Today I had the opportunity to go to a seminar at Defranco’s place in NJ. First off Defranco’s place is where every trainer wants to be every training session of their life. It’s simply amazing. It has 3 Elite (Tate’s store) powerracks WITH Olympic platforms attached and fronting them. Those were nicely complimented with a flute ham raise and a Reverse hyper. Finished off with the usual benches, BIG DB’s and a gigantic cable cross, pull down, row system. There are more bars there than anyone can imagine. Fat bars, cambered bars, buffalo bars, fat pull down and row bars. It’s ridiculous.
Now there was a seminar…
Tate and Wendler are the widest people I have ever seen. As wide as they look in pictures they are that much wider in person. Also, Wendler isn’t 55 years old as his photo makes him out to be on Elitefts.com.
To put it bluntly, these three know their fucking shit. This wasn’t your typical seminar. It was more like a gigantic Q&A. If you had a question they answered it COMPLETELY honestly. Which is very rare these days especially in the fitness world. They have a simple no bullshit approach and that’s the way it should be. No gimmicky bullshit. If you were making things too complicated or over analyzing something they would tell you. And it’s not just about power lifting. These boys have trained countless athletes. One look at Defranco’s wall shows you just that.
A lot of what they discussed is keeping things simple…
They are great speakers and get their points across very well. Tate and Wendler have different opinions on certain things and they defended their stances very well. You’re never left saying “Whaaaaa” after they answer your question or demonstrate a movement.
A great Wendler quote “If someone says bodybuilders are weak, they’re fucking stupid and I can guarantee the person that says that is weaker than a bodybuilder by a long shot.”
I could only stay for 1/2 the seminar as I’m battling a stomach virus or I have colon cancer, one or the other, but if you EVER have a chance to attend a seminar given by any or all of these guys, attend it. Bring a note pad with every question (intelligent ones) that you have about training and fire away.
BTW, the first 1/2 of the seminar lasted 3.5 hours, God knows how long it lasted after I left. It’s definitely worth every penny.
P.S. Wendler “helped” (read that as he he forced every part that was out of position into position) me get into a powerlifitng bench form, Jesus Christ! If you THINK you are in a proper form for a comp powerlifting bench, chance are you are nowhere fucking NEAR the proper form. My body has NEVER been in that position before and it’s something that needs to be felt to get it right.
Great guys, great time and I can’t recommend them highly enough!