Weekend Posts (6.22.13 ARWOD + 6.23.13 MWOD)

Saturday (6/22/13) Recovery

Sunday (6/23/13) Mental Work

  • This is quite possibly one of the most inspirational speech/video montage combinations I’ve ever seen. I encourage you to ruminate on the ideas presented in this speech and apply them to your own thinking. Oftentimes, we proceed through life with our noses down, blindly following directions from arbitrary figures of authority. We should ultimately seek to find our own personal truth and discover what makes us truly happy.

6.20.13 SWOD



  • EMOM for 8 minutes (EMOM = Every Minute On the Minute)
    • 3 Explosive Deadlifts @ ~50-60% 1RM

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

Second week of this specific workout for the bodybuilding “micro-cycle.” Add some weight, keep that form perfect, and watch as your muscles, similar to a Chia Pet, blossom into the house decorations they were meant to be.


  • The same young man who challenged the world with the monumental question, “Do you even lift?” returns for a second round of interrogation. This time, he targets the female population, inquiring, “Do you even squat?”

6.17.13 SWOD



  • Back Squat
    • 2-3 warmup sets @ 50-60% 1RM
    • 5 sets of 3 @ ~85-90% 1RM


Use the same weight (as appropriate to your strength level) for the deadlifts and power cleans. Deadlifts should be fast and relatively easy, but maintain good form and engage your muscles as if you were pulling heavy.


  • This video montage showing some of history’s greatest recorded displays of strength should get your mind in the right place for Monday’s swole sesh:

Weekend Posts (6.14.13 ARWOD + 6.15.13 MWOD)

Saturday (6/15/13) Recovery

Sunday (6/16/13) Mental Work

  • Watch this video that explains how myostatin levels are linked to muscular growth potential (aka how people are genetically predisposed to gaining muscle)

Also, Happy Father’s Day to all those #SwoleDADs out there in the world! Check out this father-son duo smashing iron together and competing for Mr. America title in their respective age classes. This will be me and my son one day.

6.14.13 SWOD



Use heavy weight for both lifts; hit all the reps and maintain good form. For weighted dips, use a belt or hold a dumbbell between your feet.

Conditioning BROADSWOD- “Portman”

This BROADSWOAD is named for the quintessential romcom brunette, Natalie Portman. Her stunning performance and unparalleled beauty as Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I made it clear she was there to stay in the Hollywood spotlight. Her performance in Black Swan is probably one of the greatest in the history of film, especially that one scene with Mila Kunis.


  • Natalie’s apperance on “Between Two Ferns” is a classic:

6.13.13 SWOD



  • EMOM for 8 minutes (EMOM = Every Minute On the Minute)
    • 2 Jump Squats, 2 Explosive Deadlifts @ ~50%1RM
    • For jump squats, start from a full squat position and explode as high as possible on each jump. Pause after each rep for both exercises.

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

Do you want to get big? Tryna get swole? Interested in becoming a beefcake? Look no further than this brand spankin’ new SHOULDALEGZTRAPZABZ workout to get the people goin’.


  • Today’s motivation is actually some very practical, useful advice from Kelly Starett. Apply these movement principles to your deadlift to optimize performance/ most efficiently create torque with your body.


6.11.13 SWOD



  • EMOM for 8 minutes- Flat Bench– 3 reps @ 50-60% 1RM
    • This weight should be fairly easy. Slowly lowering the bar to your chest, pause briefly at the bottom, and explode with full force/velocity on the way back up.


Another four weeks, another NEW VOLUME WORKOUT! Use this week to take the weights back down a notch; focus on form and do not go to failure. I’m programming such that every four weeks starts a new “micro-cycle” with these bodybuilding volume workouts.


  • Dom shows how to properly carry oneself within the sacred realm of the locker room:

Weekend Posts (6.8.13 ARWOD + 6.9.13 MWOD)

Saturday (6/8/13) Recovery

  • Optional cardio + Foam rolling + Broga/Brobility
  • Become a supple leopard— if you have the dispensable income, I highly recommend purchasing this book. The information contained is worth many, many times over $34.

Sunday (6/9/13) Mental Work

Here’s another pretty sick montage from DeFranco’s gym; note the high number of activities designed to increase speed/explosiveness.