snatches, platforms, and clouds

This Week’s Reading List: Why I practice the Snatch Balance before snatching, info on Constructing Lifting Platforms, and Keith Norris’ Theory to Practice on “Emergence” and Physical Culture.

slosh pipes and programming for olympic lifting crossfitters

More stuff I’ve been reading on, for your edification. This week: Dan John on the slosh pipe and Nick Horton’s take on reconciling Olympic Lifting training with CrossFit.

Training Gear: Slosh Pipe

Dan John with another winning article at T-Nation: “The Sloshing Pillar of Pain.” I have got to get one of these in my backyard. Thanks to T-Bone for this tip.

Nick Horton, The Iron Samurai, on Programming for Olympic Lifting and CrossFit

Thanks to Mie on Facebook for pointing out Nick’s blog, and this recent article he wrote on the troublesome combination of Olympic Lifting and CrossFit, “The Odd Couple: How To Combine CrossFit with Olympic Weightlifting.” (Anyone who hasn’t noticed that CrossFitters and Olympic Lifters tend to have problems getting along should just talk to Tamara. Oh well.) Horton has some simple advice on programming for this situation that makes a lot of sense. In fact, Horton, whose gym is out in Portland, Oregon, my home town, seems like an all around straightforward weightlifting badass. Meaning he has his head on straight. There’s nothing superfluous in his advice for those who want three easy steps to Olympic Weightlifting training. But one thing the article makes clear is why people think you can’t combine training for Oly Lifting with CrossFit. Both of these articles are worth your time.

this week’s reading list

This is the first in a new series here at Training Board: Reading List.

I’m constantly reading and re-reading things related to my training, picking up this or that random piece of information and locking it away somewhere in my brain. If I ever get around to it, some of that information gets passed on to friends in conversation or via facebook or twitter or this blog. So, it occurs to me, maybe it makes sense to start publishing, once a week or so, short lists of the stuff I’ve stumbled upon or been reminded of recently.

The purpose of Reading List is just to give notice of things that I think are worth checking out. They will usually pertain in some way (maybe only slightly) to the scope of this blog: weightlifting, training, diet, nutrition, and related tomfoolery.


John on Litinov

Here’s a really good one:

Dan John, “The Litinov Workout” on T-Nation.

This isn’t a new article at all, in fact, it’s from March, 2006, but definitely it’s still relevant and thought provoking. Litinov was a general all around bad mo-fo hurler. John discusses his simple, no-nonsense training for power and intensity. Basic, brutal, inspiring.



Anyone who’s read Gary Taubes’ powerful and influential book Good Calories, Bad Calories is probably already aware of everything he had to say in a recent New York Times Sunday Magazine article:

“Is Sugar Toxic?” (from April 13th, 2011).

If you haven’t read Taubes, you should; buy the book; and read the article.


Speaking of the toxicity of sugar, Taubes’ article was in part inspired by a now famous viral video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” by pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig. The video has actually been circulating for a good long time; I first put up a notice of it on this blog back in January, 2010: “The Evils of Sugar.”


The real trouble with Sugar, it turns out, is that you can know, or suspect that you know, about its toxicity, about how it contributes to keeping you fat, and even that it might help give you cancer, and yet you just keep on eating it. Which reminds me of an old time TV video by the recently deceased Jack Lalanne. What’s interesting about Jack Lalanne on “sugarholism” is that, here he was 60 years ago, and he nails the issue on the head. According to Lustig and Taubes, sugar is basically alcohol without the kick or buzz; you get all the toxicity, all the fatty liver build up, and all the addiction, but with none of, or at least only a different kind of very transient, fun. Lalanne knew that sugar was addictive, and he uses what he sees it doing to kids to practically speak a prophecy of America’s obese, sedentary, metabolically deranged future. Take a look, it’s only 3 minutes long.