A few days ago, I read an article called No Chalk Allowed! written by Shaun N. Jafarian for Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength website (it was actually published back in May 2012). The article is a “no holds barred” analysis of some of the more popular gym chains in our nation. The descriptions, for the most […]Read more "How Does Your Gym Stack Up?"
This morning was my last day with my personal trainer Chase. I knew the two most critical lifts I needed to nail down were back squats and bent leg deadlifts, so I suggested we concentrate on those. When we walked into the weight room, the squat rack was being used, but Chase wanted me to […]Read more "Day of the Leg Burnout: The Final Training Day"
Busy day yesterday and today. We’re having our carpets cleaned today, so we had to do a bunch of other cleaning and moving stuff yesterday just to get prepared. But before all that, I got to go to the gym with the missus on Sunday and practice my overhead presses and deadlifts using the more correct form […]Read more "Practicing the Lighter Side of 5/3/1: Day Two"
It’s Christmas Eve and the snow is coming down steadily outside. It wasn’t snowing when I woke up this morning at about a quarter to 7. My wife told me to go back to bed and sleep in some more, but the gym was scheduled to open at 8 and I wanted to get to the squat […]Read more "Practicing the Lighter Side of 5/3/1: Day One"
So I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do to strengthen my core while protecting my tender lower back. It’s not easy. Of course, I tried “Googling” the problem but surprisingly, not a lot of useful search results were returned. The WebMD.com page was basically useless. Spine-Health.com seems better but there is a […]Read more "Planning for the Lighter Side of Restarting 5/3/1"
It had snowed overnight, so my yard was buried under about an inch of the fluffy, cold, white stuff when I woke up this morning. Of course, it was still pitch black outside. Fortunately, there wasn’t much more than a thin accumulation on my driveway and the streets, so my drive to the gym at […]Read more "Return of the Deadlift: Training Day Four"
On Sundays, my wife and I go to the gym together, although our workouts are so different that we don’t interact between entering the gym and exiting it. However, today as we were driving back home after exercising, she said she’s staying at her current super-light weights for the foreseeable future. I mentioned the concept […]Read more "Practicing Form and Working Around My Injury"
I’ve read this article before. In fact, I even commented on it last February. However, with my recent back tweaks and how it’s affecting my workouts, I decided to take another look. The FerrignoFit article highlights five points we folks over 50 should pay attention to: Use Correct Form Warm Up & Cool Down Rest […]Read more "Revisiting Lou Ferrigno’s “Fit After 50: How the Champs Keep Their Gains”"
I was dreading training this morning, mainly because I haven’t been able to get my back to “calm down”. I was envisioning myself trying a deadlift and completely wrecking my lumbar spine. Yesterday, I seriously considered canceling the training session and waiting a week or two (or three), but ultimately decided against it. I was […]Read more "Confessing My Injuries to My Trainer: Training Day Three"
Someone suggested I adopt the 5/3/1 Strength Training Program which is ultimately what led me to buy and read the kindle edition of Jim Wendler’s book Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results. To back up a bit, after the suggestion was made, I did some research and prepared myself as best I could, actually […]Read more "Beyond 5/3/1: Simple Training for Extraordinary Results: A Book Review"