How fast do you need to progress?

I used to always increase the weight in my lifts. The problem is that muscles react fast, but tendons and ligaments don’t. So, inevitably one day I’d realize I’d done some damage and then I’d have an injury and have to recover. Gradually, over time, I’ve learned to dial this urge back. What’s the point of lifting more… Read More »

Plenty of strength for daily life

There is a line in Pavel Tsatsouline’s Beyond Stretching book that goes like this, “Americans don’t think they can be flexible enough, but the truth is you only need flexibility just a bit beyond the range your sport demands.” It’s interesting that Pavel doesn’t think the same way about strength. I agree that strength is important, but there… Read More »

The benefits of the deadlift

My home gym has swelled with equipment but these days, I find myself returning to the simple barbell. And more specifically, the deadlift. I’ve written about this exercise before, but it deserves more digital ink because it is awesome. Let me start with a quick story—a real quick one. This weekend, kids in the street, dad following along,… Read More »

Focus (again)

I’ve written about this topic several other times, even using the title “focus”. Hence, Focus (again). It’s an important topic and I find I need to continually remind myself about it. As a younger dude, I would be keen on too much variety. But focus in training is essential. Focus in life is essential. I have Stuart Briscoe… Read More »

Morning deadlifts

Every now and then I get on a deadlift kick. Five days per week, as specified in power to the people by Pavel Tsatsouline. Just a simple linear cycle two sets of five, a working set and a back off set. I’ve worked up to decent weights this way but staying light right now. So, what I do… Read More »

Disciplined thoughts in the face of mounting pressure

You know I’ve been writing about kids and family and work and school. All these things put pressure on time and energy. Kids are the toughest (mine are young) because of the sleep situation. By far the greatest challenge has been sleep. Even now, at 8 months, Ruby sometimes wakes up 4 or 5 times a night. It’s… Read More »

Current Training and Stuff

My favorite time to train right now is between 8 or 10 in the morning. A lot of times I have conference calls in the morning. I’ll take these calls from home and then when they’re finished, exercise. Or, I’ll do stretches while I’m on the call. Two days per week I do weights in my home gym.… Read More »