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Unapologetically Powerful is a 13-week powerlifting training program for beginner and intermediate powerlifters, and includes a complete guide to competing in your first powerlifting meet, should you choose to do so. You’ll also get the User Manual, Exercise Glossary, Exercise Video Library, and Gear Guide.
In addition to the detailed training programs that are included, you’ll also get the User Manual, Exercise Glossary, Exercise Video Library, and Gear Guide.
If you’re a beginner, start with the original Unapologetically Powerful, and if you have some mobility limitations you need to improve on before you can start working on your maximal strength, then pick up the deluxe package, which includes Unapologetically Prepared, a specially-designed preparatory program for Unapologetically Powerful.
If you’ve got two or more years powerlifting experience under your belt, you’ll thrive on Unapologetically Powerful 2.
You may see other people squatting, deadlifting, and pressing big weights and think, “I can’t do that.”
Or maybe it’s a scary prospect, because you’re unsure of your form and technique on big lifts.
Getting good coaching on technique is expensive and resources are scarce, so it may seem easier to simply NOT explore the upper reaches of your strength potential.
But that would be a mistake. (To quote Pretty Woman, it would be a “big mistake. Big. Big. Huge!”)
Because getting stronger can change everything. It can change the way you feel about yourself, it can change the way you feel about your body.
That change starts with doing things right inside the gym. You can’t build immense strength on a shaky foundation of skills. A few form tweaks here and there, a great program and the payoff is huge in terms of progress.
I can help you build an indestructible house. I will tell you exactly how to perform the exercises that will lead to your best fitness results, tell you when to do them, and in what combination. I will guide you through the entire process.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
This isn’t going to be a long, drawn-out process. Whether you enter as a beginner who has never trained for powerlifting, or an intermediate lifter who has a couple of years of lifting under their belt (pun intended), in 12 weeks—less than a season—you will become measurably more powerful.
If you follow the 13-week program I’m going to tell you about, you will begin seeing your strength shoot up right away, and your results will stack on top of one another like so many weight plates.
In a 2001 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women with basic experience in strength training experienced significant strength adaptations when training multiple sets of a whole-body strength training program just twice a week. (In other words, they took up a powerlifting style of training.)
How long did it take the women to see increases in strength, according to the research?
You can see strength gains in just six weeks? And that was training just twice a week? Plus, this was in a study protocol, which is great for revealing the relationships between variables, but not exactly ideal for making optimal strength gains. Imagine if you found an even sweeter spot of three or even four sessions a week.
The program I’ve been hinting at is called Unapologetically Powerful, and it’s structured to quickly get you stronger than you’ve ever been in “the big three” powerlifts, the squat, bench, and deadlift. Totally, completely fine if you have no interest in powerlifting as a sport—this program will simply get you strong, period.
To put the program to the test, I asked one of the groups of lifters we worked with to develop Unapologetically Powerful to test their new maxes after just six weeks. That’s half of the full program. And even at that stage, these are the types of results we saw:
What were Rebecca’s exact PRs? A boost of 20 pounds in the deadlift. Another 30 pounds in the bench press. And 30 more pounds in the squat.
What it all comes down to is feeling stronger, braver, and excited about trying new things. I say over and over again that strong is fun, and never once have I been proven wrong. Join me on this raucously fun adventure, and you’ll see for yourself.
My name is Jennifer Vogelgesang Blake—but my friends call me JVB, and you can too— and I am a powerlifter, trainer, and head coach of the powerlifting team, Team Green, at The Movement Minneapolis. There, I’ve helped coach an ever-growing community of lifters, one that continues to thrive to this day. These are men and women from every walk of life who are looking to become stronger, more skilled lifters.
In addition to coaching our gym-goers and my one-on-one clients in person, I’ve coached hundreds of lifters online. In fact, I took groups of beta testers from all over the world through the very programs I’m about to outline in greater detail for you, and many of them nailed their own big three PRs and became stronger athletes.
Here’s what some of them had to say about the program:
This program focuses on the key lifts—squat, deadlift, and bench—but it also adds in challenging accessory work that trains your body in all planes of movement. This was something my prior training had been lacking.
I cannot recommend this program enough. If you love to lift and are looking for an intelligent, intuitive approach to finding your inner awesome, you have to try Unapologetically Powerful.
I loved the Unapologetically Powerful program. It’s different than anything I've done before, in an awesome way—it's all about strength gains! This program helped build my ability to listen to my body so that in any workout I know what lifts feel good, when I can push it, and when I need to back off. The focus is on the big lifts, which I love, and the variations helped make me stronger and will keep me lifting longer.Anna
I can tell you from personal experience, as well as years of observation of hundreds of clients: being strong has some pretty significant advantages. Obviously, if you're interested in competing in powerlifting the whole point is to get stronger and move more weight. But even if you never intend to put a single toe on the competitive platform, there are perks to training like a powerlifter.
You get out of bed more easily. You take the stairs two at a time. You end up looking down and appreciating the shapeliness of your thighs because now you know those thighs have a purpose and that purpose is to move. To move weights. To move you from point A to point B with your shoulders thrown back and your head held high. (Just like the lockout of the deadlift, only sans barbell.)
Unapologetically Powerful will make you a stronger, and more confident and skilled lifter. After you complete the program, you will be excited and ready to challenge your strength and tenacity in new ways.
And that’s where Unapologetically Powerful 2 comes in.
My experience with Unapologetically Powerful 2 has been amazing and invaluable. I saw major gains in form, amount of weight lifted, and confidence. When I started, my max squat was 135 pounds, bench was 115 pounds, and deadlift was 205 pounds.
By the end of Unapologetically Powerful 2, I had added 50 pounds to my squat, 22 pounds to my bench, and 65 pounds to my deadlift!
With the Unapologetically Powerful 2 program, I was able to make significant gains in both strength and confidence. The programming was easy to follow and made the strength improvements both easy and fun by adding a variety of new-to-me movements.
I was able to enter my next powerlifting meet with increased confidence in my ability to make all of my lifts. In fact, nearly all of my openers were higher than my previous meet PRs! After training with Unapologetically Powerful 2 for my last competition I added 16 pounds to my back squat, 28 pounds to my bench press, and 20 pounds on my deadlift.
The Unapologetically Powerful 2 program had me feeling STRONG and ready to go! After completing my first powerlifting meet, I was excited at the prospect of competing again.
The programming was clear and easy to follow. I ended my 12 of training stronger and better in not only the big three lifts, but in everything I do. And, I added 22 pounds to my deadlift!
Unapologetically Powerful 2 will raise your lifting skill and strength to new heights. Whether you choose to compete in a powerlifting meet or test your maxes in the gym, you will be ready to handle heavier weights with confidence while you nail new personal records.
I’ll show you how to use a secret weapon with the Unapologetically Powerful programs. That weapon is training with biofeedback. This quick, easy-to-implement protocol is what separates the our programming for the rest of the pack.
You’ll be able to:
Incorporating biofeedback into your training only takes a few seconds, but the results last for good. It’s a tool that once you have, you never lose, and you’re welcome to use it on any program for the rest of your life.
The biofeedback techniques I learned in the program provided this amazing way to figure out just the right amount of work my body needed in order to make effortless progress every single week. This made each training session feel new and exciting, and ultimately made the entire program feel super easy and fun to follow. I always left the gym feeling much better than when I walked in.Kat
I saw strength gains and felt much more comfortable and confident with my lifts doing just three workouts a week, (which fit beautifully with my busy schedule)! But by far the best part of the program for me was the introduction to biofeedback testing, which has been a life-changer for me. It made me listen to what my body was telling me. It allowed me the freedom to choose the best exercise for me on that particular day and not put myself at risk for an injury. And even though I didn't back squat for the first three weeks, when it finally tested well, I lifted more than when I started AND had a larger range of motion.Susan
The best part? All of this programming is available to you instantly, and it is accessible anywhere and anytime, from any mobile or desktop device.
Here's what you get:
The 13-week Unapologetically Powerful Training Programs to improve your competition lifts: the squat, bench, and deadlift.
The Unapologetically Powerful Exercise Video Library, which is easily accessed through hyperlinks in the Exercise Glossary and houses a video for every single one of the 141 exercises in the programs (plus 3 warm-up demonstration videos), with detailed coaching cues for the viewer.
The Unapologetically Powerful Exercise Glossary, containing crisp photos and succinct exercise descriptions.
The Unapologetically Powerful User Manual, a comprehensive ebook that takes you through every detail of the program.
The Unapologetically Powerful Gear Guide, If you’re looking to pick up some equipment of your own. Figuring out where to start can be challenging and the Gear Guide cuts through the fluff with solid recos.
And, surprise! How To Compete Guide: Make Your Foray Into Powerlifting A Huge Success, a manual that covers everything you need to know about competing in powerlifting, from how to find and enter a meet down to the required heel height of your shoes. Trust me, we’ve got your singlet-donned booty covered.
Unapologetically Powerful will get you stronger and even prepare you for the platform if you're into that, but it's not quite one size fits all. When people come to our gym, The Movement Minneapolis, and say they want to get started powerlifting, we need to know one thing before we can put them on a dedicated powerlifting program.
You see, for some people, there is a small barrier to entry into the powerlifts and it has nothing to do with the amount of weight on the bar. Here’s what you need to be able to do full powerlifting:
If you can already do these things then you can dive right into Unapologetically Powerful.
But, if you can't do these things just yet, no big deal — it just means we have to take the right approach. Unapologetically Powerful is like a sports car. It's a high-performance training program.
But, you can't take a sports car on a rough gravel road without some serious consequences. There just isn't much room for error, and you're going to do damage. It's simply the wrong tool for the job.
So you need to take a different approach and use the right tools.
At The Movement Minneapolis our approach is simple. We take a few weeks to strategically address the issues that need to be dealt with, and then and only then do we put them on a dedicated powerlifting program.
I enlisted David Dellanave, founder of The Movement Minneapolis and major influencer of the biofeedback training approach taught in Unapologetically Powerful, to create a specialized program to get you ready to take on a high-performance powerlifting program. It's called Unapologetically Prepared and it's included in the Gold package.
Think of Unapologetically Prepared as a pre-program: it delivers everything you need to do to prepare your body to move better, so that you can follow the main program to a T. Here’s what’s included:
Unapologetically Prepared Training Program: A strategic, repeatable plan to quickly address any movement limitations that would prevent you from training for powerlifting.
Unapologetically Prepared User Manual: Know exactly why you're doing what you're doing so you can take that and apply it to whatever plan you're doing — not just this program.
Unapologetically Prepared Exercise Glossary: Your reference library, which includes photos and detailed written coaching cues for every single exercise in the pre-program.
I know you’re going to love the results you’ll get from becoming Unapologetically Powerful. I know that you’re going to love getting stronger and more capable, and I know that if you do choose to compete, you’ll have everything you need to set personal records on that platform.
I’ve already seen this program work for many people, and I know it will work for you, too. The 30-day, money-back guarantee is there not because I think you’ll need it, but to prove that my confidence in this program is unwavering. All you have to do is give the program a shot, and if you don't like it then you keep the program and I'll give you a full refund.
Yep, it's that easy and I believe your results are going to be that good.
I’m so happy to have gotten the chance to introduce you to Unapologetically Powerful and my friends and mentors who helped to make this the most comprehensive training program on the market today.
I hope you take advantage of everything at your fingertips right now. I’ve seen what happens on the other side, what happens when you’re given the chance to realize your fullest potential, and I look forward to seeing you there.
Now it’s time for you to take the leap towards becoming Unapologetically Powerful.
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No. If you’re new to barbell training, you will find a happy home in the first version of Unapologetically Powerful Beginner Program. With the guidance of the Unapologetically Powerful Video Library you will learn each lift from the ground up so that you can hit the gym with confidence for every training session.
That said, anyone new to heavy lifting will be well advised to be extremely conservative with the amount of weight they are lifting. The primary focus in beginning should be learning to perform the lifts with ship-shape form before being concerned about adding more weight to the bar.
Everyone has a different starting point but generally speaking, beginner and early intermediate powerlifters (lifters who have very little and up to two years of experience) do very well on Unapologetically Powerful, and lifters who’ve been powerlifting two or more years thrive on Unapologetically Powerful 2.
The sets and reps prescribed in Unapologetically Powerful 2 will guide you towards lifting heavier weights more frequently than Unapologetically Powerful. You will also be squatting, benching, and deadlifting twice a week versus one.
Nope, not at all. Zero pressure to ever compete. Once you get started on the program, you might start desiring a venue to show off your newfound strength, though. Competing in powerlifting is a uniquely rewarding experience but getting super strong is an extremely worthy endeavor on its own, too.
Whether you work out at home or at a fully equipped gym, you will need access to a bar, weight plates, and bench. But the Unapologetically Powerful program includes a much wider variety of movements than just barbell ones, so you will also want access to dumbbells, kettlebells, and various other small pieces of equipment.
Yes! That’s the best part! No matter your starting point, there is only one way to move with Unapologetically Powerful: forward. From there you will find that there is no such thing as “strong enough,” but rather “stronger every day.”
Does a barbell know if it’s a man or women lifting it? No. And while Unapologetically Powerful was written to address the unique training considerations for women regarding volume and intensity, I’m definitely not going to say that men won’t find great benefit from it as well. Strength looks good on everybody.
Shipping is so 1999. These programs are a completely digital, downloadable series of PDFs that you get instant access to as soon as you purchase. What’s more, you can download and access the entire system on any device that can read a PDF — which these days is nearly anything. You can read it on your computer, your tablet, or your phone, provided it doesn’t take up the entire passenger seat of your car. You can even print it out.