Archive for November, 2009

Holiday Program #1 – Rings, Running and a Rucksack

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Ring PushupsWith a month away from any regular gyms I’ve had to come up with a plan so that I don’t turn into a complete slob while traveling and since I’m sure a lot of people are in the same boat over Christmas I’ll throw this up here.

In essence I’ll be living out of a backpack for the month so I’ve had to reduce my program to a handful of light items that I can carry with me and still get a good workout.

Therefore I’ve gone for a set of portable rings for upper body and core, a gymboss timer for running intervals and my back pack for some leg workouts.


Jim Wendlers 5-3-1 for maximum strength

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Pulling 240kg in April

Pulling 240kg in April

In my experience the vast majority of athletes are always on the look out for the magic program that is going to boost their performance into the stratosphere while making them 10X sexier to the opposite sex.

They are normally impatient for the performance and sexiness to arrive and try 4, 6, 8 or 12 week super cycles that promise the world but often deliver overtraining, frustration and injury instead of results.

While it may not provide instant results or sexiness (your mileage may vary) Jim Wendlers 5-3-1 system is a definite antidote to the endless skipping through radical plans.

It’s more of the slow cooker approach to strength development and if you’ve got a tiny bit of patience for the first few weeks then you’ll reap some big rewards.

I’ve been using 5-3-1 now for a few months, testing out variations of the program in my own training and want to share some observations so that you can decide if it’s a good option for your training.