Charles Staley


    "One of the signs of a great teacher is the ability to make the subject matter seem simple. Charles Staley is one of these rare teachers. After listening and talking to him, you suddenly achieve a new awareness of training. You go to the gym and, suddenly, everything makes sense, and you wonder why you haven't been doing it his way since day one." - Muscle Media 2000 magazine August, 1999

His colleagues call him an iconoclast, a visionary, a rule-breaker. His clients call him "The Secret Weapon" for his ability to see what other coaches miss. Charles calls himself a "geek" who struggled in Phys Ed throughout school.

Whatever you call him, Charles' methods are ahead of their time and quickly produce serious results.

His counter-intuitive approach and self-effacing demeanor have lead to appearances on NBC's The TODAY Show and The CBS Early Show.

Muscle Logic

    Liberate Yourself from Classical Weight Training!
    Your muscles will get bigger if you force them to work harder, not longer. That's the breathtakingly simple concept behind my Escalating Density Training (EDT) system. Coach Staley is finally revealing his EDT program design secrets and fat-burning, muscle-building workouts in this new book from Rodale publishers. You'll gain strength, power, speed, muscle by cutting recovery time and training with greater intensity.

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Escalating Density Training DVD

    Your Workout Just Got Smarter!
    Escalating Density Training (EDT) breaks all the rules for superior workout efficiency. EDT creator and World-renowned sports performance specialist Charles Staley becomes your personal coach as he explains the principles and tactics of this intelligent approach to resistance training.

    A Complete Video Guide To EDT (DVD format)
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    "Charles Staley's EDT is the most foolproof method of building muscle I have ever seen. And it is not the fake muscles of a pump artist; EDT muscles are as strong as they look!" - Pavel Tsatsouline (Author of Power To The People! Russian Training Secrets for Every American and The Russian Kettlebell Challenge)

Charles Staley, B.Sc., MSS
Staley Performance Institute
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  • 5 Key Strategies For Mature Lifters

    The way you train in your 50s is a lot like you do (or did) in your 20s. You just need to understand some basic things about how your strength potential and nutritional needs change.

  • 7 Ab Drills That Don't Suck

    In your quest to tighten up your midsection, it's possible that your programming is what's gotten flabby! Focus on these essentials for the next two months, and prepare to be amazed.

  • Bench Presses Don't Have To Cause Shoulder Pain

    Many of us accept shoulder pain as a fact of lifting life, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are solutions you can put into action today to save your shoulders for tomorrow!

  • 7 Ways You're A Serious Workout Injury Waiting to Happen

    Tired of feeling like your training is just the stuff that happens between injuries? You can change course, and it doesn't have to involve spending hours on a foam roller. Here's how to save yourself from yourself!

  • Why Full-Body Workouts Make You Stronger

    Are you setting yourself behind the eight ball by training either too rarely or too often? Here's how to build your week so you can take your strength where you've dreamed!

  • The Surefire Way To Crush Your 2016 Goals

    Serious athletes know that improvement doesn't happen by accident. Here's how to perform an inventory that will show you what's truly holding you back!

  • How I Got In My Best Shape Ever At Age 55

    Your upward trajectory doesn't have to end at a certain number. Here's how one fitness expert overcame decades of disappointment and finally figured it out!

  • 5 Rules To Build Strength And Size

    You can have it all, just not at the same time. Become a master of block periodization and watch your strength and size feed into one another like never before!

  • Strength First: Ditch The BOSU Ball For The Barbell

    New to the gym? You don't have to start with a wacky stability exercise on the BOSU ball. Learn why building strength with a barbell should be your top priority!

  • You, Only Bigger: 5 Principles For Greater Hypertrophy

    Follow these rules, and more muscle growth is the inevitable result.

  • Building Success In The Gym With The Principles Of Progress: Your Operating System!

    In this follow-up, I'd like to challenge you to explore your 'system' of training. I'd like you to take an assessment of your 'Values'. In other words, what's your 'Training O.S.?' Find out more from these sample belief patterns.

  • Building Success In The Gym With The Principles Of Progress!

    The most successful athletes have a protocol - a proactive procedure to keep on track when problems arise in your training. Get your training goals back on track with the following training principles... Learn more.

  • Spray And Stretch Revisited - The Little Secret With Trigger Points.

    We're about to let you in on a little secret that we've been using with great results for several months now. Learn more about the Spray And Stretch method right here.

  • The Training Journal - Free To Measure It. Manage It. Master It.

    Find out why keeping a training journal is so important and how it can be related to owning a business! Use paper, use electronics... do whatever it takes to keep track and improve. You will love the results. Read on...

  • Why Hill Sprints Are The Fastest Way Of Getting Strong, Fast, And Lean.

    We've put together a great list of the top eight most compelling reasons to incorporate hill sprinting and the benefits that go along with it. In addition we have some exercises and ideas for designing a training routine using this method. Check it out!

  • Understanding 'Same But Different': Maximizing Your Progress!

    This article is about the subtleties of program design. And specifically, how to find the perfect balance between two inherently conflicting principles of resistance training - specificity and variability.

  • The No-Frills Cardio Challenge - How To Lose Twice The Fat In Half The Time

    Most people wouldn't call cardio 'fun,' but believe it or not, sometimes increasing the challenge makes it more interesting, and possibly more beneficial. Welcome to the world of cardio. Get some straight talk right here.

  • Smart Cardio For Strength, Mass & Fat Loss!

    If you're a typical guy who loves to lift big weights, but considers anything over 3 reps to be endurance training, you might not be interested in this article. If you can bench press a Buick but get winded tying your shoes, then read on!

  • Station Versus Circuit Training.

    Find out the difference between station training and circuit training. How one can benefit you more than the other. What works best?

  • Liberate Yourself From Classical Weight Training!

    In the field of resistance training, EDT dynamically conforms to the end-users needs from workout to workout while at the same time ensuring the stringent application of the established principles of athletic training.

  • Succeeding Despite Injuries!

    Over the years I've learned how to get the job done despite lingering injuries. Usually, it's simply a matter of swallowing your pride and doing what your inner voice is telling you to do. Learn the secrets I use to deal with them!

  • 10 Things You Must Do To Have A Great Workout!

    The basic idea of a good warm-up is to walk that fine line between preparing yourself adequately for the intense work to come, without fatiguing yourself in the process. Learn the secrets on how to warm-up properly!

  • Having It All!

    In almost any case people who experience astounding success are not utilizing common herd methods, and neither should you. Learn the secrets on how to get ripped!

  • The Hidden Power Of Behavior-Based Training!

    Before a new building can be erected on a site where an older building exists, the older building must be demolished first. Learn how your behaviour will be base your training!

  • How Much Ya Bench? Increase It NOW!

    As the title of this week's column indicates, the bench press has achieved almost cult status, reaching even into popular culture. Don't you want to have the biggest bench out of all your friends? Full guide with pics!

  • 10 Mistakes Athletes Make

    Even the smartest, most dedicated trainees make lots of mistakes on an ongoing basis. That's why even the best athletes have coaches. Here are the most common mistakes!

  • Work Ethic Versus Performance Ethic!

    The paradigm in question is so widely accepted that for most it is considered a simple fact of life. You might not even realize that you're a believer, but it's highly likely that you are.

  • A New Look At Specificity!

    Can the development of (for example) strength in a particular exercise (say, the squat) lead to strength improvements in the target sport skill (say, a volleyball serve)? Does transfer even exist? Get your technical questions answered!