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My New, Less Exciting, Other Blog: Train Like A Librarian

My alter-ego, non-zen Josh

Hey gang.  I’m getting a lot of questions from the fitness-minded geniuses who read World’s Strongest Librarian.  Questions about how I train, how often I train, the exercises I choose, where I keep my numbers, and if they can see them.  Until now, I had to say, “Well, yes, but you’ll have to come out to Salt Lake and look at the notebooks.”

But yesterday I started an ugly little blog over on Tumblr for any of you crazier fitness, weights, and kettlebell people who want to hear me talk about strength and exercise more than I do here on WSL.  A different sort of librarian training. It’s opening to limited fanfare and low expectations as:

Train Like A Librarian

Here’s the full url: http://trainlikealibrarian.tumblr.com/

This is where I’ll be posting my training log, videos, photos, and my progression towards 2010’s big goals:

  1. deadlift 500
  2. front squat with bodyweight
  3. Bend the red nail
  4. one armed pull-up

Tune in if you want to compare notes or talk training more often than we get to here.  I’ll be doing the same thing as usual here on WSL, so if you have to choose, please don’t abandon me for a bunch of numbers over there.

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  • Boris Bachmann December 23, 2009, 1:29 am

    Awesome title Josh.

    I’m glad the shirt isn’t too small. I’m sure it looks stunning on ya.

  • Robby G December 23, 2009, 4:50 am

    why tumblr man, why??

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 8:04 am

      It’s easy and I don’t care how it looks at all.

      • Shane Hudson December 23, 2009, 12:45 pm

        Why not just create a category on here that does not get posted on front page, or even sent to RSS viewers?

        • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 12:51 pm

          There are some reasons. Shocking, scandalous reasons! By which I mean boring and uninteresting.

  • frank December 23, 2009, 5:08 am

    Hi josh, i have been doing the biofeedback too, but alot of things i have been doing are testing no better no worse. What do you do when its like that. Most of the time my rom increases aren’t the much different ethier better or worst. Its not like adam videos on his site, so its hard for me to tell what to pick. Any suggestions.

    thanks frank

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 8:03 am

      Frank, you might expand your pool of movements. For instance, if you are in the mood to do a rowing movement, there are about 30 variations you could test. A couple of them would almost certainly be worthwhile.

      Ditto with deadlifts, squats, pulls, twists, and presses. And ROM takes some practice. When possible, I have someone watch me to see if they see the improvement I’m telling myself I feel. And it’s not always just deeper range of motion, but BETTER, less hesitant, quality movement. It takes some experimenting, don’t get discouraged. I’m very new at it as well.

      If you write to Adam at his blog, he’ll answer much better than I am able to, but please write again if you’d like to talk more or bounce some ideas around.

  • Heather December 23, 2009, 7:31 am

    Congrats on the new blog. Sorry to hear you’re getting sick. Stats look good to me, but then what do I know? I think this should be required physical training for ALL librarians, as well as sysops. How can you lift a computer monitor if you can’t even manage a measly 15-pound kettlebell? I can. But I need a 20-pound one, now, as well as a 25.

  • frank December 23, 2009, 10:31 am

    so josh, when your going to train say rows, you would pick all your exercises then just run through all of them and see which one performs better or smoother. Do you always check the same test, say toe touch or do you do different rom tests for different exercises. Do you find the you can always find one of the exercises say for rows that will increses rom. Or do you find that some days you just shouldn’t do rows all together. Congrats on the beast press by the way.

    the for the help

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 10:47 am

      Frank, in my limited experience, there are days when I wouldn’t do rowing, no matter how much I wanted to, if they tested poorly. But what is a row for? It’s for the back and rhomboids. What is the movement? It’s a pull. Maybe I wouldn’t do a row, but substitute a pulling pattern.

      For upper body movements, I test the toe touch. For lower body, I test the arm raise. If I’m doing something in a particular stance that is an upper body movement–like a kneeling press–then I would test both and reassess.

      A lot of it depends on your goals. If you have a goal to press, then you should press often. It may be that you pick the press that tests best, even though it may not be the BEST movement for you, that day, that hour. I’m trying not to do that.

      Keep in mind that I’m really new and experimenting right now. Adam’s got a DVD coming out that I think will answer most questions, including yours and mine.

  • Susan N. December 23, 2009, 11:21 am

    I am surrendering to James & Dave in the New Year and going to pretty much do whatever they tell me to. (Oh, dear lord – help me already). I am going to keep track of everything. It will be fun to see how our different training styles, even with the Convict Training progression, will get us to our mutual goal of a one armed push up. I am still having a hard time believing it is a real movement. Anywho, seeing as how it takes three of me to measure up to you, it should be fun regardless.

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 11:29 am

      Susan, you’re way, way lighter than me. You’ll be there in no time. I expect to be doing the OAPU by April. Then the real work on the one arm pull-up starts.

  • Susan N. December 23, 2009, 11:32 am

    OAPullUp – now you are just smoking crack!

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 12:52 pm

      crack is my secret weapon. A hit of crack and a 16 oz monster and you’re set.

  • Debbie Ferm December 23, 2009, 12:45 pm

    Josh, you should never refer to one of your blogs as ugly. What a horrible thing to say.

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 12:51 pm

      Debbie, go take a look at it, then come back here, look into my lazy eye, and tell me that it is aesthetically pleasing:)

  • Christa Avampato December 23, 2009, 10:16 pm

    Congrats on the new blog, Josh. Your dedication to weight training is very inspiring. I love that you are using Tumblr for the new blog. I’ve played around with it a bit in the past. How do you like it as a blogging tool? What made you choose it?

    • Josh Hanagarne December 23, 2009, 10:30 pm

      It looked easy and I don’t need anything fancy to dump numbers into. I’m also doing some blogging consulting for a friend and he’s thinking about using it, so I wanted to get more familiar with it.

  • J.D. Meier December 24, 2009, 4:28 pm

    What’s bend the red nail? It sounds intriguing.

    Have you ever heard of the Bulgarian workout routine? It’s old-school and not well known.

  • Darte December 25, 2009, 6:34 am

    Thats cool, I’m working towards a 3rep 66% bw weighted chins and then a one arm pull up. Somehow nail bending just seems more appealing than closing a no.3 gripper?