Training Through A Disaster

On Saturday, August 13th 2016, I found myself sitting with my family in a boat. This wasn’t a vacation pleasure cruise. We had just been rescued from our neighborhood due to the rising flood waters in southeast Louisiana. At that point, my fitness and my second home, the gym, were the furthest things from my mind; the well-being and safety of my family were all that mattered.

My fitness, particularly weight training and healthy eating, are normally significant parts of my lifestyle and day-to-day routine. But they were temporarily erased from my priority list within seconds. It wasn’t a sober, conscious decision; an unstoppable force allowed me no choice but to succumb to what needed to be done. Luxuries and comforts like daily workouts and carefully planned meals shifted to absolute choices regarding basic human needs.

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How To Train For Everything At Once

Modern-day trainees have more information, equipment, and assistance at their disposal than ever before. There’s been a renaissance of knowledge about the myriad training modes, methods, and styles. This has led to a melding of functional methods, including Olympic lifting, pure strength training, functional movements, power, and hypertrophy.

In turn, this pits the individual against an unforeseen challenge. With all of these variables to choose from and the desire to “do everything,” it’s no surprise frustration sets in when it comes to scheduling. You probably tend to gravitate toward your strengths, due to your limited time. You promise yourself to get to those other variables later on down the road.

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Size, Strength, Or Power? A Training Method Primer

What is your ultimate goal: to gain size, strength, or power? Do your workouts reflect that goal? Or do you train blindly without any rhyme or reason?

There are proven methods for developing each of these three qualities. Training like an Olympic lifter won’t maximize the size of your muscles. Conversely, training like a bodybuilder won’t maximize your strength. Common threads weave through each training protocol, and understanding their similarities, differences, and how they relate to one another will make you better equipped to reach your goal.

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Surviving Cancer with a Lot of Help

“Bring your shoulder around…flex those deltoids…keep the abs tight.” It was late on Thursday night June 2nd, 2005, and my workout partners were critiquing my posing after hours at my workplace. It had seemed like an eternity and yesterday at the same time that I was in the middle of chemotherapy treatments just last year at this exact time.

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