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An Update on the 5-3-1 Weight Lifting Program

An Update on the 5-3-1 Weight Lifting Program

Our strength has gone up with the 5-3-1 program, and I’d recommend it for people who want to get stronger. My body doesn’t look much different, and the program doesn’t give me the same feeling of “vitality” as the P90X series or kettlebelling, but the charts don’t lie. My wife and I have been doing […]

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5 3 1 Weight Lifting Program: Cycle 1 Complete

5 3 1 Weight Lifting Program: Cycle 1 Complete

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The She Shepherd and I are doing the 5-3-1 Weight Lifting Program by Jim Wendler. We just completed our first four week cycle. This workout was mentioned by personal safety coach, career law enforcement officer, writer, and world traveler Greg “Gorillafritz” Ellifritz. I picked the 5-3-1 because it met most of my criteria: heavier weight, […]

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That’s What She Said: LSD – Long Slow Distance

That’s What She Said: LSD – Long Slow Distance

| March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve always enjoyed cardio based training. For the last 20 years I’ve tried to stay active at least a few times a week. When I worked retail or at an office I ran on my lunch hour or used the analog stairmasters conveniently located at the ends of hallways. Recently I joined a gym and […]

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All Roads Lead to Shivworks

All Roads Lead to Shivworks

| January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

My wife and I put our deposits in for the Shivworks ECQC class being held in Minnesota in June of 2017. That means we’re less than five months away from grunting, sweating, bleeding, stabbing, and shooting alongside 14 other people. And the FiST helmets. Ah, the FiST helmets. I’m also coming off a particularly “carefree” […]

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GMB.io Elements Workout Video Review

GMB.io Elements Workout Video Review

| September 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

I really like dynamic exercise like kettlebells. I also like low-weight / body-weight exercise routines like P90X3. Over the last 2 years I’ve come to enjoy balance and core strength training, like yoga and Pilates. I sit a lot for my day job, and I also have a lot of stuff on my plate. I have […]

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Combat Fit by Gabe Suarez Book Review

Combat Fit by Gabe Suarez Book Review

| September 5, 2016 | 3 Comments

In the last two years I’ve become more and more interested in fight focused fitness. Before then, I worked out because my dad told me to, or because it was for a sport, or because I wanted to be attractive. I never really had a “higher purpose” until recently. One of the people that motivated […]

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Summer 2016 Workout Update

Summer 2016 Workout Update

| July 27, 2016 | 7 Comments

My summer update on what I’m doing to improve my strength, cardio, flexibility, and mobility. The Cycle GMB.io Elements 6-7 days a week Men’s Health 4 Kettlebell routine 5-6 days a week GMB.IO Essentials About three and a half weeks ago, I started a body weight / movement program called “Elements” by GMB. The majority of […]

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Life After Shivworks: Spring Workout Update

Life After Shivworks: Spring Workout Update

Shivworks’s ECQC is just over two weeks away. That’s 20 hours of grappling, squatting, rollin’ and wrasslin’ against men and women who want to turn me into a human knife sheath or Simunitions storage unit. I’ve been more committed to my physical fitness since my first ECQC class 11 months ago. I’ve concentrated on balance, core strength, […]

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Life After Shivworks: Winter Workout Update

Life After Shivworks: Winter Workout Update

| March 28, 2016 | 9 Comments

In July of 2015 I attended the Extreme Close Quarters Combat class taught by Craig “Southnarc” Douglas of Shivworks. Two months after that, I wrote the first “Life After Shivworks” update, detailing some of my observations about the physical stress of the class, and how it effected me and the other students. I also wrote […]

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Life After Shivworks

Life After Shivworks

| September 23, 2015 | 6 Comments

About two months ago  I attended the three day, 20-hour Shivworks Extreme Close Quarters Combat course taught by Craig “Southnarc” Douglas. Almost immediately after the first day’s lecture we did the “billy goat drill.” Two students put their hands at their sides, squared their hips, and touched their foreheads together. Then they pushed as hard as they […]

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