Strength Training

Mission Muscle Up

October 6, 2016

Popularity of bodyweight training (aka calisthenics) has exploded in recent years. Much of that is down to folks like popular trainer Al Kavadlo, YouTube phenom group BarStarzz, and hit books like Convict Conditioning. However, the biggest influence is unquestionably CrossFit, which has taken many gymnastics training methods mainstream. The signature move of this new golden …

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Why NOT to do 30 Day Fitness Challenges

March 13, 2014

First, let me say that I love 30 day challenges. If you can stick to a new habit for 30 days and see good results, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to maintain it into the future. So why this article? Not all 30 day challenges are created equal. Some–even those created by highly …

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One-Arm Pull-up: Year 2 & New Training Plan

August 14, 2013

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post about a 30 day experiment in training for one-arm pull ups. I’m often asked what happened after that and if I ever achieved the coveted one arm pull-up, so I thought it was high time for an update. After 15 months of training, I’m still …

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Getting Back in Shape After a Layoff

April 13, 2013

Whether by injury, choice, illness, being busy, or simple neglect, sooner or later we all wind up going for periods of time without working out. It starts simple enough. You miss a day, then two days, then before you know it a few weeks or months has gone by (sound like what happened to your …

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One-Arm Pull Ups: 30 Day Challenge

July 22, 2012

The one arm pull up is a rare and awe inspiring feat of strength. Many people, even professional trainers, might tell you that not only have they never seen someone perform a one-armed pull up, but such a feat is impossible. However, there are more than one YouTube videos showing the maneuver, so the proof …

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What It’s Like to Set a National Powerlifting Record

April 29, 2011

Like many young boys, I dreamed of athletic glory when I was little. Hell, I still dream of it today. I recently, and very unexpectedly, had the opportunity to experience athletic glory by setting a national record in the squat for my age group and weight class in the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation. I say …

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