Workout 08-29-17

I bought some gymnastic rings which were surprisingly cheap. I’ll get some time on them and do a review in the next couple weeks but for today I tested them out soon ring dips and rows. So far so good!

After a few rounds of dips the shakes started to set in so looks like I’m going to need to work on some stability and holds.


5×5 Back Squat


Ring Dips & Rows


Rest Day 08-28-17

I did want to workout today. I had planned on doing some back squat work and breaking in a new piece of equipment but a combination of long hours yesterday and today combined with not much sleep (thank you early morning work phone calls) left my body telling me to chill. Sometimes you need the mental toughness to get moving and exercise even though you may not feel like it and other times it’s important to look at the overall picture, listen to your body, and give it some time to recover.

What is the difference? Rest days should be intentional. Not working out because you didn’t feel like it is not a rest day….that’s just not working out. I have those…more than I’d like to admit. Rest days are days you plan to limit strength and endurance activity and focus on nutrition, rest, and recovery.

Workout 08-27-17

Much respect for McGregor for not just taking the fight but in his preparation and humbleness in defeat.

I couldn’t stay up to watch because I have to work but I was wide awake early this morning and caught all the post fight stuff live.


4 rounds

400m run

15 Bench Press


Gi collar pull ups

(Gi laid over pull up bar, pull-ups using gi collar grips)

Training 08-23-17

Advanced BJJ tonight focused on the knee on belly position both defense and attacks. I remember the first time I was put in a real knee on belly. I think I tapped from the frustration of not being able to get out. I found it to be the most deflating position to be stuck in. It’s so simple in its concept but there are so many nuances to keeping the position that very few ever truly master it.

Training 08-21-17

Training…Solar Eclipse Edition!

Fundamentals class tonight. We were fortunate to have a couple Judo black belts join us from a local Judo academy.

Fundamentals involved drilling butterfly sweeps and half guard sweeps. Butterfly guard is something I have been consciously trying to improve and make a part of my game so I was glad to get some time drilling.

The Home Gym Build Part Deux

Last week the UPS man brought me presents in the form of cardboard boxes from Rogue Fitness. I was still waiting on one very important box (hardware) which arrived today. After crushing my workout I decided to start assembling my squat stand and complete Phase 2 of the home gym build.

I went with the Rogue SML-2 with the single pull up bar for my choice. I went with this unit because I wanted to be able to do pullups and bench press and this stand can be upgraded to a half rack in the future or since Rogue holds its value so well I can sell this for a decent amount if I think I am in need of a full power rack in the future.

I thought about buying the hardware to bolt this thing to the platform but after reading review after review on how solid it was I decided against it figuring I could always order them in the future. I am glad I didn’t because once this thing was bolted together it is solid. I did some hanging and kipping on it and other than a little movement this thing is rock solid without the floor anchors.

I’ll probably do a full review on just the stand later so I’ll move on to the other parts of my purchase. The Rogue flat bench which is pretty versatile and will allow me to do bench press with the squat rack is looking to be a solid choice thus far. The other thing I purchased was an ab mat. This isn’t something I thought was a necessity but at less than $30 with free shipping I figured why not. Other than using it for ab exercises it makes a nice cushion for my head when I decide I want to do some handstand pushups.

All in all everything is fitting very nicely in the garage right now and I’m pretty happy with the progress. The only thing I am looking to do in the short term is add a couple more bumpers and some bands and I think I’ll be able to do about 90% of the workouts I want to get in.

So there is the garage gym thus far. Once I get some more time in here I plan on reviewing the heavy bag and the squat stand and posting those up. If you think I’m missing anything crucial let me know. I love seeing other folks garage gyms too so if you got a link pass it on.