Transitioning to Strongman

Well, that escalated quickly. I began my training back in mid-November (or “mow-vember” as I was sporting a SWEET thick beard that month) at around 225 pounds.  I’ve been as low as 218, and that was right after finishing Insanity: ASYLUM.  I still regard Asylum as the pinnacle of Beachbody programs, if you’ve got that type of physique and performance as your...
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Old-School Strength Training

I have a theory.  I’ve been thinking for some time that all competitive strength events have their genesis in a drunken boast and/or challenge: Drunken blacksmith: PLEASE.  I could bend that bar with my own two hands. Drunken farmer: PLEASE!  I could bend that bar around my head. Drunken bricklayer: PUH-LEEEEASE!  I could band that bar with my TEETH. Slightly-more-alert pub patrons:...
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Being a Man

“We have the capacity and desire to be men – in the primitive, grunting, yelling, screaming, crushing, destroying, aggressive, violent sense of the word.” By most people’s reckoning, I’m a big dude.  (That pic is me @ around 245 lbs) I am around 6′ 3″, and today I’m weighing in around 255-260.  I’m no giant, but I’m usually hanging...
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Sacrifices for Strength

…What do you have to give up to focus on strength?  That’s what I wanted to share with you today.  These are just my short-term observations and my own experience, of course.  Please comment below if you agree, disagree, or have something to add. If strength is your #1 priority… …eating to support your strength gains basically necessitates dealing with a small to...
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Strongman Update: 405 DL and counting

Just a quick update: I’ll be traveling through the rest of the week, so I can’t count on much barbell time… Maybe a “hotel gym” and a pool if I’m lucky, so… …I wanted to train HARD before I left.  Mission accomplished. I spent some time doing sets of 5 working on low-bar squats, a new technique for me, but I’m such a newb when it comes to...
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P90X3 is HERE!!!

  That’s right… P90X3 is HERE!!! Snag it by the end of 12/15/2013 and guarantee you’ll have it by Christmas!  If you order this month, you’ll also be receiving some cool stuff, including a P90X3 hat and free shipping!  30 minutes a day, no excuses, MAJOR results.  I’ll be participating with a few coach friends of mine in a MEGA support-group (at the time of...
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Strongman Update: All KINDZ of GAINZ

*Bonus points if you get the reference in the title 🙂 Saturday was another BIG training day for me.  Bad weather + no access to Alcovy High’s weight room meant one thing: Beachbody workout, y’all.  P90X2 has some of the best research behind it, and is absolutely one of the best programs BB offers.  Remember, I’ve said that I’m focusing on sport-specific training as I...
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Strongman: Kaizen Training

What is the Kaizen Principle?  Simply put, it’s a Japanese term referring to the pursuit of continual improvement in all areas of life.  It has been taught in regards to business efficiency and profitability for a while, but it has its roots in Samurai culture, and their pursuit of excellence, efficiency, and efficacy with every weapon, movement, armor appearance, knowledge, cunning,...
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