7.11.13 SWOD

This workout is part of the new SwoleFIT Strength Cycle Template.

WarmupHey now, you can be an all star.

Dynamic + Lower Body Power Accessory

  1. EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) for 8 minutes, 3 explosive Pause Squats @ 50-60% 1RM
    • Pause Squat = set the pins such that the bar will rest on them when you are at parallel. Pause for a second at the bottom of each squat, then explode upwards.
  2. Barbell Step-ups: 2 sets, 8-10 reps (use a fairly heavy weight here, goal is to improve power)
  3. Romanian Deadlift: 3 sets, 8-12 reps (heavy weight here as well)

Volume (Shoulders + Traps, 3-0-3 tempo, 3 seconds up, 3 seconds down for each lift, use lighter weights to maintain form, 60-90 seconds rest between sets)

  1. Seated Dumbbell Military Press– 4 sets of 8-10 reps
  2. Barbell Shrugs– 4 sets of 8-10 reps
  3. Dumbbell Lateral Raises– 2 sets of 8-10 reps
  4. Dumbbell Reverse Fly’s– 2 sets of 8-10 reps

Ab Circuit- (2 rounds, 8-12 reps): Weighted Sit-Ups, Lying Leg Raise, Barbell Ab Rollers, Dumbbell Side Bends

Motivation- Donny Shankle from California Strength is strong like ox. You can be too.

4.29.13 SWOD



  • Deadlift– work up to a 3RM
  • Here’s how I work up to a 3RM: 135 x 3, 225 x 3, 275 x 3, 325 x 3, 375 x 3, 405 x 3, 700* x 3
  • Remember to take at least 3 minutes rest between heavy sets.


Choose weights appropriate to your strength level– you should NOT be going to failure, esp. during the early rounds, with the weight you choose.

Get your mind in the right place because today’s the day to hit that new deadlift 3 rep max. A lot of guys like to use smelling salts before their final attempt. I’m a big fan of beans.

Post weights and times to comments.


  • If you want to feel alive, stop what you’re doing right now, and start doing this:

*one day

4.14.13 MWOD

For those new readers of the blog, MWOD = Mental Workout Of the Day

Rest Day (Physical)

Swolians 6:9 “And on the 7th day, the #SwoleFIT NATION rested so that their muscles might be amply recovered for the brutal workouts that were to come in the following days.”

If your muscles are a flower, then this rest day is the equivalent of a light rainfall. It nourishes and provides valuable fuel for regeneration. During the week, however, your muscles become a Venus Flytrap, and flies are your protein shakes.

Mental Work

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3.30.13 ARWOD

Active Recovery

  • 20-30 minutes of light-moderate cardio of your choice (optional)
  • 15-20 minutes of foam rolling

Foam rolling is a great (but slightly painful) method to get rid of soreness by breaking up lactic acid buildup in the muscles.

Do 20-30 rolls over each muscle group (here’s a great look at how to do this): quads, glutes, calves, hamstrings, upper back, lower back, piriformis, ubulus…. it’s boring but it’s part of my life.

Utilize this active recovery day to get rid of any soreness buildup from this week’s workouts. You’re going to need the mobility on Easter Sunday when you’re throwing those little kids out of the way to get to the eggs.


  • Ron Burgundy
  • Side note: this movie is gold from start to finish.