I loled way too many times while making this.

New Home.

November 22, 2014

Accurately summarizes my life right now.

Accurately summarizes my life right now.

Throwing around ideas for a mural I can hang up in the new lifting area.  What should I paint?

Game: That Face.

November 20, 2014

Preface: if you are easily offended or experience heightened emotions while talking about diet, exercise or lifting weights, follow someone else’s blog.  This post contains humor.  

Coaching weightlifting does things to you.  It hardens your soul and turns your once pink, fluffy foundation that was once so full of life into cold granite.  Your objectivity will be rivaled only by the amount of difficulty you will find it to be impressed by anything.  You do your best to provide your lifters guidance through their learning and adaptation process, knowing full well that you experienced all of the same emotions and tendencies that they do.  Perhaps your new demeanor is pointed more at the memory of yourself than anyone else.  But sometimes you just can’t help but make . . .

that face.

Make no mistake, there is care and commitment to your progress in those eyes.  But there is also a quiet contempt and distain that can only be rivaled by your mother's glare when she found your stack of Playboy's hidden under your box spring.

Make no mistake, there is care and commitment to your progress in those eyes. But there is also a quiet contempt and distain that can only be rivaled by your mother’s glare when she found your stack of Playboy’s hidden under your box spring.

So here’s a game I made up.  It’s called “That Face” or “Coaches Face”  I haven’t decided which is catchier.  Feel free to play along in the comments section.  I may do more installments in the future.  This edition is dedicated (lovingly) to the new lifter (2 or less years).

When your new lifter:

1) Asks if he has time to use the restroom when he’s 3 attempts out.  

2) Sees youtube video.  Insists on switching to power or squat jerk.

3) reads “article.”  insists on “training like the Chinese.”

4) Complains that gym doesn’t have jerk blocks.  Best jerk is 275lbs.

5) Refuses to run team program.  Runs smolov.  Wonders why he misses 90%s. 

6) Pays obscene amount of money to watch a clearly geared lifter max out at seminar (this in itself is not necessarily negative).  Talks negatively about different lifter who is popped for PED use. (wat.)

7)  Doesn’t PR for 2 weeks.  Feels like he’s not making enough progress.

8) Refuses to do meet because he “isn’t competitive enough.”  

9) Insists on switching to split snatch because of femur length. (wat.)

10) Asks if you teach lifters to be “bangers” or “brushers.” (wat.)

That’s all I got for now.  I’ll post an edit if I think up a few more.

Busy Lifter, Healthy Food.

November 19, 2014

Hey Sacramento,

If you’re athletic, busy and care about what you put in your body, check out Fork Lifter Food Truck.  They offer a meal subscription service using fresh, seasonal ingredients; definitely helpful for the busy body in need of good nutrition.  I can tell you first hand that their food tastes way better than your boiled chicken and broccoli that you’ve been prepping every sunday the last 6 weeks.  Do yourself a favor and check Fork Lifter out.

Emelie took her diet a lot more seriously to make that drop down to 75kg.

Emelie took her diet a lot more seriously to make that drop down to 75kg.

Today is the first day that I’ve weighed myself in at exactly 110kg.  And that was AFTER eating two meals today.  I celebrated with some Taco Bell.  My plan is to maintain around that weight going into the American Open after which I’ll switch into Captain Insano mode and make that final drop down to 105kg.  I haven’t been a legit no water cut 105 in probably almost 5 years so I imagine I’ll be pretty jacked.  I’ll take a stereotypical no shirt photo on my birthday (Feb, 16) and juxtapose it next to a photo taken on Feb 15, 2015 when I was at or near my heaviest (126kg).

Only the Next Set.

November 18, 2014

The last set doesn’t matter.  The one before it didn’t matter.  Only the next set matters.

It pays to have a short memory.  Concentrate on the current task at hand only, regardless if you were successful or not on the last attempt.

It pays to have a short memory. Concentrate on the current task at hand, regardless if you were successful or not on the last attempt.

Meditate on that.

A New Era.

November 16, 2014

Today, Mark and the Team ST guys made their last trip to pick up their stuff from Midtown.  While I’m going to miss their presence, I am overwhelmed with joy for the new opportunities that the gym is now presented with.  The new usable space represents more than just 5 new lifting platforms, a comp bench, reverse hyper and a white board.  It represents how far both the gym and the team have come and a new beginning for our weightlifters and people looking to get stronger and fitter.  Here’s to new opportunities.  Here’s to a stronger community.  Here’s to Midtown S&C.

If you're a weightlifter in the area, come visit.  We've hosted large joint practices before and now have more space than ever.  Don't worry.  Jake is actually nicer than he looks.

If you’re a weightlifter in the area, hit me up and come visit. We’ve hosted large joint practices before and now have more space than ever. Don’t worry. Jake is actually nicer than he looks.

As much as I love any opportunity to pose like this, I think Cam won with the crowbar accessory.

As much as I love any opportunity to pose like this, I think Cam won with the crowbar accessory.

It’s free.  Well, you can donate if you want to.  I bought the record when I saw them last night so I did my part.

Download HERE.

These guys were GETTIN IT.  I think the drummer broke like 5 or 6 sticks within 25 minutes.

These guys were GETTIN IT. I think the drummer broke like 5 or 6 sticks within 25 minutes.

I didn’t bother to stay for the headliner, mostly because I had to max out today and I didn’t want to be up too late.  But man, did these guys get after it.  It’s contemporary doom bands like this that keep the genre fresh and relevant.  Were these guys to blow up, their sound would attract a large crossover audience.  Listen on full blast with the bass turned to 11 for maximum effect.

Pulling Blocks.

November 10, 2014

Check out these bad boys.

Don't lie.  You got block envy.

Don’t lie. You got block envy.

These are our new custom pulling blocks built by Rick Sr. from RE-Designworks.  I put in a special request for a larger landing surface (to avoid those epic dumps that happen when you drop a bar on a corner), variable pulling heights (two 5 inch segments) and an overbuilt interior frame to sustain the wear and tear of daily usage.

I don’t own my own space yet, but if I did I would certainly spend the money on some legit pulling blocks WAY before I would ever spend money on jerk blocks.  As a matter of fact, the team NEVER uses jerk blocks but we’ll pull off the blocks usually at least once every 4 weeks. In my opinion, jerk blocks are a waste of space, an eye sore and most importantly difficult to effectively implement into a team program.  I’d only spend the money on them if my space was a dedicated weightlifting facility instead of one that caters to general fitness AND Olympic style weightlifting.

Golden West 2014 Video.

November 7, 2014

You know things got weird when you bust out your Finding Forrester impression.

The Golden West.

November 5, 2014

I’ve been MIA recently due to 1) not having internet at my apartment 2) being approximately HELLA busy.  I’ve just gotten around to uploading the videos from this weekend onto my computer and should have it up on the youtubez by the end of the week.

For those of you who are curious what me and the gang have been up to, last weekend was the annual Don Wilson Golden West Open.  This year it was hosted by our buddies at California Strength.  We had a huge weekend.  This was the last opportunity for Nick and Jake to make the American Open qualifying total.  They made it.  Now they just need to wait it out and see if they’re actually going.  I also have a JR 69kg female that I’ve been helping prep for her first meet and hopefully qualify for JR Nationals next year.  She crushed the total and had she made her last attempt, she would’ve made the American Open total as well.  Needless to say I was impressed.

Also, two of my Masters athletes signed up for the Masters Nationals next year!

The team is coming up and doing big things.  I couldn’t be more proud . . . and busy.

Here’s a couple photos taken by our friend, Sam V.

Sick "triplestension" brah.  Jen had a huge day, snatching 70 and clean and jerking 92.  Both PRs.

Sick “triplestension” brah. Jen had a huge day, snatching 70 and clean and jerking 92. Both PRs.  Dean is in the background looking handsome as always.

Rick walked away with a 110 snatch and 140 clean and jerk.  His best in comp before this was 98/125.

Rick walked away with a 110 snatch and 140 clean and jerk. His best in comp before this was 98/125.

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