Legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan (left) and myself (right) at Coach Coan’s Powerlifting Seminar.

Here at the Cave we continuously strive to bring you the very best training we possibly can. We learn from the best coaches/athletes  around so we can help you achieve your goals.

When you see this sign, drive through to the back parking lot!


I want to commend all of our Cave girls and Cave men for giving it all you had this past week and a half!

Yes, I expect a lot from all of you, but I expect even more from myself, as your coach.

I am probably twice as old as some of you, but I feel 1/2 my age, so I guess that makes us equal.

There is never a time at the Cave when less than 100% effort is acceptable!

Does that mean all your training sessions will go great?

Not in the real world, but every session will help make you better.

Remember to always dig deep!

It’s always too soon to quit!

I am proud of all of you!


Classes will resume on Jan. 24

This book is helping me to teach Olympic Weightlifting in a simpler way.

It is very clear and doesn’t waste time or words on useless junk!

We are just over 1/2 way through our quarterly strength/work capacity tests, and overall everyone is doing quite well.

Both strength and work capacity have improved as our training records have proven.

There are still some technique issues to correct, but that is not the biggest issue I am seeing (though it is vitally important).

The biggest issue is the mental side of it, and these are the key areas:

  • fear
  • lack of confidence
  • lack of focus
  • over-thinking

Getting people stronger will never be just about the number of pounds or reps alone.

It will be how much stronger mentally we can help people to become.

I often tell people, who lack confidence, to give themselves permission to be strong.

The ones who fear getting under heavier weights are capable of so much more, but they limit themselves.

The distracted people need to concentrate on the rep immediately in front of them and nothing else.

Those with “paralysis of analysis” just need to breathe, brace, and lift, nothing more.

My job is draw forth the best I can from each person for their own benefit.

That I will do!


There was a time when teachers weren’t afraid to fail someone in their class.

I know, I was that guy.

The teacher knew her subject well but I just couldn’t see any relevance of it to my life and didn’t care to learn it. I developed a really bad attitude about it and consequently failed the course.

The worst part for me was I failed off the football team right before our last game.

The team captain went with me to beg for a passing grade, but she wouldn’t budge.

Now, looking back, I am so thankful she taught me that lesson! She kept her standard high and if you didn’t measure up, you got an “F”.

That never happened to me again. I learned my lesson and I will always remember that teacher; her name was Mrs. Hurley.

So, tomorrow we begin our quarterly strength/work capacity tests and I see mixed feelings from the people anticipating the tests. Those who missed a lot of training (by their own choice) during the holidays are nervous, while those who disciplined themselves to keep training during that time are excited to see how much they have progressed.

As I have said before,  a person’s habits will tell on them and it is true.

Centuries ago it was said that you reap what you sow.

That is still true today, so be it.



We will be testing 5 barbell lifts and 2 bodyweight exercises

  • each test is 10 minutes in length
  • barbell lifts use 70% of the 1RM for that lift
  • maximum number of quality reps will be done
  • technique must be correct
  • 1 test per day unless prior arrangement is made

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Honoring those who trained during the holidays, much respect!