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Testing vs Training…Events vs Workouts

I covered this a little more extensively in a previous post, but I bring this topic up again since I get questions about it quite often.  So often, in fact, that it ranks right up there with the “is this (insert food item) Paleo?” question.  So let’s put this quickly into context and prospective.  Does a “testing”-like workout impart a “training”-like effect?  Sure it does; hell, your body can’t tell the difference between the two, as it only registers stress, and a testing stress, my friend, is in fact just that — big time.  The difference, of course, is in the increased risk-to-benefit ratio with the test (or event).  And, of course, in the increased risk of overtraining if you choose to go balls-out too frequently.  So yeah, absolutely — have some fun and blow the frackin’ carbon out every now and again.  It keeps things fresh, interesting and, in general, lets you know that you’re alive .  Just know the difference between “the event” and “training for the event”.  Be smart — plan and program your workouts accordingly.
And speaking of “events” or “tests”, here’s my latest tussle with Linda — or as I like to call it, 3 bars of death.
The almighty Great White Buffalo makes more than a cameo appearance at about the 6-rep round, here.  I don’t remember too damn much from the Efficient Exercise team meeting that followed this little escapade, as I think I went into mental shut-down mode for a few hours following this one.  Kinda boring to watch; but hey – the soundtrack is killer 😉 Yikes…

Westward expansion, Efficient Exercise style

So where is Efficient Exercise‘s new west coast facility ultimately going to land?  Santa Monica?  Venice?  Manhattan Beach?  West Hollywood?  Mark and Michelle and I spent a few days out in the greater LA area searching for just the right location for the Efficient Exercise to-be west coast location.  We’ve outgrown our current ARX Fit showroom in the downtown LA Paul Hastings building, and we’re ready to launch a full-on studio a little closer to the beach.  Hell, why not, right?  One thing is for sure: we’ll be racking up some serious frequent flier miles over the next few months.  Time to get to know those ATX to LA Southwest flight crews on a first name basis.  And stock up on drink tickets…
And though we did spend the majority of our time searching for just the right location, It wasn’t all work and no play.  We did have an opportunity to dine with some of our west coast Paleo peeps, take in the Dan French /Billy Gardell comedy act, have some fracking outstanding grass-fed porterhouses with Ancestral Health Society’s president (and consummate grill master!) Aaron Blaisdell and his lovely wife Carol.  We even had time to give the ARX Fit grand tour to 87eleven’s Cale Schultz.  Oh yeah, and then there was the interesting evening spent at Jumbo’s Clown Room.  Suicide Girls meet Cirque Du Soleil.  Yeah, buddy; so very Paleo  🙂

Cale Schultz vs the ARX Fit vertical. Dude put up some seriously impressive numbers.


Serious travel requires serious reading, and so I was thrilled that Greg Everett (of Catalyst Athletics) recently sent me an advance copy of his fine book, Olympic Weightlifting for Sports.  Greg has put together a spot-on resource here for the athlete who, like myself, is *not* a competitive O-lifter, but who desires the benefits (and there are many!) of using these lifts to improve athleticism. Lift progressions and finer techniques are covered in such a way that a novice can learn from scratch, and a more advanced lifter can perfect skills OR progress to the more advanced, full-on version of the snatch and clean and jerk.  If you’re into serious strength and conditioning, I highly recommend getting your hands on this book.

In health, fitness and ancestral wellness –



  1. Keith,

    I’m amazed at the mass of weights that you’re “throwing around” and the intensity is also impressive. I’m a skinny slow gainer so will never get to those weights. However what surprises me is that although you look heavily muscled you look nowhere near as big as the body builders in my gym, who lift smaller weights. If you don’t mind me asking, how much do you weigh and how tall are you?

    • 6 foot, 215lbs, Mark. Just realize that muscle mass is only one component of over strength. CNS efficiency, ligament strength and many other factors also contribute to the expression of strength and power.


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