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general warm up (10 minutes)

weight plate orbits x 20 reps

Adex club lateral pull overs x 10/10 reps

Adex mace “10-to-2” x 20 competition reps

rear walking lunges x 100 feet

elevated pike push ups x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bench press set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

bench press x 3/3/3/3/3/3/3 reps

conditioning/accessory work (1 round)

seated EZ bar curls x 10/8/6 reps

weight stack push downs x 10/8/6 reps

wrist roller x 5/4/3


One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.

Combining basic strength-building exercises is a good alternative for circuit training. We did one at our Iron Brotherhood Mens Weightlifting Club yesterday.

Tabata intervals–bodyweight/Airdyne bike/dumbbell/rower from Frank DiMeo on Vimeo.

quarterly strength test starts March 30
Every 3 months we test our crew on five different lifts, the tests are conducted throughout the week

  • squat
  • deadlift
  • bench press
  • clean (replaces hang power clean)
  • strict press (replaces Strongman log lift)

summer body & brawn contest starts April 1 (men & women)

Note:  This is not just about losing weight!

twelve weeks of training

winners are determined by

  • most improved figure or physique
  • heaviest deadlift
  • highest number of kettlebell swings in 10 minutes

Their 1 RM deadlift will be added to the weight moved on the kettlebell swings (lbs x reps) for final score

cash prizes and trophies for the winners (no, everyone is not a winner just because they entered)

I run the Cave as a “strength-based” coaching center. I believe in lifting heavy and that strength drives all human movement. I eat a lot of grass-fed beef, organic eggs, free-range meats, and wild-caught fish in addition to plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. You might wonder, with such healthy eating, why I also use supplements. Great question! Here’s why: I cannot cook that kind of meal when I get done training, there just isn’t time. Before and after work, it’s no problem. At work, however,


it’s just not going to happen. That’s where I rely on Game Plan  I take Game Plan Protein before i train, then Recovery Punch right after training. This is extremely important to my seeing good progress from my training. Later in the day, I take some more protein (the chocolate is my favorite) whenever I get hungry. I take the Life Pack Vitamins,fish oil and greens every day, even when I am not at the gym. Those of you who know me, know that I push myself hard. I make sure my body has  EVERYTHING it needs to rebuild, recover, and get stronger. That’s why I use Game Plan! Think about how you train and how you treat your body nutritionally. Why would anyone sabotage their training by not giving their body what it needs? Copy of logo_red

After the work sets, the conditioning is next