Paul Leonard


Paul Leonard has been a competitive strength athlete for more than three decades. He began his career competing at the Teenage National Championships, achieved top-five placings at three Senior National Powerlifting Championships, and currently holds multiple Arizona State Masters Powerlifting records. Leonard has also competed at various state- and national-level strongman contests. He considers his greatest accomplishment to be the friends and allies he has made while pursuing his strength goals.


  • Build A Crazy Bench With Fewer Injuries Using Conjugate Training

    Paul Leonard ripped his pec tendon in 2002, then broke his arm two years later. After losing about 100 pounds from his bench PR, he regrouped, put together a conjugate routine, and battled back to break new records.

  • Save Your Back With Dumbbell Deadlifts

    Variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to preserving your back, it should be the bread and butter of life, too. Swap out some of those standard deadlift reps for dumbbell deadlifts. You'll still get the gains, and your back will thank you 10 years from now.

  • Skyrocket Your Squat PR With Conjugate Training

    Squat more than you thought possible, protect your joints, and keep squat day fresh and new with Louis Simmons' time-tested approach to training. The trick is to take many paths to get to the same destination.

  • The Fourth Powerlift: Your Gateway To Massive Gains

    The bent-over row was the number-one way to break powerlifting records until it fell out of fashion. Now, it's time to bring it back to its rightful place alongside squats, deadlifts, and benches.