Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Finally a new post.

I was competing at the Highland Games in Maryland two weeks ago when I was approached by a couple who had seen me compete the year before.  They were happy to see me, but also concerned that I hadn't posted on my blog in over a year.  I was both flattered and a little surprised, but when I thought about it, I haven't update my blog since last July.  I guess I've been busy.  But, not too busy to be that lame, so, here's my 9 month update.

1.  I taught 3 more classes of 3rd and 4th graders to be strong and deadlift.  All of them lifted their bodyweight.  More than half of them lifted over 90 lbs.
2.  I registered for the Masters Highland Games World Championships in St. Louis this September.  They now have a lightweight division, less than 155 lbs, and I stand a good chance of placing in the top three.
3.  I am still coaching weightlifters, but now have a sizeable powerlifting team.  One of my members, Kris Kobza, has broken the USAPL American record for bench press in her age and weight division twice now and plans on doing it again at Raw Bench Nationals in August.
4.  My kids are still competing in powerlifting and doing great.  Adding a few more wee ones to pre-teen crowd.
5.  The group training course I wrote for the ISSA 5 years ago with my partner, Scott Dyck, is finally on the cusp of being published.  I am really excited for this and am working with a hand-picked group of trainers to review and optimize the launch which will hopefully be this summer. As to the content, in the words of my partner Scott: 

"This course builds on the foundational ISSA CFT course. We take a fresh look at the physiology and physiological conditions that drive the training effect, and introduce concepts of periodization and exercise selection that provide any trainer with the no-nonsense tools to create an effective group training program, for virtually any group of any size, demographic, and desired outcome."

I have a bunch of topics I want to write on in the next few months, but am very excited about the future and getting back to writing here.

Never judge a woman by what she looks like when carrying
a sixteen foot tree.