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Mastery and Practice Part 2....lift calmly

Thursday, December 11, 2014      5 comments

WOW! It's been 3 months since my last blog!! Who am I?!?! Well, I am many things, but right now, I am a man fascinated by what our minds and bodies can accomplish when we are mentally and emotionally focused. In my last blog (did I men... Read more

Mastery and Practice

Wednesday, September 03, 2014      7 comments

Malcom Gladwell, in his book Outliers, believes that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve Mastery in any field. That's about 4 hours every single day for almost 7 years. Hmmmm..... For the past few weeks, I've been... Read more

Trainers....it's not you, it's me!

Sunday, August 03, 2014      16 comments

So, when we lived in Florida, I worked out with a trainer for over 3 years straight. Many of you remember I affectionately referred to him as "Stasi Guy", a sadistic brute of either East German or Russian origin, he grew up learning advanced to... Read more

Could Less Be Better Than More?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014      8 comments

Admit it Spark friends, when we were kids, more always meant better.....hell even today how many of us secretly believe that more is better than less.... .....come on raise your hand and admit it! Read more

395 lb Deadlift! (video blog)

Thursday, June 26, 2014      12 comments

Here's my 395 lb deadift...my last lift of the day at the 25 Jun Powerlifting Competition where I totalled 1005 lbs. Not bad for a 54 year old adult onset weightlifter!!... Read more

1005 lbs of VICTORY!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014      15 comments

How do you communicate the sweet taste of victory in a blog? Well, there's always a good meme out there; Maybe a kitschy ad sporting a storm trooper; Read more

New Trainer, New Mission!

Sunday, June 08, 2014      14 comments

Many of my long-time Spark buds will know about my love-hate relationship with Stasi Guy, the sadistic trainer I worked out with for over 3 years when we lived in Florida (see one of my many previous blogs on the him at; bit.ly/1ka5u1VRead more

I LOVE KETTLEBELLS!!

Friday, May 16, 2014      9 comments

As a precocious 8th-grader, I remember spring semester art class when our teacher introduced us to clay. While my buddies were busy molding ashtrays and bookends, I sat down to sculpt a 1/10 scale model of Spiderman in an action pose as he swung... Read more

Strength and Power!

Thursday, March 27, 2014      19 comments

Honestly, I have to admit, there have been times in my life when I felt like I knew it all. This became extremely difficult when raising teenagers, because all of a sudden there were too many people in our household that knew it all....and ... Read more

2 Weeks of R&R (Rest & Recovery), followed by...Turkish Get-Ups!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014      11 comments

Well Spark friends I am proud to say that for 2 weeks, from 27 Feb to 13 Mar, I did....nothing....absolutely nothing....Nada....Zip....Zero
. Workouts that is. And that is absolutely the longest I have gone without working out for o... Read more

955 lbs of VICTORY!!

Saturday, March 01, 2014      16 comments

Well this has been a hell of a week.....and man am I glad it's over! I competed in my 2nd Powerlifting meet this past Wednesday. In October, I did my first one and lifted a total of 915 lbs between, squats, bench press, and deadlifts (see ... Read more

Failure - Live to Fight Another Day!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014      13 comments

So I've come to realize that blogging on SP is cathartic and is best done whether I'm feeling up or down, whether I have good news or bad news, yadda-yadda-yadda. In my last blog ( bit.ly/1kZjKjb ) I talked about how I was on ... Read more

EXHAUSTED!!!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014      11 comments

OK, so I have this thing about whining...I am philosophically opposed to it. I also have a real hard time with whiners. This has led me to have certain personality conflicts with various people at different times in my life. That being sai... Read more

Snow Day, Ju-Jitsu, and Abs!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014      15 comments

I've got to admit, it's not often that I get a snow day off, but today, with some hellacious "wintery mix" expected in the Northeast with "Winter Storm Janus" (have I been asleep the last few years....when did we start naming snowstorms?), the V... Read more

Kung Fu Dad!

Saturday, January 18, 2014      16 comments

Well, just when I didn't think I could add any more to my plate.... ....our younger boy (#2 son), declared that he wants to start taking karate lessons.....with me!! There's a bit of a story here.... Many years ago (1999) we lived... Read more


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