Monday, January 25, 2010


  1. cjsiegel | January 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Coaches/MPH god–
    Splendid job accommodating the mass today. There had to be more people than the Holiday Riot in there at one point. Yet, I got an excellent workout, with superb coaching. As always, Thanks!

  2. coach | January 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Derek B.: 65-65-65-65-65-65-65-lbs.
    Tamra F.: 95-105-105-105x-95-95-95-lbs.
    Samir M.: 95-95-95-95-95-95-95x-lbs.
    Borja G.: 125-125-125-125-125-125-125-lbs.
    Erez Y.: 115-115-115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Ralph A.: 115-115-115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Christine S.: 75-75-75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Erin K.: 45-45-45-45-45-45-45-lbs.
    Spencer P.: 175-185-185-185-185-185-185-lbs.
    Kristie K.: 45-45-45-45-45-45-45-lbs.
    Kim H.: 85-85-85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Ted K.: 95-95-95-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    David O.: 175-165-165-165-165-165-165-lbs.
    Lynsey H.: 65-70-65-65-65-65-65-lbs.
    Kris C.: 75-80-75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Ivy F.: 125-125-125-125-125-125-125-lbs.
    Mike D.: 125-125-125-125-125-125-125-lbs.
    Ravi S.: 95-95-95-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Christy P.: 135-145-140-140-140-140-140-lbs.
    Shana S.: 68-68-68-68-68-68-68-lbs.
    Guy F.: 75-75-75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Neil A.: 155-155-155-155-155x-155-155-lbs.
    Jeremy N.: 175-175-175-175-175-175-175-lbs.
    Sidra C.: 85-85-85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Jessica H.: 73-73-73-73-73-73-73-lbs.
    Mike S.: 175-175-175-175-175-175-175-lbs.
    Charles H.: 115-125-135-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 135-125-125-125-125-125-125-lbs.
    Josh O.: 135-135-135-135-145-145-145-lbs.
    John S.: 45-45-45-45-45-45-45-lbs.
    Jonathan H.: 115-115-115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Dave R.: 205-205x-205x-195-200-195-195-lbs.
    Adam C.: 115-115-115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Adam H.: 95-95-95-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Meghan M.: 165-170-170-170-170-170-170-lbs.
    Lisa C.: 80-85-85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Linda K.: 33-33-33-33-38-38-38-lbs.
    Glenn C.: 105-115-125-125-115-115-115-lbs.
    Dave R.: 205-205x-205x-195-200-195195-lbs.
    David C.: 85-95-95-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Jason H.: 85-85-85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Travis O.: 155-165-155-155-155x-145-145-lbs.
    Joanna L.: 53-53-53-53-53-53-53-lbs.
    Joe F.: 135-135-135-135-135-135-135-lbs.
    Mayra C.: 85-85-85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Rob K.: 155-165-160-160-160-160x-160-lbs.
    Roselena R.: 115-115-115-115-115-115-115x-lbs.
    Wayne C.: 135-135-135-135-135-135-135-lbs.
    Caitlin F.: 95-95-95x-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Erin H.: 45-45-45-45-45-45-45-lbs.
    Amy S.: 50-55-60-60-60-60-60-lbs.
    Sean F.: 75-75-75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Koji H.: 95-95-95-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Susanna B.: 65-65-65-65-65-65-65lbs.
    Stuart W.: 85-95-95-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Leota B.: 33-33-33-33-45-45-45-lbs.

  3. IWant2GetStronger | January 25, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I have to say that I totally appreciated and benefitted from the extra focus on from today! THANKs for the excellent coaching!

  4. jeremynurse | January 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Agreed, great coaching today. I learned that sometimes I need to NOT “keep squattin”!

    Great job today everyone!

  5. coach | January 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm


    If you have some time on your hands today and want to nerd-out a little, go here and read the whole post: Robb’s analysis is simple and brilliant. My favorite part:

    “Contrary to Dr. Mirkin’s impression, the mice were not separated into sedentary and exercise groups. Mice can’t perform back squats and deadlifts, so the researchers induced mechanical overloaded in the animals’ plantaris muscles by surgically ablating the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles. I’m not kidding, here is the procedure as described by the authors:

    ‘Briefly, mice were anaesthetized with 2–4% isoflurane, and using aseptic surgical procedures, an incision was made to the lower hind limb exposing the ankle extensor muscle complex. The soleus and one-third of the lower medial and lateral gastrocnemius were carefully removed with particular attention to preserving the neural and vascular supply to the plantaris muscle. The incision site was irrigated with sterile saline and closed using subcuticular sutures. This procedure was performed on both hind limbs. At 3, 7, 14 and 30 days post surgery, animals were anaesthetized with 2–4% isoflurane and the plantaris muscles were excised, weighed and flash frozen in liquid nitrogen.’”

    You’ve heard me say time and again that science can be used to prove almost anything—hence, the inherent danger in taking a study on its face. Here is a great example of how that works. This is exactly the kind of study that, without even a second thought, gets substantial time in fitness magazines and on local news channels. Disseminating poor information? Obviously. Negligence? Well, you decide…


  6. Mrs. Finkenstadt | January 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    poor mice . . .

    • tubameat | January 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      Ivy, they did say they were anesthetized…

      • tbferg | January 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

        AND the site was irrigated with sterile saline, so it’s not like they suffered…

    • susetter | January 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

      I agree Mrs. F. Not even sure what the point of the experiment was because all I could think about when I read the information was “animal abuse”. I hope karma bites those scientists in the butt one day.

  7. coach | January 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm


    Congratulations on your first pull-up…and then your second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Seriously, how many did you end up doing? 10?

    Incredible work—those were the smoothest first pull-ups I’ve ever seen.


    • tbferg | January 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Congrats, Sid!

    • train2live | January 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Way to go Sidra!!

  8. swimdra | January 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks John. I figured once I got one I would go for failure….and I was able to do more than I thought I could.


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