Favorite Shankle Video?

March 30, 2014

Donny has recently been posting up new videos of his training and advices for weightlifters.  In this one, he’s wearing the shirt design I drew for him years ago.  I hope (in a very small way) that he still draws strength from it.

Probably like yourself, I’m a Donny Shankle fan.  Because I’m an American.  Even the driest most boring videos are made better by his baritone narration.  My personal favorite is the video in which he tells how he “got attempted to be mugged” at Euro Disney.  Which one is your favorite?

Stream: Void Worship.

March 26, 2014

Be prepared to listen to the frumpiest, doomiest, dustiest, most “just got home from a Dungeons and Dragons convention” record that’s come out so far this year.  I saw these guys play in SF a week ago.  In my opinion, their new material is step forward from their last record released in 2012.  While I liked it, I felt it relied heavily on standard doom archetypes.  And while that’s not necessarily even an issue in many cases, I felt like the band could do well to change their pace a little more frequently.  I’ve listened to the new record streaming HERE via Pitchfork and so far I’m very pleased with the direction that the band is headed.  I feel like they’re on par other popular contemporary doom acts like Pallbearer (one of my current favorite bands) by not shying away from their source material while still creating a NEW cohesive sound.

The guys are pretty nice too and sound great live.  Check ’em out.

I took this photo last Wednesday at Thee Parkside in SF.

I took this photo last Wednesday at Thee Parkside in SF.


Be warned.  This is mood music meant to be listened to in solitude while doing things like writing, drawing or thinking introspectively.  I wouldn’t expect most people to be into this sound.  Don’t try bumping this while riding shotgun in your girlfriend’s Jetta and expect to have a good time.


I’ve been on a Southern/Rockabilly kick lately.

Lots of Johnny Cash, Reverend Horton Heat, ZZ Top and this little number.


What’s that word that the kids are saying nowadays?  Swag?  Well if so,

(insert pound sign) swag.

(insert pound sign) swag.

Tara asked me if I was going to post this photo on my “Instagram” account.  I told her that I was just going to ride this one out and hope it dies off before I do.

A huge thank you to our friends from Caffeine and Kilos for setting us up with these bad boys.  Now we just gotta sell ’em.  Come by home base and pick up a shirt.  The money we raise will help get us to Nationals and The American Open.

Red on Black.

March 18, 2014


Check out these new Tees that our buddies at Caffeine and Kilos did for us. Hit me up if you want one. 20 bucks. Don’t expect to look as cool as Dean while wearing it though because that’s not possible.

If You Have Ghosts.

March 17, 2014

Check out the new training video I made, set to music from one of the most interesting (and weird) current rock acts, Ghost B.C.  I make these videos as a fun way to promote my training methods.  I think of them as a snapshot in time; a quick look into our current training goals and ideology.  But mostly it’s just for fun.  Enjoy!

The Kevin Open Footage.

March 14, 2014


Jon was right about that one.

Huge PR for our top female lifter the day AFTER competing at the Hassle Free Open.

The Kevin Open.

March 10, 2014

Yesterday was the final day of the Hassle Free Invitational (AKA The Kevin Open) in Foster City.  I sent most of my people down there and I’m pleased to say, WE LOOK GOOD.  I’ve got an awesome group I’m working with right now that’s got a bunch of people not quite at that national level, but getting there quick.  I love the training environment.  Minimal cupcaking.  Maximal competitive spirit.  I’m proud of my team.  And I’m proud of my gym.  I got a bunch of video from this weekend, so I’ll probably post up a video with commentary sometime this week.

The BEST meets have the venue within the hotel.

Fact: The BEST meets have the venue within the hotel.


The meet itself was a class act.  The Doherty brothers are a shining example of proactive coaches that are capable of hosting such an event.  Not all clubs need to host big super-meets like this one.  It’s not lucrative and for the most part not worth it.  But Hassle Free has been an institution of the weightlifting community for some time now and I’m glad that there are coaches out there who (on top of the obvious goal of producing lifters) have the secondary goal of moving the sport forward.  Younger generations are doing their part as well, like the boys from Caffeine and Kilos.  One of most exciting events from last year was the weightlifting meet that they hosted in tandem with a Crossfit event.  The future of weightlifting is looking bright and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Setting Goals.

March 5, 2014

I recently attended a goal setting seminar with a few friends the other day.  We discussed a few short and long term goals, made adjustments if they weren’t specific enough and then began with strategies on how to accomplish them.  Here’s a short list of goals I made in January.

1/3 of the way there.

1/3 of the way there.

After last weekend, I added to my list for the year, widening my horizon to both professional and personal goals.  I was instructed to keep a few people in the loop with my goal progress, so I’ve decided to use you folks.


1) Create 5 more national caliber athletes this year.  They might not be ready in time for nationals, but I’ve got a solid group right now very capable of hitting qualifying totals.

2) Run 5 more seminars this year at various gyms.  I just ran a clean and jerk seminar with my friends a CF MVMT last weekend, so I just need 4 more.


1) Put 2 more of my sketches/designs on a T-shirt.

2)  Perform at an open mic night of some sort.  I picked up the guitar again and have been fiddling around and going to a BUNCH of shows to kind of see what other people are doing.