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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Workouts \• September 30, 2011

the friday before squat camp

Week VII, Workout C Friday morning I was in the gym early. Not entirely sure what I would be doing. Normally, I’d have continued with my linear progression in squats, did my wrist/forearm rehab work, and lately, add in some light bilateral upper body work, as I test the limits of my healing left arm. […]

Strength Day \• September 28, 2011

wednesday squats and an update on my shoulder pain

Week VII, Workout B. Feeling much more rested on Wednesday I got up super early (4:30 am) and made it to the gym by about 5:20; got most of my workout in before Mike and Lauren arrived. Warm Up: Row 500m, Res: 7, s/m: 16-18, Time: 2:10; Jump-Rope about 200 single unders; Hip/Leg Mobility. Squats […]

Reviews \• September 25, 2011

Rippetoe on Training vs. Exercise

Face it, Mark Rippetoe knows what he is talking about, and also has a way with words. Great article on T-Nation from back in July (July 7th, 2011). Thanks to T-Bone for the tip. “Exercise and training are two different things. Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the effect […]

Active Rest \• September 24, 2011

monday “active rest” becomes a “workout”

So, I wrecked myself over the weekend, with “cheating” and “drinkin” and “stayin up late” and that continued into Sunday night, as we sat up with some lovely “long weekend” house guests late into the evening. I maintain that lively conversation with friends, at table, with wine… that is the definition of the good life. […]

Conditioning \• September 24, 2011

sled pulls on saturday and the ‘return’ of my fracking right shoulder

Week VI, Workout D Saturdays are fun at ASC, cause the kids run around, and we all goof around, and make plans for world domination, and usually, we eventually pull sleds and shit. Brian and Jamie and I got our weight bearing movement (aka “loaded carries”) on. I pulled a sled +90 lbs with a […]

Conditioning \• September 23, 2011

squat progress

Friday I showed up early and got in a decent workout. I’m having a bit of a hard time pacing myself effectively through my available training window; I am often supervising (or at least consulting about) the training of two other trainees during my period. Be that as it may, I’ve been making progress with […]

Conditioning \• September 21, 2011

a little bit of something is better

than nothing. How especially true if you’re rehabbing an injury. Today I ignored a sore throat and sinus problems and a general malaise and dragged my ass into the gym anyway. But I took it pretty easy. So there. Week VI, Workout B. Today marked 8 weeks from my broken left forearm. The time has […]

Strength Day \• September 19, 2011

more more

Week VI, Workout A Somehow I’ve been kicking it, day after day. Today, I did a warm up on the rower, 1000 meters, 4:48, a 12 second improvement, or so, over last effort. No pain. Then a bunch of single unders with the jump rope. Maybe 400. A good warm up. Shoulder mobility. Then 3 […]

Conditioning \• September 17, 2011

saturday long and leisurely

Week V, Workout D Warm-Up: Rowing on C2, with BOTH hands: 1000 meters, about 5 min; Jumprope, various styles of single unders, about 600 x (roughly 6 minutes). Mobility and Rehab Hip, Hams, Quads. 3 x 12 x 3 lb FatGripz DBs, each of the following: pronated and supinated wrist curls, hammer curls, bicep curls, […]

Conditioning \• September 16, 2011

friday is the best day of the week

Week V, Workout C Friday morning was another workout after too little sleep. Once again, I’ll say it: I gotta sort out my sleep behavior. Again. Is this struggle with myself going to go on forever? Anyway, I made it to the gym and had a good time. Warm-Up Jumprope, 300 single unders Rehab 3 […]

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