I now have a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health & Nutrition (I guess it’s time to update the “about” page) and am the proud owner of an extraordinarily expensive piece of paper.
While I’ve gone through various ups-and-downs with my feelings towards higher education, I’m honestly happy I stuck it out and finished my degree.
Seeing as my struggles with the “necessity” of higher education are becoming more and more prevalent among others my age, I plan to write an in-depth article covering my individual view points and conclusions now that I’ve gone through the entire process.
Until that piece comes out, suffice to say my 4 years at The University of Delaware were far from easy but, in the end, remarkably rewarding.
While there are entirely too many people to thank, I specifically want to mention mamma Syatt and my brother, Josh, for being instrumental in the completion of my degree. It’s no exaggeration to say without these two people I would absolutely not be the person I am today so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you and I love you both more than words could possibly express.
Of course, I’d be remiss were I not to mention you.
Whether you’ve been following my website from the very first day or just happened upon it several minutes ago, your support and encouragement means the world to me. I can honestly say that without your kind messages, comments, e-mails, and even donations, I don’t know where I would be or what I would do.
All that being said, I’ve got tons of great info for you in this installment of The Week In Review so enjoy and have wonderful weekend!
Wednesday’s Strength Lesson: Time to pony up and get your short-shorts & headbands on because today is Sample Workout Wednesday!
Today’s workout is a full-body training routine designed to get you in and out of the gym as quickly as possible while maintaining a strength emphasis. Don’t let the simplicity fool you because, done properly, it’s a brutal session.
1a) [Weighted] Chin-Up: 4 x 2 1b) Squat: 3 x 4
2a) Incline DBell Bench Press: 3 x 6 2b) Barbell RDL: 3 x 8
3a) HEAVY Prowler Sprint: 3 x 30ft 3b) Seated Cable Row: 3 x 10 3c) Glute-Ham Raise: 3 x 10 3d) [Weighted] Dip: 3 x 10
*** Complete 3a – 3d as quickly as possible while maintaining proper form in all movements.
Thursday’s Strength Lesson: For the first time in my *entire lifting career* my Bench progress is exceeding that of my Squat & Deadlift. The Bench has always been my worst lift.
While it hasn’t been abysmal, it’s consistently proven to to the most challenging to improve and frustrating to train.
Recently all of this has changed.
Over the past 4 months I’ve honed in on my Bench technique and a few tweaks in my programming have drastically enhanced my overall performance.
Why tell you this?
It’s NORMAL to go through ups & downs with various lifts. Sometimes your Bench will feel *so damn good* and other times they’ll feel like crap. Same thing goes for the Squat, Deadlift, and every other lift for that matter.
The key is to *keep pushing* no matter what. I’ve been through periods where my Bench legitimately stalled for 6-months at a time…it sucked more than I could possibly express but the experience made me a better coach and lifter in the long-run.
Keep. On. Pushing.
It’s NORMAL to go through periods of ups & downs but if you have the willpower to keep on truckin’ – especially when times get tough – you’ll come out exponentially better on the other side.
Friday’s Strength Lesson: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”