Announcements and Thank You’s

Hello all, I wanted to take a moment to share a few things going into the weekend.

1. This past Wednesday, my blog surpassed 100,000 total viewers since I started it last August, about six months ago. It has received 28,974 views in the past month alone, which comes out to close to 1,000 hits a day. It really boggles my mind that so many people come here daily to read my stuff, and I must say it’s quite humbling and flattering. I had no idea it would grow the way it has, but it’s been great. When I first started it back in August, I figured I would be communicating mostly with my family and close friends, and at first, that was pretty much how it went. It has grown steadily over time to where I am now receiving messages on a daily basis from people all over the globe asking questions and giving me comments. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty freaking cool that things like that can even happen. As I have mentioned in the past, I was a bit skeptical of the whole “blogging” thing, but I am now sold. The fact that we can interact and share ideas with people half way around the world with such incredible ease just continues to amaze me.

I started this blog because I like to write, I am passionate about fitness, and I thought it would be a good way to share my thoughts with others. I make no money from blogging, and I don’t have any fitness products to sell. I put a lot of time into my writing, which can be difficult at times since I am also coaching at MBSC six days a week. This often means that I sacrifice sleep and other free time activities to get it done. Why do I do it? Same reasons as when I started: I like to write, I am passionate about fitness, and I thought it would be a good way to share my thoughts with others (yes, I just cut-and-pasted from the first line of the paragraph to avoid further typing, then negated the time saved by typing this addendum). It means a lot to me when I receive comments from people telling me that they enjoy coming to my blog everyday or that something I wrote really helped them. A lot. I got into this field because I love helping people achieve their goals. I probably take more satisfaction in it than they do, seriously. So those small comments are the sort of stuff that keeps me wanting to do more and more. I’m sure if no one was reading, then I would have stopped writing a long time ago and just continued to talk to myself.

So with that said, I want to thank all of you for helping to make this blog what it has become. I could go on and on, but I am short on time right now so I’ll leave it at that.

Moving forward, I hope to continue to have this grow more and more and reach out to more and more people. So please, tell your friends. Also, please be sure to follow me on Twitter @benbruno1 and subscribe to my You Tube page to stay in touch be better connected.

It’s a party in here and everyone’s invited!

2. Last week I made a post titled The Road to 300 where I discussed the steps I took to reach a 300 pound Rear-Foot Elevated Split Squats (you can watch the video HERE). Well, with the number 300 fresh in my mind, I decided to try my luck with walking lunges (it also helped when I went to Bret Contreras’ blog to find a video of a guy doing them with 585 lbs.). I was training with my good friend Kevin Larrabee from The Fitcast, and that always helps for motivation as well.

They felt pretty good (by good I mean my glutes, quads, traps, and forearms burned like a mofo) and my form held up well. Whenever you have a particular goal in mind, it is VERY important not to let form slip in the pursuit of that goal. It may take a little longer in the short term, but getting sloppy will invariably lead to injury, which will derail progress in the long term.

Here I did 300 pounds with 90 lb. dumbells (no straps btw, as I’m also trying to work grip strength) and 3 weighted vests totaling 120 lbs. The dumbells are admittedly very awkward to hold, but I like them for a few reasons. First and foremost, with my history of back issues I try to avoid heavy spinal loading wherever possible. Secondly, dumbells give you the added benefit of working your grip and traps, which you don’t get with the barbell. My grip has improved tremendously as a result of all the single leg work I do. The key with the dumbells is to really think about keeping your chest up, as the tendency is for the dumbells to want to pull you forward into excessive forward lean.

I actually did 3 sets of 18 steps (9 each leg) with this weight. This is the second set. It definitely helped having Kevin encouraging me and yelling at me (he got a few personal records that day as well so it made for a great training environment). When he was yelling “don’t let go, don’t let go,” I couldn’t help but think of the The Titanic. I hope that doesn’t cause me to lose points on my man card. Anywho, here it is:

It is now two days later and my quads are fried, my traps feel it, and my butt is still sore like…like, I don’t even know what.

3. My friend Jen Grasso has started a new website that I highly recommend you all check out. Jen recently did an interview for me (you can read it HERE) and she is the real deal: smart, strong, and beautiful.

You can link to her site HERE.

I can’t wait to follow along her new site and learn from what she has to say. Her website slogan says “Serious Strength Training for Girls Who Don’t Play by the Rules.” I love it. Strength training, girls that don’t play by the rules… that to me sounds like it’s perfect for guys too. To quote the always eloquent Paris Hilton, that’s hot.

4. Don’t forget to check out this week’s compilation of videos in For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 20. A lot of times people just seem to read the latest post on the blog so I want to be sure you don’t miss it because there are a ton of good videos for motivation going into the weekend.

That’ll do it for today. Good Reads is already shaping up to be one of best yet, so look for that soon (most likely Sunday). Have a good weekend!