Mike Mahler

Background

For those of you that don't know who I am, I am a strength coach and freelance journalist. My articles have appeared in:

  • Testosterone Magazine
  • Ironman Magazine
  • Stay Fit Magazine
  • Intensity Magazine
  • Vegsource
  • The Code
  • Adcombat.com
  • And now Bodybuilding.com

I am also a certified Russian Kettlebell Challenge instructor and have been a strength athlete for over ten years. I also do kettlebell and bodyweight conditioning workshops for: athletes, law enforcement, the Military, Firefighters, and anyone else that wants to get in great shape. Right now I am focusing on the Mixed Martial Arts community and have worked with several fighters.

Interviews

An Interview With Mike Mahler! - Check out this awesome interview with Mike Mahler, one of the top kettlebell instructors on the planet. Find out what he is up to, what is next and what he does at his workshops.

What I Do

I am available for workshops and personal training in the LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA area, as well as in the WASHINGTON, D.C./VIRGINIA area. In addition, I am available anywhere in the United States and overseas to do strength and conditioning workshops. I also design personalized nutrition and fitness programs online. If you would like more information on my workshops and programs, please e-mail me.

Santa Monica, CAVA
USA, 90403

To find out more about my latest news and upcoming workshops go to www.mikemahler.com.

Articles

  • The Art Of Questioning!

    Sometimes in life it becomes easy to accept things as the way they are, instead of questioning why they are the way that they are. Learn why and how these influential leaders would not stand for that.

  • Aggressive Strength: What Is It & How To Use It!

    We like the fact that these heroes have well-rounded strength that goes far beyond what they can do physically. This well-rounded strength is what I call Aggressive Strength. Being strong and healthy physically is definitely a critical component ...

  • Stay Sharp: Use Pressure To Be Successful!

    Many people try to avoid pressure, not realizing pressure is the thing that keeps you sharp and focused. Learn more as I share some personal experiences and tips on using pressure as a positive rather than a negative.

  • Mahler's Aggressive Strength For MMA: Part 1.

    In this article, I am going to go over two exercises that will build explosive strength and increased muscular endurance. You will have no doubt that there is a sports specific application for MMA athletes.

  • Rest-Pause Training: Re-Visited!

    Rest-pause training will separate the serious lifter from the pseudo lifter in no time, as you don't have time to mess around between each set.

  • Uncharted Leg Routines To Pack On SIZE.

    As hard as exercises such as squats and deadlifts are, one or the other is necessary to increase leg size tremendously in the minimum amount of time. Here are two leg specialization programs to get you started.

  • 6 New Rules Of Effective Fat Loss - Plus: High Frequency Program!

    The common rules of fat loss are clearly not working as our nation gets fatter and fatter... It is time for the new rules of fat loss. Let's get started.

  • Hardcore Fitness For Grapplers: An Interview With Stephen Maxwell!

    Stephen Maxwell has been a competitive athlete for over twenty-five years and is the first American to earn a black belt from Relson Gracie. I had a chance to talk to Steve recently and discuss his views on training, grappling, and nutrition.

  • Advice Addicts: Which Type Are You?

    Advice is a funny thing: some people love being in the advice-receiving stage. They just can't get enough advice. There are several different categories for advice addicts. Read on to see what category you fall into!

  • The End Of Painfully Boring Cardio Workouts.

    I am going to cover three highly effective fat loss programs in this article: PHA, HOC, and the Descending Sets Program. Beware - Some of these are not for the faint of heart. Try them out, your body will thank you.

  • Conversation With A Modern-Day Warrior : The Warrior Diet - Part 2!

    In part 2 of a Conversation With A Modern-Day Warrior, we find out more about the Warrior Diet and how it can change your life for the better!

  • Refresher Course: Say Goodbye To Your Weakest Link!

    Aside from getting your nuts trapped in a vice, there's nothing worse than hitting a training plateau. Learn the secrets of building your lagging body parts!

  • Modified EDT Program For Serious Strength Increases!

    The program worked well and I had tons of clients putting on size and increasing strength like never before. In addition, I wanted to modify the EDT program for people that simply wanted to get stronger without getting bigger.

  • High Repetition Clean And Jerks: Intense Cardio For Serious Athletes!

    If you are afraid of hard work and don't want your heart rate to go through the roof, then leave this exercise for the real tough men and women and join the next spinning class at your gym. For the others, read on ...

  • The Warrior Way With Richard Machowicz!

    Richard participated in numerous tactical operations while attached to SEAL Team One and Two. He achieved a certified instructor rating in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Fighting Instructor Course. I had the pleasure to chat with Richard recently...

  • Condense Time And Get Bigger And Stronger Faster!

    In this article, I am going to reveal two training protocols that you can cycle between indefinitely to keep the gains coming fast and furiously! They are known as EDT and PTP. Read through here to see if they are for you.

  • Maximizing Training With Heavy Duty GTG!

    I am going to go over how to modify Mike Mentzer's controversial 'Heavy Duty' program and mix it with two other controversial programs... The others are 'greasing the groove' and 'Conjugate Approach'. I will describe them here.

  • The Five Pillars Of Kettlebell Training!

    For most trainees, following a regimen with an emphasis on a few basic exercises is the way to go - although not long term. Here are five areas to focus on and three variations to increase balanced development.

  • Training For Multiple Goals And Making It Work: Part 2.

    An achievement that revolves around the workouts is often the goal such as doing 20 kettlebell clean and presses ... let's take a look at a kettlebell program that covers all of the bases. Try it out!

  • Strength World Record Holder John Brookfield Power Talk Interview!

    Battling Ropes Master & Guinness Book of World Record Holder John Brookfield discusses what records he holds, training philosophy and more. Check it out.

  • Interview With Wake Forest University Strength Coach, Ethan Reeve!

    Ethan just can't seem to get enough of this strength and training stuff. He has two strength certificates: United States Weightlifting Federation and the new Strength and Conditioning Coach certified through the Collegiate Strength...

  • In Depth: HEATH HERRING Interview

    Heath Herring has taken the mixed martial arts world by storm and has defeated some of the best MMA fighters including: Mark Kerr, Tom Erickson, and Enson Inoue. I had the pleasure to chat with Heath and get his thoughts on training, fighting ...

  • Are You A Research Addict Or An Action Addict?

    While I'm a strong believer in the importance of massive action, this action without research will lead to disastrous consequences. Learn more about these two addicts, consequences of their actions, and suggestions on breaking out of the mold.

  • 54321 - Shut Up And Start Training!

    Truth be told, the only time when trainees get bored with the basics is when they are not making progress. The 54321 program is just the ticket for a combination of basics and applying variety to keep things interesting. Try it now!

  • Roadwork: The Kettlebell Way!

    Roadwork is a brutal form of training that separates the real men from the girly men. Learn what it is and how to use this as your cardio!

  • An Evil Weekend With The Evil Russian!

    I learned more during the Kettlebell certification weekend regarding productive strength training than I had learned over the last ten years of my lifting career.

  • Combat Conditioning: Five Months Without Weights!

    Most of us are willing to try just about any new weight-training program that comes down the pipe. But would you be willing to try something so different that it doesn't even involve using weights? Learn how to make gains without weights!

  • Top Kettlebell Instructor Ken Blackburn Discusses Unique Equipment!

    Top instructor & strength teacher Ken Blackburn has taught kettlebell training to many... Find out more about this unique equipment and sport.

  • 10 Reasons To Start The 3x3 Program!

    The 3x3 program allows you to focus on heavy weights and low reps. If you would like to learn more see the benefits below and try the sample routines included.

  • Getting Stronger One Rep At A Time.

    Recently, I hit a plateau with my two kettlebell military presses and was becoming extremely irritated. Not only was I not getting stronger, I was actually getting weaker. What a pain! Learn how I got out of it!

  • High Frequency Training: Avoid Overtraining!

    Tired of training programs that want you to avoid overtraining at all costs? Then maybe you should take a look at High Frequency Training!

  • The Stair-Step Approach To One-Legged Squats.

    One of the best exercises for strong functional legs is the one-legged squat, otherwise known as pistols. Learn how to do them, from your own home!

  • General Training For People Who Don't Care About Getting Big Or Ripped!

    A good training program will get you in shape so you have more energy for daily life and a higher threshold for stress. Learn more about training for general health with the following: training program, five pillars, and much more! Read on.

  • The Art Of The Comeback!

    Injuries suck! Learn what I did after recovering from pneumonia and how I gradually got back into training!

  • The Timing Is Never Perfect - Avoiding Procrastination.

    There's always an excuse to put off change and the timing excuse is one of the most effective forms of active procrastination. Learn why Timing is never Perfect and how to recognize when changes in life should be made.

  • Massive Gains In Size & Strength With Condensed Training!

    Save time and needed energy with condensed training. Take a lesson from some top salespeople and learn how to condense time and achieve the strength and physique of your dreams with condensed training.

  • Conversation With A Modern-Day Warrior : The Warrior Diet!

    Are you sick of so-called miracle diets? With the Warrior Diet you will eat better, lose weight and feel great! By eating light during the day and feasting at night, you will reap the maximum benefits and learn to enjoy food again!

  • Power Talk With Top Strength Coach Andrew Durniat!

    Andrew Durniat is an international kettlebell competitor and current American record holder for the single arm snatch. He explains how kettlebells have helped him to be successful and how they can do the same for anyone. Find out here.

  • Accelerate Strength Gains With Rest Pause Training!

    What if there was a training system that allowed you to use maximal loads on every rep of every set? Well continue reading here if you would like to learn and use the Rest Pause Training program.

  • Six Common Training Mistakes.

    Here are six common mistakes people make when training and why they are probably not making any gains even after training for a very long time. See if you are making these common errors.

  • When Life Gets Stressful, Turn To Back-up Training Programs!

    When you finally make it back to training, all of the gains that you had made are gone. Even worse you are weaker than before ... Here is a 5x5 training program that you can use as a back-up when stress is high. Try it out!

  • Power Talk With Top Strength Coach Jason Dolby!

    Strength coach Jason Dolby explains how he uses Kettlebells to create the best athletic potential in everyone. Find out more from this power talk.

  • Girl Power And Then Some: An Interview With Mariam Power!

    I had the opportunity to talk to Mariam recently regarding her training, diet, and philosophy for success.

  • How To Design An Effective Personalized Program.

    Designing an effective personalized program is important for success, but for that to work you must deal with some key issues. Here I will talk a little about lifestyle, stress levels, sleeping habits and your physiology.

  • Mahler's Aggressive Strength Q&A!

    Twice a month Mike Mahler is going to answer your questions to help you get bigger, stronger and faster! Learn how to get your pull-up numbers up, how to break a plateau, about clubbells and much more...

  • Power Talk With Top Martial Arts Strength Trainer Dylan Thomas!

    Martial arts strength trainer Dylan Thomas knows how to effectively combine kettlebells with weight training and martial arts ... Find out more.

  • Mahler's Aggressive Strength For MMA Part 2: Building A Powerful Takedown!

    One of the most important components of being a successful Mixed Martial Arts fighter is having powerful takedown abilities. In this article, I am going to go over three exercises to enhance your takedown strength.

  • Staying In Shape As The Busy Traveler.

    In this article I am going to go over some exercises that can be done just about anywhere to get into great shape. These exercises will give you more energy and will help you stay fresh and alert.

  • Take The Sig Klein Clean And Press Challenge - Effective Workouts Incuded!

    What makes the Clean and Press so great? Execute heavy weights and low reps and the entire body will experience strength/endurance gains. Two proven clean and press plans (GTG and Density Training) are included!

  • The Benefits Of Kettlebell Training For Athletes!

    The benefits of kettlebell training are undeniable. Learn why and how it can help your athletes. Sample workout included.

  • Review Of Ryan Lee's Sports Training Profits Manual!

    Studies show that the average personal trainer makes less than $30,000 a year. In fact I hesitated to get into the training business for many years as I did not want to get stuck training clients all day long for less than $30,000 a year...

  • Unleash The Power Of Heavy Kettlebell Training!

    Heavy kettlebell training is not just beneficial for size and strength, but for muscular endurance as well. This endurance with heavy kettlebells is more beneficial ... Learn more and see example exercises!

  • Power Hungry: A Conversation With Jimmy!

    What are the limits of human strength? It's easy to think so, until you talk to someone like Jimmy!

  • My Journey In And Out Of Andropause!

    Back in 2000 I experienced many of the signs and symptoms of andropause, i.e., my sex drive was low; my mood was poor; my zeal for life was so non-existent ... Learn more.

  • Are Clubbells For YOU?

    I was pretty skeptical about the benefits of Clubbell? training when I first heard about them. I have only been training with Clubbells for a little over a month. However, I am sold on the value of having them in my training arsenal ...

  • Interview With The Renaissance Man

    Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to Mike Brown about training. Mike is a real Renaissance man and knows a great deal regarding a variety of topics. Everything from how to gain weight, to how to take care of legal work without a lawyer.

  • Mahler's Aggressive Strength Q&A - Part Two.

    This month you will find out what bodyweight drills to do when you are away from the gym, how to spice up your cardio, how to increase your bench press and all about Charles Staley's EDT secrets...

  • Super Charging The 5x5 Program For Massive Gains In Size And Strength!

    People need to believe that existing training regimens really do work and that life does not have to be that complicated. Today I will share with you the tried and true 5x5 program. Yes it does work.

  • The Power Of Music!

    No doubt about it, music is a powerful tool and one that should be taken advantage of. At the same time, music should be used judiciously for optimal performance.

  • Is Happiness Determined By Our Genetics?

    Research now confirms what common sense has always told us: Happy people live longer, enjoy healthier lives, achieve more success... Look deep to see if you are happy or not and learn what genetics have to do with it.

  • An Interview With Vegan Strength Coach Mike Mahler

    Check out this awesome interview with Mike Mahler and find out his ideas on training, being a Vegan, and kettlebells.

  • Getting Big & Strong On A Vegan Diet!

    I have the strength and size to back up the fact that you can get strong and have a muscular body on a vegan diet. In this article I am going to discuss why I became a vegan and then go into how to plan your diet to pack on some muscle.

  • How To Structure A Kettlebell Workout For Size And Strength!

    One of the keys to designing an effective kettlebell program is to keep things simple. Learn more here and get some sample training programs that are sure to get you the size and strength you are looking for.

  • Mahler's Aggressive Strength Q&A - June 2004!

    This month you will find out how to get stronger, faster, have better endurance, if kettlebells are superior to dumbbells and barbells, how to improve your sprinting and how to get your lats growing...

  • 5x5 Kettlebell Training: Build Greater Size & Strength!

    5x5 training is a standard protocol that is also an effective way to pack on size and strength. Here are two detailed programs to gain mass!

  • Pump Up The Volume For Your Bodytype!

    In this article, I am going to go over the pitfalls of doing volume training incorrectly and show you how to personalize high volume training to your unique body type for maximum gains in size and strength. Lets get started!

  • Bodyweight Exercises For Size & Strength!

    I get a ton of emails every week regarding bodyweight exercises. People want to know what are the best bodyweight drills for size and strength.

  • The Golden Path Is Not Easy...

    Regardless, if you want to lead a fulfilling life you have to be the master of your own destiny. You don't want to have major regrets on your deathbed as many people do. Starting the Golden Path is always hard. Learn how I did it!

  • Mahler's Aggressive Strength Q&A - May 2004

    This month you will find out how to build bigger biceps, how to perform a Sot's press, why HIT has a bad rap and how High Octane Cardio can help you...

  • Combination Training For The Best Of Both Worlds - Adding Variety!

    There is no one best program, as no program will produce results forever. Eventually, you will adapt ... To make better progress here is what I propose: add some variety right off the bat with 5x5, 3x3, HIIT, sample regimen and more right here!

  • Be The Hero That You Need To Save You!

    If you are following a self-destructive path now, just ask yourself one question: Is your life better due to your actions? If the answer is no, you need to get the help that is necessary to carry forward. Not everything can or should be dealt with alone.

  • Building Size And Strength With Kettlebells.

    Thousands of people have experienced the cardio and muscular endurance benefits of kettlebell training. However, not too many people realize that kettlebell training is a great way to pack on some functional size and strength.

  • Enhance Recovery By Working Out.

    Yes my friend, as hard as it is to believe, sometimes the best thing that you can do for those super sore legs is to workout. Lets talk some more about active recovery and go over some ways to incorporate it into your training.

  • EDT + Kettlebells = Major Strength & Size!

    Recently, I hit some plateaus in my own training and decided to try a program called EDT (Escalating Density Training) by top strength coach Charles Staley. Find out how to bust your plateau with this training style!

  • Training For Multiple Goals And Making It Work!

    I am a strong believer you should only train for a few goals at a time. I've put together some different workouts for a trainee who wants to improve in several areas. Learn more about these routines for multiple goals.

  • Blast Your Mass With German Volume Kettlebell Training!

    I learned about German Volume Training (GVT) from top strength coach Poliquin. German athletes used this protocol to successfully add mass. Here is how it works … with Kettlebells! Try to build more mass.

  • Five Killer Tips To Take Your Military Press Through The Roof!

    In this article, I am going to reveal five killer tips that will launch you on your way in no time to a powerful military press that will turn some heads at the gym. Take advantage of these tips and watch the improvement in your athletic hobbies.

  • Workout Less & Achieve More.

    Mike Mahler explains that in order to maximize your workouts, you have to focus on exercises that work the most muscle groups in the most effective manner.

  • The Mahler Body Blaster For Exceptional Endurance!

    The 'Mahler Body Blaster' is a full bodyweight exercise. It takes 'burpees' one step farther and works about every muscle in the body. Whe done for high repetitions (25-30) it burns fat and tremendously increases muscular endurance.

  • My 2003 Kettlebell Workshops

    In addition to going over dozens of kettlebell exercises, I will be going over bodyweight drills such as: One Legged Squats, Headstand Leg Raises, Janda Sit-ups, back bridging, and much much more...

  • 3-5 Gradual High Volume Program For Incredible Gains In Size And Strength!

    When it comes to getting bigger and stronger, I love high volume training. However, high volume training is only effective when executed properly. I've put together a program that will not let you down. Check it out right here!

  • The 80/20 Rule For Incredible Strength Gains: Part 2.

    Last time we talked about the importance of focusing on exercises that provide the most bang for your buck. Here is another list I've put together another list of exercises that fall into the 20% Club. Learn more here and try them out!

  • An Interview With Jamie Hale!

    Jamie is a strength and conditioning specialist, author, and conributor to various fitness and sports publications. His programs are based on scientific as well as in the trenches knowledge. Learn his secrets!

  • Taming The Bulldog: A Step-By-Step Beginner Bulldog Workout.

    In this article I am going to take you step by step from basic beginner bulldog workouts to advanced bulldog workouts with one 88-pound bell. Learn more right now and start building up.

  • Want Bigger Arms? Time To Apply GTG!

    The quest for bigger arms probably goes back to the beginning of mankind. Every kid that picks up a bodybuilding magazine is probably doing so with the hope that the secret to big arms will be contained within. Learn how with GTG!

  • The Necessity Of Negative Thinking.

    Contrary to what positive thinking devotees say, applying negative thinking is often necessary to achieve your goals and improve your life. Let's start off by going over some of the pitfalls of positive thinking.

  • Maximum Weight For Maximum Size And Strength!

    In this article I am going to show you what exercises to focus on and provide an example of a workout to get you started.

  • A Master Swordsman's Advice For Productive Strength Training!

    In this article, I am going to quote some of Musashi's word's of wisdom and demonstrate clearly how they can be applied to enhancing your workouts and training goals. Read on for more ...

  • Is Kettlebell Training For You?

    It is time to train like a man again and get back in touch with visceral impulse that has been locked away for years. Find out here.

  • Mental Toughness Training!

    Often in training, athletes attempt to create an ideal environment for maximum strength. Many athletes make a point of incorporating training into their routines that focuses on mental toughness? Learn why!

  • An Interview With Dr. Carlon M. Colker.

    Dr. Colker is truly unique in that he has managed to couple his experience as champion competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter with the highest level of academic credentials and education. He is a prolific writer with vast readership...

  • Strength Training That Actually Works For Surfing!

    Surfing and missing waves is about as fun as riding a moped. Here we will discuss strength and conditioning exercises that will help keep you from ending up dead in the water.

  • Keeping Training Fun With Kettlebells!

    Lets face it sooner or later bodybuilding can get boring and lead to burnout. Try this kettlebell program to ease the boredom.

  • The Power Of Following Your Bliss!

    Now look at your life now and ask yourself if you are living those dreams. For those of you who said yes, I congratulate you. For the others, read on...

  • Six New Rules Of Fat Loss & HFT Programs That Will Bust Your @ss!

    Sick of boring fat loss programs that make you feel like an idiot? Does anyone really enjoy being on a treadmill or exercise bike? NO! Get 6 rules for fat loss and an intense training program for beginners through advanced right here.

  • Unexpected Injuries!

    One of the most frustrating things that can happen to an athlete is an unexpected injury. Especially when you have no idea how you got injured. Learn how to cope with them!

  • Vegetarian Strength Training Part 2

    The first section will go over what to eat and when to accelerate fat loss. The second session will go over what to eat to gain lean muscle, and finally I will go over what a sample day looks like for me and why I eat the way that I do.

  • Strength Training For The Busy MMA Fighter!

    Training to excel at mixed martial arts can be a grueling endeavor that takes a great deal of time. Learn the best exercises for MMA athletes and which ones are wrong to do!

  • Getting In Shape For Great Sex!

    The way that you train to improve sex performance is similar to training for many sports. I'm going to give you four exercises that will improve your sexual fitness dramatically. Try them out if you dare.

  • Power Rack Training!

    Once I hit a training plateau I began doing some research, and I realized that the power rack that most gyms do not have was the key that I was looking for. Find out how to improve your weakest links with the power rack!