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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.

general warm up (10 minutes)

Sanddune hand walks (on fists) x 50 reps

resistance band archer pulls x 30/30 reps

Adex club halos x 15/15 reps

rear bear crawls x 100 feet

specific warm up (10 minutes)

grappler bar rows set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

grappler bar rows x 10/10/8/8/6/6/4/4 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

Grinder Kord reverse flys x 15 reps

grappler twists x 10 reps

strict pull ups x 5 reps





general warm up (10 minutes)

mountain climbers x 100 reps

kettlebell suitcase swings x 30 reps

resistance band Sumo deadlifts x 15 reps

push ups x 20 reps

specific warm up (10 minutes)

reverse band deadlifts set up and light practice

strength (20 minutes)

reverse band deadlifts x 2/2/2/2/2/2/2/2 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

resistance band good mornings x 20 reps

dumbbell deadlift x 10 reps

after both rounds are completed, then do

pinch grip weight  plate holds for maximum time x 1





At the Cave, we believe in being strong in every direction.

If training only involves linear movements, there are gaps.

Mace and club training fill in those gaps.

We still  squat, bench press, deadlift, snatch & clean on a regular basis plus do odd object training.


Very few people are accepted into our training program.

We do not do any advertising, so “tire-kickers” & “price-checkers” don’t interrupt the  training that our serious members are doing.

I am very selective about who I will train., just because you have the money doesn’t mean you are entitled to train here.

Not everyone survives the cut; if you get slack, you are gone.

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100% effort is required on everything we do.


Whether we are lifting, pushing, jumping, or doing  bodyweight exercises, you must strive for excellence.


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The easy road does not lead to the Cave!

general warm up (10 minutes)

weight plate orbits x 20 reps

strict weight plate front raises x 15 reps

kettlebell suitcase swings x 30 reps

resistance band pull aparts x 100 reps

specific warm up (10 minutes)

Pendlay rows set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

Pendlay rows x 8/8/8/8 reps

conditioning/accessory work (1 round)

close grip floor press x 8/6/4 reps

dumbbell pull overs x 8/6/4 reps

Grinder Kord reverse flys x 16/12/8 reps






Someone asked me today what I learned from the Tampa Bay Strongman Classic this weekend.

Simple, it takes guts!

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You see it wasn’t about learning a better technique or strategy.

It was about how the competitors reacted when they missed a heavy lift or fell down while giving their utmost.

They immediately got back up and attacked the task again.

No moaning or excuse-making or even seeing if they were hurt or not.

They just shook it off, grabbed it and charged full speed ahead again!