Category Archives: Exercise

Injury-Proofing My Body Part 1

Injury-proofing my body part 1

I work in the health care field and see the consequences of injuries every single workday. This makes me hyper-aware and probably a little too paranoid of certain things.  As a direct result of things I’ve witnessed:

  • I refuse to ride motorcycles or ATVs.
  • I always wear a helmet and wrist guards when snowboarding
  • I never listen to headphones when jogging in the vicinity of cars.
  • I will never climb a ladder to put up Christmas lights (also I don’t like heights)
  • I have an irrational fear of chain saws and buzz saws
  • I refuse to mountain bike

As readers of this blog know, I’m also fairly active and like to play basketball, weight-lift, Crossfit, and of course train BJJ.  I’ve done these things long enough and bone headed enough so that I’ve suffered my share of injuries like ankle sprains, muscle strains, tendinitis, and various tweaks of this thing and that thing.… Read More

Robb Wolf’s BJJ Training Regimen

Robb Wolf Ripped2Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution (here is my review), podcaster, BJJ blue belt, and one of the founding father’s of Paleo recently wrote a long and thorough post about what his current training is like at the age of 42 with a goal of competing in the BJJ Worlds eventually.

Given my interest in BJJ and nutrition and paleo, this post piqued my interest on just about all fronts.

From the looks of it, whatever the hell he’s doing is working because holy shit is he ripped!… Read More

Coach Sommer on Barbell Shrugged Podcast


Just wanted to highlight another podcast Coach Sommer was a guest on, since I really like what he has to say (as you can tell).

Thanks to Mario on Facebook for bringing sharing this with me.

Listen to the full Barbell Shrugged podcast here.

As a quick update, I still haven’t picked up the Gymnastics Bodies foundations course since I’ve been on the road quite a bit lately.  Once things in my schedule stabilize I’ll make the commitment.

Needless to say… the travel has also been rough on my eating!… Read More

Gymnastic Bodies with Coach Christopher Sommer

Gymnastic BodiesGymnastic Bodies with Coach Christopher Sommer

Every once in awhile you’ll come across someone that will completely reshape the way you think about things, and you’ll walk away feeling amazed and wondering why you never saw things in this light before.  I’ve felt this when I’ve encountered the works of folks like Tim Ferriss, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, John Kiefer, Dave Asprey, and Jimmy Moore.

The most recent guy I’m adding to this list is Coach Christopher Sommer, who is a coach for the US gymnastics team, and appeared on a couple of Robb Wolf’s podcasts (Episode 213 and Episode 230).  Just check out some of the amazing stuff his athletes can do!… Read More

What Stronglifts 5×5 Failure Looks Like

Mehdi, the guy behind the Stronglifts 5×5 program that I’ve been using shared this video of what it looked like when he failed his squat sets.

I know the feeling.  As I’ve gotten higher and higher in weight with the various movements, I’ve encountered failure more and more.  It only makes sense, because the body’s capacity to deal with progressive increases in weight is finite.

The Stronglifts 5×5 protocol for dealing with failure is to try again with the same weight during the next session.  If you fail again, you still try one more time the following session.  If you fail that time, then that’s your body’s way of telling you that you need more time to recover, so you should deload by 10% of the weight.… Read More

Review: Stronglifts 5×5 – Initial Impressions

Stronglifts 5x5Stronglifts 5×5 – Initial Impressions

In my travels throughout the interwebs I’ve come across various methods purported to increase strength.  One of these is Body by Science, which many people who follow the Bulletproof Exec Dave Asprey report success with.  One of the main benefits is that you only need to train for 12 minutes, once a week.

This is definitely something I want to experiment with in the future… but not quite yet.

Since one of the requirements of my next experiment, Carb Back-Loading, requires resistance training multiple times per week I needed to find something else.… Read More

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