Monday Scramble: Supplements, Deadlifts & Grandmothers

A quick note:  I am slowly migrating over to Twitter over the course of the next few months so please do me a favor, make me look cool and follow me here!

Good morning, everyone.

For starters, I had to hammer this out in between clients this morning so excuse any typos or my typical pillaging of the comma.

Hope you all had a great weekend and if you are local in San Diego then high chance you enjoyed the 84 degree weather yesterday.  Not too freaking shabby for March 4, now is it?  Had a great time checking out the San Diego Enforcers game over the weekend and we had a crew of 16 people from the gym roll up to show their support for Web and Robbie.  It was really, really cool to see people genuinely want to do that on their Saturday night and they rewarded us with a victory and some nice plays highlighted by Robbie hauling in a TD catch on a fade route in the 3rd Quarter.

I can say without any reservation that they were the most athletic on the field as well, so it was good to see their hard work pay off.

Online Coaching: Me (HERE)

That’s right.  That’s a plug for myself to kick things off right there.  I know there are folks who follow the gym and the blog from the East Coast and other parts and I want to make sure everyone knows that they can train along with us from anywhere, since we do get a fair amount of questions regarding online training.

At any given time, I probably have three to five personal online clients on their own Custom Training Blueprint and this is the latest feedback I got this morning.

I weighed in today at a jaw dropping (for me at least) 179.1 which puts me down 10 pounds total in just about 3 weeks.  The weight is just melting off me.  This is the lightest I have been in probably four or five years.  I’m also at the point where going to the gym is no longer a task; rather it’s looking at the clock and counting down the time and being excited that at 1130 I know I’m going to work out.
Hopefully this updates aren’t annoying you but I gotta tell someone.
Annoying??!!! That shit makes my day right there.  If you are interested in a custom plan for yourself then check this out.  If you prefer to select from a few pre-designed templates and want to follow the gym then check this out instead.
My Supplement List: Tony Gentilcore (HERE)

I am not a big supplement guy by any means as I have always been a believer in the philosophy that you should get your nutrients from real foods, not broken down powders, liquids and gels.

That said, it can be very difficult to get everything in a day’s work, especially if you are the type that trains hard regularly.

The only supplement that I religiously take is fish oil (as I burp up fish taste while typing this) but I know that I could benefit from some others if I put in the time and energy, and Tony Gentilcore outlines some good stuff in this one.

I can’t seem to wrap my mind around powdered fruits and vegetables but they are gaining a lot more popularity over recent months and are worth a look if you can’t fit them into your diet or don’t have a juicer.  Since I started juicing, I have quadrupled my vegetable intake and noticed a sizable difference in how I feel across a few areas.

Improving the Deadlift: Zach Even-Esh (HERE)

There are so many ways to improve your deadlift it’s all about what works for you through trial and error.  If you ever want to seriously get that deadlift up to beyond twice your body weight then you’ll need some strategies aside from just deadlifting on deaflift day.

This is a solid article that backs up a lot of what we do and say in the gym, especially with the infrequent max suggestions.  I am on the liberal side of maxes, I don’t necessarily think you have to wait six weeks before trying a big 1-R effort, but I certainly don’t think it should be done every week.  Once per month is about what I prefer, but this is a really good article with tips and strategies for those men and women who want to get really strong on the deadlift.

What We Can Learn From My Grandmother: Ben Bruno (HERE)

From someone who was/is incredibly close to his grandparents this one really hit home and is so damn true.  There is a lot we can learn from the elderly who perform their day to day activities that you would never think it runs parallel to your efforts in the gym.

This will really make you question your motivation on days when you might just not be feeling it.

Fail of the Week: WTF??

I have no idea where to begin or what to even say about this.  People give themselves entirely too much free reign in the gym and the fact that the gym staff allowed this to take place reinforces a lot of my thoughts on globo gyms.

I am willing to be that this guy is training this lady….

Have a great Monday.


  1. The best part of this video is that Journey is the theme song, seriously WTF but it made me laugh hysterically.

    1. SO. TRUE. It’s the little things that make someone doing upside reverse shin lifts go from good to great.

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