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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Health Reports \• July 1, 2012

Surf Safari 2012

New Four Week Training Cycle begins today, July 1st, and extends until July 28th. Twelve MWF workout are planned, but the main point of the cycle is to surf as many times as possible. Training plan is simple. Focus on doing triples. Deal with the equipment limitations of being at the beach, which are as […]

Health Reports \• June 23, 2012

summer solstice 2012 four week wrap up

Four weeks ago I announced a new plan for training and body recomposition, which I initially viewed as a “challenge” cycle (see “new four week cycle: summer solstice 2012″ from May 27th). I had great ideas for dietary self discipline in there, including: daily IF, weekly 22 hour fast, whole-foods Michael Pollan style eating, low […]

Reflections \• May 27, 2012

the idea of a shorter training cycle

Trial and error. That’s been my training plan and my coach. Really. Because although I have relationships with coaches, and I do a little bit of coaching myself, I just don’t pay anyone else to be my coach or to program for me. To some ways of thinking, that leaves just me, as coach of […]

Health Reports \• August 14, 2011

post injury: new program and new plan

Ok. I was plugging along in my own, slow, dimwitted way, making progress, hitting PRs, getting stronger slowly but surely. I’ve been all too aware of my problems, limitations, weaknesses, persistent injuries, aches, and pains, and my imbalances, but none of it stopped me. A broken arm has stopped me. It’s been almost three weeks […]

Reflections \• August 12, 2011

Concerning the anatomy of the Radius and Ulna

Skeletal anatomy of the arm (pictured: right arm, with supinated hand).Skeletal anatomy of the right hand.Schematic (overly simplified) drawing of skeletal anatomy of the forearms. So, because of breaking my left radius two weeks ago, I’ve been trying to educate myself about the treatment, healing, and rehabilitation of this particular injury. To my taste, no […]

Reflections \• August 10, 2011


Not personally training right now, as I try to heal up from the broken arm (2 weeks ago today), and surgery (13 days ago). But I met with Mike P for an initial training session this morning at ASC from about 6:15 to 7:00 am. This coaching business is going to be fun.

Health Reports \• March 23, 2011

one of the many benefits of fasting

So, on Tuesday of this week, a rest day, I had an appointment with my physician, Dr. Joshua Bernstein, to do my annual physical exam and get my bloodwork run. I’ll report back in a couple of days when I get the results of the bloodwork and talk about how it compares with my last […]

Reflections \• March 3, 2011

some notes on my current training habits

Day by Day by Day Things have been disorganized in my training life lately. I wish it weren’t so but there it is. The chaos reflects the general disorder of all pertinent systems and structures in my life: diet, sleep, teaching and grading, parenting and family life, finances, house maintenance, automobiles, babysitting. I am flying […]

Reflections \• February 15, 2011

Motives versus Goals

This is just a quick note. A lot of coaches and gurus say that athletes should have specific goals in mind for their training. An example of a goal would be something specific, like: “snatch my bodyweight” (in fact, this is one of my long-term goals) or “clean 225 lbs” (another of my goals). Everybody […]

Reflections \• February 13, 2011

Glenn Pendlay USAW Cert at CrossFit Downtown Winston

Over this past weekend I spent most of my waking hours in the company of one of the great American coaches of Olympic Weightlifting, Glenn Pendlay. Pendlay brought his expertise to a USA Weightlifting Level I Coaches certification seminar sponsored by Peter Haas of Triad Barbell and CrossFit Downtown Winston. The seminar lasted two full […]

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