Chad Wesley Smith is the founder and head physical preparation coach at Juggernaut Training Systems. Chad has a diverse athletic background, winning two national championships in the shot put, setting the American Record in the squat (905 in the 308 class, raw w/ wraps) and most recently winning the 2012 North American Strongman championship, where he earned his pro card.
I want to be a legend, a true strength athlete, capable of competing and dominating in any discipline.
In addition to his athletic exploits, Chad has helped over 50 athletes earn Division 1 athletic scholarships since 2009 and worked with many NFL Players and Olympians. Chad is the author of The Juggernaut Method and The Juggernaut Method 2.0.
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Back feels like garbage today, but we must press on… 1) Clean Pulls 10×1 on the :90 at 365, 1 rep equals Lift Off/Pull to Hip/High Pull 2) Squat 545x3x3, wanted to do 5×3 but back wasn’t having it 3) Row 15 on/15 off x8 rounds, made it 884m in that time.
1) Power Snatch (Power because that’s the only kind I do) 205x7x2 EMOM 2) Front Squat 435x3x4 3) Tire Flips Big Tire (1050ish) 10×2 EMOM
Good day of work today… 1) Clean Pulls 6×2 at 315 on :90, each rep was lift off/pull to hip/high pull 2) Olympic Squat 495x5x4 3) Rowing Wanted to do a Tabata, made it 2 minutes into 20 on/10 off and then switched to 10 on/20 off, to avoid dying.
Was my first day putting a belt on to squat since my injury and it went…terrible haha. I think my body needs some time to adjust to my increased conditioning load. 1) Squat Up to 635×2 with belt Then 585×3 2) Thrusters 165×5 185×5 200×5 215×5 230×5 3) DT 5 rds of 12 Deads, 9 […]
The week after the seminar was a weak week of training. I was exhausted from the event and then moved to a new place to top it off. Back on it this week… Monday 1) Clean Pulls 5×3 at 275 on the :90, this was exhausting especially since I did 1 rep as lift off, […]
Well, now that I’m somewhat recovered from the weekend, I figure I should let you all know how awesome it was. The Become Unstoppable Seminar was AMAZING and I had a blast. I’ll just take you day by day from my POV… Thursday Headed up to LAX to pick up Sam, Brandon and Ryan. Sam […]
CROSSFIT! Yes, I did CrossFit, real actual CrossFit, in a class for an extended period of time…and it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I did CrossFit 2x today. Why? Because I can…and because I wanted to get the word out about the Seminar and ‘getting my WOD on’ was my penance. Kicked things off at […]
Fun and hectic weekend with my brother in town to get married but got a little work in between all the eating and drinking. 1) Squat Up to 585x2x2. These felt…AWFUL! Legs are just sore as hell and back is a little tender. Wanted to do 585×5 but wasn’t gonna happen today. 2) 5 Count […]
Monday 1) Squat 455x6x5, 90 seconds rest, felt solid, not great but better than last friday’s squats. 2) Rowing 275m in 42.2 seconds. This one felt pretty good, so I got cocky, especially since my rowing has been all over the place due to travel and back pain. 500m in 1:17.2. This is a small […]
Long warmup to get back feeling ok… 1) Front Squat Up to 445×5, felt really solid 2) Deadlift Went to pull first speed single at 445, back/hip hurt and I shut it down.
9/25 1) Front Squat Up to 395x4x5 These felt great and MUCH better than the last 2 times I had front squatted which were one set of 405×5 and 365x4x5. 2) Sumo Deadlift from 2″ Blocks 525x2x5 Back really started to tighten up on me here, so I shut it down 3) Rowing 15 Total […]
Pre-Meet Warmup Front Rack Conditioning for Strength Athletes Training After an Injury Strongman Event Frequency Specialty Bar Squats Strength Programming for CrossFit Squat Bar Position Lat Training
First day of training in a week! Between traveling and being sick, it just wasn’t gonna happen. Was a little nervous how this session was gonna go… 1) Olympic Squat 495x8x3, 2 min rest These felt surprisingly good. The reps are always feeling harder than they look on video, but oh well, moving in the […]
Hey All, Sorry about the lack of posts lately. Have been crazy busy traveling and then very sick and playing catch up. I took off last Wednesday (Sept 11) to Louisville, KY to take care of some Jugg business at Derby City CF with Ryan Brown, Colin Burns and Dr. Quinn Henoch. When I arrived […]
Traveled out to Orlando, KY to train wit Brandon, Caitlyn and Corey at Iron Mafia Gym. Now Orlando is about an hour south of Lexington and even my friends who have lived in Lexington their whole lives did no know of it’s existence. Needless to say, I got EXTREMELY lost in a place with maybe […]
Early wakeup today to get on a plane to head to Louisville, KY to film some videos with the JuggSquad. Got into L’ville about 6:30 and went straight to Derby City Crossfit, which has to be the best coached CrossFit around. Training felt like garbage though, probably from sitting on a plane all day, not […]
Here are a bunch I did while sitting at the airport yesterday… https://www.facebook.com/JTSstrength/posts/565261050177580?notif_t=like Upper Back Training In-Season Football Conditioning Internships Unilateral Training Openers Ab Training for Squats Squat Frequency
1) Squat 405×8 sets of 5 w/ 1 min rest b/t sets. Training with controlled rest periods is the best way to build your special work capacity. GPP is great and can be developed by sled drags/prowler etc but you need to practice your sport more and for the powerlifter it is squat/bench/dead, so do […]
Great progress with my squat during my rehab process on these days. If you wanna learn more about my rehab from 2 herniated discs, check out this article from my doctor, Jason Reynolds…Lumbar Spine Rehab-Part 2 9/6 1) Push Press 225x5x5 2) Squat Up to 515×5 3) 3 Count Pause Narrow Stance Squats 405x2x6 4) […]
9/3 1) Bench 365x5x3, 365×8 w/ SS 2) Ring Rows 5×20 3a) DB Front Raises-2×10-15 3b) Band Pushdowns-2×25 3c) DB Curls-2×10-15 Nothing special, my bench sucks right now. 9/4 Back was hurting when I woke up but I did my breathing drills, stretched the hip flexors and prioformis and felt good. 1) Front Squat 315×5 […]