4.22.13 SWOD


  • Standard SwoleFIT Warmup
  • Make sure to emphasize hip mobility movements and wrist mobility movements before performing this workout.


  • Front SquatWork up to a 3 rep max
    • Brothers (and sisters) of swole, here’s how I work up to my 3 rep max:
      • 1×3 @ 135#, 185#, 205#, 225#, 245#, 265#
    • Take 3-4 minutes rest between heavy sets.
  • Strict Press (do it with an olympic barbell like a normal person)- 5 sets of 5 @ ~80% 1RM
    • Choose a fairly heavy weight that you know you can hit all 5 sets of 5 reps on.
    • As much as possible, isolate this movement to your upper body. This is NOT a push press; don’t use your legs.

Conditioning aka GODSWOD- “Apollo”

  • 5 rounds- 8 deadlifts (225#), 20 reverse crunch, 10 dumbbell snatch (5 each hand, alternate each rep), 15 bodyweight squats
  • Prescribed rest (b/t rounds): 60-90 seconds

Choose weights appropriate to your strength level. Focus on maintaining form throughout the circuit; do NOT choose a weight that will take you to absolute failure esp. on the deadlifts.

Post weights and times of “Apollo” to comments.

Today’s workout is named for the Mount Olympus dwelling Apollo (yeah if you clicked that picture, I know what you’re thinking), also referred to as Helios. A prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle (I know, right?), Apollo was the sun-god and the god of light. However, he was also capable of dark acts, notably as a bringer of ill-health and deadly plague. Tom Hanks starred as Apollo in the timeless classic, Big.


  • I saw this mecca last night while walking around downtown Chicago. Not sure how I’d never heard of it, but I am always down to do healthy healthier IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

4.18.13 SWOD


  • Box Squats– 8 sets of 3 explosive reps @ 50-60% 1RM
    • Rest 1 minute between sets


The second volume workout of this week will hit the shoulders, traps, and abs pretty hard. Again, choose weights heavy enough to stress the muscles but focus on maintaining form. Rest periods between supersets should be 60-90 seconds for max hypertrophy.