Monthly Archives: January 2010

I Hit a 600 lb Deadlift!!11!!!1!*

. . . . . . * on the trap bar Soooooo, assuming I could actually post a poll on here (which I can’t), does this mean I’ve fulfilled my New Year’s resolution to deadlift 600 lbs this year? Vote No for “Nice try Tony, but the trap bar is to deadlifting as the Smith… Read more

Pssst, Kevin Larrabee. Pete Benches More Than You.

In an effort to spice things up a bit, Brian St. Pierre, Pete Dupuis, and myself have spent the last month following Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program. As it is, while we were supposed to de-load this week, Pete and I decided to test our 1RM in the bench today instead. Some of you may remember… Read more

Q and A: Other Stuff to Read

Q: Hey Tony- As you know, I am a big fan of your writing (or maybe more accurately, your writing style). Good writers tend to be avid readers. Assuming that, I was wondering what some of your favorite books are; can you give me a top three, five, ten list? Spare me any pretension- keep… Read more

Some Quick Randomness. Which Is To Say: It’s Early, and I Don’t Feel Like Coming Up With a Witty Title.

I’m not messing around today. I set my alarm for 5:13 this morning so I could give myself enough time to make breakfast, pack my meals for the day, and weather the um, weather to go vote in today’s special Senate election in Massachusetts between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown before I head to CP… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Slideboard Leg Curl

Anyone who’s read my articles, or this blog for an extended period of time, knows my stance when it comes to the traditional leg curl. In short, they suck. For those who need a quick refresher: 1. It trains the hamstrings in a more “non-functional” manner. Which is to say, when in life do you… Read more

Just Another Day at CP: Sweating, Grunting, Breaking PR’s and, Selling Girlscout Cookies?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since we’ve opened Cressey Performance, it’s that while we’re absolutely about getting people leaner, faster, and/or stronger- whether they’re an athlete or not- you can’t deny the overwhelming sense of “community” and camaraderie that exists on a day-to-day basis. Take yesterday for example. Below is the sign that greeted… Read more

There’s No Such Thing As a Stupid Question

I remember my high school English teacher, Mrs. Davie, always saying that back in the day. At the start of each semester, she’d give a brief rundown of what topics we were going to cover (Shakespeare), and then in an effort to stimulate more class participation (which constituted 15% of our grade), she’d utter the… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Yoga Plex (Yes, You Read That Correctly. I Used the Word Yoga In a Sentence Without Wanting to Jump Off a Cliff)

I know this may come as a shock to many of you reading this given my past transgressions towards yoga- namely, HERE and HERE– but in all actuality, many of the exercises we use during a dynamic warm-up or for general corrective exercise purposes, for instance, have their background in yoga. While I may disagree… Read more