Becoming a Better Powerlifter: The Strength Athlete Summit

In a short few weeks, four of The Strength Athlete's fives coaches will converge at Oklahoma State University serving the Midwest and Central South areas. In this two-day seminar, we will be presenting on a range of topics with the goal of having the attendee leave with a better understanding of programming, periodization, meet management, nutrition, and technique as they relate to powerlifting. We have a bunch of material planned, that we also intend to be engaging, fun, and involving. 

You'll be creating programs in real time for sample people, problem-solving in groups, all with the guidance of TSA. You will be lifting and refining technique on the big three lifts, and you will be engaged in discussions and presentations throughout the two days. Here is an overview of the seven major topics we plan to present on! 

Attempt Selection/Game-Day

Covering the scope of factors associated with the day of competition: warmups, mentality, building the total, attempt selection in detail for better in-meet performance and execution. Self-maintenance, understanding the third deadlift, and building an effective plan.  

Offseason Weight Management

As a powerlifter, what strategies can you put in place to control bodyweight. What's the plan? When to move up classes, and structuring calorie balance

Athletic Mindset

Controlling fatigue, training smarter and not necessarily harder, long-term mindset, goal-setting, being realistic, and managing expectations.



Pros and cons of structured overreaching in peaking phases, general guidelines for tapering, strategies for fatigue management and volume reduction. How high to push intensity, when and how to back off, and how this model adjusts for training experience. 


Fundamental concepts, applying DUP to training outside of theory, order of priority, linear/nonlinear/flexible models, the interrelation of volume, intensity and frequency, exercise selection, and problem-solving. 

Making Weight

Determining ideal weight class, when to drop a class, pros and cons of slow deficit versus a last minute weight cut, meet-week water loading and substrate manipulation, refeeding/rehydration strategies

  • Location: Seretean Wellness Center, 1514 W Hall Of, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075
  • Date: March 26th-March 27th
  • Times: 9am-5 (or 6)pm
  • Cost: $100
  • be prepared to take notes and bring training attire and equipment


click the link above, choose the date of the seminar, and reserve and pay for your spot. We will take a maximum of 50 athletes to make sure we keep the experience personal and rewarding. Questions? email



Rough Schedule:

DAY 2 (3/27)

9:00 am Meet at Seretean
9:00 am - 10:00 am Peaking
10 m Break
10:10 am - 11:10 am Attempt Selection
5 m Break
11:15 am - 11:45 am Athlete Mindset
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
Colvin 1:00 pm – 3:00/4:00 pm Practical w/ technique evaluation: Bench and Deadlift

Day 1 (3/26)

9:00 am Meet at Seretean
9:00 am - 11:00 am Periodization
10 m break
11:10 am – 1210 pm Autoregulation
5 m break
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm DIY Programming in groups
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Making Weight
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Weight management
Colvin 4:00 – 6:00pm Practical w/ technique evaluation: Squat