Weight Room Wednesday

Get Stronger Without Risking Injury: "Adding More Weight" Isn't the Answer.

Take a look at that header photo. You can tell by the look on my face I’m really working hard, even though 25 pounds is not a ton of weight for me to curl for 4 reps (which is the amount I did in today’s “photo shoot” with my homie Will). I probably could’ve handled 40+ pounds relatively easily...
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5 Simple Pointers to Squat Like A Boss!

Most people know the squat is one of the best exercises out there. It can also be intimidating and confusing to figure out. That’s why I made this video for #WeightRoomWednesday : There’s a lot of ways you can practice this. Working your way up to 3 sets of 15 and doing that 3-5 times per week is...
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Hatebreed in Portland!!

6 Reasons Hatebreed is the Greatest Band Ever for Lifting Weights

When it comes to lifting weights, Hatebreed is the ultimate soundtrack. Jamey Jasta’s lyrics are just the perfect blend of inspiration and aggression. Combine them with punishing riffs and epic breakdowns, and you have arguably the greatest lifting band of all time. I'm here on #WeightRoomWednesday...
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Exercising is Good For Your Mental Health, Too!

Sometimes life has a way of beating you down. It can be annoying when sh**heads like me come in and say “exercise will help you feel better!”. I know firsthand, because I also tell myself that sort of stuff when life beats me down! Every day I have client after client coming in saying how much...
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The Truth About Those Intimidating Stares At The Gym

The gym can be an intimidating place, especially when you’re first starting out. I remember when I first started working out, feeling out of place and insecure. Overcoming that discomfort, accepting the humility, and becoming better by working your way through it, is a big reason why you hear...
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[Watch] Phil Anselmo and Duff McKagan join Alice in Chains on-stage for “Would”

You read that headline right! This clip is from 2006: Video of Alice in Chains (ft. Phil Anselmo) - Would? (HD) It also reminded me of another time Phil and Duff shared a stage for one of my all-time lifting anthems, with all the members of Loaded coming out to join Down for Bury Me In Smoke in...
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Don’t Let D-Bags Keep You From the Gym.

The intimidating stares. The obnoxious grunters. The weight-slammers. The selfie-kings and queens. I get it, the gym may not always feel like the most welcoming place. The gym is also where you can develop the confidence and grit that come from overcoming difficulties to accomplish your goals...
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Inspirational 1-Minute Video: This Little Kid Has Better Form Than Me!

I found this awesome video on twitter earlier and wanted to share it here: The best demonstration of grit, persistence and self-confidence in less than one minute pic.twitter.com/QjDnsHliZv — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 31, 2019 Of course the triumph of hard work and determination is always a...
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6 Slipknot Songs That Will Take Your Next Workout To The Next Level

“One day you will get wings and you will go, ‘Slipknot got me through some of the hardest times in my life...’” - Shawn “Clown” Crahan, discussing the origin of the term "maggots” - which what this rowdy band from Iowa calls their diehard fans. I’ve been a maggot for well over a decade. Slipknot...
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5 Confessions (and some observations) From A Trainer Who Spent Years Lifting with Bad Form:

Usually I take #WeightRoomWednesday to talk about things that will help you in the gym. I try to stay away from the technical stuff about sets, reps, or exercise selection. There's no "best" there, only a bunch of opinions. I want this to be the best blog for Rockaholics who are new to the gym, or...
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