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 \• June 10, 2011

friday fun at ASC

Friday afternoon workout, at ASC, with Brian Cohen: Warm Up 500 meter row 1:55 Double unders practice; best set was 7 DUs. 200 meter run Shoulder mobility and dumbbell calisthenics Leg stretches Some heavy bag Strength Front squat: 10 x 45 / 5 x 115 / 3 x 145 / 1 x 160 / 5 […]

Reading List \• June 5, 2011

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.

Strength Day \• June 1, 2011

the hump day hump

Blistering hot day (90+ degrees), open gym session, mid-day at CFA, working on Overhead Squat and Snatch, ended up with new PRs in OHS and Snatch Balance. My day was full to the brim with work, with parenting, with shopping, with obtaining materials for the new Asheville Strength and Conditioning space, and of course, with […]

Strength Day \• February 19, 2011

saturday snatches

Saturday, Open Gym, 10:15 to 11:30 am. Feeling kinda beat up by the week, for some reason. Sleep has been shaky. I’ve also lost weight. Still, glad to be there. Warm up: 1000m row: 1022m total; avg split: 155.9; average stroke/min: about 19; time: 3:57. Then, Mobility; push ups 15 ; pull ups c2b dead […]

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• March 29, 2010


A great first WOD back in the new training cycle: snatch balance, and “singled out” (3 rounds, kettlebell swings and one arm dumbbell push presses).

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• January 25, 2010

Our Lady (Po Mo Fran Again)

A mixed result on “Our Lady Micah,” but I did use Rx’d weights for Fran (95 lbs, no assistance bands). 3×75 on the Snatch Balance.

CrossFit Asheville WODS \• October 12, 2009

School of Snatch

AKA “Tricycle Ride.” Strength work: Snatch Balance. WOD: Ring push ups, Squat cleans, and Overhead Squats. Fun WOD, truly.

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