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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Workouts \• August 17, 2011

one arm and a few ideas

If you are in to powerlifting, strength training, CrossFit, or weightlifting, what exercises or workouts would you do if you had only one arm, or had lost the use of one arm for 4-5 months? Post ideas to comments.

Reading List \• May 15, 2011

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 […]

Strength Day \• May 11, 2011

on my programming

Wednesday AM I did an OPT assessment session with coach Corey. It was interesting, and I learned a few things about myself. Although the training stimulus was real enough (involving deadlifts, back squats, and bench presses, plus a number of auxiliary lifts) I won’t record all my numbers here (I have them in a Google […]

Rest Days \• December 7, 2010

in my prime

I’m excited to be one of what would appear to be nearly 200 competitors at the upcoming Carolina Fitness Challenge. I’m in the master’s category, athlete #201, and I’m one of the 5 over 40 athletes from CrossFit Asheville who are headed down to Durham this week. CFA is poised to dominate the master’s category, […]

Health Reports \• March 19, 2010


My bloodwork has improved greatly this year. I’m fit as a fiddle, according to the numbers.

Health Reports \• January 6, 2010

New Year, New Program

It seemed like it was time to put the old program to bed, and to make up a new program. All hail the new program!

Rest Days \• December 2, 2009


A rest day discussion of recovery time.

Health Reports \• November 11, 2009

After Fasting

I complete my first ever full day fast. In this post I debrief on the experience and consider its effects on my body, mind, and spirit.

Reflections \• November 9, 2009

Rest Week Reflections

As I enter the last week of my second cycle through the “new plan” (aka the “Never on a School Night” plan), I pause to reflect on, to analyze, and to assess the measurements I have made in the process of my training.

The Zone \• November 2, 2009

On Zone Blocks, and my Zone Prescription

Close readers of this blog know that I use Barry Sears’ “Zone” diet system as the foundation of my eating plan. And that, like many CrossFitters who are into the Zone, I eat a high-fat version of the diet. In this post I break down my thinking about how much I am eating, when I eat it, and why.

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