Athlete Journals

You Win Some, and You Lose Some (Athlete Journal Entry 15)

Last Saturday I competed in the New York Open and lost my very first match to a guy who beat me two years ago.

You Either Win, Or You Learn (Athlete Journal 28)

I had high expectations going into my match on Saturday, but it didn't go as I had planned.

How I'm Managing My Squat Training (Athlete Journal 85)

I've gotten a lot of questions about squat periodization lately. Here's an explanation of what I do and why.

Taking Home Gold (Athlete Journal Entry 14)

Although I wasn't as prepared as I usually am, last weekend's tournament turned out to be a huge success.

Expanding Your Athletic Horizons (Athlete Journal 16)

The start of the 2014 figure season is coming up, and to be honest, I'm not sure whether I want to compete or not.

Kettlebell Complexes and Yin Yoga (Athlete Journal 5)

Three weeks out from StrongFirst, my kettlebell work is going strong and I've continued to integrate yoga in my training.

Pre-Tournament Taper Week (Athlete Journal 27)

This was a lighter training week due to school, sickness, and preparation for the Boston Open next weekend.

High Reps for Hypertrophy (Athlete Journal Entry 84)

For aesthetic and strength-building reasons, I've been doing higher reps in my training these days.

Mounting Frustration (Athlete Journal Entry 13)

Since I began competing in combat sports, this is the least technically, physically, and mentally prepared that I have ever been.

Mobility Work Will Reward You (Athlete Journal Entry 23)

Most of this week was spent working on mobility and trying to alleviate aches and pains, but it was worth it.

Need Therapy? Try Jiu Jitsu (Athlete Journal Entry 26)

Spring break came to a close this week, and I wasn't ready. Fortunately, my training helped me get through it.

A Deadlift Slump and a Sore Lat (Athlete Journal Entry 83)

My volume was a lot lower this week, but I still got in some quality work on the squat and bench.

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