The Differences in States of Human Functioning


What are the differences in states of human functioning? Intrigued by the title? Yeah, it is pretty catchy. I was thinking of writing on this topic for awhile now. A few weeks ago I stood behind our counter at work, staring at some people training; just wondering what the hell they were trying to accomplish with[…]

Cleaning at the 2010 Arnold

Injuries and Identities


It’s unfortunate that we experience injuries as often as we do in weightlifting. However, that is part of the game, isn’t it? If you’re training hard, inevitably you WILL have tweaks you need to overcome; some small, some large. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule; there are always one or two that have[…]

WL Chalk

I’m a Weightlifter: Take 2


After spending much time away from competition, I am really trying to find my way back to the platform. In doing so, I’ve found that my feelings on training are much different than they were from the time I stopped a few years ago. Since then I’ve been around some great coaches, weightlifting and strength[…]


Walden, Reading, and Coaching: Drawing Parallels


“With a little more deliberation in the choice of their pursuits, all men would perhaps essentially become students and observers, for certainly their nature and destiny are interesting to all alike” – Thoreau What does the quote above mean? To me, it means that you must take time to decide what you really want out[…]

Smolov Residuals


I recently discussed residuals and why they are important. I’ve just finished the Smolov base cycle (4 week program; 3 weeks of 4 days/week back squats; 4th week is deload-to-max). I was successful in achieving a new PR (365–>380#) on this program and hope to continue building this strength as I transition into a more Weightlifting-intensive[…]


Keep it Simple!


The training process can become cumbersome at times if, as a coach, you are constantly trying to digest new information. This is especially the case for how many methods of training there are out there and how many exercises you have at your disposal. There’s so much that can be done, but so little time[…]

Longevity and YOU!


Going through life, one tends to sometimes think of what steps are supposed to be taken. Many are on the path to college; get an advanced degree; get a job; start a family; try to be healthy; and hit that big retirement that will take them to their wildest dreams. REAL Training and the 4-Hour[…]

Calgary: The RVA Experience


I’m currently in Calgary, Alberta, staying with my friend and colleague, Ryan Van Asten. I met Ryan back in the summer of 2008 at Athletes’ Performance – Florida, where we both completed internships. Ryan currently works at the Canadian Sport Centre – Calgary (CSCC) with the luge and women’s hockey teams. He is one of[…]