Archive for March, 2017

Lunch atop a Skyscraper, 1932“Back in the day” it was a given that hard work was going to be done day in and day out.

Hard physical labor was a way of life.

Today, few people know what hard physical work is like. It was often dangerous work, too.


I recently saw a photo from my buddy Don Giafardino, that is similar to this old photo. He was up on a crane doing real work, all day every day. He understands work capacity is in the real world.

4c2dea89ef3ac2da6791d933866058b2I remember my Italian Dad getting me a job as a “mud-tender” when I was about 15 years old. I pushed wheel barrows of wet cement to keep the block masons supplied so the could keep laying block all day.

Our troops still know what hard work is all about, like this soldier.


It doesn’t matter what you can do in 15 minutes in the real world.

What can you do for 8 to 12 hours day after day?

Don’t fool yourself about how fit and strong you are based on the gym alone.


If you show up on the 31st and see that we are closed, it means you were not paying attention to what your coach said.

20170319_151544I had the distinct honor of having Gary Reinl stop by my gym, the Cave, while he was in town working with a Pro sports team and take the time to do this podcast.

His approach to recovering from injuries makes too much sense to ignore.

Listen to the podcast here


Iced!: The Illusionary Treatment Option

Years ago I was living  in the Harley-Davidson world. I have some very good memories from those days, and some not so good.

One thing that stands out to me is how much I loved to ride, and my Harley showed it. It was what they call a “rat” bike. I rode it hard and often, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time shining it up. in my opinion, I bought it to ride, not to look at.

I rode it year-round, regardless of the weather; in fact, I didn’t even own a car during those years.

Those years are behind me now, but the lessons remain.

My gym, the Cave, is a working gym. People come there to train and get results, not for the amenities (we don’t have any anyhow).

Our equipment is mostly used or made locally. The focus is on good, solid coaching emphasizing correct technique and safe lifting practices.

We don’t look like other gyms and we don’t care to. Our path is different from the herd’s.

So be it!


Updated training schedule

Posted: March 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Effective, Monday March 13, the Cave will close at 6:00 pm on Fridays

See the full schedule here


The Cave is definitely NOT for everyone!

I only work with “the dedicated, coachable few”.

  • be humble
  • listen well
  • work hard
  • be consistent

People who miss training for 2 weeks or more without notifying the coach are out for good, except for emergencies, military deployments, etc.

If any of the following apply to you, then the Cave is not for you–

  • you are a wuss
  • you are easily offended
  • you are lazy
  • you are arrogant
  • you are an excuse-maker
  • you are a whiner
  • you are a drama queen
  • you think you are entitled to something
  • you think you should get a better price

It’s just that simple! It’s not rocket science.