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 \• July 25, 2012

wednesday bare minimum

No surfing on Wednesday… all for the best anyway. I got in an abbreviated workout. Just the essentials. Third session in a row where I skipped my chin-ups and dips. The very thought of them makes me ache and quake right now. I am totally spent, here in the middle (or is it really the […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 24, 2012

tuesday dawn patrol

Good surfing day on Tuesday, left for Indian Beach at 5:05 with Ben and we were in the water by a 5:50 sunrise. High tide was about one hour before, so there was plenty of water when we started, about 5′ or so. Mark Mekenas and crew were right behind us. Mark had his awesome […]

Workouts \• July 23, 2012

monday afternoon

I don’t like late afternoon workouts but this one was ok. I did not do my chin-ups and ring dips … second skipped workout for those. Surfing is my excuse. After initially planning on doing them after all the rest, they fell to the side, and I squeezed into my wetsuit and went to play […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 22, 2012

saturday surprise

Did not expect to get to go out on Saturday. Winds were down the last couple of days, and today was sunny in the afternoon, with the seas growing calmer and calmer. We planned for a visit from Megan and Tom S. and family but they cancelled and so Ben and I … Ben having […]

Workouts \• July 20, 2012

just a little something on a friday

Friday of Week III (July 20). I did what I could today, out in the grey drizzle, late on a Friday afternoon. I skipped Chin-Ups and Dips, mainly because I was so in dread of them, the thought of them made my forearms ache and my mind go dark. I figured, one session subtracted from […]

Workouts \• July 18, 2012

how to brutalize yourself

Wednesday I technically did a double, if weightlifting at lunchtime followed by an full surfing session in the late afternoon counts as a double. Leaving me with a brutal, full body fatigue by days end. Weightlifting Warm-Up: 5 rounds x 5 burpees @ 90 sec Chin-Ups and Dips: Chin-Ups 3 x max reps @ 90 […]

Outdoor Recreation \• July 17, 2012

mid morning surf

Had a glorious Tuesday surf at Indian Beach today. Spent about two hours in the water. I paddled to the southern end of the surf, where the NW swell gets through a bit more. Had the waves almost to myself. Another guy showed up but he was cool, and we talked a bit. It was […]

Workouts \• July 16, 2012

just another monday

Monday morning, before much happened for the day, I got my workout in, in the driveway, as usual. The weather was fine, but my energy was low. Not sure why. But I got all my small goals (did the burpees, chin-ups and dips, and presses) and did my lift as planned. Just another monday. Warm-Up […]

Workouts \• July 13, 2012


Friday combined sand work and weightlifting. By the end of the day my entire body was shaking, shredded, exhausted. My “warm-up” properly speaking was about two hours of moving wheelbarrows full of sand up the berm, and digging a deep sandy hole and building a huge sand pile with the kids down on the beach. […]

Workouts \• July 11, 2012

beach boss

Heavy workout today, in mid-afternoon, in the driveway (aka ACSC) and on the stone berm out front of the house. I was disappointed not to reach my goal in squats this week (why am I so perpetually weak in squats? I cannot say). But I was proud of my “conditioning” workout, which was truly epic. […]

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