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 \• March 17, 2012

week ten wrap up (plateau)

After ten weeks of my twelve week training cycle, I’m looking at a bit of a plateau in the body recomposition, and I’m trying to decide whether I have a stall, a setback, or a normal epicycle in my training. I think only time will tell. Training: I did hit one new PR this week, […]

Health Reports \• February 19, 2012

week six wrap

As of Sautrday, Feb. 18 I completed my sixth week of 2012′s first, 12 week training cycle. I can report mixed success for the start of 2012, in spite of injuries, illnesses, set backs, what have you, I have been making tangible progress on my two main areas of concern, training and body recomposition. Training: […]

Weight Loss Arsenal \• January 1, 2012

my new year’s resolution: body recomposition

I got six real resolutions, none of which directly impact my training, except that if I can keep them, I’ll be a better athlete and trainee, because I’ll be a better person. Those are between me, my God, and my family. But I’ve got a seventh resolution, that does impact my training. And so I’ll […]

Health Reports \• May 8, 2011

weigh in and metrics

Obviously, I’ve been getting into trouble with my diet here. Besides increasing about 20 lbs over the past 18 months, in the last month alone I’ve added eight pounds which, the calipers tell me, is mostly fat (and my pants tell me it’s mostly at the midsection). In the same period I’ve made few measurable […]

Health Reports \• April 10, 2011

the hectic life (sunday weigh in and check in)

Lately, life has been impossible to “manage,” and it’s all I can do just to keep up a workout schedule alongside the whole “I have a full time job that’s been demanding more lately than it has in years and so does my wife and we have two small children and it’s my four year […]

Health Reports \• March 6, 2011

weight and body metrics check-in

Sunday morning, dark and early, I took the following measurements: Body Measurements Date Weight Observed Suprailliac Skinfold Body Fat % Fat Mass Lean Mass Umbilical Bicep Thigh Shoulder/Chest 3/6/2011 186 7+ mm >11.5+% >21.4 lbs <164.6 lbs 34 5/16″ 14 1/8″ 21 11/16″ 47 5/16″ (sh) / 39 3/4″ (ch) 2/20/2011 182.0 lbs 6mm+ 11.5% […]

Rest Days \• February 20, 2011

back on track (yes it’s that easy)

The data looks good today. And as a result, superficial as it is, I am feeling good! In the past two weeks I have pulled my eating together, kept my training schedule up, and done well as a consequence. Eating fewer carbs, and returning to a near-IF schedule of eating, means I have lost a […]

Health Reports \• February 6, 2011

the measure of a man (me)

My last body composition update was on Dec. 5th, 2010, and prior to that, the last time I posted metrics and measures of my body was on Nov. 21st, 2010. The data I collected today, compared to the data collected on these dates, could be interpreted as telling the tale of a Christmas and Winter […]

Health Reports \• December 5, 2010

body comp update

Body Measurements on Sunday, Dec. 5th, 2010 Weight Observed Suprailiac Skinfold Body Fat % Fat Mass Lean Mass 180.5 lbs less than 6mm less than 11.5% less than 20.75 lbs more than 159.75 lbs In the past two weeks, since my last weigh-in, I appear to have lost 3.5 lbs, but I suspect most of […]

Health Reports \• November 21, 2010

Body Metrics, Month Two

Body Measurements Date Weight Observed Suprailliac Skinfold Body Fat % Fat Mass Lean Mass Umbilical Bicep Thigh Shoulder/Chest Oct. 24th, 2010 179.5 lbs 6 mm 11.5% 20.5 lbs 159 lbs 34 1/4″ 12 3/8″ 21 5/8″ 46 3/16″ Nov. 21, 2010 184.0 lbs (less than) 6 mm (less than) 11.5% 21.2 lbs 162.8 34 1/4″ […]

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