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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Strength Day \• January 18, 2012

another week another deadlift PR

Early AM at ASC. Got off to a later start. A bit weird around my head but otherwise fine. Plenty of sleep. Had a pretty nice strict fast from 6:30 the previous evening. Weighed in at 204.5 this morning. Warm-Up: a bit of jump rope, floor work, rowing machine, mobility. Deadlift: 10 x 45 / […]

Workouts \• December 21, 2011

there’s no creative name for just another workout

Wednesday afternoon my dad took me with him to the MAC again. I love this old club for no good reason. CrossFitters only pretend they are “eleeet” athletes. At this club they live “eleeet,” though not in an athletic sense. I think they imagine themselves the elite of Portland’s social life. The only elite level […]

Workouts \• December 3, 2011

missed friday, so, saturday will do

Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 2011 It wasn’t my fault that Friday morning a tree had fallen and blocked Patton AVE, leaving Asheville Strength and Conditioning inaccessible from ANY direction. I waited and waited in the dark of the DMV parking-lot, but the cops never opened up the street. So I got in my planned Friday workout, […]

Conditioning \• November 9, 2011

the second goal

In recent months, it’s always the same. Wednesdays are my deadlifting days. And now, having just yesterday settled some issues with help from Andrew G — who convinced me that I really have only two goals: first squat 300 and second deadlift 400 — it seems that Wednesday deadlift days are a fundamental part of […]

Workouts \• November 4, 2011

back at ASC

Friday morning I made it to ASC just at 6:00 am. No plans to squat. Still feeling like crap. The antibiotics are helping but not so much that, as I discovered quickly, a little effort causes me to break out in an unpleasant cold sweat (in my imagination, this has a grey green color and […]

Workouts \• October 29, 2011

so fracked in the head

Week XI, Workout D Cold morning. Fall is upon us. I stopped in on Saturday to ASC for some conditioning work. Matt Smith and Brian Cohen were there, doing real conditioning work. And Sean Clickner too, doing crazy and fun stuff. All of them make me look like a child. But I have my plan… […]

Workouts \• October 26, 2011

fat wednesday

Workout Wednesday Oct 26th 2011 Week XI, Workout B Warm-Up: 1000 meters easy on rower; 20-22 s/m, resistance 3. Mobility: Hip/Ham/Quad/Calf/Ankle/Shoulder/Forearm/Wrist Deadlift w/ Fat Bar: 3 x 40 lbs / 3 x 80 / 3 x 100 / 3 x 120 / 5 x 140. Wrist/Forearm Rehab (worked in as needed with above and below): […]

Strength Day \• October 21, 2011

friday new territory in squat PRs

New 5 rep PR of 225, but… as a work set of 3 x 5 in my LP. Sweet success.

Strength Day \• September 28, 2011

wednesday squats and an update on my shoulder pain

Week VII, Workout B. Feeling much more rested on Wednesday I got up super early (4:30 am) and made it to the gym by about 5:20; got most of my workout in before Mike and Lauren arrived. Warm Up: Row 500m, Res: 7, s/m: 16-18, Time: 2:10; Jump-Rope about 200 single unders; Hip/Leg Mobility. Squats […]

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 […]

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