Total Backside Blitz

I want to check in quickly and share an exercise I’ve been doing a lot and loving. It’s a pullup, inverted row, and hip thrust all in one, so I call it a pullup-inverted row-hip thrust combo. Brilliant, I know. I’ve shared it before actually, but at the time I was just starting out with them and I’ve since figured out to progress it to make it even better, and it has become a mainstay in my program so I want to bring it back up. Here it is. And here’s the single leg version, which is hard as hell [...]

2012-11-29T12:44:42+00:00

Good Reads for the Week: 11/24/2012

Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for another Good Reads. I hope all my American readers had a good Thanksgiving! Before I get to the list, I have a quick favor to ask of you that’ll literally take two seconds. It involves 1-2 steps. Step 1. Join my Facebook fitness page if you don’t already. If you do, thanks! Step 2. Under the button where it says “Like,” please click “Add to interests” so you can see my posts. Facebook has changed in some way that I don’t understand, but if you don’t click that [...]

2012-11-24T12:22:51+00:00

Training (and) Wheels

I’ve always really liked analogies because I think they’re a great way to convey complex concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand manner. Case in point: I often share a lot of different exercise variations, so someone recently accused me of trying to “reinvent the wheel” with training. He added that “every damn thing he posts has some combo of the same damn shit as like some special exercise.” Now I don’t know this gentleman (I use that term extremely loosely) so I don’t take his criticism personally, but I think it actually brings about a great analogy between wheels, tires, and [...]

2012-11-20T09:30:00+00:00

What I’m Reading, and What Should I Read?

This past Saturday I attended a memorial service for someone who was very important to me that unfortunately passed away a few months ago. It was actually pretty upbeat and had more of an uplifting feel to it—which was cool—but it was still a long an emotional day. Not surprisingly, when I woke up on Sunday I didn’t really feel like doing anything. I get in those moods from time to time, sometimes for a specific reason and sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. Sometimes I fight them and force myself to be productive, and other times I give in. Yesterday [...]

2012-11-19T14:11:33+00:00

Good Reads for the Week: 11/17/2012

Happy Saturday y’all. Time for another Good Reads. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a longer blog, but this week I had two. Numbers Don’t Always Tell the Whole Story The Swole Quotient Formula I also had a new article come out on T-Nation on Monday about skater squats. An Unnamed Single Leg Gem of an Exercise Now for the best of the rest. Renegade Cardio (on a huge sale through tomorrow night) What a 1,000 Pound Pull Can Teach You by Eric Cressey 3 Myths of Scapula Exercises by Mike Reinold How to Fix Your Squatty Kettlebell Swing [...]

2012-11-17T08:23:27+00:00

Numbers Don’t Always Tell the Whole Story

This past weekend I trap bar deadlifted 455x12, which I consider to be a big personal best. To play off my boy Mr. Dos Equis, I don’t always deadlift heavy, but when I do, it feels freakin’ awesome. Thing is, I actually trap bar deadlifted 455x12 about four years ago when I was 6-7 pounds lighter, so on the surface it might actually appear that I haven't progressed much, or even that I’ve gotten weaker, at least in terms of relative strength. Here’s the thing though, and this is a very important thing to note: Numbers don’t always tell the [...]

2012-11-15T07:23:09+00:00

The Swole Quotient Formula

The purpose of this article is to help you determine your swole quotient. Your swole what? Your swole quotient. The idea behind the swole quotient started last week when I had a new article come out on T-Nation. In the comments, someone commented that I look much more jacked than I did when I started writing for T-Nation about a year and a half ago. It’s funny because I’ve heard that a couple times recently, but I’ve been exactly the same weight for the past couple years, and recently I had someone test my bodyfat and that was the same [...]

2012-11-13T13:15:54+00:00

Good Reads For the Week:11/11/2012

Time for another good reads! Here’s a blog post you may have missed yesterday. The Swole Quotient After making that post I’ve had a few requests to create a formula to determine your Swole Quotient, so I may try to figure something out in the coming week. I also need to think of the female equivalent. I'm open to any ideas too... Anyway, I also had a new article come out on T-Nation. No To Squat and Barbell Rows? And now for the best of the rest. Enjoy! Interview with Ross Enamait Strength and Aerobic Training in the Same Session. [...]

2012-11-11T06:29:32+00:00

The Swole Quotient

I have something I’d like to share: the swole quotient. The idea behind the swole quotient started on Wednesday when I had a new article come out on T-Nation (which you can read here). In the comments, someone commented that I look much more jacked than I did when I started writing for T-Nation about a year and a half ago. It’s funny because I’ve heard that a couple times recently, but I’ve been exactly the same weight for the past couple years, and recently I had someone test my bodyfat and that was the same too. So I’m not [...]

2012-11-09T09:44:56+00:00

Good Reads for the Week: 11/3/2012

Hey all. Ready for another Good Reads? Here’s a blog post you may have missed from earlier in the week. Bodysaw And here’s the best of the rest. Enjoy! 8 Ways to Screw Up a Row by Eric Cressey Floor Press by Mike Robertson 35 Essential Life Lessons by Bret Contreras Actual Hip Thrust Loading Progressions Spanning Multiple Months by Bret Contreras Training or Entertaining by Vince McConnell Make a Difference by Dan John Strength and Aerobic Training in the Same Session: Does the Order Matter? by Patrick Ward Cheat Meal: Help or Hindrance For Fat Loss? by Jen Comas [...]

2012-11-03T16:03:13+00:00