Monthly Archives: November 2010

Q and A: How Chin-Ups/Pull-Ups Can Help Your Bench

Q: I have a question for you. My bench is moving up rather well (245 lb 1RM, 215 lb 5×5), but I’m still struggling with my chin-ups (can almost manage two in a row, chin over bar). Am I setting myself up for some muscle imbalances by continuing to increase my bench, or should I… Read more

Placebo Effect: Analogy to Weight Training

From Brain Candy – pg 148 Hack Squat vs. a barbell? Psuedo bench press gadget that isolates the inner pecs? vs. a barbell?

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Pallof to Overhead Press

I’m going to start today with a little side story. I remember a few months ago I was training at a commercial gym here in Boston, and I had some random dude approach me in between sets of 1-Legged SLDLs (stiff-legged deadlifts). I can’t recall verbatim the exact conversation, but I’m pretty sure it went… Read more

Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday: Marcel the Shell, Pumpkin Recipes, TankNasty

1. Being the understanding and thoughtful boyfriend that I am, I didn’t think anything of it when my girlfriend suggested to me yesterday (it’s Sunday afternoon as I type this) that we get up early and head to to some random store I’d never heard off called Bay State Somethingerother (I wasn’t paying attention) to… Read more

Past Bits of Awesomeness

First off, I hope everyone had a great Veteran’s Day. As you noticed, I took the day off from blogging, but it didn’t stop me from taking an American flag and stabbing myself in the eye with it (it was Veteran’s Day) after reading THIS. Read the comments section to see what I mean. Sorry,… Read more

Girls Lift Weights Because They Can. Weird, I Know.

One of the cool things about CP is that when people walk through the doors, they kind of know what they’re getting themselves into. If they don’t, they quickly get the general idea when they notice that we have more power racks (5) than treadmills (1). Furthermore, we don’t have a single Smith machine, leg… Read more

K.I.S.S Principle of the Day: Progressive Overload

TG Note: below is a question that I received from one of my distance coaching clients yesterday after he had a chance to look over his first program. To be honest, this guy has a fair amount of lifting experience, and my response to him was really basic. That said, I do get this question… Read more

New Gym Chain: Now You Can Look Just Like Skeletor, I Mean, Madonna

I didn’t wake up this morning with anything in particular that I wanted to write about, so I thought I’d pass along a story that CP business director, Pete Dupuis, sent my way the other day with the email title, “your next blog.” It was like I was a moth being drawn to a flame… Read more