Strongman Update: Squat, Bench, and FAT-GRIPZ!

As with any training plan, you have to leave room for adjustments.  I have each day meticulously planned out for this phase of training (through the end of the year.)  BUT the rainy days are making me call some audibles, specifically with my backyard tire training.  Enter squats and bench… Mwahahahaha… Squats are like the cousins of deadlifting.  They work very similar muscles in...
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Thermic Effect of Food – Feel the BURN

Here’s some science goodness for ya – did you know that your body uses energy for all of its processes?  That’s right – thinking, breathing, sweating, lifting, and digesting.  This is called the thermic effect.  And not all foods cause the same amount of burn.  Check it out: Our foods get classified as three primary “macro-nutrients.”  Protein, carb, and...
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Strongman Update: Thank you, Alcovy High School!

Thank you, Alcovy High. Specifically Gabriel Burnette, AP extraordinaire.  I contacted a buddy and former colleague, Chris Edgar, at the beginning of this crazy Strongman journey.  I needed a place to train heavy.  Aaaaaaaand… I work at an elementary school.  So our facilities weren’t going to be much help to me.  Chris put me in touch with his AP and within 24 hours I was...
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Strongman Update: Holidays are great for bulking!

There have been very few “rules” about fitness that I have learned over the years.  There are so many approaches to (and definitions of) fitness that arguing the merits of one versus another is just silly.  The way I eat and train  probably doesn’t work for you, your budget, your genetics, your preferences, or your goals.  That being said, this one’s certain: In order...
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Black Friday sales on some of my favorite things!

Check THESE amazing deals out!  This sale kicks off 3pm EST and runs until products start running out… Here’s a tip – they ran out fast last year… many products within an hour or two.  If you’re thinking about your health, fitness, or just your swimsuit you’ll put on once the weather warms up… Don’t miss out!  I think P90X should be in...
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Strongman Training Nov. 25 Update

“It ain’t cool being a jive turkey… So close to thanksgiving…” You score extra points if you know what movie that’s from. (Comment below and be entered in the competition to win your very own virtual high-five.) But yeah – it’s the week of Thanksgiving, which brings some niceties, and some challenges to my training.  Niceties include the fact that...
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Strongman Training – With Beachbody Programs?

So, as I mentioned, I’m in training for something radically different.  For 3+ years I have been on a quest to get ripped, lean, strong, etc.  “Balanced.”  That P90X physique and performance, where you’re prepared for anything.  Flexibility, strength, speed, agility, balance, endurance, power, and more.  Well, there’s something I’ve come to realize: If you...
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Strongman Training – Tire Work

Let me start by asking a question – do you think you can get a “real” workout without going to a gym? Twice a week I get my “cardio” in at the house.  This happens at my house, not the gym, for two really REALLY good reasons. Those two reasons are my super-amazing children, who wait excitedly every day for me to walk through the door after work.  The more time I...
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