Kaizen: Oct. 12-18, 2020

Well. I did a thing last week. After training at home on my own almost exclusively for nearly two years now, and a year or so with some consistency, I signed back up at Main Street Gym. I trained at Main Street for a few years, back from 2006-20010(ish). Back when I was competing in powerlifting regularly and had training partners. Before I built the home gym in 2010 and before Crossfit. My gym at home has pretty much everything I need to train. I’ve got a power rack, horse stall mats, two benches, two barbells, a full dumbbell rack … Continue reading Kaizen: Oct. 12-18, 2020

The Strongest Man in Recorded History: A Documentary on the Life of Paul Anderson

After watching a biography on the father of strongman showmanship last week in Louis Cyr, I had a more modern meat mastodon in Paul Anderson up next. Powerlifting USA put this documentary on the Georgia native. It was most definitely low-budget and about as 90s as you can get, but some of the footage they have of Anderson was just amazing. While Cyr’s story was all that, stories, Anderson came along in the sweet spot of still being old school in nature but during an era with film, rising to fame in the 1950s. Anderson was an Olympic Gold medalist, … Continue reading The Strongest Man in Recorded History: A Documentary on the Life of Paul Anderson

Kaizen: Training Log, Aug. 17-30, 2020

Catching up with two weeks at once here. We are getting back into a routine post Covid and quarantine. And by routine, I mean I repeated the same workout five times, slowly increasing either intensity or volume as we went. The first couple of workouts wiped me, showing the effects of Covid, as they were about half was I was doing prior. Still, it was good to get back into it. I’m still working my way through some old school power routines, walking daily (a 5K a day keeps the diabetes away!), and doing some airdyne work on days I … Continue reading Kaizen: Training Log, Aug. 17-30, 2020

Training Log: Kaizen, July 6-12, 2020

Running through my first Ditillo routine this week. I had to admit, this week was a butt kicker. That was a sharp uptick in both volume and intensity from the “building habits” phase I was in. Hammies were tight after Monday, and I’m playing with rack pin heights on the half squats and rack pulls. Still, it is fun to be pushing myself a little again. It’s good for my mental health to lift heavier. I am planning on repeating this training week, going for more reps on the max sets in week 2. This one is more legs and … Continue reading Training Log: Kaizen, July 6-12, 2020

Training Log: Kaizen June 29-July 5, 2020

Back in December, I sat down and worked out a plan for getting back in shape. That plan was pretty basic. Do a barbell movement daily, add an accessory movement, walk (alot), and mix in bodyweight movements for a bit of conditioning/hole filling. This was done daily. I kept it simple, because I wanted to build positive habits, that little bit of endorphin release as I checked off daily habits I knew would pay off in the long run. I could tell the weight loss was going well. I’m down 30 pounds since last fall. I’m down a few inches … Continue reading Training Log: Kaizen June 29-July 5, 2020

Reads: The Development of Muscular Bulk And Power

I like to pretend I’m old school. I probably never truly was, but I get to be more convincing with the mentality as I become, well, old. Within the strength world, I was lucky in the fact I got in with an old school powerlifting team early in my training journey. I didn’t waste too much time plowing through poor programs in Muscle & Fiction and Flex. At least, not until college and even then I knew they were bullshit and was doing them with full awareness of what they were. The kind of stuff we did in high school … Continue reading Reads: The Development of Muscular Bulk And Power

Training Log: Kaizen, May 25-31, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020 Walk SPSPH 3×10 Rickshaw Carry 6x 25 yards x 165#, Every 90 seconds Jog .04 Mobility: BSquat / Super P-lates (356) / Olympic wall squat with IR bias Article: The Memorial Day Murph Experience Podcast: Primal Blueprint–Robert Glazer Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Walk 2.69 Miles 4x 3RAPGD + 3RAPG Squat 5×95, 4×135, 2×225, 1×275, 1×315, 3x5x325 Side Planks 3x 21 seconds each side Podcast: Strength & Scotch: The Health Benefits of Getting OutdoorsPodcast: Salty Talk: Two Hacks for Atherosclerosis Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Walk 3.04 Miles Jog .05 Miles SPSPH 3×10 Bench 10×45, 5×95, 4×135, 3×165, … Continue reading Training Log: Kaizen, May 25-31, 2020