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Road to the 2015 American Open: Competition Week

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This road to the 2015 American Open has not been an easy one. I’m sure you could tell from the lack of posts in the last few months. I cannot believe I’ve been so far behind on my training log! My apologies…it’s been a crazy last 10 weeks or so since my last training log[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 3 & 4

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I spoke with my new coach, Paul, on Thursday and he decided to start my program tomorrow, so I went off the cuff for the last two training days of week 4. My BioForce HRV was on the fritz so I missed one of the days. One thing Paul has already noticed is that my[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 4, Days 1&2

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I’ve returned from my work trip/vacation in Orlando. Sounds rough, right? Well, it was for my training. I had to train at a Gold’s gym while I was there…and that was rough. It’s been awhile since I’ve trained where people have no clue what they’re doing and still get training tips out of magazines. I’m[…]

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Road to the 2015 American Open: Week 2, Day 2&3

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I may start posting two training days at a time like this to save some time. Plus, it probably saves all of you time as well to read two days in one post. You’re welcome 🙂 My phone is back to working, so I have some HRV scores for you. I am also tracking bar[…]

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Road to the American Open: Week 2, Day 1

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Last week took more out of me than I thought, so today wasn’t a great day. I just got my phone this afternoon, so I didn’t get HRV scores this morning, but I will start them back up tomorrow. I’m also using an app called Sleep Cycle Alarm, which I will start posting scores for[…]

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The Basics are Boring…

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…said nobody, ever; or at least they shouldn’t be saying that if they have. The basics are the furthest from boring in my mind. Yes, they are frequently used, but that’s because they work! Major movements like the back squat, deadlift, bench press, strict press (military), clean, and snatch are the foundations of every program. These[…]

How to: Program a Yearly Training Plan

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This is the first article in a “how to” series I decided to start. Hopefully I can hammer one out bi-weekly to share with everyone, but I’m not great with hammers ;), so we’ll see what I can do. Maybe I can get some tips from Luigi   In this first installment I will be[…]

New Training Methods/Cycle

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It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote any of my training sessions down. I apologize to any of you who were actually following. The last couple months my progress has slowed and I have been thinking about what needs to happen in order for me to start improving. I’ve decided to increase my training[…]

Handling Multiple Skill Levels?

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As a strength coach working in the private sector, many sessions are filled with kids of different ages, sports, and skill levels. Sometimes I am working with upwards of 12 athletes by myself and have to figure out a way to manage all of them in a way that they will get the most out[…]

A Weightlifter Consumes a Strength Coach

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What is this sport that I love so much? It’s a circle of obsession, frustration, success, and injury. That is what Weightlifting is to me. What is it to you? You might be wondering just what the hell the title means. As a strength coach, I sometimes find it hard to separate my own training in[…]