So I’ve got some good news, some better news, some exciting news and some amazing news. Simply put, life is great!
The good news for all of my readers is that things should be going back to normal shortly as I will finally be moving into my new apartment soon and will have TONS of my time freed up.
The better news is that I will be flying out to Kansas City for the Fitness Summit in a few weeks to meet some of the brains in the industry and pass ideas, learn some stuff, and destroy some KC BBQ. Mostly the BBQ.
The exciting news as well as one of the reasons I have been so busy lately is I began coaching at Myoforce, which is a personal training studio set up for corrective exercise and performance enhancement. The owner, Aaron … Read More »
Q: I have a question inspired by your upright row comment. I think I read once that if you can’t do body weight push-ups you shouldn’t be loading weight on bars when you do chest work. What are your thoughts on that?
A: If there is one thing that I have learned as a strength coach it is that if you want to build a big chest and strong upper body, you can only do so with heavy weights. Push ups only allow you to press with your body weight which you can do a hundred times if you only go halfway. With the barbell, even if you can’t bring the bar to your chest, you can press almost double your bodyweight.
If you don’t get the Big Bang Theory reference, it means I made a joke and I’m completely bullshitting. Kind … Read More »
I’m writing this a little later than usual since I haven’t had as much time as I would like to tend to the blog so I am going to keep it simple. So simple even Jillian Michaels could figure it out.
<———- Ms. Michaels sans makeup. Horrifying.
What I am going to share with you is a philosophy I picked up a while back from Coach Dan John from his epic book, Never Let Go. Which is coincidentally still one of my top 10 must reads for anyone who is into training. His writing to strength training is what Plato’s writing was to the Republic. Epic in every sense of the word.
What I am going to share with you isn’t ground breaking by any means and may cause a few of your brain cells to short circuit due to it’s complex simplicity. … Read More »
This is going to be a quick post today as I just wanted to share a hardcore workout I did today. Not my usual training but I have to prepare for the upcoming Spartan Race that Lindsay and I are doing at the end of August. It’s not my usual event as I typically train for powerlifting but I thought it would be something fun and motivating to do with Lindsay as well as the Summer Street staff.
Since this is my typical deloading week from my current 5/3/1 program I thought I would up the cardio and throw in some extreme circuit training. This is the exact training that the ancient Spartans used to prepare to do battle with the gods. Or at least very similar.
Here it is (minus the spear throwing and battle to the death thing…I swore a … Read More »
I feel like there comes a time in everyone’s life where they stop feeling the need to get everything done in such a rush. Some call it wisdom, some call it experience and others just call it just plain old common sense. I agree with all of these.
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older (next week is my birthday, pahty ova here!) or quite possibly because I have a little overuse injury going on in my knee right now. It could also have something to do with all the research, eggs, beast flesh and books I consume each day. After all, you are what you eat.
Here is one of my favorite movie quotes to explain it a little better:
The takeaway: Slow down and enjoy your training every once in a while but still work hard. Learning new lifts, hitting personal bests, … Read More »