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 […]

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 […]

Rest Days \• May 20, 2012

a rest week

I’ve not read back through my blog, looking for evidence of the last time I took a true “rest week,” i.e. did not work out or exercise or train in any capacity. I am not sure. Anyway, this one has come along at the right time. I am between training cycles right now. A new, […]

Health Reports \• January 8, 2012

week 1: new twelve week cycle begins today

Today marks the start of two parallel but different 12 week cycles in my program. They are (a) a training cycle, and (b) a cycle of attempting to change the composition of my body. The 12 week cycle runs from today, January 8th, 2012, through March 31st, 2012. This post is a brief report on […]

Active Rest \• December 11, 2011

sunday walk

Sunday afternoon at the end of my rope, grading wise, I put my backpack on and left out of Dobra tea, to take about a 45 minute walk through downtown Asheville, consciously breathing through my nose in the stinging cold air, taking the light into my eyes, and seeing what I could see. When I […]

Rest Days \• November 21, 2011

unplanned rest

Monday morning. Sunday evening I cancelled my training, got T to cover 6:00 am open gym. I cancelled my work, all my classes. I am sick. Sore throat, sinuses, continued semi-productive cough in the chest. My mouth is dry and pasty and painful. This sucks ass. I first started feeling sick on Friday, the 21st […]

Health Reports \• November 5, 2011

revisiting training goals and plan

I seem to be getting smarter as I get stronger. Coincidence? See my revised training goals and plan here. This week of illness has forced me to rest, and therefore to reset my squat linear progression. Definitely not planned. My count of weeks will reset to I as of tomorrow. I am planning to restart […]

Rest Days \• November 1, 2011

missing days

It would be week XII. But I missed workout A. Looks like I’ll miss workout B tomorrow AM too. It means I fall behind on my projected squat linear progression, and being a super novice, I don’t even know how to deal with that programming issue. My doctor ruled out pneumonia. Which is good. And […]

Active Rest \• October 15, 2011

a little farm work on saturday

Week IX, Workout D Stopped by ASC at about 11:15 with the kids. Nobody but T-Bone there. Nothing going on. I decided to goof around. Then turned it into a workout. Details as follows: Warm-Up: 5 minutes on the Airdyne Bike Goofing Around: 10 lbs FatGrips DBs, farmer’s carries while skipping, and walking, in lines […]

Active Rest \• October 3, 2011

quick home workout on Monday

Week VIII, Workout B Not so much of a workout as an active rest day. I took the whole day on Sunday devoting it to the squat, so I needed Monday morning for some academic work. Instead of simply blowing off the day, though, in the early early morning I did some warm-up mobility work […]

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