Archive for November, 2015

What the heck? I had just done a 285 deadlift at 111 bodyweight, and decided to do a nice light 135 warm down set. Suddenly … a TWINGE.

The TWINGE is like a musician who hit a wrong note. Everything’s off. The song is no good. You can’t tune the guitar because the string is too stretched out. Do us all a favor and QUIT while you’re ahead. The band wants YOU to QUIT.

A TWINGE is that vague feeling that you did something wrong. It felt like a muscle being twisted in the wrong direction. But only a small muscle. And only for a short time. It goes away fast. So it must be ok, right?


A twinge, left to it’s own devices will wreak havoc on the nearest possible attachment/joint/ligament … whatever you got, it’s goin’ for it. A twinge is NOT your friend. So stop the workout NOW, stud, before you’re out for a week. A twinge usually occurs when you’re most confident. Warm-ups, warm-downs, off-loading plates, picking up dumbells, being cocky.

A twinge ignored will come back 1-2 weeks later in the form of a TWEAK. You will TWEAK the thing that TWINGED. And this time, you will make a “tweak” face. A scrunched up nose and a sour lemon expression. Now you are unable to move without pain, and some sort of limp or other compensation. You’ve tweaked something. Something in your body is now arranged improperly, and it’s going to take a few days to a week to recover. Your sex life may be impaired. Your joy may be temporarily robbed unless you have Jesus. And even then, life is gonna suck for you.

Some powerlifters truly believe that they can lift through a tweak. And when they do, they receive a TORQUE as their just reward. A “torque face” is a face of utter doom. You CANNOT move without help. You will not lift. Your muscle has rolled up, your nerve has folded over, your rib has sprung hopelessly out of position. You have TORQUED yourself. A TORQUE is usually followed by the sentence, “I’m gonna be out for awhile”.

My only advice is this: If you feel a twinge, STOP. The weights will be there tomorrow.
If you are tweaked or torqued, here is an excellent website about pain management:

And if you want to improve your form, for the Lord’s sake, train with me:

See you in the gym!

10924780_931504983540173_8447889183511238457_n FEAR. Fear of getting older. Of being hunched over. Of falling and not being able to get up. Of breaking a bone that never heals.
And because you’re getting older, you think that avoiding “dangerous activity” like lifting weights is the answer. Just stay away from anything that causes micro trauma to your bones, and you’ll be safe from harm. Just stay away from those meatheads in the gym. Don’t do anything strenuous. Preserve thyself.
Right? WRONG-O.
Enter the big bad wolf … Wolff’s Law, that is. He’s gonna huff and puff and blow your cowardly bones into dust.
Wolff’s Law (actually pronounced vulf) states that, “The principle that every change in the form and the function of a bone or in the function of the bone alone, leads to changes in its internal architecture and in its external form”.
German anatomist / surgeon Julius Wolff stated and proved that healthy bone conforms or adapts to loads under which it is placed. If the weight increases, the bone becomes stronger over time to meet the challenges it’s been faced with. Those changes occur both internally and externally. Conversely, if you lighten your loads, the bone becomes weaker and less dense over time.
Our bones are constantly changing. And believe it or not, YOU are the boss. YOU show them how to grow. How dense to be. How to handle loads. YOU train your muscles to be able to pick you up off the floor. YOU decide what you’re going to weigh, and YOU take control.
It’s NOT too late. It’s never too late. Numerous studies were done on people in their 80’s and 90’s. As soon as they started strength training, their strength increased threefold in just one month.
So if I were you, I’d start building a house of brick. A Brick House. Mighty, mighty. Just start laying down the layers and let the big bad Wolff in.
Vicki Morgan