July 15, 2011

I’m traveling today.  I lift on Sunday and will post the link to a webcast if there is one.


In case you didn’t check out the videos page, here’s a video of me at my 1st competition in November of 2005.

What a newb.

On Getting Fat.

July 13, 2011

A couple of months ago, I decided to bump up a weight class for Nationals.  Although I often workout alone, my official team is Hassle Free Barbell, and on that team are a couple of top 105kg contenders.  So knowing that I wouldn’t be able to catch up to my teammates, I decided to move to a 105+ and try to score some team points.  I figured the extra weight could only help my lifting and it would give me one less thing to worry about when Nationals finally came around.  At that time, I would usually roll out of bed weighing a solid 232-235 before 1st breakfast.  I am now a nice fluffy 250 before any meals.

Take note of the power belly.  Yes, I am fat in this picture, but I’ve been a LOT fatter at 250 before.  So I’m really not sweating it.  And don’t worry about what I’m doing in this picture.  I’m not working out.  My gym just had some new farmer’s walk implements made and I wanted to see if they work.

They work.

I swiftly plumped up by eating copious amounts of breakfast food, my favorite food group.  I’ve talked to many “hard gainers” in my lifetime, each one proclaiming that they cannot gain a single pound no matter what they eat.  I usually have a hearty belly laugh.  Like this one.

Then I ask if they’ve tried eating large amounts of breakfast foods throughout the day.

“No.  How often?”

“Like all the time.”

“Won’t I get fat?”


“But that’s not how bodybuilder’s do it.  I heard this bodybuilder friend that-”

“I don’t care.  You’re not a bodybuilder.  You just told me that you had trouble gaining weight, but now it sounds like you don’t want to do that.”

Yes, it would be great if we could all plan our meals well and eat clean and often like a bodybuilder.  But it’s expensive and time consuming.  Get the calories in.  Keep eating your fruits and veggies.  And have fun eating like a big guy.

And when you’re done with the “getting big” thing, eat more meat and veggies and less of everything else (Newbs call it Paleo, I call it Ketosis).


Here’s an exceptionally delicious shake I made today.

If you don’t drink it out of an over-sized mug, then you can’t afford it.

Fattie-Mc-Fat-Fat Shake:

-1 banana

-handful of strawberries.



-1 regular sized brownie

-3 heaping serving spoon size scoops of peanut butter

-3 scoops of protien

-big ass mug

AM Workout:

Snatch: hit a dece’ 135. I think I’ll open around here at the meet.

Clean and jerk:  Solid 150.  Cleaned 160 but missed the jerk.  I don’t think this will be a problem at the meet.  If I can clean it, I can jerk it.


July 12, 2011

I do my best not to bring up Olympic weightlifting when talking to people that don’t do it.  It’s not something most people know much about and explaining the differences between lifting weights and weightlifting (the sport) is something that I’m sure is as boring to listen to as it is for me to explain.  But when you are a young man who has a few muscles, try as you might, it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to escape the lifting weights/working out conversation with random bros, which is fine.  This is absolutely fine.  I’m not an asshole.  But there are a few key phrases that really piss me off when talking to a fellow bro.


“I’m not trying to get bulky like you, bro.”

“I’m just trying to get cut, bro.”

“I don’t want to get slow.  I want to stay athletic, bro.”  (Keep in mind, I don’t hang out with athletes.)

This makes me feel like this:

I don’t want to write a bunch of science crap about the benefits of weightlifting because:

1) That’s boring.

2) If you are visiting my blog, then you probably already agree with me.

3) That’s boring.

But I do want to say a few things because it makes me feel better and if anyone says the above phrases to you, then you will already have a prepared response.

1)  I’m bulky because I eat like 50 pancakes a week, not because of Olympic weightlifting. (Semi-kidding.  I’m mostly big because I’m big.)

2)  It is easy to get skinny/stay skinny when you have some muscles.  Start talking about the increased metabolic rate and all that jazz.  Do you have that fat friend who lost like 50lbs with the “I hate myself.  I’m going to spend 60 minutes on the treadmill, 5 days a week” Program but gained it all back in like 6 months?  Go figure.

3)  The problem with getting “cut” is you have to actually HAVE muscles underneath your subcutaneous fat in order to show off your “cuts.”  The majority of people who say that they just want to get “cut” are above 15% body fat with minimal fat free mass.

4)  Multi-jointed barbell movements (especially Olympic movements)  teach you to use your body more effectively and are commonly used in the strength and conditioning field to BUILD athleticism and mobility.

That means that people that can do this . . .

can also do this.

OK.  I’m done.

PM Workout:

To be posted.

Getting My Legs Back.

July 11, 2011

Saturday PM

Some friends of mine were getting a light workout in.  I saw this as a good opportunity to test out my back and get a feeling for weights again.  I snatched 50/clean and jerked 90 with minimal pain.  I also finished up with some Squats just to get the blood moving: 6×2 @ 120.

Sunday PM

Snatch:  took it to a nice and easy 110 with even less pain than yesterday.

Clean and jerk:  3×1 @ 130 and 1 @ 140.  Nice and easy.  No pain.

Monday PM

Snatch: took it up to 130.

Clean and jerk:  Made an easy 150.

Squat: took it up to 180.

My plan is to slowly ramp up going into the meet and then by Sunday I should have no problem putting some lifts together.  I’ll be taking 800mg of Vitamin I (ibuprofen) twice a day and eat anything and everything I can get my hands on as I won’t have to worry about making weight.  Last year at Nationals I did 132/160 and it looked like garbage so I’ll be happy if I total somewhere in the 310+ region.

Also, a big thank you to my friend, supporter and now patron to the arts (in weightlifting), DJ, for making a charitable donation.  Even though I’m basically doing this on my own, hustlin’ kilos on the regular is much easier knowing that others have your back.

Good Grief.

July 8, 2011

I feel much better.  Here’s some footage of my training today.

PSYCHE!  My back still feels like shit and I’m not touching any weights until Monday . . . But isn’t Klokov dreamy?

Here’s what my morning cardio session actually looked like.

July 7, 2011

Got a nasty back spasm while warming up with 50kg.  This is less than ideal.


Snatch 50kg. then lay on the ground for 45mins.  Repeat 1x every 4 months.

Super Meat Boy.

July 4, 2011

I’m a fan of weightlifters and artists.  I’m a fan of musicians, fishermen, chefs, dancers, pharmacists, coaches, or anybody who’s passion takes them outside whatever is considered normal.  That’s because it takes a great deal of hard work and sacrifice to turn passions into full-time commitments (however brief or long that time may be).  I’m just a young guy (well I guess not THAT young). But I am young in the sense that I have only just begun to understand what this commitment actually means.  But I’m equally excited and determined to make my own thing work.  Since I’ve started bitching on the internet, I’ve had tons of people come up to me and tell me stories  about what they had to go through to make it work.  I’m a fan of you too.

I’m also a fan of this guy.

I saw the trailer and immediately identified with him.  That was me as a kid. I was awkward.  I drew pictures.  I didn’t have many friends.  I was him.  And now it’s his goal in life to create.  And yeah, I know it’s just video games, but I honestly see this guy creating what are essentially projections of himself which, to me, is art.  With his computer talent, he could have probably easily sealed a job at a large software company (which is also cool).  But he decided to try something else.

I think that this movie is currently in the final stages of production and will hopefully be available in the fall. HERE is the website for the movie and HERE is the game designer’s website.

P.S.  I’ve played Super Meat Boy.  It’s addicting.  It’s basically like an amped up Super Mario Brothers except you play as a gross, wall-jumping piece of meat and you are on a mission to rescue your equally gross girlfriend, Bandage Girl.  So addicting.

Artist's representation.


Snatch:  Took it up to 120.

Clean and jerk: took it up to 140.


I’m planning on hitting around 130/150 tonight.

Sup ya’ll.

I didn’t post any training updates this week because I’ve been a little busy with picking up some extra hours at work.

"Deal with it."

Because I’m sure that people lose sleep at night, waiting for me to post my workouts.  Right?

Weds AM

Light power snatch and power clean.  I intended to squat and go heavier in the evening but never got the chance because I picked up some unexpected extra hours.

Thurs AM

Power snatch and Power clean:  Took it up to 120/140.

Fri AM

Snatch:  120.

Clean and jerk: 140.

Fri PM

(this is what I’d call a “Botev” or “Hurry Up!” workout.  I had about 45 minutes before I had to teach the 5:00 class and I still wanted to take up both my lifts.  So basically I loaded and lifted.  Finished up with about 15 minutes to spare; enough time to catch a quick pump afterward.)

Snatch:  bar, 50, 50, 70, 100, 110, 120, 130, 135, 140miss, 70, 100.  This took me 15 minutes.

Clean and jerk: 70, 70, 100, 120, 130, 140, 150, 100, 120.  Another 15 minutes.  Does that classify as a met-con?

Sat AM

For this portion of the post, imagine that I am speaking to you as if I were an overbearing hype man from a rap video.

Some homies from UNITED BARBELL were in town and decided to push some kilos in my hood.  Best of luck to them (and everybody else reppin’ Nor-Cal) at nationals.  California, bitch.

Squat:  singled up to 220.

Snatch:  130.

Clean and jerk: 150.

Bench press:  315lbs.

Glute-Ham Raise:  3×12.

Oh, and also:

This is probably one of my favorite dance songs.  Workout to this song and super-set your squats with some sweet dance moves.

I like to shoot clients and workout partners with imaginary six-shooters and shuffle back and forth while holding bumper plates over my head.