Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday

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1. Just wanted to give a shout out to Tom Newman and the rest of the Sandbata team for organizing such an awesome event yesterday in Newport, Rhode Island. All told, roughly 50+ people showed up for Sandbata’s First Annual Golf Tournament, which helped raise funds for the Middletown High Athletic Club.

Thankfully, mother nature was somewhat cooperative, and while I can’t say for a fact that there aren’t any putters lying at the bottom of the pond, everyone was able to get a full round of golf in.

Afterwards, everyone say down to a kick-ass prime rib dinner, followed by a short and sweet 30 minute presentation by moi, where I discussed some simple strategies that rotational athletes (golfers in this case) could follow to help improve their game. Namely, recognizing that the golfers who last the longest tend to be the ones that get movement from the right areas: hips and thoracic spine respectively. Oh, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to get a little stronger to boot.

Roughly three years ago, Alwyn Cosgrove made note of how the strength and conditioning community often pales in comparison to the endurance community with regards to raising money for noteworthy causes. Again, I just want to say thanks again to Tom for putting on such an awesome event, and I hope more people in the field will follow his lead in the near future.

2. Okay, I need a little help. Well, actually, my mom needs a little help. My brother is getting married next month, and of all things, she’s having a hard time picking a song to dance to for the mother-son dance. I, of course, made the obvious suggestion of “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake, but moms wasn’t havin it.

Anyways, the only parameters are as follows – it needs to be a country song. I’m completely out of my element when it comes to country music, so I figured I’d ask you, my loyal readership to help out. Any suggestions for my mom? Leave them below in the comments section. And, for the record, the song can’t be about a dog dying, or about some dude drowning himself in a bottle of whiskey. And no Billy Ray Cyrus for the love of god.

3. Deadlift clusters suck. Both Eric Cressey and myself did 405 for 4x(4×2) on Saturday, and it was probably the worst 20 minutes of my life. Matter of fact, I was in charge of writing the staff lift this month, and I have to say that it’s probably one of the hardest programs I have ever written. I generally train with a bit more volume than the other guys, so it’s been quite the treat to see the looks of death they’re all giving me on a daily basis. *strokes evil strength coach beard*

That’s all I have for today. It’s marathon Monday here in Boston, and given that the race started about 15 minutes ago, I predict I’ll be washing my eyes out with broken glass sometime before lunch. No, but seriously, Eric wrote a REALLY great post yesterday on what runners can do – starting tomorrow- that will undoubtedly keep them healthier in the long run. On that note, good luck to all of those running and enjoy your carbs…..;o)

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