As two Pittsburghers, my wife and I only cross the Pennsylvania/Ohio border for a few reasons, and one of the biggest is to visit and learn from some of the best in the strength and conditioning industry. As gym owners, we are always looking to further our knowledge on how to effectively educate our clients on building strength and reaching their individual goals. Elitefts has had a huge hand in helping us with that. I have been an avid fan and supporter of elitefts for many years, and through coming into my life, my wife has grown to love and appreciate it just as much as I do. So it goes without saying that when I saw this opportunity present itself, my wife and I knew we had to attend the UGSS with John Meadows.

My wife and I left early enough in the morning to arrive around 9:30 AM and check out the facility. As usual, on the way there she had a million questions about what to expect at the seminar. “Who will we train with? Will we all train together? Who will be there?” Needless to say, we were both extremely nervous and didn’t know what to expect, which only created more anticipation leading up to our morning at the compound. Intimidation doesn’t even explain what we felt when we arrived and were among so many people who we have admired for so long. Patiently awaiting the start of the training portion of the seminar, we took the time to look around the facility and admire the people, the equipment, and just take in the atmosphere.

Once they announced the format of the morning, we were given free reign of the gym to train in and among different groups based on what we were looking to train that day. My wife and I had already determined that we wanted to max out on squat and deadlift before we arrived. When we stumbled upon Ted Toalston and his crew, we knew we found the right group for us. At our gym in Pittsburgh, Elite Custom Fitness, we train out of racks and don’t have access to a monolift. It was a no-brainer that using the monolift would be a great experience, and something new for both of us. With the help of the team, my wife and I both broke PRs in our squat and learned a little about how to adjust in a monolift.

After that, we moved to the deadlift platform to try to break some more PRs. Yet again, Ted did not disappoint and provided some key suggestions to both of us that assisted in bettering our deadlift setup. My wife even popped her 300-pound deadlift cherry! Between the help with form and setup, and talking about our goals and upcoming meets, it was great to get to know some of the elitefts team a little more personally.

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