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057 Doug Fioranelli: Increase Your Strength, Endurance and Explosive Power

Super Strength Show - Doug Fioranelli

In this episode of the Super Strength Show, Doug Fioranelli uses Progressive Programming, to help you increase your strength, endurance and explosive power.

More Specifically in this Episode You’ll Learn About

  • How to understand what you want and fine tune your training.
  • Constantly refining your lifting technique.
  • How to turn an injury into an opportunity.
  • The benefit of finding a mentor to help you with your training.
  • Treat your body the right way, and learn how to get better with age.
  • If you’re going to do something, do it the best you possibly can.
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with people who challenge you to look at things differently.
  • Progress towards your goals and feeling good.
  • Relish the small victories to your long range goals.
  • Build a strong foundation by mastering the basics!
  • Learn the best technique for a proper pull up.
  • Doug’s tips for overhead pressing.
  • Focus on what you want, find someone who can help you achieve it, and keep it simple!

About Doug Fioranelli

Doug Fioranelli is the owner of Rise Above Performance Training™ where he uses personal, progressive programming to increase his athletes’ performance and reduce their risk for injury.

He has over 14 years of experience in strength training, conditioning and athletic rehabilitation, and has coached many adult clients, police, fire, military professionals, and athletes from middle school to Olympic and Professional level.

Doug has his Master’s degree in Kinesiology and holds many certifications. To name just a hand full, Doug is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Russian Kettlebell Instructor Level II, an Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach, and a Certified Sports Nutritionist.

You can connect with Doug by visiting his website at


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Training Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Get Buffed by Ian King

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe

Joe DeFranco

Eric Cressey

Mark Bell

Guest Videos

Doug Fioranelli shows us some variations of the Turkish Get Up

Overhead or Military pressing is a movement that can be limited by lack of mobility, strength, and/or stability. Doug shares some exercise progressions that can help get you back to pressing that bar overhead in no time at all.

In this video Doug will show you the exact mobility warm up his athletes go through before they begin their training session.

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Bonus Q&A

Every person that we interview on The Super Strength Show has an opportunity to answer some extra questions that aren’t asked in the podcast. It’s a chance for our listeners to learn a little bit more about our guests and to get even more value from our show. Check out the answers that Doug Fioranelli provided below!

Can you share one of your habits that contribute to your success in the gym? Good Mobility warm up and listening to my body, before, during and after training.

What are your favourite exercises? Deadlift, anything Kettlebell, pullups, push ups, and a prowler.

What are your favourite muscle groups to train? I like to train myself and clients… muscles to work synergistically not specific parts or groups.

What are your favourite pieces of equipment? Body weight, kettlebells a bar, and a prowler.

What is currently on your workout music playlist? I like punk music. I have to listen to contemporary pop when I train the athletes so I like to listen to my stuff when I train.

How do you psych up for a workout or set? I never really was a person who needed to get fired up, I am more in my own head.

What was one exercise or routine that gave you great gains in muscle mass and/or strength? I mostly train myself and athletes for skill development… I would say train the areas in which you are not strong. For me Double kettlebell pressing is always a challenge and I have found that when I do them consistently I gain great strength in pressing movements

What’s your favourite way to speed up recovery between workouts? Mobility work, stretching, and making sure me and my athletes’ workouts are not overtaxing.

What’s your favourite meal? Mom’s cooking (I’m Italian)

What’s your favourite cheat meal and how often do you indulge? Love me some ice cream.  I eat it occasionally.  I am not as physique focused as I am [what I think] health focused so I do not consider anything a cheat.  Moderation.

What supplements do you feel work well for you? I don’t do too many anymore. I do like daily vitamin C powder and BCAAs when i train.

What do you do to relax? I like to spend time with family, read and watch soccer.

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