The Real Reason You Aren't Losing Fat!

We are awful at measuring portion sizes. 

While the thought of measuring, weighing and tracking your food for life can seem daunting, we highly encourage everyone to do either a 1 day or 1 week experiment where you weigh and measure everything you eat and add it into an app like MyFitnessPal. 

We guarantee you'll be shocked at how off your estimates are! 

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Game Time Strength (GTS) is a premier El Segundo and Los Angeles based coaching program that offers the best expert coaching, group training, personal training, program design.  GTS is focused primary on moving well, feeling good, boosting energy, losing fat, gaining lean muscle, and getting strong so you're always prepared for Game Time! Find out more about our free consultation or 1 week risk free trial today!

LAST CHANCE! GTS Total Health Challenge Starts Monday 1/22

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GTS Total Health Challenge

SIGN UP NOW --> Starts Monday 1/22!!!!!

This is a point based challenge. THE GOAL IS NOT TO BE PERFECT. You should aim to build healthy training, nutrition, and mindset habits and focus on improving or staying consistent with your score each week. See the scoring sheet below for how we tally the points each week... 

GTS Total Health Challenge Scoring Sheet

GTS Total Health Challenge Scoring Sheet

We have thorough documentation on what to do, a private Facebook group for tips and motivation. 

Training wise if you're a GTS Athlete you'll be following your current training plan. If you can't follow it for a specific day or two, let's discus alternate acceptable workouts.  If you're not a GTS Athlete, you'll be responsible for your own training but we recommend some type of resistance / weight based training to be the bulk of your training... but if you need to supplement you can also do a higher intensity interval based workout, or a longer 45+ minute lower intensity training (walking, biking, hiking, etc).  

There will be prizes as well, but let's use it as a way to get you back on track with your training, clean up the diet a bit, and take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. I highly recommend it! We had a lot of great results last time around!

Link to the scoring sheet.

Link to Sign up (Choose Challenge Ninja!)

MyFitnessPal - Tracking body weight & progress pics

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MyFitnessPal - Tracking body weight & progress pics

I highly recommend taking progress photos (in this case bathroom selfies) whenever you weigh in. MyFitnessPal makes it super easy to input both. If you aren’t using that app yet to log your progress, get on it! 

You don’t have to show your progress pics to anyone, but I highly recommend looking back at your progress (or lack of progress) as a way to get you motivated and building better habits.
Instead of spending so much of the day comparing ourselves to others, gauge and compare your progress to the old you!

Back story behind these pics...

From May 2017 - Oct 2017 I did a slow cut where I dropped about 14lbs of fat (212 -198). Unfortunately I wasn’t smart enough to take a picture at my starting weight. I started mid way through the cut. 

Its hard taking pics of your starting point. But get over it, you’ll thank yourself 3,6,12 months from now.

From Oct 2017 - Jan 2018 I reverse dieted (added calories slowly), implementing "Drago", our higher volume training cycle that most of you are currently on. The November picture was post Total Health Challenge.

Got a little off the eating routine over the holidays, but after checking in on my progress pics, the extra calories still seem to be going to the right places. From Oct 2017 - Jan 2018 I went from 198-209. Chest hair gains were a nice byproduct...

Keep it easy on yourself and take your progress pics in the same spot every day and don’t worry about it being perfect. Its just for you.

Let’s get signed up for the Total Health Challenge soon and build some healthy habits for the year!

April 2018 Powerlifting Competition & Testing Schedule

Below is our next planned GTS Team Powerlifting Competition.

Enroll ASAP as there's a 50 lifter cap! It's a short 1 day meet so we can all compete together! 

The Challenge Powerlifting Championship, Woodland Hills, California

When: Saturday, Apr 21, 2018
Start time: 10am
Where: Woodland Hills Athletic Club, 20971 Burbank Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, USA (map)
Entry form link

Limited to 50 lifters!

Please keep in mind the registration is only for the meet.  You will still need to be a member of the USPA.  Memberships will NOT be sold at the meet.  Purchase your annual membership at

Meet Director: Lord Elliott
Phone: 661-301-9981

Events: Full Power, bench only, deadlift only, Push-Pull
Category: Raw, Classic Raw, Single Ply, Multi Ply

Early weigh-in & Equipment Check: Friday from 10-11:30am and 5-630pm
No weigh-ins will be available on Saturday April 21, 2018
Rules briefing: 9am Saturday
Lifting starts: 10am Saturday

Lifter Classifications for Nationals/Worlds

2018 Drug Tested National Powerlifting, Benchpress, Deadlift Championship Qualifier with a Class 2 total. June 23-24, 2018 in Charleston, West Virginia 

2018 National Powerlifting, Benchpress, Deadlift Championships with a Master total. 
July 12-15, 2018 in Las Vegas. 

2018 Drug Tested IPL World Powerlifting, Benchpress, Deadlift Championship Qualifier with a Class 1 total, Nov 8-11, 2018. Las Vegas, Nevada

2018 IPL World Powerlifting, Benchpress, Deadlift Championship Qualifier with a Master total. Dec 6-9, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

USPA Men's Classification chart link  

USPA Women's Classification chart link  

Training Style Overview - Blend Movement, Powerlifting, Strength, Muscle - Game Time Strength (GTS) | Barbell Gym | El Segundo | Los Angeles |

Training Style Overview - Blend Movement, Powerlifting, Strength, Muscle
Game Time Strength (GTS) | Barbell Training & Coaching | El Segundo | Los Angeles |  

Video Transcript...
Been having a lot of discussions with people interested in our program lately. So for those of you interested in our program or currently in our program and want to understand more of the background, I figured I’d make a few videos discussing a bit more about our Training System… 

First, our program is rooted in the big powerlifting movements like squat, bench, deadlift...
We also layer in some bodybuilding style movements and programming because while its awesome to be strong, we’d also like to look strong.

So while powerlifting only addresses 3 big lifts (squat, bench, deadlift)… Our program aims add a little more balance to your training. So we teach a few more exercises and program in multiple squatting, lunging, deadlifting, pressing and rowing patterns. 

To get strong, you need to create a situation where you can progressively overload… so for example add more weight, more reps, more sets, reduced rest, etc… 

To make sure we are always progressing, we track everything meticulously, and teach you to track everything!

We use tools like barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells mainly because it’s easy to objectively measure improvement… and it’s stuff you can access pretty much anywhere. We don’t want you to be dependent on a particular machine, environment, classes, or a trainer... 

If we do our jobs right you should be able to do your training program from anywhere you can access barbells and dumbbells.

While our program is rooted in powerlifting movements, our goal is NOT necessarily to make you into a powerlifter. We want to get you strong but don’t want to add weight on the bar for the sake of adding weight on the bar. 

Our goal is to build quality movement patterns and set some form standards first. Then strengthen those movement patterns over time.  

This is for 2 reasons...
1. To minimize the risk of injury and prevent any gaps of time in your training
2. Its way easier to get stronger when you aren’t wasting energy in ugly, inefficient patterns.
I loved this analogy from Gray Cook… “Adding load to a movement pattern is like clicking the save button on a document.” It’s entirely possible to get really strong in poor movement patterns.  We’ve all seen the guy whose spine looks like its going to snap in half but “Hey, he’s strong right?!?!”.

So form first, then add load. If the load creates a situation where the form gets compromised, your coaching staff is here to keep you in check and adjust the program or the technique accordingly.

From an efficiency standpoint, it’s really easy to get strong if you’re throwing down a ton of calories… Mass moves mass. Adding body weight to your frame or getting fatter can improve strength. But our goal is to be strong relative to our body weight, so we encourage you to stay relatively lean. There might be periods of time where you’re slowly putting on muscle and we can set a tolerance level on fat gain... and other times where you’re slowly trimming off the fat while maintaining your strength.

So long story short, when you’re consistently training, working in efficient movement patterns and you progressively overload those patterns… magically you’ll get strong! At which point you’ll have the option of competing or testing your strength in a powerlifting competition. 

If you made it this far, thanks for watching/reading. In future videos I plan to talk some more about some of the nuances of our programming strategies, nutrition, exercise selection, etc. 
If this was helpful, let me know in the comments. This year I’m hoping to create more useful material for you!

See you in the gym!

- Coach J

Goal setting - Coach's personal strength and GTS goals for 2018!

Happy new year everyone! Let’s talk 2018 goals. I’ve always found if I say my goals out loud or write them down I have a higher likelihood of seeing it through!

Personal Strength Goals

I’m looking to hit the following post heart surgery personal records...

  • Squat 500 in competition
  • Bench 319 in competition
  • Deadlift 630 in competition
  • OHP 215 in the gym
  • While keeping BF under 10% on the hydrostatic

GTS Business Goals

I have some pretty lofty goals for this year I wanted to share with you!

1. Obviously keep trying to make the biggest impact I can and continue to grow our local in gym team as well as our online community.

2. I want to ensure all of you to feel a strong sense of connection to your team and coaches. I plan to build more of a social online presence in our Private Team Training Facebook Account so you can all see and share what you’re doing and working on, and we can all keep each other motivated and accountable. I also plan to allow non-GTS Athletes to request to join in the community. 

3. I want to get over my own insecurities about posting rough cut, raw video content so I can give provide you with more background and logic behind our exercise selection, program design, as well as get out tips, form corrections and frequently asked questions fast!

4. I’ve unfortunately been super busy sitting behind a computer developing programs and new projects...  so this year I really want to make it a point to work more directly with all of you. I plan to carve out more time on the floor, and offer monthly workshops for those looking for a refresher in the big lifts.

As an added bonus, I figured it would also be a great opportunity for you to share what you’re doing with your friends or coworkers and invite them to experience the nuances of our program and see first hand how hard you work!

Our next workshop will be Sat Jan 13th from 9-12 so make sure you sign up or share with your friends soon because I’m trying to limit it to 12 people. FREE for GTS athletes | $49 for Non GTS Athletes. Sign up at

5. Since the holiday season has us all out of routine... to get us re-motivated and engaged I’ll be hosting more training and nutrition challenges, as well as a free GTS Swag Give away which I’ll announce later this week.

We had a huge success with our first GTS Total Health Training and Nutrition challenge, and we’ll be running our second one starting on Jan 22nd. So sign up now at

6. I’m also super excited to announce another cool project Adam and I have been working very hard on. We’re still in development and testing right now, but we’ll be launching a GTS Web and Mobile App that looks super sexy! We will have all new videos of all of our exercises and make it super easy to log workouts and see what everyone else is up to!

Ok, big year! Those are my goals, what are your 2018 goals? Share them in the comments or on Private Team Training Facebook Account… We can all keep each other accountable!

Ps. Testing out this teleprompter app to see if i like it which is why you see that watermark thing... I like it though, felt less awkward then usual in front of the camera.

Let's get after it!