Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday

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I’ve got a lot on my plate this week, so as you can tell, I’m a little late in getting this blog up today. I have to say, though, you know you’ve made it in the blog-o-sphere when you get e-mails from readers asking whether or not you’re going to update the blog. My apologies. And, to make it up to you, I just realized it’s been at least a week since I’ve included any sort of gratuitous picture of a hot chick being hot.

1. As I mentioned above, this is a pretty busy week for me. Firstly, as a reminder, this Sunday I’ll be speaking at the Newport National Golf Course to help benefit the Middletown High athletics program. It should be a fantastic day of golf, eating dead animal flesh, and listening to some guy named Gentilcore talk about lifting heavy stuff. Spots are still open for the tournament, so if you’re interested, please contact Tom at Sandbata@gmail.com.

In addition, I’ll also be heading up to the University of Southern Maine this Friday to speak with a bunch of students from the exercise physiology department. Considering one of my topics is titled “So You Want to be a Fitness Professional,” you can bet I’ll talk about the asshat personal trainer I saw this weekend texting on his cell phone while training a client. Just when I thought I’ve seen it all.

2. When it comes to shoulders, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone smarter than both Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold. As many of you know, both Eric and Mike released their Optimal Shoulder Performance DVD series last week to rave reviews.

“It’s awesome” – Tony Gentilcore.

See, rave reviews.

Okay, in all seriousness, as someone who was actually there during the taping, I can say without question that this is one of the best products to come out this year. Eric and Mike leave no stone unturned as they discuss anything and everything shoulders.

As such, due to some technical issues, they’ve extended their introductory offer of $97 through this Wednesday at midnight. After that, the price goes up to the standard price of $127.

Save yourself $30 (and use it to take your girlfriend out to dinner you un-romantic bastard)) and click HERE to order.

3. I’ve come to the conclusion that I may need glasses. For months, my girlfriend has been trying to convince me to go get my eyes checked. So has Eric’s fiance, Anna, for that matter. And she’s an optometrist! Needless to say, I’m pretty stubborn, and given I haven’t plowed my car into a grocery stores recently, I figured I was fine.

However, the other night as we were watching a movie, my girlfriend decided that she’d take matters into her own hands, and had me put her glasses on for the hell of it. She has a fairly low prescription, so I figured I’d humor her and see what happened. WTF, it was like I put a Blu-Ray player over my eyes. The screen and colors just popped. I could actually see! For shits and giggles, I had her start the movie all over again, and was shocked to realize that Brokeback Mountain wasn’t a comedy at all. Oops.

Nevertheless, the following day, I spent the entire day walking around the city with her glasses, and couldn’t help putting them on, only to take them off again just to see the difference. I can only imagine what people were thinking if they were watching me.

To make a long story short, I’m going to see Anna tomorrow (Tuesday) to see whether or not I do in fact, need glasses.

4. Here’s a fun training tip. On Saturday, I was deadlifting and worked up to 3×3 @ 520 lbs. I dropped the weight to 455 and then asked our soon-to-be resident massage therapist, Chris Howard, to randomly yell out a number. He looked at the bar, then at me. Then, in a “I dare you” tone, yelled out, “nine.” I thought to myself, “shit,” but strapped on the belt nonetheless, and hammered out nine reps. There’s just something to be said about proving someone wrong. Try it. I guarantee you’ll be surprised at what you can do.

5. Anyone who knows me, knows I have a passion for three things:

– Beef Jerky

– Lifting heavy things

– Movies

As such, from now on, I figured I’d feature some of my favorite movies; some of which you may know, others maybe not, in the hopes that you may want to check them out sooner or later.

This weeks pick: Talk to Her

Directed by one of my favorite directors, Pedro Almodovar, and winner of Best Screenplay in 2003, this movie is absolutely stunning – both visually and musically (don’t worry, it’s not a musical) – and definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite foreign films. Does that mean it’s subtitled? Yes. Will you have to read the entire movie? Yes. Can you go rent Transformers instead? Absolutely not. What about Pearl Harbor? I swear to god, I’ll drop kick you in the mouth.

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