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 \• March 2, 2013

End of 5/3/1 Cycle 2: February 25th to March 1st

Workout 2013.02.25 Monday 5/3/1 2.IV.B (Deadlift) (Deload) Weigh-In: 212.5 “If you want to lose weight, eat less! Not less protein, fool! Less fat and carbs.” Warm-Up Shoulder Mobility Jump Rope 3 x 50 KB Swing, 24 KG, 3 x 8 Lower leg mobility Deadlift 5 x 135 5 x 170 5 x 200 Row 10 […]

Health Reports \• August 5, 2012

something new…

My Summer Surf Safari 2012 is over. It was four fun training weeks and one play week. All went just about according to plan (I did miss 1/12 of the workouts, though); close enough! as far as training results and body recomposition goes. I am satisfied. And now I begin a new semester at work, […]

Health Reports \• August 1, 2012

the last days of Surfing Safari 2012

The final days of our summer trip to Arch Cape were a whirlwind of family and friends… and daily surfing or paddling expeditions. There’s no way to summarize them except in the most cursory way. Thursday, July 26th. Surfing in mid-AM with Ben Walsh at Indian Beach. It was semi-clean, 3-4 ft waves, WNW. Decent […]

Health Reports \• June 23, 2012

summer solstice 2012 four week wrap up

Four weeks ago I announced a new plan for training and body recomposition, which I initially viewed as a “challenge” cycle (see “new four week cycle: summer solstice 2012″ from May 27th). I had great ideas for dietary self discipline in there, including: daily IF, weekly 22 hour fast, whole-foods Michael Pollan style eating, low […]

Health Reports \• May 19, 2012

week seven last week wrap up

I decided to end my current eight week cycle one week early, at the end of week 7, and to take the next week as a rest week, not an 8th week or a 1st week, and so not subject to a specific training cycle or plan. A week off. This recap will look back […]

Health Reports \• May 12, 2012

week six recap

Week VI of my 8 week training cycle was… weird. It was finals week, my last week of the term, starting with exams, continuing with grading, and ending with graduation. As a college professor, my life is naturally broken into cycles, and, I need to learn to build my training schedule around them, because, as […]

Health Reports \• May 5, 2012

after fifth week

Currently I am slogging my way through an 8 week training and body recomposition cycle, and just finished the fifth week. But I am starting to regret not simply cancelling my current cycle after injuring my back on the first workout day of week four. Because since that day, Monday, April 23rd, things have not […]

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: […]

Health Reports \• February 12, 2012

week five wrap up

Made tangible progress on both training and body recomposition goals in week five of my twelve week training cycle. Training: it was a big week for training, including an extra session on Saturday at the Rippetoe clinic. I made a couple of PR’s. PR in Squat on Monday (5 x 255) and PR in Deadlift […]

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