I finally got back to the states after a delay in Sydney (due to the whole airport having a power outage), arriving too late for the connecting flight innLAX, and not receiving all of my checked bags. If you ever travel to the other side of the world, I suggest staying at least 10 days. I had just gotten adapted to the time change and then left, so I’m gonna be fucked.

I have quite a bit of video from this trip and will trickle the videos out as I edit them (there’s one clip of me feeding/harassing wallabies that is ten minutes long all by itself). I still have some other vids from the Monterey trip to put up as well. If you don’t regularly follow the site and don’t care about my sweet vids, then you can a) bugger off or b) look forward to some training posts on topics like hip IR stretching, progressing the press, training fundamentals, how to ‘get women involved in lifting’, what to train when you’re “in doubt” or time cramped, a podcast interview with Brent, and more. If you have a particular topic you’d like my analysis or opinion on, then indicate it in the comments.

I’ll also be aiming to create a FAQ and change the theme of the site soon, so if you see something weird going on just ignore it unless it persists for several days (you can probably take penicillin for it if it does).

I’ll also be working on part II of the Texas Method e-book as well as shifting into some other writing projects.

Brian was doing some work on the site and we had some accidental video embed issues, so here are the three videos that were put up last week.


That’s what’s going on.

PR Friday

Not sure if Justin is posting today

heres a video of Justin lookalike Jonathan Papelbon destroying Dropkick Murphy’s frontman Ken Casey with a tomato:

post PR’s to comments?

Weightlifting Stuff

I told Justin I would try to put something together highlighting the USAW Nationals while he was in Australia.

The weekend prior to Nationals was Junior Worlds. Heres a video of 85kg class Mike Nackoul killing it in Malaysia. Mike previously did 130/170 in Feb at Junior Nationals, and 140/180 in training, so he had an awesome meet in Malaysia and placed 7th overall. It’s an honor to be able to train with him occasionally.



you can read more about Mike’s trip (including his 150 flip-flop powerclean the day after) here:

Now some highlights from USAW Senior Nationals

Amongst questionable judging, one lift in particular really stood out amongst the women, Chioma Amaechi had a poor performance and bombed out at Junior Worlds the weekend before

‎”With two lifts remaining for Amaechi, the two-time Junior World Team member had a 16kg gap to make up in order to earn the World Team slot. After matching her PR of 132kg on the second lift, Amaechi went for it all on her final lift as she requested a nine kilogram addition to the bar.”



Amongst the men:

Chad Vaughn (77kg) won his class with a 150kg Snatch and 185kg Clean & Jerk. Chad missed the jerk on 191, which would have been a new American Record.

Kendrick Farris (85kg) won his class with a 157kg Snatch and 199kg Clean & Jerk. Kendrick narrowly missed the jerk at 204, which would have also been a new American Record.

Jon North (94kg) won his class with lifts of 160kg and 186kg (can’t find the videos for some reason)

Donny Shankle (105kg) won his class with lifts of 156kg and 203kg

and Finally, Pat Mendes won the 105+ class with lifts of 177 and 212

as you can see, on a scale of 1-10 take it or leave it, I’m around a 15 on figuring out how to embed videos.


Bugger Off

I’m disappointed that Family Guy made it to Australia since it’s a real shitty show (Edit: Tom was watching it as I was typing this). Tom and I went into Sydney today. I continued asking various Asians what their APM and race preference was. That’s pretty much all I’ve got.

Fuckin’ Oath

The past couple days have been eventful. Tom and I were able to put some rounds down range with an M4, we visited the local nature park (where I played with wallabies, pet drop bears (see vid below), and fed kangaroos…among other things), and some how got the opportunity to get savaged by trained attack K-9s. You read that right: Tom and I received attacks from trained Shepards that were aiming to take our arms clean off. Yes, there is video. Plenty of video. Here’s a preview: