Monday 120423

For time:

100 Pull-ups
100 Kettlebell swings, 24kg/16kg
100 Double unders
100 Overhead squats, 95#/65#

Post time to comments.

Phil, ungluing his lats to improve overhead position.

An Affair With A Barbell

The idea is a novel one, we must adapt or die.  By being virtuosos of general physical preparedness, we can lay claim to being ready for anything.  The concept is simple; by introducing as many stressors into your exercise regimen as we can think of, we’re asking your body to adapt broadly.  This includes more than just movements, it includes equipment, environment, time durations, loading, as well as any other conceivable variable.  Routine is the enemy, as is being comfortable with your workout program.  

Certain implements serve as excellent vehicles for varied exercises.  For example, think of all the exercises you’ve performed with a barbell.  Conventional deadlifts, sumo deadlifts, cleans, power cleans, snatches, power snatches, shoulder presses, bench presses, push presses, push jerks, split jerks, front squats, back squats, overhead squats, thrusters, and good mornings just to name a few.  Whether the barbell has been loaded with light weight or heavy weight, it’s stimulus is as varied as our response is.  

Rarely does a barbell induce the sensation of comfort.  Yet, there’s something almost romantic with being so familiar with this piece of equipment.  I can’t figure out if it’s beauty is it’s simplicity or the feelings that I associate with it.  I’ve even had some of the most memorable moments in my life with a barbell.  The barbell is part of my trade.  It’s my prescription for physiological adaptations, health and longevity, as well as psychological adaptations.  Deep in it’s knurl lies the blood, sweat, and tears of countless athletes successes and failures, wins and losses.

Take care of the barbells.

Doug and barbell thrusters, match made in heaven.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

Who’s up for a little Sunday afternoon cookout and baseball game?!?  This Sunday after the 11am class, we’ll be hosting a Verve cookout at the gym.  We’ll be providing the grill and the beer/water, you’ll have to bring the meat and sides.  Come meet the rest of the crew and share some paleo treats and a drink.

Afterwards, we’ll be heading over to Coors Field to see the Rockies take on the New York Mets at 1:10pm.  We bought group tickets, which are $16/each, but there are still plenty of tickets available.  If you posted to comments that you wanted tickets, we bought one for you, so please leave check or cash with the trainer and write you info on the sheet on the froont counter.


  1. Pottsie :

    Is it too late to get a ticket?

  2. Fernanda :

    Hey there. Just watched this video where Coach Matt appears on min 2:26 doing some overhead squats.
    “Whatever the problem is, the answer is to squat”

    Cheers from Miami Beach,

  3. Mas :

    Potts, go ahead and sign up at the gym and pay. We will get you a ticket, last day to sign up will be Tuesday.

  4. David S :

    30:15 rx

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