Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday: Women’s Health Debut and Why You Have No Excuse Not to Train

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1. Lisa and I were sitting out in our back patio yesterday afternoon – she was studying, I was doing everything I could to not be productive (Hint: LOL Cats and Buzzfeed) – when she looked up at me and said, “I want chicken soup.”

Being the good boyfriend that I am, I hopped in my car and drove the short distance to Whole Foods to pick up said chicken soup and some other miscellaneous stuff.  As I was waiting in the checkout line I noticed that the new issue of Women’s Health was out.

More specifically it was the September issue.

The same issue that I was told a few months ago my chin-up article would appear in.

Keeping my cool – about as cool as a dude can get holding a women’s magazine (and chicken soup) – I casually thumbed through the contents and low and behold, on page 55, my name appeared in Dirk Diggler’esq fashion….with bright blue neon lights, purple outline, and a bunch of fireworks:

Okay, it was nothing like that.  Not by a long-shot.

But it never gets old to see your name in print – especially in a mainstream magazine.  Here’s what it actually looks like:

As the title suggests, I lay out a plan on how women can go about implementing chin-up progressions into their training repertoire with the end game being able to bang out chin-ups like finding shoe sales.

LOL – get it?  Women like to buy shoes!  And well, um, uh…….okay, I’ll shut up.

In any case I’m pretty proud of the article. And while I’m a little biased, I think it’s one that a lot women should read and implement.  Especially if they’re interested in finally cracking the chin-up conundrum.

2.  And lastly, for those who need a little motivation or some ammo to give a friend, colleague, or significant other the kick in the pants they deserve, check this out.

The next time you or someone you know complains about having a headache or something equally as lame like having a hang nail, and you or that other person opts to skip out on the gym (again), watch this video.

Andrew is one of our college athletes up here from Virginia training for the upcoming baseball season. The guy is a beast and a workhorse.  He’s one of the first guys to show up every day, and generally one of the last guys to leave. Although to that last point, our ping-pong table in the athlete lounge has more to do with that than the design of the programming…..;o)

The video below is of him RDL’ing 315 lbs for reps. For some that’s not that big of a deal, although I’d argue it’s still pretty impressive – especially for a 19 year old kid.

There’s something else that makes this video impressive, and it’s something that’s easily missed.

If you look really closely at Andrew’s left hand, you’ll notice that he actually doesn’t have one.

The first day I met Andrew and did his assessment he greeted me with the firmest handshake I’ve ever experienced.  If you combined the grip strength of He-Man, Thor, and a lumberjack, they’d have nothing on Andrew.

Speaking truthfully I didn’t even notice he didn’t have a left hand until about halfway through his assessment!  It’s not like the first thing that came out of his mouth was, “dude, I don’t have a left hand.”

Rather it was all about how stoked he was to be at Cressey Performance for the summer, that he’s read everything that I and Eric have written, and that he was ready to work hard and get after it.

That’s just the type of guy he is.  He’s not one to draw attention to himself, nor is he one to make excuses.

So, what’s yours?

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Comments for This Entry

  • GM

    That guy is freaking amazing. Shutting up about my ulnar neuropathy! Also must have a look at chin up article. Sounds great. Congrats!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:49 am | Reply to this comment

  • Stephanie

    Congrats on the article!! Truthfully, Women's Health was the last women's mag I was still reading, until I stopped because I was so sick of the "toning" workouts and 1200 calorie diet plans... Then I picked one up recently (not the new one unfortunately), and was happily surprised to find more than one mention of heavy strength training and a beefed up diet plan to boot! I'll be sure to check out the new one for your article now :) And all I can say is WOW, Andrew is amazing. And I was complaining when I lost use of my index finger for a couple months earlier this year... Bad ass.

    August 6, 2013 at 6:32 am | Reply to this comment

  • Shelley

    Wow - Andrew is amazing. Was he born without his left hand or was it the result of an injury?

    August 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply to this comment

  • G-Man (b/c He-man... -.-)

    Great read... Made plenty of excuses from a bum hamstring (lack of motivation b/c I LOVE leg training). Thanks for the soft kick in the pants!!

    August 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Reply to this comment

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