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Training Board is basically my gym notebook.

In theory, I can also blog in a more public spirited way about weightlifting, nutrition, weight loss, etc. But mostly, I just use this blog to track my workouts. And surfing.

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I'm a level I "sports performance certified" USAW coach, and I train, and work as a trainer at Asheville Strength and Conditioning, a great little gym here in Asheville, N.C.

I work with clients who want to get strong and fit, and am especially happy with helping older or detrained individuals.

My own training now is more focused on developing strength and using basic lifts and classic strength and conditioning techniques. A lot of the older portions of this blog deal with CrossFit and reflect my journey into fitness self-awareness. I first discovered CrossFit, back in late 2008. I learned a lot from CrossFit's "fitness as sport" model of training -- and benefited tremendously from training with my friends at CrossFit Asheville -- and furthermore I must credit my interest in CrossFit for opening my eyes to the larger world of training for strength athletics, Olympic-style weightlifting, powerlifting, and other arcane approaches to moving the Iron around.

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Cheat Days • November 1, 2009, at 7:59 am

Halloween Weekend Rests and Cheats

Yesterday, on Halloween, we had very poor weather. That, and the general malaise of my household — where everybody is feeling pretty sick, and I too have some extra upper-respiratory mucus membranes hanging around, and a tender throat — kept me at home, and at my desk, grading.

I did this instead of getting me out to the gym for a great partner WOD at CFA.

I guess, this weekend, I need the extra rest.

I spent Saturday eating a lot of food. Just as Friday had, Saturday became a cheat day in terms of total calories, total carbs, and total alcohol. I didn’t indulge in anything strictly forbidden to me, except corn chips; I ate about 3 oz. during the day… strictly as a vehicle for heart-healthy guacamole! After a week of low-carb and low-calories days, Friday and Saturday both brought my calorie average for the week up to the same level as it has been for the past three weeks: I am averaging right around 3250 calories per day.

This week, instead of doing a straight “building” week or a “cutting” week, I incorporated calorie cycling into the variation of my daily intake. I went as low as 2550 calories (this past Tuesday) and as high as 4350 (Saturday). With stops in-between. I don’t know what the effect of such extreme swings will be. Most people suggest calorie cycling be kept in a more reasonable range.

I don’t imagine that I can weigh in at 12% today. I feel too heavy from yesterday’s binge, too fluid-filled from my little chest cold. The weather looks foul so I don’t see myself being very active today. I just don’t feel lean and mean. We will see.

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hi mom!