Introduction to Team Keough

Hello all,


Team Keough was created about a year ago, after I had fielded several requests to offer programming for lifters in the immediate area. Since that point, I’ve (slowly) added to our roster by accepting new lifters. Team Keough consists of a group of lifters–for whom I handle their programming–but it’s also a team, comprised primarily of lifters in the Des Moines area.


Currently, there are seven of us, and I’m always willing to discuss programming for anyone interested. I don’t charge anything for programming, but I am selective in who I program for. My criteria includes either: a.) working with lifters I know and trust and/or b.) working with lifters who pose unique challenges and have great potential. I strongly prefer to work with good people who share my dedication to the sport.


If I had to write a manifesto on my training philosophy, it would be something akin to the following: there is no ____ Training System(s) here. I try to cast as wide a net as possible in writing programming, and I do believe in a relativist understanding of what exactly makes people stronger. In other words, the programming I do is highly individualized. That’s not to say that I don’t have an “identity” as a coach, but the programming for my lifters is always different; sometimes, it’s markedly so.


Philosophically, I’ve always felt most comfortable with the belief that the truth, in most every instance, lies somewhere in the middle. So, while I believe in individualized programming, I don’t reject the tried-and-true methods that have proven time and time again to be reliable strength-builders. I also try to straddle the line between applying very general training concepts to lifters’ regimens and bucking that trend by letting anecdotal evidence influence my decisions. My programs are usually some combination of a reflection of personal experience and an incorporation of an external resource.


To put it simply, I tend to find myself somewhere in the middle of most polarizing conversations in powerlifting strength training. And finally, a forewarning: my programming is free because I do not feel I have anything to offer that’s worth selling. I’m still learning, both about my own training and about the training of others. I consider Team Keough to be a guinea pig of sorts; the upside to this sort of trial-by-fire is that it’s produced one of the most supportive and dedicated groups I’ve had the good fortune of being a part of.


If you’re interested in discussing programming with me, please feel free to contact me at Our team is a veritable open book, and so you will find the programming done for all our members is readily accessible on this site.


Kyle Keough


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