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True story

Back in my rowdy, younger days I worked a lot of hard manual labor jobs. I mean I worked really hard jobs!

After work, we’d sit on the tail gate of my buddy’s pick-up truck and drink beer.

We’d be all sweaty and dirty and worn out; but it didn’t matter; the beer was cold.  The next day we’d do it again, as always.

So one day, we’re sitting there drinking quarts of beer at a convenience store. A guy had just finished pumping his gas and took off.

Nothing unusual about that except he forgot to take the nozzle to gas hose out and ripped the pump right off its base. Flames starting shooting up and we sprinted off behind the gas station and jumped into a drainage ditch, along with other folks running for their lives.

Saving your life is a high priority, but the funny thing is, we saved the beer. That made beer a pretty high priority at the time.

I still had a quart bottle in my hand. (No joke, you just can’t make this kind of thing up)

Fast forward a few decades, my drinking days have been over for a long time; but I still do hard manual labor at the Cave.

GOD has given many “second chances” and now I make strength and fitness very high priorities; both for myself and those I train.

Having good priorities leads to a much better life, and probably longer, too.

Mace & club training are taking the fitness world by storm!

You can learn this excellent training system just minutes away from beautiful Siesta Key Beachbeach

We have been using this type of training for almost two years now, and it rocks!

Why not take your winter vacation here?

  • Learn mace & club training &
  • enjoy the best beach in the USA afterwards



Contact:  Frank DiMeo, Certified Vintage Strength Mace & Club Coach



general warm up (10 minutes)

Power Wheel roll outs x 10 reps

Inch worms x 50 feet

Windshield wipers x 20 rep

pause supermans x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bodyweight medley set up and light practice

strength (4 rounds)

bodyweight medley>>one round =

Grinder Kord one-legged squats x 5/5 reps

weighted dips x 5 reps

weighted pull ups x 5 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds )

Iron Boot squats with alternating knee raises x 20 reps

Bend & reach x 20 reps

push ups x 20 reps






The subject of how much people weigh, on the average,  now compared to 30 or 40 years ago came up twice this week at the Cave.

Yes, overall weight has gone up for both men and women since the 1960s.

Perceptions of what “being fat” is have also changed. Back then, where I grew up, it was common for a gal to think she was fat if she weighed 100lb or more.  Which was actually not realistic at all, but it was perceived that it meant she was fat.

What a person weighs is a highly over-rated measure of their health and fitness.

Here are some other ways to consider.

It is more useful to look at how well you move, how your clothes fit, and if you just feel healthy. Don’t get me wrong, if you are 5’2″ and weigh 300lb, you need to see a doctor ASAP!

The media has promoted ridiculous ideas of what people should look like

Don’t become enslaved to other people’s ideas of how you should look!

You don’t have to have the cursed six pack or look like an anatomy chart with every blood vessel popping out to be fit and healthy.

In general, if you have an athletic appearance, feel great, and are loving life; keep up the good work!


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general warm up (10 minutes)

Americanas x 50 reps

Sanddune hand walks (fingertips) x 50 reps

Adex mace barbarian walking lunges x 100 feet

Adex club halos x 15/15 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

weighted push ups, dips, & pull ups set up and light practice

strength (4 rounds)

weighted push ups, dips, & pull ups x 5 reps each

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

kettlebell pull overs with isometric leg lift x 15 reps

Bulgarian split squats x 10/10 reps