Back to Basics

After slacking off the last few months, I got back to my workouts today. After three months working with an online Starting Strength coach, I took a well-deserved break to Club Med Turkoise. I was burned out and had put on a lot of excess flab in the quest for weight on the bar.

I was also dealing with some nagging injuries, one left over from last year (left hamstring), and two new ones (left ankle and left middle finger). I’d never felt so old as I did walking the most beautiful beach in the world, Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos. I took a week off once we got back and then went with a week or so of simple walks on our treadmill every morning.

After a visit to a sports therapist showed nothing to be wrong except for maybe some muscle imbalances, I tried to get back to lifting. That lasted a few days until I got bored with it.

Then I tried loaded carries outside in the Chicago heat. It was something different and got me out of the usual routine.

Earlier this week I posted on Twitter in response to Jose Antonio Ph.D. and his quest for 3 g/kg of protein to shed fat. It worked for me last year, so I’m getting back to it.

2:05 PM



3.6 & 3.0


185 x 5

235 x 5

275 x 3

305 x 5, 5, 5



75 x 10

95 x 10, 10, 10


Pendlay Row

155 x 8, 8, 8

1:01 total time