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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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Active Rest \• August 18, 2011

return of the mile

Week I, “Workout” D Thursday before lunch (my first meal of the day today) I ran the citgo mile route from my house. Total time: 8:20. A substantial improvement over Tuesday’s time. This felt like 85-90% RPE.

Active Rest \• August 11, 2011


Not currently actively “training” while I recuperate from this broken arm, but I will record sessions that constitute deliberate attempts to stay active. So I’ve tried doing some “power walking” (aka “walking”) today and yesterday. 15 minutes yesterday. 23 minutes today. These felt good. Walking is enjoyable. I wore my splint during both sessions, and […]

Active Rest \• May 20, 2011

mon wed thu fri this week

Monday hit CFA 6:00 am warm up included shoulder work then did the WOD. Best OHS # was 12 x 95. Will look up the rest. Afternoon included multiple rounds of jump rope and wood chopping and splitting with axe, 10 lb sledge and 5 lb wedge. Also: pull ups dead hang weighted 1 x […]

Active Rest \• May 10, 2011

tuesday active rest

AM early: mobility work! on shoulder and forearms; shadow karate/boxing punches. Afternoon: 10 minutes of playing around with jumprope; pushups (10); weighted +5 pull ups (2); weighted +5 ring dip (1). Later: Watched two mobility WOD videos. Evening: hamstring stretches; foam rolling; wooden ball rolling on shoulder and arms; ring dips (2); squat mobility. Purpose […]

Active Rest \• December 28, 2010

More SUP Surfing

Tuesday morning came, and with it a long morning drive to Kahului and a visit to Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport; that got me back in the game for Stand Up Paddle surfing. The guys at the shop had a good humor about my wreck, considering it was a truly nasty ding. Karl, who was […]

Active Rest \• December 27, 2010

Stand Up Paddle!

Trying something new: this morning I got up on a stand up paddle surfboard, and went out into the rolling swell in Napili Bay (here on Maui). This was my first time on a SUP surfboard. Man it is not easy. I didn’t catch any swells, but I did come close once or twice. It’s […]

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