Training Board is…

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.

If anything I have posted seems useful to you, let me know with a comment.

About Me

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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Outdoor Recreation \• July 31, 2010

Back in the Swing

This post is more of a placeholder than anything else. The week of July 26-31st was an active one for me. The surf was mellow, and the winds even more so, especially in the mornings. We were being visited by Kelley Droege and Sophie Beckham with their kids, so we were pretty busy with friends […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 26, 2010


Feeling almost whole again, just in time for summer’s end, went surfing on Saturday, warmed up and lifted on Sunday, surfed on Monday and have plans for the week. The surf is up, the winds are down, and I’ll be taking advantage every day. It’s the next to last week, and these are the next […]

Nutrition \• July 24, 2010

The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Review)

Reviewed in this post: Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006; imprint 2007). FOOD is mysterious. It is both intensely personal and ultimately social, a matter of private taste and of public life. It is not enough to point out that food (along with air, water, clothing […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 22, 2010

Junky Junk

Surfing 21: Thursday Lunchtime at Indian Beach In a gray drizzle, on a day with middling winds and ugly, junky surf, I returned to Indian Beach for yet another mediocre surfing session. The tide was very gradually falling towards a mid-day low that would come in the late afternoon. But there was plenty of water. […]

Health Reports \• July 20, 2010

Cold Small Funky Fun

Surfing 20: With Sean at Indian Beach Tuesday morning Sean McEnroe and I headed out to Indian Beach for a nice little session. Sean had been down at the beach and surfing, since Friday, and I hadn’t been able to go with him at all (on that, see below). But Tuesday morning there was no […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 14, 2010

Sunny Rows

Surfing 19: Indian Beach Wednesday afternoon I broke away from the house for a surfing session at Indian Beach. It had been almost a full week since my last outing. In the meantime I’d been laid low by soreness and a need for rest, and then by a crazy flu-like 50 hour fever — which […]

Health Reports \• July 14, 2010

Second Cycle

Feeling weak and feeble after a full week (!) of being under the weather, with aches and fever, unable to surf or work out, I started the second cycle of my summer 5/3/1 today. Phase I is 5 x 65%, 5 x 75%, 5 x 85% (of 90% of 1 RM +10 lbs for lower […]

Strength Day \• July 9, 2010

Deloading Day

5/3/1, Phase IV (deload), 5×40%, 5×50%, 5×60% I combined all my phase IV lifts into one day’s work. I did a quick warm-up and then did the various lifts in the sequence of weights, which meant that I did some shoulder press sets, then alternated press, clean and jerk, and squats, and finished up with […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 8, 2010

Three Sessions with Joel

What a great visit from Joel Barron. It was great to hang out with him for the first time in seven years. For me, an “old guy” whose obsession with surfing began later in life, it’s especially gratifying to have old friends who have also come to share my passion. Thanks, Joel, for taking the […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 5, 2010

Oswald Gloaming

For days, Oregon had been threatening to put on its worst summer storm weather for the occasion of the surfing visit of my friend Joel Barron. Joel’s an old buddy from college who, having moved to southern California for work in mid-lift, has taken up surfing. I had convinced him to come up and surf […]

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