I spent a fun and brutal week training with strongman Adam Glass up in Minot recently. I learned a lot, including the fact that Minot has a store for dapper gents called “Sophisticated Man of Minot.” That made my day.
Here, in no particular order, are a few of the zillion things I learned. From a strength training perspective, I felt like the kid at the science fair when Einstein walks by and says, “Hey! Come check out my lab!”
1. Bulldogs are awesome and they really snore
2. The flaw in any system is that it is a system
3. “A lack of personal excellence” is the greatest description of a bad haircut that I’ve ever heard
4. I am stronger than I thought I was.
5. I am weaker than I thought I was
6. You are stronger than you know
7. You are weaker than you know
8. Increase your strengths but focus on your weaknesses
9. There is no 100% accuracy when talking about the body
10. I know very little about the body
11. After having an injured shoulder for over a year, Adam fixed it in about 10 minutes. Then right after that, I pressed more weight with that shoulder than I ever had…after a year off. It just took someone who knows how to coach
12. Having someone with Tourette’s film you leads to very shaky camerawork
13. I want an Xbox 360 (hint, my birthday’s coming up if you loyal readers want to pool your pennies)
14. Everyone needs at least one mentor
15. Don’t think that because you are working harder than anyone you know, that there is nobody working harder than you
16. Mudvayne is very good workout music
17. Most feats of strength involve as much pain tolerance as strength
18. Return Of The Kettlebell is my favorite workout protocol of all time
19. Most personal trainers have no idea what they’re doing
20. Most people don’t want to do what they need, they want to do what will make them look good. But you don’t have to choose
21. Bending a horseshoe is really, really, really hard
22. Your limits are not what you think they are
I could go on all day. The greatest thing is realizing that there are people who can deliver exactly what they say. You could not come up with a physical goal that Adam couldn’t help you achieve–unless you said something like, “I want to spin a 500 lb Atlas Stone on one finger like a basketball.”
And even that might be possible if you were patient enough.
Time goes by regardless. Might as well get strong while it’s zipping past.
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