May 20, 2013
Not that Mark needs my help with these videos getting hits, but this happened at my gym on Sunday.
Dan Green is one of the baddest raw powerlifters on the planet. With a physique cut out of a Frank Frazzeta illustration, Dan looks like he should be holding a battle ax in his mitts rather than a barbell. Watching this dude work is awesome. I’m sure he doesn’t remember me, but I remember seeing him power clean the dickens out of 160+ at a few local weightlifting meets some time back. Oh, and that WR bench press by Spoto? What the hell, man. Do you know what I can do with 722lbs? Stare at it and maybe roll the bar back and forth until I get bored. All the guys from ST performed well too. Mark showcased his skill with some raw bench presses and suited deadlifts. I’m pretty sure some of the other guys got some PR’s too. Basically, my gym is awesome. Cool stuff happens here on a regular basis.
May 19, 2013
Don’t fall for that crap that people are peddling on the message boards, in magazines or on TV. Get your shit in order, and get your training in order. Start kicking ass, and take out the crap that doesn’t matter. Start doing and believing in the stuff that works, and do it today and forever. You want science and studies? Fuck you, I’ve got scars and blood and vomit.
This is a call to arms for some of you. It is for me too. Stop all the things that make you a pussy and steal your energy. Get your life back.
May 10, 2013
1) take lifts to 90%.
2) Make 3 consecutive singles in a row.
3) Two in a row is “HEATING UP.”
4) Three in a row is “ON FIRE.”
5) You now get to “shoot ’till you miss” at 90+%. I recommend no more than 5 attempts beyond this point.
6) If you make a PR, “BOOMSHAKALAKA!”
May 7, 2013
Here’s the new . . .
Keep in mind, if you’re not on my team, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU FOLLOW THIS ROUTINE. #1) You don’t pay me. #2) I give a lot of verbal instructions/modifications for these workouts. Suffice it to say, some stuff is lost in translation. #3) If you’re on your own with no coach, make your own routine. Snatch and Clean and jerk. The rest is just details. I put this up here so that it’s easily accessible to my athletes and for entertainment purposes only.
May 6, 2013
Check it. Cameron finished with the video footage from our meet this weekend. Mind you, that I coached SEVEN MORE lifters other than the ones on this video, most of which competed in one women’s session. Derek stepped up and helped me manage the warm-ups and Cameron went 6 for 6 despite having the responsibilities of hosting and running the meet with my boss, Tara. It was a great meet. Thank you to Hassle Free for making it all happen. Thank you to everyone from the PWA that attended, thank you to Tara for supporting our team and thank you to all the folks at Midtown for being legit.
And here’s the Prez liftin’ like a boss.
New 4 week block is 90% complete. Just looking it over a few more times before I post it.
May 4, 2013
Meet will be live streamed HERE thanks to our friends at Team Supertraining.
May 2, 2013
My team will be hosting a meet at our gym this Saturday. We’ve had an awesome past 4 weeks of training and I’m expecting a good performance out of everyone. In this case, my role as a coach supersedes my role as a lifter, so I’ll be sitting this one out. I’d be a liar if I said that I was taking a big role in organizing this whole event. The club prez, Cameron and my boss, Tara have been putting a lot of work into setting this whole thing up. It’s gonna be a blast.
If you’re in the area, please come check it out. Lifting starts at 9 and if you’ve ever been to a weightlifting meet before, then you know that these things usually last through the evening. Wear your tank top, it’s gonna be a hot one.
May 1, 2013
Here’s a video that popped up and has been getting approximately HELLA hits lately. Someone took one of Mark’s daily Q&A videos and made a badass compilation video using Mark’s commentary.
Mark and I don’t usually talk much. But when we do, we either shoot the shit about training or talk about how fat I look when I sit down in my “coaching chair” 3 feet away from the platform that I’m lifting on. However, I would like to add a few comments on why I like what he says in this video.
First off, this is not science. It’s lifting weights. No one ever got big and strong because they were really smart. In a competitive setting, it is the role of the coach to do ALL the thinking and the role of the lifter to keep his focus on the immediate task at hand; training. The lifter is the lineman. I am the quarterback, which is really funny because I suck at football. It’s great that we live in the age where the internet community has really embraced strength training and it’s many offspring such as powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. But in some ways, the internet has really contributed to taking the “sexiness” out of lifting weights. I can’t believe that I’m about to say this . . . but back in my day (OMG), we didn’t have youtube. We had Ironmind videos. We would all get together and watch footage from a Chinese training hall in like 95 or have the world championships play on repeat on a shitty TV set that we kept in the weight room. Nobody posted on forums. Nobody read . . . anything really (if you were a coach, you might’ve posted on goheavy). We all sort of just accepted snatches and clean and jerks for what they were, nothing more. I’m not saying that educating yourself is wrong, I mean, I pursued a degree in exercise science just so I’d have a little better understanding of training principles and the human body. But I can honestly say that aside from learning basic human anatomy and physiology, there is not a damn thing that I learned that made me a better weightlifter, which brings me to my next point.
There is a huge difference in being able to describe how to do something and being able to do something. I’m well versed in training principles, biomechanics and physiology, which aids me as a coach. This does not translate to Olympic weightlifting. Not at all. Furthermore, educating my lifters on why we do certain things or what actually happens when we perform a movement is not necessary. Just ask one of them. I don’t tell them shit unless they ask me, after which I’ll provide my rationale (which you should always be able to do as a coach) in plain. Ass. English. Then I’ll go back to telling them only what I think is necessary for progress. So just be wary of shit you read on the internet. But hey, don’t take it from me. I’m just some “rando” on the internet.
April 29, 2013
Here’s the video from last Friday. This is basically like a scene from Lord of the Rings where a group of elves, dwarves and humans band together to wreck PR’s in an epic battle. I get to be Gandalf.
Everyone from the Cal Strength crew is super chill. Hopefully we can set something up where we can all train together once every couple months or so.
April 27, 2013
The ENTIRE California Strength crew as well as our usual Sac State visitors joined us last night for heavy Friday. It was a proud moment for me. To see the platforms filled to the brim with not only my team but two other ones was just unreal. To put it plainly, it was a huge sesh, brah. I didn’t have the greatest day of lifting but the general mood of the gym was electric. Thanks for visiting, guys.