Thursday, May 31, 2012

School's (Nearly) Out For The Summer!!!

Well, it is almost that glorious time of year when school ends and summer begins, and I could not be more excited. Other than the awesomeness of not having any tests or projects to worry about, there are a number of strength and conditioning-related things that I cannot wait for. Here are the highlights:

1. New Equipment: I am going to open, own, and operate a successful strength and conditioning facility someday. This has been my goal for quite some time now. In the past six months, I have continually been struck by the realization that I will soon be done with school and it will be time for me to make my dream a reality. With this in mind, I decided to make a (relatively) substantial investment in equipment for my future gym. I figured that the price of materials will only increase in the next few years; buying some stuff now should save me some money down the line. So, I went ahead and purchased a high-quality rack, some great bars, a prowler, a couple of sets of bumper plates, and some other accessories. Not only does this equipment make starting my gym more feasible, but my family, my friends, and I will all be able to use it in the meantime. Fun times ahead!

You see those racks behind Eric Cressey? Mine is the same, except it is black.
2. The Olympics: I love the Olympics. Growing up, my family and I always enjoyed watching the drama unfold and cheering on Team USA. This year, I am looking forward to watching the games more than ever, especially the weightlifting. The men's Olympic weightlifting competition will begin Sunday July 29th, and various weight classes will compete in the 10 days to follow. Kendrick Farris will be the lone American male to lift in London, but there will be plenty of amazing athletes on the platforms that are worth watching (Klokov, Ilin, etc.). If you want to see some muscular dudes throw weights up over their heads that most people cannot even pick up off of the ground, then don't miss this event!

Donny Shankle. Unfortunately, not on Team USA. But, a true American hero nonetheless.
3. Training: This summer I am going to squat, bench, and deadlift. I am going to lift heavy and I am going to lift often. While I do not have a specific template outlined yet, I do know that I will be sticking to the basics and working towards getting stronger. I have learned a great deal about training throughout this school year, and I look forward to putting both my knowledge and my new equipment to good use. Rest assured that there will be plenty of great ideas and a number of blog posts generated while I hang out in my garage this summer. The best of Strength Musings has yet to come!

I just might squat in my underwear this summer.

Have a great week, everyone! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to shoot me an email at

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