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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CrossFit Asheville WODS \• June 19, 2011

monday at CFA

Monday AM at 6:00 I dragged myself to the old standby workout session at CrossFit Asheville, a workout combining push-press, box jumps, kettlebell swings, and finishing with a high-rep barbell metcon including hang power cleans, front squats, and push presses again. Push-Press: 4 x 45 / 4 x 75 / 4 x 95 / 4 […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• January 31, 2011

push press PR and burpee-clean and sandbag lunges

6:00 am CFA. Warm-Up, then: Push-Press. Rx’d as 5-5-5-3-3-3-3 but I wanted to max out my 5 rep. So: 5 x 45 / 5 x 115 / 5 x 135 / 5 x 150 (PR) / 2 x 145 (f on 3) / 3 x 135 / … done. I actually failed the 5th rep […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• November 24, 2010

the sun and the rain

no sun or rain at 5:55 am when I left for CFA, just low clouds and wet fog. Warm up pose drills out in the parking lot, mobility and dislocates, push ups (20), pull-ups dead hang (5, 3, 1, 1) overhead squats (10), PVC sotts press (10), knees to elbows (10). Strength/skill handstand push up […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• October 27, 2010

Deadlift and Dead Tired

Got decent sleep last night (thank you, Ambien… Once in a while it helps) and got up early to work out as usual. Warm-Up. A member at CFA had a serious accident during her WOD (stitches and concussion!) leading to some confusion and slow down in the warm up for the six AM class. (We […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• October 20, 2010

Back At CFA

Strength 5 sets of combo shoulder press & push-press (2 x & 3 x). Result: (2 & 3) x 80 / (2 & 3) x 80 / (2 & 3) x 85 / (2 & 3) x 85 / (2 & 3) x 90. I went light, because of my left shoulder, which continues to […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• October 8, 2010

Bear Complex (in Rehab)

Work out this morning: 5 rounds of 7 reps of “the bear complex” (Power Clean, Front Squat, Push Press, Back Squat, Push Press), with 500 meter rowing “buy out” at the end. Not for time. I went light and very fast on the reps, but took plenty of rest (2-3 minutes) between rounds (rehabbing my […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• September 29, 2010

Push Press and HPC/Box Jump Combo

6:00 am CFA workout this morning: Warm-Up followed by Push Press (5 x 45 / 5 x 80 / 3 x 110 / 1 x 140 / 5 x 145 (PR) / 5 x 130; total vol: 2,470) and round consisting of 10 HPC / 30 (20″) Box Jumps / 10 HPC / 20 BJ […]

Strength Day \• September 7, 2010

Push Press / Back Squat

Strength only on Tuesdays… ahh… Just like my “old days” (i.e. Spring 2010). Felt good. Even on only 4.5 hours of crappy sleep. Warm-Up 400 meter run. Crawling around, etc. Mobility work. Overhead squats (10), Pull-Ups (10), Push-Ups (a quantity above 10), Knees to Elbows (10). Push-Press 5 RM Attempt Following a recent PR, I […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• August 13, 2010

my lucky day

Friday the 13th was my lucky day as I found myself up at 5:25 am, sleep deprived of course (not that I didn’t give myself every advantage, i.e. no alcohol, limited caffeine, 8+ hours in bed), and back at CrossFit Asheville! The WOD today was “Freaky Friday” with push-press as the strength work and a […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• May 25, 2010

Deadlift and Chieftain

In the first WOD of my last week at CFA before summer break begins in earnest, I managed to get a pretty solid new 1 rep max deadlift PR, and then pushed my way through a few humbling rounds of “The Chieftain,” a metcon involving ring push ups, hang power cleans and push presses. New […]

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