Last week I flew to Columbus, Ohio to attend the Learn To Train (LTT) seminar held by EliteFTS.
After finding out this was the last LTT and hearing that it was a must go to from friends I booked my trip and said FUCK IT.
I have followed Elitefts for a few years now and it was their website, coaches and athletes that drove me to towards powerlifitng
EliteFTS are one of the most respected gyms and organisations in the business. They recruit the best and demand passion and something special from anyone associated with them.
Day 1 Seminars
Day 1 was epic with some great speakers such as JL Holdsworth, Matt Rhodes, Dave Tate, Johnathon Mike, Scott Stevenson to name a few.
The topics varied from nutrition, owning a business, programming, overtraining and generally consisted of being awesome and a bad ass.
The speakers spoke in great detail and certainly new their stuff. Some people have this perception that if you’re strong and have muscles then you’re lacking in brains. This was certainly not the case as these guys some with PHD’s and other mad letters after their names were on the ball.
Day 2 The EliteFTS compound
Going to the Elitefts compound to lift was basically a dream come true for me. Since I started Powerlifting I have always watched videos read their articles and always thought one day I will go there and lift.
As I walked through the gym doors I was greeted with a line of monolifts. squat and bench racks. Everywhere I looked there was some type of training equipment. The gym had more steel than the soviet regime run by Stalin in the 40s.
We split up in to our groups and spent the whole day going through the big 3 lifts and fine tuning technique.
After lunch was the bench press stand. Running the bench press was Vincent Dizenzo and Matt Rhodes. Vincent is a 600lb raw bencher and 900lb equipped bencher. He is one of few men in the world to achieve these two goals.
I set up on the bench and with a few tweaks from Vincent and Matt I was tighter than a nun. My eyeballs started popping out and I soon worked up to 130kg for 3 reps without even knowing what was on the bar (plates were in lbs).
This felt so light and I ended up going heavier and heavier and eventually finished with a new personal gym PR of 150kg
At the end of the day was Q&A with all the coaches and athletes. This was great to hear them answer questions and Dave’s speech about where EliteFTS is and is going was really inspiring.
Overall the experience was something I will never forget. I met some great new friends from around the US and Canada and felt at home being with people who just wanted to be better at what they do and have a real passion for training and helping others.
Live, learn and pass on.