Improve Your Pullups With Speed Work

I have been doing heavy doses of weighted pull-ups and chin-ups for quite awhile. It’s one of my favorite exercises by a long shot, but unfortunately, my numbers have started to stall. That’s to be expected when you do any exercise for awhile and reach higher levels of strength on it, but it’s still frustrating. As such, I’ve been experimenting with some different ways to get my numbers to go back up. One thing that has been successful for me is doing some explosive “speed work." Speed work is often done by powerlifters for bench presses, squats, and deadlifts, and [...]

2011-07-12T09:47:00+00:00

Good Reads For the Week

I am having a great time in NYC this weekend at the Peak Performance Seminar. The presentations from Joe Dowdell and Dr. Mike Rousell have been great, and I have met tons of cool people. Peak Performance is an awesome place and I'm definitely glad I made the trip down to check it out. I've had fun and learned a lot to boot. It's also been a chance to catch up with my college buddies that I haven't seen since I graduated last May. I've got more to say about the weekend, but unfortunately, I don't have the time to [...]

2011-07-10T10:27:00+00:00

Some single leg testing

In a few hours I will be heading down to New York City to visit my college buddies and attend this weekend’s seminar at Peak Performance Gym (read more about it here). I am really looking forward to it, and it’s a great way to cap off what’s been a great week. We are full bore into the summer session and that’s been awesome, and I have been excited every since doing the long drive contest this weekend (you can read more about that here) because I found something new that I enjoy doing.In preparation for the contest, I took [...]

2011-07-08T12:58:00+00:00

Hands-Free Pullups: Look Ma No Hands!

This past weekend I hurt my middle finger while aggressively flipping people off that were driving too slowly in the fast lane.Ok, that’s not entirely true (as in 0%), but I do have a huge pet peeve for slow drivers that just post up in the passing lane and won’t move over. I so my best to refrain from flipping them the bird though because you never know when one of them might be one of those psychos that’ll just lose it. Anyway, I digress. I really did hurt my middle finger this weekend. It was one of those little [...]

2011-07-07T09:07:00+00:00

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 38

I hope everyone is getting back into the swing of things after the long weekend. I know it’s easy to have that case of the Mondays carry over to Tuesday after a holiday, but fear not….I’ve put together another awesome compilation of videos for your viewing pleasure. It’s a great lineup so let’s get right to it. Double bodyweight 1 leg squats. I had a great workout yesterday morning on the 4th and got a new personal best on 1 leg squats with 184 pounds added (160 lbs of chains and vest and 12 lb. dumbells) for 6 reps. Part [...]

2011-07-06T00:02:00+00:00

Operation Happy Gilmore

This past weekend, I competed in a local qualifier for the ReMax World Long Drive Championship. I ended up taking 4th place overall out of about 40 competitors, which sounds pretty good until you learn that only the top 3 advance to the next round. Doh! Being the first man out sucks, and the competitor in me was definitely a little disappointed, but all things considered, I had a great time and far surpassed what I thought I could do. To understand where I’m coming from, you need a little bit of background information. I started playing golf when I [...]

2011-07-04T16:47:00+00:00

Good Reads for the Week

Well, it’s Saturday, but I’ve decided to post this week’s Good Reads a little early. Yay! I’m not sure I’ll be around to do it tomorrow, and I’m also heading out of town to New York City next weekend for the Peak Performance Seminar (who’s coming with me?), so I’ll try to get another short Good Reads next week. I also figure that many of you may have plans for the 4th of July and won’t be doing much reading later this weekend. It’s another great compilation of stuff, so sit back and enjoy. Here are some posts you may [...]

2011-07-02T11:44:00+00:00