Jason Blaha's Q&A and Training Log

All powerlifting federations also allow wide stance squat and narrow stance squat (which use very different muscles) and you can close grip bench as well as wide grip if you choose.
— Jason D. Blaha, Strength Coach

Touqeer Ahmed
November 27th '20 10:33am

Congratulations dear coach, may I ask whether this is a lifetime pr or have you done something like this in your younger days

Lifetime best in my 20s was a 605 squat on a normal power bar at a heavier body weight than right now. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 28th '20 @ 5:59am
Wheat Thins
November 27th '20 9:58am

Where the keyboard warriors now?

Talking smack and getting banned. They aren't impressed. lol Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 10:22am
Al Osej
November 27th '20 9:48am

You still drinking a gallon of milk a day chief?

Not in the last 9 months. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 9:53am
Alan Hill
November 27th '20 9:06am

I can safely say there's one thing everybody really wants and needs to know: are you going to wear the +5 hat of Christmas Cheer this year?

Probably Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 9:12am
Wilhelm Holmberg
November 27th '20 9:05am

Your deficit deadlift is down 70 pounds in the last 5 months Coach, do you think you can reverse it and reach your original 2020 goal of a 675 deadlift?

Training max vs true max, not down 70. I’ve developed a new sticking point on the deadlift, and now that my squat goal is reached I can prioritize it more. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 9:12am
I think the goal was 650 not 675. But this is a training max after a big Squat PR. Pretty sure he could, if he wanted to just do one max, hit 600+ of the floor and maybe with the deficit. 580 with 68 of chains isn't going to be too far off 600 at the bottom anyway. Alan Hill Edited: November 27th '20 @ 9:13am
November 27th '20 @ 9:13am
Rose x Claude
November 27th '20 8:56am

The 600 seemed like a true 1RM. Seriously, congratulations, coach

It was a true max. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 8:56am
Nick Chase
November 27th '20 8:03am

This is great that your inspiring people and hitting prs yourself. But there’s just no way that was depth. Which sucks cause I think before your westside gig. You were actually holding yourself to a higher standard

No links of your lifts on your channel. You have not earned the right to be critical of any serious lifter accordingly. lol Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 8:34am
@Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness loser Andrew Evans November 27th '20 @ 1:00pm
Justin's North Idaho Dirtbike Adventures
Edited: November 27th '20 7:06am
November 27th '20 7:05am

535 to 600 was quite the jump. 😅 Although... I think depth was sketchy. Couple more ME days and it should be there no problem.

I was going to go for 590 today but 535 felt light so I tossed another 10 lbs on and went for it. lol Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 7:06am
Marko Milićević
November 27th '20 6:57am

Strong 💪🏻💪🏻 Do you think you're close to your natural limit? Asking because squat is closing in on your deadlift

I think the deadlift will come back up. 625 on a deficit using a standard bar suggests the *potential* is more or less there to get circa 675 on a deadlift bar from the floor. Alan Hill November 27th '20 @ 7:05am
Could be, he is rebuilding his deadlift, I'm 99% sure he can get 700 in 2 years, and his squat could be 650 probably, if he get's that in this age, that would be very impressive Marko Milićević November 27th '20 @ 7:07am
I blast the lockout with chains, I have to get through that sticking point, which I have a game plan for this coming phase. Going to address both the hypertrophy side of the weak links and some joint angle specificity. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 7:07am
November 26th '20 10:50pm

How long would you guess it'll take to go from 200lbs press to 225lbs. I stop linear progression at 200 and don't know how to keep building

It takes however long it takes. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 27th '20 @ 2:19am
Uniroyal Mish
November 26th '20 5:48pm

How come you only do one rep per set?

I always do maxes first. You didn't see all the 5 & 10 rep sets that took up most of the training? Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 6:07pm
Awesome. I guess that would make for an hour long video for every video. Thanks for the answer. Uniroyal Mish November 26th '20 @ 6:31pm
You lost me there... the video is 18 minutes. Most of it is 5-10 rep sets. All my training sessions are vlogged year round. None of them are an hour long. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 6:40pm
Sorry. I watched another video during this and didn’t see the other sets. You must have strong joints to do max strength reps cold. Good video. Uniroyal Mish November 26th '20 @ 6:42pm
Matej Kohut
November 26th '20 3:25pm

Coach, what do you think about the way Scot Mendelson teaches the bench press? Other than huge emphasis on leg drive, he preaches creating a "natural bench shirt". Once I tried it his way, basically wedging my tricepses into my lats, I was not able to touch the chest on bench press even with 225. Gave me a much better understanding of the role of lats in bench press. I can't see any long-term issues using it, but maybe I am missing something.

I tell my guys to do the same thing. If you have big lats, use em Coach Butler November 26th '20 @ 3:53pm
Scot is giving good advice here. It will only work if you have decent sized lats though. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 4:01pm
@Coach Butler Thanks for the reply, good to know that there are multiple people using this way. :) Just curious, how much weight do you need to touch the chest? I don't have impressive lats at all, yet as I said, 225 is impossible. Matej Kohut November 26th '20 @ 4:03pm
Honestly bro just pull the bar to your chest, it should feel very uncomfortable in terms of the tension it builds up, pull past where the bar naturally falls to and explode up Coach Butler November 26th '20 @ 4:12pm
Thanks, guys. Happy Thanksgiving! Matej Kohut November 26th '20 @ 6:03pm
Edited: November 26th '20 2:31pm
November 26th '20 2:29pm

Hi. Are you doing two max effort workouts for upper and two for lower per week? Why no footage of dynamic effort days?

Yes I do 4 max effort days now Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 2:40pm
@Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness I thought you were running conjugate? Josh Hopkins November 26th '20 @ 4:40pm
West Coast ALL Natural Wolverine
November 26th '20 2:28pm

You will take a masters record I'm sure. I didna 368.5 lbs Good Mornig and gave your GM tutorial video The Ctredit for me learning this new movement. I'm goin for 405lbs with a Straight Barbell . Thanks my lower back is way better has been killing me from my Masonry Block Laying . TYVM .

Good mornings shore up a lot of weak links. They are a very valuable and versatile tool. You’ll find new ways to use them as you use this lift more and more. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 2:42pm
@Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness oh yeah West Coast ALL Natural Wolverine November 26th '20 @ 2:56pm
Ryan Ramsey
November 26th '20 2:11pm

I know you hate bodybuilding, but for the sake of your lifts and you wanting to add tricep mass wouldn’t it be logical to have a dumbbell focused arm day? Maybe not, but I’m just speculating

That won’t do anything. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 2:43pm
Nigger N
November 26th '20 2:10pm

Coach how are you holding up

I’m good 😁 Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 2:42pm
November 26th '20 1:44pm

What degree is your bench at with the seated ohp. 60?

No 60 is the next notch between this and 45. Somewhere between 80 and 85. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 1:53pm
@Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness ah okay, I do these at 60 because its either that or 90. and 90 feels like hell. Berend November 26th '20 @ 2:15pm
My bench doesn’t go to a true 90 although my setting might be called that. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 2:43pm
Diego Garcia
November 26th '20 1:27pm

Hey Jason, happy thanksgiving. I uploaded a video of me training on my channel and I was wondering if you could critique it?

You need better camera angles hard to see much. Get the camera back more. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 1:31pm
Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness ok thanks Diego Garcia November 26th '20 @ 1:53pm
November 26th '20 10:38am

Jason wouldn't you get diminishing returns doing sticking point training twice a week. After all that's what the floor press is

No the floor press can work as a primary exercise. The bar stops an inch from my chest and doesn't let me use my lats to get it started, so uses more chest out of the bottom than my bench does. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 11:05am
JJ McEwan
November 26th '20 9:45am

Lol ever since you stopped doing the videos where you sit and talk about current events in the fitness industry YouTube has stopped suggesting you to me. Just checked in after like 6 months + bc I assumed you stopped making videos. Not going to lie, prefer the old style of videos more. Would start watching again if you started taking shots at everyone again.

I’m coaching full time, not interested in watching these clowns to make videos about them. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 10:39am
Gravity Training
November 26th '20 8:42am

Thanks for joining last night coach. Come join us gahs for lifting and memes

I was mostly behaved other than what that b!tch troll came in. lol I have no tolerance for those clowns at this point. I'll swing back through another time. lol Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 8:46am
Lucian Luca Fitness
November 26th '20 8:31am

Jason you use to say upright rows are not a good choice for your shoulders as it damages them in time... can you explain why that changed ? Thanks coach

It has been many months since I did an upright row. I spoke about specific versions in older vlogs when I did them in detail. Go back and watch the vlogs where I used the lift. That isn't an upright row it is a wide grip upright row stopping at the lower chest. Not comparable. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 8:44am
@Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness I've been quite busy these last months and haven't had time to watch all the videos, thanks for the reply 👍🏻 Lucian Luca Fitness November 26th '20 @ 8:49am
Heir of Blaha
November 26th '20 8:26am

Coach if you were to ever lose your vision derailing your coaching income, would you consider doing current events that subscribers can aware you about due to your lack of vision?

Not remotely funny. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 8:44am
Ben H
November 26th '20 7:59am

Coach what’s your opinion on the Kali muscle vs greg doucette drama?

I don't watch YouTube fitness and have not for a long time. Kali Muscle can't even string together a coherent sentence. How is he going to have beef with someone? Nevermind, don't answer that... I don't want to know. lol Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 8:19am
Kaili is a moron who doesn't know how to lift weights with a full range of motion. All i see him do are stupid partial reps with his moronic buddy Big Boy. TiredOfDumbShitheadLefty LoonieProgressives November 26th '20 @ 9:17am
@Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness Kali muscle should be joe Biden’s secretary of health Rangerfan 2019 November 26th '20 @ 2:10pm
A bitch fight between two men mid forty... Kali insulted Greg's height, his spermcount, and his girlfriend. But the funny part was that many people were disappointed that Kali acted immature, because they didn't expect that from him :) Posterior Chain Sis November 26th '20 @ 3:23pm
Marko Milićević
November 26th '20 7:29am

Jason, one question. What do you think is the difference between floor press and bench press 1RM in %? I just hit 355 on floor press few days ago, do you think I can hit 365+ on bench press? Thanks

I bench more than I floor press. I have a lifter right now who benches 335 on floor and bench press. I have one advanced guy who benches 10 lbs LESS than his floor press. Most of my guys bench about 10 lbs more if they have big lats. Jason Blaha's Strength and Fitness November 26th '20 @ 7:35am