Hey guys! Sorry for my absence but I have a new website with a few of my colleagues called Blood and Iron Fitness ( www.bloodandiron315.com )
Please feel free to check that out and make sure to bookmark it for all of your fitness needs!! We have put together a great writing staff and cover topics ranging from nutrition, to crossfit, to powerlifting, to trail running. You name it, we most likely got it! Thanks!
Hey guys! Another instructional today for ya. This is another fun one, especially on those “Push” days. This is going to smoke your core, your horizontal push, and your vertical push like crazy. They’re called……
The movements are simple: a push-up followed by a handstand push-up. Where the real challenge comes in is the transition between the two. You start off in a standard push-up position with your feet right next to a wall. After completing the push-up, you maintain that plank position and begin walking your hands back while simultaneously walking your feet up the wall until you achieve the handstand position. From them perform your standard handstand push-up, then walk it out back to the regular push-up position. Confused? Yeah, me too. Here’s a video to help clarify:
As I mentioned earlier, this combination movement hits on both vertical and horizontal pushing planes of motion as well as giving an incredible core workout due to the fact that you must maintain a rigid core throughout.
I DO NOT recommend this movement for beginners as the core demands are very high and the handstand push-up is an advanced technique. For experienced lifters or athletes, this would be a great choice to get the heart rate up.
Hey guys! Quick one for you today. Here is another installment in my FusionFit series I did for Mong Phu during my time as the intern strength and conditioning coach over at Fusion Mixed Martial Arts. This one is explaining the Burpee High Pull.
For anyone who has performed a burpee before, you already know they have a high metabolic demand…aka they suck! Sure 5 or 10 isn’t the end of the world, but 5 or 10 followed immediately by another exercise then back to the burpees? Now you have a recipe for sweat and progress. But what about the elite athlete who has trained their body to scoff at the simple burpee? This is where things get fun for someone like me.
There are a plethora of innovative ways to increase the difficulty of the burpee such as a burpee pull-up, burpee broad jump, etc etc. The list could go on and on. One of my personal favorite iterations of the burpee is the burpee high pull. You begin with a standard burpee but with a sand bag (or dumbbells) in your hands. Drop down just like normal, but on the up phase, instead of just getting to the standing phase and dropping back down, you deadlift the sandbag off the floor and pull it vertical to about chest/chin level depending on your ROM restrictions. Now even this has a couple different ways to perform the same movement. With a lighter weight, you can use all arms/shoulders the perform the high pull, or you could use a heavier bag and utilize violent hip extension to thrust the bag up to the high pull postion much like the olympic lifts. Your choice really just depends on what your training goal is.
These are a great way to add yet another stimulus to your already demanding burpee. I wouldn’t recommend these for a beginner or novice client, but once they are ready, it’s a great tool to use to rev that heart rate up.
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I apologize for the absence as of late! Lot’s of irons on the fire at once and certain things had to take priority; such as my wedding this Saturday!! Super excited to be marrying the love of my life, Melissa Da Costa, or I should say Melissa Da Costa Wilson after this weekend. So that’s been a high priority, but in addition to that, Melissa and I will be welcoming our little baby Sofia Delilah to the world late Sept/early Oct!! Two huge life events and I couldn’t be more excited! There’s no one else I would rather spend the rest of my life with or raise a child with than Melissa.
But enough of the mushy stuff!! This is a fitness site! I am currently working on a piece for you guys in conjunction with a lot of my fellow professionals in the field. Once I get everyone’s responses, I’m going to start putting them together into weekly installments. It’s gonna be a great resource to utilize so make sure to keep coming back and checking for new updates on it!
In addition to working on that article for you guys, I’m also dusting off the old design hat and getting back at that! Check out my Design Facebook page “Good Rep Design” and my multimedia website “My Friend of Media.” No matter what you need, we can figure out a solution to get you up and running in no time! Logo creation, t-shirt design, document layout, video editing; you name it, we got you! Check out this sample I created for this site:
To pass the time until then however, I have a series of videos I’ll be posting that I shot while doing my internship for Fusion Mixed Martial Arts. This first one is a little tutorial on the kettlebell swing. Pretty simple, nothing crazy. Great tool to use for multiple applications. As I mention in the video, not only will I use kettlebells for workouts, but also for warmup to get my posterior chain and hips firing on all cylinders. Give it a view, and then subscribe to my buddy Marc Balistreri’s YouTube page for helping me shoot and edit this bad boy down!
Wow, what a weekend! First off, thanks so much to Jamie Swagler and everyone at Burn City CrossFit for hosting such an amazing event. Although it was only my first CrossFit competition, I felt the entire thing went very well. So congrats to Jamie and everyone else behind the scenes who put the event together and made it such an amazing time! You guys did great!
As for how I did, well…that’s another story! I am a mere 5’5″, walking around at 155lbs. Myself and my best friend, Zach Kellogg, were by far and away the smallest two competitors in the Rx division (the hardest division). There were many guys our size and even bigger who opted to go with the scaled down division but we both wanted to run with the big dogs and show them we could hang. And hang we did! Albiet not incredibly well, but ya know, hanging by an entire hand or just a pinky; you’re still hanging none the less. Out of 40 competitors in the Rx’ed division, I finished 31st and Zach finished 30th. Being a glass half full kind of guy myself, I don’t see it as 30 people were better than me, I see it as I was better than 8 other people, who were all hardened badasses chiseled from moon rocks. I can definitely hang my hat on that!
The first WOD was an alternating tabata of over the bar burpees and 95lb thrusters. I know I can do 95lb thrusters but the problem was doing them in the tabata fashion. I realized if I was to have a good score I’d have to do most of my work on the burpees so I went all out on those portions and just tried to stay steady and consistent with the thrusters.
The second WOD was just stupid. Not because it was a bad WOD, but it was just so damn heavy! 3 complexes of overhead press, clean, front squat, deadlift @ 135lbs then 30 yd shuttle run, 6 complexes, 60yd shuttle run, 9 complexes 90yd shuttle run. I did decent enough on WOD #1 but the weights for this workout really killed me. Some of the bigger guys were finishing in 3 minutes or so….I finished in 8:01. It was grueling but this is where size really helps.
The final WOD was another doozy. 7 minute AMRAP of 5 snatches at 135lbs and 20 double unders. The snatches were difficult to begin with, doable, but difficult. Now do them repeatedly for 7 minutes. That was rough. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t the snatches that bested me, it was those damn double unders!! I have been practicing so much with a heavy rope that when I finally got my hands on a speed rope, my speed and timing was all wrong!! It was disastrous! Oh well, I guess it’s time to get a legit speed rope.
All in all, this was an incredible experience and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to compete and try my very best. I gave it my all and even though I didn’t win, I still walked away with my head held high that I did it. It’s a great feeling. Now it’s back to the gym to get bigger, faster, stronger!!!
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Hey guys! Hope all is well. Just wanted to shoot out a quick update for the literally 10s of people out there following me! Today was my last high intensity training day before the competition in order to eleviate any soreness/stiffness. Tomorrow will be some maintenance work on technique, a light WOD just to get moving to stave off soreness. Then Saturday will be an all out mobility offensive. Just work on range of motion exercises, foam roll, lacrosse ball smash and floss, etc. Anything and everything I can do to properly prepare my body for the rigors of Sunday. The last thing you want to do is show up sore to a competition!
For anyone who lives under a rock and just got FiOS to run fiber wire to their area, I will be competing in a CrossFit competition called Battle in the Burn hosted by Burn City CrossFit this Sunday. Stoked!!
Here’s a little taste of my workout today:
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So after a weekend off, I was determined the hit the gym hard today… and that I did! I wanted to focus more on the actual metcons starting this week to prepare myself for the rigors of three hard workouts in one day as will be the case at the battle. I maintained my strength component with front squats but I reduced the volume to account for my increased WOD volume. My workout looked a little something like this today:
Front Squats 3×3: 225 / 245 / 265(x2 then failed on third)
Front Squats 2×1: 280 (New PR) / 285 (failed attempt)
WOD A: Minute 1- 1 Clean and Jerk / 1 over the bar and back burpee, Minute 2- 2 C&J, 2 over the bar and back burpee, etc etc till all reps can not be completed in the minute
WOD B: “Annie” 50-40-30-20-10 Double Unders and Situps
WOD C: 10,9,8…2,1 of Burpee Pullups and GHD situps
Definitely a rough day, and tomorrow will be more of the same until I start to taper off to ensure I am ready to go 100% this Sunday!
It’s about time for an overdue update. This past weekend I ventured down to Long Island with my beautiful fiance for her nephew’s birthday. He didn’t know we were coming so it was quite the awesome surprise. Unfortunately for me, I knew my lumbar support in my car was broke so I was leery about a 5 hour drive considering I was still sore from deadlifts a few days prior. But much to my surprise, by utilizing Kelly Starrett’s bracing techniques the whole way, I was able to stave off any low back pain! I was amazed. Typically for me, a few hours in the car equals low back pain like crazy but this time I took a proactive approach and made sure not to let it ruin my trip.
Now my fiance is 100% Portuguese and her entire family knows how to eat, and eat we did! Unfortunately, they know how to bake as well…so the desserts were a’plenty! Needless to say, my healthy eating habits took a momentary backseat to the fun festivities.
After a 5 hour drive on Monday, we arrived back home after consuming nothing but coffee and McDonalds. Obviously it was Memorial Day so a “Murph” Workout was in order. Murph is a CrossFit workout that entails:
1 Mile Run
1 Mile Run
After fueling my body with nothing but crap and a five hour drive, the last thing I should have done was change and go workout. Almost immediately I got cold, shaky, and dizzy. I felt atrocious. It was an awful workout. It wasn’t until I got back home and chugged some V8 that I finally got some color back to my face and felt better.
Alas, today is a new day however, and it is back to the regular grind again! After an 11 hours of sleep last night, a good healthy breakfast this morning, and a little foam rolling/lacrosse ball smash and flossing, I feel ready to get back to my program to prepare for Sunday at Battle in the Burn hosted by Burn City CrossFit!!
All the hints for the WODs have been released and it looks a little something like this:
1. Tabata Something
2. Barbell Complex + Run
3. BYOJR (Bring your own jump rope)
It’s about time to get it!
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Hey guys, so as I mentioned in my post yesterday, I will be competing in a CrossFit competition on June 2nd called Battle in the Burn. Again, if you are interested in testing your athletic capacity, I STRONGLY encourage you to give this a shot! You can register here: Battle in the Burn hosted by Burn City CrossFit. Great dudes, great community.
To prepare for this event, I have tailored a specific program designed to increase performance in certain key areas I know will be vital in the competition. My day today looked a little something like this:
Front Squat 5×5: 205 / 225 / 225/ 225/ 225
Lat Pulldown 3×15: weight plate 8 / 9 / 8
Depth Jumps: 3×15
Standing Row 3×15: weight plate 8 / 8 / 8
WOD A: 10 GHD Situp / 10 Depth Jumps / 10 Pullups / 10 Military press REPEAT X5
WOD B: “Angie” 100 pullups / 100 pushups / 100 situps / 100 squats for time. Completed in 19:00.
To summarize, well… just take a look at the aftermath:
Yeah, today was a rough one, but well worth it. Now it’s time to sit back with a good book (Kelly Starrett’s “Becoming a Supple Leopard“….if you haven’t gotten yet, what are you waiting for?!?! This thing is a treasure trove of invaluable knowledge!! Go get it! Now!) and recover.
Oh and Ps, I am not sponsored by anyone or paid to promote anything. I do it because I FIRMLY believe in these people or these products. My goal is to make everyone around me better, and if it takes referring you to people more knowledgable than myself, then that is what’s going to happen!
Take care everyone and see you at the Battle!
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Hey guys! Sorry about my absence for so long, just officially graduated from SUNY Cortland with my bachelors in Fitness Development so I’ve been pretty busy to say the least. A quick update is in order:
First: Set a new Front Squat PR! Up to 275lbs now, pretty happy about that. Still chasing 300, but with consistency comes results; just gotta stay at it. Next, I’ve increased my clean from 245lbs to 255lbs. There’s video below if you’d like to check it out. Attempted 265 a few times because I was feeling strong. I was able to get it decently high, got under it just fine, but I jumped backwards and landed on my toes so I had no choice but to drop the bar in front of me. By that point I was pretty spend and only getting sloppier, so I chose to shut it down for the day.
In addition to those new PR’s, I also set a new power snatch PR at 180lbs. It’s not pretty at all, but at least it’s a jumping off point. I know I can do it now so it’s just time to clean it up.
Lastly, I have been signed up for a CrossFit competition held by my good friend and all around awesome dude, Jamie Swagler at Burn City CrossFit. The competition is called “Battle in the Burn” and Jamie actually had me design the logo as well. It will be an outdoor event in an open field so chances are good there will be a decent amount of running/sprints, bodyweight exercises, light barbell work, and (according to the hints) a tabata! If you are interested in competing, please visit: Battle in the Burn.
So today, I wasn’t able to proceed with the program I put together to train for this, so I did an impromptu outdoor workout with my 15lb dumbbells and my 25lb sandbag. Not a lot of weight but you can sure put together a lot of suck when there’s also stairs, hills, and a big open area! That and I’ve been pampered with indoor, air conditioned training areas. Training outside in the hot, muggy environment just made everything that much worse.
- 5 burpee-high pull w/25lb sandbag (SB)
- 15yd sprint
- 5 clean and press w/ 15lb dumbbells (DB)
- 15yd sprint
- 15yd hill sprint
- 45yd sprint back to starting postion
- Repeat x3
- 21-15-9 of Deadlift and Hang Clean w/SB
- 30yd SB Right shoulder carry
- 30yd sprint
- 30yd DB lunges (these were just the worst!)
- Repeat x2
- 25-20-15-10-5 of DB Floor Press w/elevated feet and DB Chest Fly. DB’s do not leave the hand until full completion of a round.
- 20 minute AMLAP (As Many Laps As Possible) of:
- 45yd run (up the stairs at the end)
- 10 Pushups (at top of stairs)
- 45yd run (across to other set of stairs then down the stairs)
- 5 Pull-ups on the side of the wall
- 45yd run
- 10 Military Press w/DB
- 45yd run
- 10 Bent over rows w/SB
WOOF! Rough day but I love it. This is what it is all about, see you all June 2nd at the Battle!!
Here’s the videos I promised earlier: