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My Most Important Anniversary

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Hope things are going well.

Monday, May 5th, was a big day for me.

It marked my most important anniversary.

Hard to believe 6 years ago yesterday, my wife and I went to Chapel Hill, NC to get a tubal reversal so we could start trying to have a child.

JayCee is now 4.

So if you do the math, you’ll notice the pregnancy didn’t happen right away, despite my best efforts ;).

In fact, it was a long time between when we were allowed to start trying and when we finally got pregnant.

You know, I chuckle sometimes when I hear new trainees talking about how long it is taking for them to reach their goals.

“Oh, I have been training for so long, and I’m still not as big as I want to be…”


“When will I finally be able to lift this or be able to do that…it’s taking so long to see results.”

Then I think back to the nights laying in bed wondering if I was ever going to be lucky enough to be a father.

Man, I lost a lot of sleep during that time.

(Little did I know I was going lose even more once JayCee got here – ha ha ha.)

So anyway, yesterday was a special day for us, and I sent my wife a dozen roses, with a card that said:

    “Happy Anniversary. Thank you for giving me the best gift I could ever receive.”

The waiting was long, but looking back, I think it was a good thing, because I wasn’t ready to be a dad during that time anyway.

The waiting gave me time to grow up.

It gave me time to get stronger.

It gave me time to make sure the situation JayCee would be coming into was better prepared for her.

And that is pretty much what I tell people who get impatient about a lack of results.

Just like how I was still too much of an immature kid, who was in no shape or form ready to be a Dad, I tell them, maybe they just aren’t where they need to be in their training.

Maybe they aren’t disciplined enough.

Maybe they aren’t willing to pay the price they need to reach the levels they want.

Maybe, they just plain aren’t strong enough.

I’ll tell ya what, any time your training isn’t going the way you want it to, there’s nothing wrong with just focusing on GETTING STRONGER.

Putting more weight on the bar.

Doing the same weight for more reps.

Getting better this workout, than you were in the last one.

If you approach your training like that, then your goals will come sooner.

And when they do, you will enjoy them that much more.

And believe me, you will enjoy each goal you hit, .

Here’s to always getting stronger!

All the best in your training,


P.S. In my efforts to help you get stronger, I have added a store to the website, and will be selling my own strength training gear.

The first item we are putting up is the Pinch Block Curl. <= Check it out, they are in stock starting this week.

YOU Make YOUR Success Happen, Brother

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Have you ever seen someone with a TON of Talent who looks like everything comes so freakin’ easy for them?

Have you ever been tempted to say, “Man, I have to work so hard to _______ but it comes so EASY for them.”

I have been hearing a lot of this lately, because of the “kid” I have been training with, Luke Raymond.

luke no rb

I put quotes around kid, because when I first met him, he was a new-hire right out of high school at the place I used to work and he was learning to operate forklifts.

That was 10 years ago. Now he is a Physical Therapist with a Master’s Degree.

After a couple of months, he’s already become a valued partner who has pushed me and helped me to improve while he has been tackling big goals himself.

For instance, he bent a Red Nail in his second bending session.

Luke Raymond Red Nail Bend 2nd Time Bending

To give you an idea of how awesome this is, I considered myself a damn good bender in my day, and it took me over a year of training to be able to bend a Red Nail.

This week, he bent one with just Iron Mind Pads and no rubber bands, matching certification conditions.

Luke Raymond Red Nail Bend IMPs and No Rubber Bands

He closed a #3 a few weeks back with a 20-mm Grip Contest set.

Luke Raymond #3 Gripper 20-mm Block Close

But to say all these things are coming “EASY” to Luke…

…well that kind of bugs the hell out of me, to be honest.

But of course, the jealous punks on Youtube and Facebook always have something to say…

“Sure, it comes EASY to him. He’s training with you.”

“Some people are just born with better genetics”

And other bullcrap stuff that I delete right away.

For people to discredit the work he has put in to do the things he has done is crazy.

It’s like someone saying a short person doesn’t even have to work hard to get jacked because they will just naturally build muscle easier.

Like if they just show up to the gym, the muscle will build itself.

Are you kidding me?

This week, he lifted the 50-lb Blob, another feat that normally takes people months if not years to accomplish.

Luke Raymond Blob Lift

But just because he’s accomplished these things in a fairly short time, does that mean that it all came easy to him?

No way brother!

People are only seeing a small percentage of what goes on in my gym…

…less than 1%, I’d say.

And they certainly aren’t seeing workout after workout where Luke grabs onto the Blob and it does nothing but chuckles in his face.

They don’t see when Luke has a frustrating workout and is clenching his teeth, taking deep breaths, and shouts in anger because of his frustration.

They don’t see that Luke has driven 30+ minutes 2 to 3 times a week just to be able to get another chance to work on the Blob.

They don’t see the nearly 3 hour workouts on the weekends when most of our friends are sleeping off a hangover.

They don’t see the assisted lifts, the eccentrics, the triples with other block weights, the holds for time with hex blocks…

All of that goes into why these gains are coming so quickly.

He is willing to put the effort in and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.

I am a firm believe that good things don’t just happen.

PR’s don’t just happen.

Gainz don’t just happen.

People Make Them Happen.

YOU make them happen!

Believe it.

Hope you have an awesome workout today.


Need help with bending? Nail Bending eBook

Need help with Blobs & Block Weights? Lift the Blob

Want detailed instruction on Grip? The Grip Authority

Up In Your Opponents Brain Case

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Very quick post today for those who compete. Doesn’t matter what at.

I saw this video earlier and could not help but think about how this Jaguar hunting this Caiman is just like training.

Are You Up in Your Opponent’s Brain Case?

Are you training so hard that word of your intensity is getting out to everyone you could potentially face?

Are you taking your training to levels that would SCARE the people you would be facing?

When you attack, or when you go up against them, will you be so fast and strong that they are left trembling in fear?

Do You Have Laser-Like Precision Focus on Your Goals

Are you able to see exactly where you will be in 1 month, 2 months, or 6 months time, like a predator stalking its prey?

Are you able to get your work in, no matter what the conditions are?

Are you able to take that next step forward, even if the situation is not optimal?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, then you have work to do.

Take things to the next level. Don’t let anything stop you.

No excuses. No worries.

When things don’t go your way, so what – take it in stride and sink your teeth in.

And when you get to the platform, or the field, or the mat, you will be ready to snap your jaws tight on the brain case or vertebral column of your adversary and carry them away to eat at your convenience.

Make It Happen.


The Light Was My Training Partner

Friday, November 16th, 2012

A few weeks back, I invited my personal training client, Mark, to come train with me on a Saturday. He travels a great deal in his business, so that particular week he was unable to train with me at all, so i thought this would be a good way for him to get some work in.

That day, it was a great workout. We really got a lot of good quality work in, so I told him if he wanted to do that session with me each week, I would not charge him for the session, and he agreed.

This past Thursday morning, we were supposed to train together again, but his flight schedule got changed, so he wasn’t going to make it in. And so he called me on my cell while I was warming up and let me know he wouldn’t make it.

I normally train in the afternoon, so I almost said screw it and went back upstairs to work, but instead I hit the workout solo, and I am glad I did because it was awesome.

See why in the video below.

A little tribute to two of my best friends, Rick Walker and Mike Rinderle. Thanks for always having my back guys! I dedicate this workout to you.


Iron Master Nomination – Joe Mugovero

Friday, May 11th, 2012


It has been too long since we have had an Iron Masters Nomination up on the site
, and I am just as much to blame as anyone else. The Iron Masters is something I started in 2010 in order to recognize the people over 40 years old who have been outstanding examples areas of strength and fitness. These men and women show that serious training for serious goals isn’t just for those in their teens and twenties, its a journey that lasts a lifetime!

Today, I have an Iron master that I have wanted to put up for a long while. It is Joe Mugovero from New London, CT. I first met Joe at Stronger Than All, a Strongman Contest in New Haven CT, in 2005, and he hasn’t stopped impressing me yet. The things that have impressed me the most since I first met him are his domination of two of the most widely recognized Grip Strength challenge implements, the Inch Dumbbell and the Blob, and his love for helping others enjoy strength training and fitness as well.

Today, I give you the most recent Iron Master, Joe Mugovero.

Joe Mugovero is a retired mailman with more than 41 years in the Post Office hails from New London, Ct. His early days had him competing in local fairs in the clean and jerk and then moved into powerlifting. One time 27 years ago he competed in a C&J contest on a Saturday and won the U.S bench press championships the next day as a sub-master.

Always attracted to strength in its many forms Joe tried bodybuilding, armwrestling, weightlifting, powerlifting, and some strongman. He considered himself a “jack of all trades, master of none“. After numerous injuries or lack of elite level ability Joe concentrated on the bench press and set numerous records in age group competition (40-55) all drug free. With more than 200 awards under his belt he permanently injured a disc in his neck which cut his left arm strength by 60%, days after setting yet another Ct. state record age of 52 with 445lbs.

It was only then that Joe turned to grip strength as a goal in it’s own right
. Most of his life his left arm was more powerful than his right. Now with some serious training this would reverse…

After reading Milo magazine about a person from England who trained to lift the Thomas Inch Dumbell, Joe at about 58 started his quest to master the beast. He has fully deadlifted the INCH 687 times, sometimes doing doubles and once a triple. Every lift was witnessed by one or more members of the Breakfastclub Gym. In 2005 and 2006 he won the Rolling Thunder Championships at the Massachusetts State Strongman, beating guys half his age.

Joe on the Table with Tim Bresnan. Joe didn’t beat him, but it was a good match, he says.

Big benches are long gone now but he recently did a 330lb raw bench which he says took more hard work than the 500(single ply shirt) when much younger. Now he levers hammers, toys with the BLOB, pinches plates and does some hub lifting. Farmer’s walks with 235 lbs and a 200lb Atlas stone for 12reps over a 52″ high bar just last week.

Joe warming up on the Atlas Stones. He owns 28 of them.

Joe has been the meet director in four local strongman contests. He won the 2012 sledgehammer event against all age groups this year at the “Bash at the Beach” at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Ct.

Joe recently table curled a 123-lb dumbbell for 12 reps and preacher curled a 90lb dumbbell for 15reps. He has beat every member of the Breakfastclub Gym who put his arm on the table.

Joe closing the #3 Gripper. Can’t wait to see him certify in the future!

The only goals Joe has not achieved is pinching 2-45’s(has done 3-25’s)and certifying on the NO 3 gripper. He recently pinched 35’s w/16.35lbs extra so maybe soon and did close the NO 3 once a year ago.

Joe was the A.P.A chairperson for Connecticut from 1990-1995. He has been the meet director for at least 90 contests in weightlifting, powerifting, bench only, grip strength and strongman. He runs and owns the Breakfastclub Gym in New London , Ct. A small semi-private gym where the chalk flies, lifters curse and move big weight.

His biggest claim is not his own lifts but encouraging and making available strongman/grip equipment to Southeastern Connecticut trainees who have excelled in their own right. Joe won’t be remembered as the strongest guy walking local streets but just may be remembered as an ambassador of Powerlifting/Strongman/Grip strength promotion to the general public.

DIESELS, as I finish off this post, I have a grin from ear to ear because I’ve finally gotten the chance to post this up. Joe and I email back and forth regularly and he is always updating me on his Inch Dumbbell Domination, and I can’t wait to get the next one!

Now, it’s time for you to send in your Iron Master nominations.

It can literally be anybody, from a Fitness or Strength celebrity, to someone in a small town nearby, to even a relative. If they have inspired you in your training or have done so with others, send them my way. I can’t wait to hear from you.

All the best in your training and have an awesome weekend!


P.S. I am traveling to Rhode Island tonight to meet up with Matt Ellis. I met him two weeks ago at a seminar and he is as passionate about helping people accomplish their goals as I am. I at breakfast with him one day and we hit it off right away, so we are going to be shooting a DVD together this weekend. If you are a “Thrower” or know someone who does, make sure you stay tuned.