First off, super excited that has released (only in eBook form for now, but the paperback will be coming soon!) a brand new book from Paul Wade of fame: C-Mass: How to Maximize Muscle Growth Using Bodyweight-Only Training. On the cover you'll probably recognize our pals, Al and , as you'll also see them throughout the next info-packed 130 pages. The book features a lot of fun photos too -- from strength greats of the past, to photos from workshop
It's been a crazy few weeks... full tilt. If you noticed for a while there I was kind of collecting selfies with people you may know from the underground strength and conditioning world... then I came back home and hit the writing-ground-running so hard that one of my neighbors actually said, "Oh you're still here!? Good!! I thought you moved away!" Oops. In reality, I had changed up the schedule a little bit and hadn't seen her and her dog as much because of it, but still yes. VERY full tilt over here, and soon there will be a whole lot to show for it.
In the mean time, even though I'd been exercise snacking with some skill work, a near-max of 12 dead hang, no thumbs pull-up reps (staying on the bar the whole time... shouldn't have to specify that, but in this internet age you know how that goes. For reference my all time PR for that is 13-14 reps and I plan to exceed that shortly), and various other fun things (playing with thein an attempt to nail down an L-sit with them). BUT... given a brain-heavy week and a new battery in my Under Armour Armour39 HRM, it was time to burn off some cobwebs and tear it up a bit.
A lively discussion oftraining, the recent workshop in MN, and Adam's secret twist on the Bulletproof Coffee phenomenon (not to be missed).
Decided to get out of town and have some fun, so I very recently (as in this past Saturday) met up with Amber of GiryaScope.com in Somerville, MA (Boston area) and trekked down to New Jersey to help her photograph/video one of Zach's 4 hour at his decidedly underground gym. What a fun place he has--it was about the size of the warehouse I used to have for my previous business (ecommerce/light manuf. small place) but built out in such a way that there was plenty of room for turf, , sandbags, barbell platforms, pull up bars, seriously difficult pull up alternatives (Sorinex, you are evil for those mighty mitts thick vertical items--and it is awesome), and some fairly epic metal stall bars... and all sorts of other stuff like giant tires etc etc. Recently I'd had the pleasure to look through Zach's upcoming book which will be coming out on , so I was extra jazzed to see what he was like in person and what his gym was like in real life.
Should issue a warning to my friends/workout partners and small group whenever I start reading about things like SEALFIT or am in the early chapters of Lone Survivor and learning all about what those guys go through in Indoc and BUD/S etc. It warps my own sensibility in terms of "difficulty" when I push myself through a challenge. Now, there's this terrible little voice in the back of my head saying stuff like "Tired? Seriously? You're not getting sprayed with water or covered in sand! This is NOTHING!" While it's definitely not NOTHING, and our intermediate/advanced circuits are nothing to sneeze at, it's a good reality check too. A recalibration of self-awareness, some serious inspiration, and hopefully a little bit of leveling up. Similarly it's fun to look back both as an enthusiast and as an instructor to think about how much more I can do and teach now as opposed to just a few years ago.