All In

My first two months as an intern at MBSC have been a total trip. I have been thinking about how to put it into words, and I think the best way would be to liken it to a language immersion program. Everyone always tells you that the best way to learn a foreign language is to go to the source and immerse yourself in it. I actually did this and I can say I agree. The summer after I graduated from high school, I traveled around Spain for 6 weeks by myself. It was intimidating at the time because I [...]


Cool Alternative to Dumbell Rows

Last week I had mentioned a new rowing variation that I was playing around with using a farmer's walk handle and promised I would get a video of it, and being a man of my word, here it is. I got the idea for this just because I am always on the lookout for ways to load one arm rows heavy because the dumbells in the gym do not go high enough to make them practical. One night I was moving the farmer's handle to clean up the gym and got the idea to row it rather than just carry [...]


Weekend Workout with 2 new videos

I went home on Sunday to visit my mom and stopped by the gym to say hello to people and get a quick workout. I actually wasn't planning on lifting, but once I got there I figured I might as well (again, this is why I always keep my gym stuff in my trunk). It turned out to be a great little session with a few personal bests. The first personal best was on Renegade Rows, sometimes referred to as plank rows. I have been doing these for a few months and I really like them. It is a phenomenal [...]


3 Common Dieting Mistakes

I get asked a lot of questions from guys that are trying lose fat and get “jacked.” I can respect that, but when I probe them about what they are currently doing, I see that most of them are going about it ass-backwards. I do not blame them for being confused; it certainly can be very difficult to sift through all the conflicting and contradictory advice out there. It usually boils down to one of three problems (or sometimes a combination of all three).1. Overdieting. This manifests in several ways. For some, overdieting means dieting for too long in a [...]


One of my favorite exercises

Some of you asked for more videos, so I tried to oblige that request. Ask and you shall receive. I can't promise videos on a consistent basis but I'll do what I can. Here is the glute-ham raise. This is definitely one of my favorite exercises, not because I enjoy it particularly (though I am liking them more and more) but because I think it is extremely effective. I have some exercises that I like just because they are fun to do and some that I like because of the results they get and then carryover I see to my [...]


Help wanted

So it has been about a month since I started this blog. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure it would last this long. For one, I had never really gotten into the whole blogging thing and felt sort of strange about the whole idea, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d like doing it. At the same time, I wasn’t sure how many people would actually want to read my thoughts. For those reasons, I went into this initially with the mindset that the first month would be a trial period, both for me and the readers. Well, after [...]


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

I don’t know what it is about people who like to lift weights, but we tend to be overanalyzers. I say “we” because I am guilty of it as well. If I had to say why, I’d say it’s because it’s a hobby that only takes an hour or two a couple times a week. If you enjoy basketball, you can play all the time with no ill effects, and in fact, you will probably get better very quickly. Lift weights all the time, on the other hand, and you will run yourself into the ground pretty darn fast and [...]


Two More Exercise Variations, with video

Today's workout was an example of the saying that "necessity is the mother of invention." The dumbells in our gym go to 100 lbs, which makes loading certain exercises difficult. This problem arose twice today with two different exercises that I wanted to do and led to two pretty good variations that I really liked and will definitely continue in the future.First off was dumbell rows. I have avoided this exercise for awhile since the dumbells do not go high enough but I got the idea to do rows with a farmer's walk handle with some plates added. I honestly [...]


Be Smart, Get Yoked

Concussions in sports are fast becoming an epidemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that almost 4 million Americans suffer from a concussion each year. In the past, concussions were not taken seriously. You “got your bell rung,” shook it off, and returned to action. No biggie. As we learn more about what is really going on in the brain when a concussion occurs and observe the long-term consequences for people that sustain concussions, we are beginning to realize that it is no laughing matter. Concussions range in severity from mild to severe with symptoms ranging from impaired [...]


Since when did hard work become a bad thing?

By and large, as a country, we are more unfit than ever before. Physical fitness standards have gone way down and it has become acceptable to be fat and weak. At the same time, I have been seeing more and more discussion about “overtraining” recently, and I have to say that most of the times, it makes me cringe. I put the term in quotations because I believe it is a subject that is largely misunderstood and highly overused, both by expert trainers and beginner trainees alike. Let me be clear up front that I absolutely believe that overtraining is [...]