, which was to increase my 40 yard dash and my bench press, while also gaining in general strength, size and athleticism. By the end of the 12 week program my 40 yard dash time improved by 0.22 seconds and my bench press increased by 35lbs. I’m very glad I made the decision to get Alec’s help with my athletic goals.”

-Josh, Saskatchewan

"If motivation, strength and a personal approach is what you’re looking for in a PT, then Alec Enkiri is the man for you!

I was in need of a strength program to get my numbers up with my front squat to get a better clean and press. Alec was able to understand my goals and helped me with a strength program that also includes exercises and routines I enjoy the most in my training.

Alec provides the perfect combination of diverse training methods, individualized exercise programs & challenging yet achievable goal setting. His professionalism, extensive knowledge and enthusiastic commitment to his work and ultimately his clients, provides the perfect scenario for success and sets foundations for achieving your own personal goals.

What I like about Alec is that he knows how to motivate me, he makes each of my training sessions challenging but rewarding. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as your personal trainer if you want to achieve your fitness and strength goals."

Daniel, Manhattan

"I discovered Alec through his YouTube channel and after following his videos for a few months and being very impressed with both his level of knowledge as well as his own results, I decided to purchase a 16 week training program from him. Alec was very professional throughout the process. His responses to my questions were always prompt and he gathered plenty of background info from me so he could tailor the training program specifically to my situation and my goals. After running the program I'm up 10 pounds on the scale while being noticeably leaner and all of my lifts have increased tremendously. I'm very happy I made the decision to go with one of Alec's programs and I'll definitely be using his coaching services again in the future."

-John, Maryland

"I play volleyball at a competitive level so I'm always looking for ways to jump higher so I can really slam the ball. After stumbling across Alec's YouTube channel last year I decided to try out his vertical jump program and I have to say that the results have far and beyond exceeded my expectations. Not only did I manage to increase my vertical jump by 7 inches during my preseason testing, but my squat went up 50 pounds, my power clean went up 30 pounds, and my upper body lifts all increased too. I highly recommend Alec's vertical jump program if you need to jump higher for your sport or just want to be more explosive in general."

-Roberto, Tuscany

"I contacted Alec out of curiosity about a custom built plan, halfway expecting an automated reply. To my surprise, Alec responded very quickly, and was extremely professional. I purchased a 16 week program, and was extremely impressed. Not only did Alec take my previous injuries into consideration, he wrote the program around them, and included a custom warmup routine for me. Very early into the program, the body fat started melting off, and the weight on the bar kept increasing. The introduction of more explosive exercises definitely helped improve my overall performance in the weight room, and made me a more explosive lifter. After completing the program, I'm down 25lbs, and my deadlift is up 45lbs."

-Dallas, Pennsylvania

"I contacted Alec a few months before the football season for a customized training program specifically to improve my 40 yard dash and standing broad jump. Last year I ran 4.73 seconds and jumped 9 feet 3 inches, but after running the 12 week program Alec wrote for me I was able to improve those numbers dramatically and this year I ran a 4.55 on the 40 and jumped 10 feet! A huge milestone! Alec listened to what my goals were and he took into account my strengths and weaknesses and factored all that stuff into the program he wrote for me. That thoroughness clearly shows itself with the results I was able to get. I would highly recommend Alec's coaching services for anyone looking to improve their athletic performance."

-David, Atlanta

"The program was very sensibly structured and it was delivered fairly quickly. All the major movement patterns were covered adequately. It really helped me improve every single one of my lifts, i went from doing bodyweight chinups to repping out a 20kg dumbell between my legs, my overhead press went from 40kg for 5 to 60kg for 5, my squat and deadlift gained 15kg each and my bench press 12.5kg. During the duration of the program (i followed it for 6-7 months) i gained around 3-4kg of muscle mass. I feel like it was the perfect option for me since it didnt only help me short term to gain strength and muscle mass, but it also taught me what a well made program looks and feels like."

-Stefanos, Greece

"I found Alec when I was still a newbie in the gym. I had been working out for a few months but I felt like I wasn't making very good progress and I really just wasn't sure how to proceed. So I decided to buy a 12 week program from Alec along with a form check for my squat and my deadlift and I was very impressed with what I got. With the program everything was laid out for me very clearly and there was never any question about what I needed to do or when I needed to do it, and the form checks were incredibly thorough and helpful. Now not only have all my lifts increased considerably but I'm also noticeably more muscular when I look in the mirror and I'm way more confident in my lifting form as well. I can give it my all in the gym now and not have to worry about hurting myself. Thanks a lot!"

Mike, Boise

"After not working out for the last 10 years and putting on a few extra layers, I decided a few months ago it was finally time to get in shape again. I really wanted to commit to it this time so I decided to buy one of Alec's 16 week programs to keep myself accountable. My main goals are to lose this extra fat and put on a bit of muscle and this is exactly what Alec has helped me to do. So far I'm down 20 pounds! I just started my second time going through his program and I'm starting to be able to see my abs again and my muscles are way more defined too. I'm very happy that I decided to use Alec's training services to help me achieve my goals."

-Patrick, Denver

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