Shifting on the fly from an explosive, HIIT-centric mindset to an endurance mindset is easier said than done. Especially when you’re “wired” for repeat explosive activities. This was a little something I thought about during my 500-mile bike trek through Oregon. …and Lord knows I had plenty of time to think. About this and a… [More…]
One of the major advantages of my version of HIIT (or “HIIRT” as I like to call it) is something that most wouldn’t necessarily consider an advantage: the ability to stay within striking distance of just about any sport I might want to concentrate on in the future. I’ve had to become a hell of… [More…]
Human nature being what it is, I don’t see it happening. Psychological studies (PATH, for instance) have shown that only a very small segment of the population will willingly and consistently stick to a workout (or healthy eating plan) for the long haul. But did you really need a study to back up what… [More…]
The seasons of life, my friend – they’ll sometimes punch you right in the mouth. There will be times when, against all your best efforts otherwise, you’ll be robbed of precious workout time. It happens; I’ve been there. In fact, I’m weathering the trailing bands of one of those storms now. So you find yourself… [More…]
70% of the time, I train at 70% of my available maximal effort. Punching the clock, so to speak. Chopping wood; carrying water. 20% of the time, I go for broke. I blow the carbon out; unleash the inner beast. Lay it on the line; shooting for PRs. 10% of the time, I simply move…. [More…]
Conjugate for the Masses A while back I wrote about culling the most effective 20% from Westside’s Conjugate system that could be of most use to the average trainee. Someone like myself. Someone who loves to lift, rock some functional swole while nurturing a high degree of general athleticism, and has enough savvy to navigate… [More…]
Foundations Back in the mid-70s, when I first caught the incurable iron flu, training 6 days a week was commonplace. The intensity and modalities varied according to one’s ability to recover (What I now call the Wave and Weave method), but 2 hours a day, 6 days a week was, well… standard fare. All was… [More…]
Yeah, I like feeding the ol’ pythons, too. But let’s just make sure we keep it real. And one way to do that is to pair other exercises you might not necessarily like to do along with the vanity work. And it’s not that I don’t enjoy Russian leg curls and rollouts. But I… [More…]
What 40+ years in the iron game has taught me about entrepreneurship.
The most cost-effective piece of home exercise equipment you could ever own? The do-it-yourself kettlebell aka the GHETTOBELL.