Monday, June 21, 2010


  1. Rob | June 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    So very close.

    • tbferg | June 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

      If you hadn’t been afraid of kipping her off, I think you had it. You’re just going to have to trust that she’s locked in, and go for it.

  2. StuLu | June 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm


    I don’t know where to start. So I am going to refrain. You are the Mambo Jambo in more ways than I ever imagined.

    Really, I am chomping at the bit now to include so many captions of ill-refute. Oh God it hurts to be polite… but not as bad as it must have hurt for you.

    StuLu – Forced to innuendo.

    • coach | June 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Aw, come on StuLu. Give us a little something. K-Lo won’t mind. I don’t even think she reads this.


    • K-Lo | June 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      I thought you were better than this…allowing your creativity to be stiffled for the sake of politeness. I’m so disappointed in you…I was bracing myself for the onslaught of Stuluisms should this photo ever find its way onto the site.

      • StuLu | June 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

        Would I be stepping over the line in saying that if you REALLY wanted Rob to succeed you should have worn a strap-on?

        • StuLu | June 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

          Dare I call that “Bad-Ass?”

          • StuLu | June 22, 2010 at 12:20 am

            The problem with this stunt is that at some point someone is going to succeed. Probably Rob. Which will in turn lead to the next person trying to one-up the last and soon you will find me kipping away with Ivy and Neil straddling my back in what can only be thought of as a very strange threesome. After that, well, one can only imagine the competitive orgies on Big Red.

          • tbferg | June 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

            Way to come through, StuLu- that’s nice work.

  3. Andrew | June 21, 2010 at 8:40 am

    As I sit here alone in my box researching Olympic Weightlifting and general bad-assery, I think of you all and wanted to share this video.

    This is Donny Shankle. He’s a 105kg Lifter from California Strength. This guy does not act like a bad ass, he IS a bad ass. Hope you enjoy: (NSFW due to language some might find offensive.)

    Go forth and lift heavy. Enjoy your 3RM.

  4. coach | June 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Alex M.: 125x-125-125-130-130-lbs.
    Ralph A.: 125-135-145-145-150-lbs.
    Robbie S.: 125-130-135-140x-140x-lbs.
    Erez Y.: 125-130-130-130-130x-lbs.
    Tamra F.: 105x-105-105-105-105-lbs.
    Ted K.: 95-105-95-95-100-lbs.
    Teal B.: 85-90-90-90-90-lbs.
    Kris C.: 65-70-65-65-65-lbs.
    Jessy C.: 70-75-80-75-80-lbs.
    Anna H.: 60-65-65-65-65-65-lbs.
    Keena S.: 65-65-65-65-70x-lbs.
    Ryan B.: 55-50-50-50-50-lbs.
    Jeremy N.: 165-185-225x-215-185-lbs.
    Josh O.: 165-185x-165-165-165-lbs.
    Neil A.: 155-155-160-165-170-lbs.
    Sean M.: 155-165-175-185x-185-lbs.
    Mike S.: 165-175-185-195-205x-lbs.
    Dave O.: 155-165-175x-165x-165-lbs.
    Rob K.: 155-160-165-165-165-lbs.
    Charles H.: 145-140-140-140-145-lbs.
    Josh M.: 125-125-130-135-135-lbs.
    Ivy F.: 120-120-125x-120-125-lbs.
    Ravi S.: 115-120-125-125-130x-lbs.
    Michael S.: 75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Jen M.: 85-95x-90-90x-85-lbs.
    Katie M.: 55-60-65-55-55-lbs.
    Joe P.: 185-195-195x-185-185-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 115-120-120-120-120-lbs.
    Bill G.: 125-125-125-125-125-lbs.
    Bill S.: 75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Kevin C.: 100-105-105-105-105-lbs.
    Caitlin F.: 65-75-85-85-85-lbs.
    Jim M.: 85-85-95-95-95-lbs.
    Christine S.: 70-70-70-70-70-lbs. (sub: db clean and jerk)
    Roselena R.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs. (sub: 6x jerk)
    Dave R.: 195-215x-215x-205-205-lbs.
    Joseph P.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    Glenn C.: 110-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    David T.: 65-65-65-65-65-lbs.
    Tod C.: 145-150-155-160-160-lbs.
    Joe F.: 145-150-155x-150-150-lbs.
    Marco M.: 130-135-140-145-145-lbs.
    Chad F.: 115-105-105-105-105-lbs.
    Chuck D.: 75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Andrew R.: 115-115-120-120-120-lbs.
    Paul M.: 75-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Sara S.: 55-60-55-55-55-lbs.
    Lisa C.: 70-75-80-80-80-lbs. (sub: hang muscle clean + push press)
    Meghan M.: 155-165-170-175-180x-lbs.
    Christy P.: 145-155-165-175x-175x-lbs.
    Adam C.: 145-150-155-155-155-lbs.
    Wayne C.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Terry H.: 85-95-95-85-85-lbs.
    Lee P.: 85-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Shana S.: 75-80-85-75-75-lbs.
    Adam F.: 65-75-75-75-75-lbs.
    Jenn J.: 75-75-70-70-70-lbs.
    Antonio G.: 135-145-155-155-155-lbs. (sub: 2x clean)
    Ricky B.: 135-145-145-150-150x-lbs.
    Susanna B.: 95-100-105-110-110-lbs.
    Sakar P.: 95-95-95-95x-95-lbs.
    Livia S.: 45-45-45-45-50x-lbs.
    John B.: 95-105-110-95-95-lbs.
    David S.: 105-105-110-110-110-lbs.
    Mark C.: 55-65-65-65-75-lbs. (sub: power clean + push press)
    David C.: 75-80-80-80-80-lbs.

  5. coach | June 21, 2010 at 10:47 am


    Congratulations on your muscle-ups. You may have even outdone Josh for “Most Subsequent Muscle-ups After the First Muscle-up,” and you definitely win “Most Excited for the First Muscle-up(s).”

    I’m just sayin’…


    • tbferg | June 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

      Great job, Neil! Congrats.

    • mikeheartspullups | June 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      Oh this made my day. Hell yes.

    • caitlin | June 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      WOOO HOOO!!! Neil-eeee! Congratulations! So happy for you!

    • Jessica | June 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      TotalLy baD ass, Neil.

  6. Mrs. F | June 21, 2010 at 11:16 am

    WAY TO GO NEIL!!!! So sorry I missed it!

  7. Erez | June 21, 2010 at 11:32 am


  8. TinkWants2GetStronger | June 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks all. Esp to the coaches. “Just fking finish already!” and I did and ya so I squealed (but heck it’s me). Lol

    and yup Erez. I’m Tink lol

    • Rob | June 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      Congrats Neil! Between you and Josh, the muscle-up rings have just gotten a lot more crowded!

      Off to Poland for a two-week work trip. See everybody on the 5th!

    • joshm08 | June 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      Congratulations Neil!!! I’m very happy for you (even though this removes the small bit of bragging-rights leverage I enjoyed over you for the past two weeks … not that that was ever a motivating factor for you to get a muscle-up 🙂

    • K-Lo | June 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

      Congratulations Neil!

  9. sblume | June 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    In response to Sunday’s post, I want to echo Steve and Stu’s comments, and also answer the question of the day.

    MPH has absolutely made me better at everything I do. I am physically healthier, of course, but I’m also mentally healthier. I sleep better and manage stress better, which means I can bring more focus to all my endeavors. I have also learned a thing or two about intensity and committment, which I have been applying professionally to great success.

    So there’s no doubt that MPH generates positive externalities throughout everything else I do. However, in answer to the question posed, sometimes the rest of life creates negative externalities that overflow into the gym. The days where I really perform poorly, failing to meet my own expectations and those of our coaches, are the days where I am physically but not mentally present in the gym. On these days, I rob myself of the best hour of the day by failing to focus, letting all the other crap going on outside the gym distract me and affect my performance. I need to work harder at truly “showing up” everytime I walk through the door, to the exclusion of all the other nonsense that might be going on at work, home, etc.

    To close on a more positive note, several months ago I asked the assembled MPHers here how to deal with the mid-WOD negativity flood that to that point I had found to be totally debilitating. I’m glad to report that because of the amazing advice I got and the incredible support of the MPH community, I’ve gotten much much better at dealing with the “I can’t” moments and pushing through them. So thanks, team.


  10. erinheartskbs | June 21, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I thought I’d add to the range comments today.

    First I’d like to squeal along with Neal in excitement for his muscle ups. I’d also like to add my own squeal of excitement for getting over my fear of posting on the blog! Thanks for the moral support, T. Mike, I’d also like to thank you for the inspiration for the screen name, although I love kettle bells much more than I do pull ups.

    Second, I wanted to echo Smitty. The amazing MPH community not only helps me to face those “I can’t” moments, but you have helped me confront my fear of living up to my own potential. It’s one thing to push through a particular lift or to achieve something you never thought you could, but it’s an entirely different thing to push as hard as you can knowing that you are going to have to try even harder the next time.

    Third and finally, I’d like to thank you all for going beyond being my community to supporting me like family while my family is away. Many of you know that my husband is currently deployed with the U.S. Army, and has been deployed for much of our three years of marriage. I’ve felt so much stronger and well supported since I started at MPH.

    Thanks to Ralph who organized the 4th of July care package – and for all of those who so generously contributed – for James (my husband) and his team. You are going to make their day, as you do for me everyday. XOXO (in Ralph’s honor 😉

    Erin K

    • StuLu | June 22, 2010 at 12:30 am


      That was a beautiful post. I am humbled. And believe me that is not easy to do.

      I had no idea that you were dealing with all of this. Your courage and the support you have for your husband is an inspiration.

      Also…Ralph again shines as an astoundingly wonderful human being. I have no idea where he finds the time to do the things he does and still wake up at 6:00AM to WOD. I gotta get me some of that XOXO power!

      Here’s to your husband coming home soon Erin…


    • Mrs. F | June 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

      Erin, thanks for sharing this.


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