7.9.13 SWOD

Warmup- Follow your dreams. But first, do this.

Dynamic- EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) for 8 minutes- Flat Bench- 3 explosive reps @ 50-60% 1RM

Volume (3-0-3 tempo: 3 seconds down, 3 seconds up, 60-90 seconds b/t supersets)

Today’s workout marks the start of a new bodybuilding micro-cycle as part of the SwoleFIT strength template. Tempo should be deliberately slowed to increase the amount of time your muscles are under stress. We’ll be using a 3-0-3 tempo: 3 seconds down, 3 seconds up. This slower pace will increase the amount of time your muscles are under tension and should really break down those muscle fibers paving the road for sweet, succulent muscle growth.

Motivation- Check out this video of Drew Brees hitting it hard in the offseason:

5.23.13 SWOD



  • EMOM for 7 minutes (EMOM = Every Minute On the Minute)

Volume (Rest periods should be 60-90 seconds b/t supersets)

Same volume workout as last week, yo. Increase all weights 5-10 lbs. Maintain perfect form, feel that pump, get awesomed out. If you are feeling extra confident, practice your bodybuilding poses. These are great to whip out while in the classroom, at a meeting, or if you just need to brighten someone else’s day in general.


  • This video is great– these bros are just trying to get their workout on in public, and for some reason, people are scared, grossed out, and generally have adverse reactions. What a society we live in, huh?

5.9.13 SWOD



  • EMOM for 7 minutes (Every Minute on the Minute)- 3 Box Squats @50-60% 1RM

Volume- (rest 60-90 seconds b/t sets)

  • [Superset 2- Legs/Traps]  4 sets, 8-12 reps

This will be the final week we do this particular volume workout so make it count! Push yourself to the limit here, and make those weights pretty heavy. If you’ve got some extra fuel left in the tank on the third set of each exercise, keep pumping it up until you’ve given all you can give. 12 reps? FEELS REAL GOOD.


  • Prison is meant to be a place of social rehabilitation. Here’s a video of a prison powerlifting competition. It’s amazing that the simple act of moving around heavy objects can help re-direct the internal aggression of a lot of these inmates and really add a positive aspect to their lives.
  • Here’s a couple awesome quotes from the video:
    • “Right now I feel powerful, I feel positive, and I don’t feel that there’s anyone in this prison in any weight class who can outlift me on any given day.”
    • “A year and a half ago, the rivalry between the whites and blacks… was pretty bad. And this time they’re rooting for each other. They want everybody to succeed.”

5.2.13 SWOD



  • EMOM for 7 minutes (Every minute on the minute)- 3 power snatch @ 50-60% 1RM
    • Today is a good day to work on snatch technique if you are new to the movement. Stick to a very light weight (I’m talking just the bar), and take a video of yourself to verify form.
    • Keep in mind, snatch is an EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, extremely complex movement, probably the hardest weightlifting movement to master. Olympic weightlifters spend their entire lives trying to perfect this movement

Volume- (rest 60-90 seconds b/t sets)

Today’s workout is the same as last week’s, just lowered the reps. Increase weights by at least 5-10 lbs from last week. You should be getting stronger and bigger already if you’ve been keeping up with the workouts and eating well.

Here’s my 6 week progress pics (#DATINSTAGRAM). I’ve gone from 205 lbs to 197 lbs, but have maintained/added some muscle mass on my traps, chest, upper back, and arms. I’ll do a more comprehensive progress article in a few weeks.

 (Spring Break 2k13)

(6 weeks in)

It’s been pretty crazy so far to see the actual physical results I along with my friends have been getting from this program.


  • CJ Fletcher’s nickname is the “strongest man you’ve never heard of.” He’s also batshit insane (in a good way), and this video should help you pull your head out of your ass and train like there’s no tomorrow:

As a corollary, I do believe there is such a thing as overtraining, which is why I’ve gone to such great lengths to devise this whole workout template. Regardless, this video still revs you up.

4.30.13 SWOD



  • Incline Bench– 8 sets of 3 @ 50-60% 1RM
    • This weight should feel fairly light. Focus on slowly lowering the bar to your chest and subsequently exploding with full force/velocity on the way back up.
    • Rest 45 seconds between sets

Volume (add 5-10 lbs to weights used from workout last week)

All lifts are the same as last week’s volume workouts; only change is a decrease in the number of reps. Continue to add weight to the exercises. Rest 60-90 seconds between supersets to maximize hypertrophy.

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  • This montage of sick clips from the movie “Pumping Iron” set to some BROOTAL Metal should get you out of bed.
  • If you haven’t seen this 1970’s documentary  depicting bodybuilding in its Muscle Beach glory days and starring the man himself, you need to watch the whole thing. Which, thanks to the interwebs, is all on youtube.

3.28.13 SWOD


  • 5 sets of 1 max effort vertical jump (Literally jump as high as you can; imagine you’re an NFL player at the combine)
  • If people give you weird looks, start mumbling to yourself and forcing foam to dribble from your mouth. That should do the trick.
  • 5 sets of 3 rack pulls, 60-70% of 1RM
  • Superset the max effort vertical jumps with the rack pulls, taking a couple minutes between each exercise.


  • 5 rounds- Hang clean (135#) x 8, 10 TTB (Toes to Bar), 8 Dumbbell Push Press (45#), 15 bodyweight squats
  • Prescribed rest: 60-90 seconds (feel it out, give yourself ample recovery time)

Sub lower weights for the lifts as necessary. Sub hanging knee raises for TTB if necessary. Get swole. That is all.

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  • Michael Bay may have even topped himself with this one.
  • Also, the Rock and Marky Mark are jacked up out of their minds. Awesome.