Beast Reality: Shitty days

When I was a young boy,

My father took me into the city

To see a marching band.

He said, “Son when you grow up

would you be the savior of the broken,

the beaten and the damned?”

He said, “Will you defeat them,

your demons, and all the non-believers,

the plans that they have made?”

Because one day I’ll leave you,

A phantom to lead you in the summer,

To join the Black Parade.

— My Chemical Romance, “Welcome to the Black Parade”

Will you defeat them, your demons…?

I’m restless in bed. My shoulders are throbbing from a serious training session involving heavy military pressing (throbbing in a good way…well, mostly good). I can’t fall asleep, so I prop up some pillows, flip on my side, and turn to YouTube. I like to watch the “YouTubes,” as Mark Bell would say. Just a couple of quick vids and then I’ll be able to fall asleep.

That’s when I accidentally fell in love.

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Beast Reality: Shitty Days

Nova Football Head Coach Lauds Beast Athlete

Cherry 500 Box Squat Celebration

“… Donny Cherry from Trumbull, Connecticut had a spectacular summer with us — he was head-and-shoulders above everybody running and lifting.”

- Andy Talley, Villanova Football Head Coach

… he was head-and-shoulders above everybody running and lifting - What a fantastic compliment to an athlete who had completed 3+ Strength & Conditioning cycles with BEAST.

Below: Don Cherry High School Football and Beast Highlights

Clearly I have a bias toward Beast. If I did not, I would have closed its angry maw two years ago. From a trainer’s perspective, when it comes to working with young athletes there is a tremendous amount of sacrifice required, but there can be a substantial rewards as well. Read more »

2012 RPS Connecticut Battle of Champions – 625 Deadlift

625 Deadlift

2012 RPS Connecticut Battle of the Champions, sanctioned by Gene Rychlak’s Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate, was held at the EUROPA Expo at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on June 30, 2012.

I weighed-in at 287.6 and competed in 308 Amateur “Raw Modern” (knee wraps allowed for Squat), Master 40-44.

This was my third and final Deadlift attempt at 625. The lift only received one “White Light” from the judges, and therefore was not counted in my total, yet it’s the lift I am most proud of because it represents a significant increase in my deadlift strength and I’ve worked really hard for it over the past two years.

I hit a 605 on my second lift, which is currently a RPS World Record for my Division, and was the first time I was able to pull north of 600 in competition.

The Walking Dead Press

The Walking Dead Press Beastly Zombie Girl

Zombies have really gotten a plethora of press as of late. Eating another’s face off after ingesting “bath salts” is apparently becoming the new grisly crime du jour.

    The grisly assault on a homeless man whose face was eaten by a deranged assailant lasted for 18 agonizing minutes and was captured on nearby surveillance cameras.

    Rudy Eugene, who authorities suspect may have been high on a dangerous new street drug known as “bath salts,” had to be shot four times by a police officer to halt the cannibalistic attack.
    - ABC News

Bath salts? WTF?

“Bath salts” have apparently become increasingly popular in the Miami party scene and it has been suggested they can trigger extremely violent outbursts.

Who knew?

Bon appetit; ya know?

I love talking about the Zombie Apocalypse. It can’t come soon enough as far as I’m concerned. To be honest, I think I have a lot of bottled anger and pent-up aggression that I wouldn’t mind releasing on droves of fucking zombies – a la ZOMBIELAND (just keep Bill Murray away from my itchy trigger finger please).

However, I’ve already digressed in excess, because this is a blog about BENCH PRESS TRAINING and an extremely effective exercise that has found its way into my programming – The Dead Press (aka Pin Presses) or, for the purposes of this blog, The Walking Dead Press.

The Walking Dead Press Beastly Zombie Girl

The Walking Dead Press Beastly Zombie Girl

A little about The Walking Dead Press:

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Trading Facebook and the Pervasive Need for Speed

Erik Eggers and Mark Zuckerberg

Goose: [as Maverick is looking around the room] What are you doing?
Maverick: Just wondering who’s the best.
Viper: In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they’re up here on this plaque on the wall … [turns to Maverick]
Viper: You think your name’s gonna be on that plaque?
Maverick: Yes, sir.
Viper: That’s pretty arrogant, considering the company you’re in.
Maverick: [pauses] Yes, sir.
Viper: [smiles] I like that in a pilot. Just remember, when it’s over out there, we’re all on the same team.

Later …


I feel the need…

Maverick, Goose:

…the need for speed!


– We’ll come back to speed, but first we have to talk about Facebook. Read more »