Sunday, June 27, 2004

Sunday, June 20, 2004

My best squat at 181.The year is 1995 and the weight is 545 lbs. Triple body weight. Age 38. I really miss being 38.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Free Iran Website

FREE IRAN NEWS [Project: Free Iran]

So is Iran next?

NexGen Legacy Posterior Stabilized Flex Fixed Bearing Knee Replacement

NexGen Legacy Posterior Stabilized Flex Fixed Bearing Knee Replacement

Yeah Baby, this looks like my kind of knee joint! 155 deg of flexion. Hell, I already have 110( on a good day :)).

My book. Books: Developing your chest (Getting strong)

My only published book. I wrote this in 1984 in two weeks. I had never written anything other than freelance magazine articles and this was quite a challenge. A great time in my life as well.I wrote two others for Bob Andersons Runner's World Series, a back training book and a legs and glutes book but he got divorced and sold the publishing company.

The History of Powerlifting

Introduction This is the best site on the evolution of Powerlifting as a sport.Great, great archival stuff.

Hydration calculator

this is an interesting little hydration calculator. I have been drinking much more water lately and can really feel the difference. Much less muscle pain and the knee is actually a little better as well.

Me, multi time World Champion Powerlifter Greg Jones( middle) and one of the strongest men I have ever known, Scott Waits. Scott was my training partner for many years. Smart smart guy and dedicated to the sport as much as anyone I have ever known. This is in San Luis Obispo at the Central Cal meet in 1995. Perhaps the best run meet ever.

Perhaps my favorite picture from high school gymnastics. This is called a Hecht vault. I later learned to do it with a full twist. Its almost never done anymore as its too easy. I loved the feeling of flying.

My first power meet

My first powerlifting meet,1985. Perhaps the longest running power meet in america, the San Jose Ironman, a combination of bodybuilding AND powerlifting. You powerlift first, then compete in a bodybuilding meet.I was a bodybuilder at the time but caught the power bug for real five years later. I believe the weight on the bar was 440.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Kettlebell Sport by Andrey Kuzmin

Kettlebell Sport by Andrey Kuzmin

Great illustrations of proper kettlebell technique for the snatch. Pavel calls it "fluid and vicious" and it is that and more. On eof my all time favorite exercises. reminds me of my gymnastics days. Moving quickly and ballistically is so much different than heavy, slow lifting.

Orthopaedic Surgery - Role of the Total Knee Replacement in Unicompartmental Arthritis

Orthopaedic Surgery - Role of the Total Knee Replacement in Unicompartmental Arthritis

I'm going to have a total knee replacement next year and this sounds like a guy I want to know.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

A recent picture of me.Combining two of my favorite toys, stability balls and kettlebells.They key is not to fall.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Now THIS is what real side horse looks like.

Another post knee injury, NMB high school gymnatics shot. Pommel horse was one of my favorite events. Its the only gymnastics events that swings in that plane. Everything else is front to back. Only side horse swings in the transverse plane.

Core Exercises for Ab strength- Exercise Ball

Core Exercises for Ab strength- Exercise Ball

great photos and videos of stability ball exercises. This is the warmup stuff I do with clients to increase back and core stabilization and strength.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Reflections on government

Thursday, May 20, 2004
Reflections on government
I am in such a political mood lately with the insanity of the world so very present in daily life.

this got messed up so I am re-posting it.


1) Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself
Mark Twain

2) I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill

3) A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw

4) Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

5) Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Douglas Casey,
Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

6) Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

7) Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

8) Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan (1986)

9) I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers

10) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.
P.J. O'Rourke

11) If you want government to intervene domestically, you're a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you're a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you're a moderate. If you don't want government to intervene anywhere, you're an extremist.
Joseph Sobran, Former Editor of the National Review (1995)

12) In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Voltaire (1764)

13) Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
Pericles (430 B.C.)

14) No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session
Mark Twain (1866)

15) Talk is cheap ... except when Congress does it.

16) The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
Ronald Reagan

17) The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill

18) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
Mark Twain

19) The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

20) There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.
Mark Twain

21) What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.
Edward Langley, Artist (1928 - 1995)

22) A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.
Thomas Jefferson, Famous Revolutionary

23) A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
G. Gordon Liddy

24) They're all liars.
Bob Thorne

Sunday, June 06, 2004 - Daily Dish - Daily Dish

Andrew Sullivan on Reagans passing. Very interesting email from a Czech ex-pat on the evils of socialism from one who has seen it firsthand.

What Reagan Got Wrong - Liberty is not the absence of government. By William�Saletan

What Reagan Got Wrong - Liberty is not the absence of government. By William�Saletan

a very interesting question and article about the proper role of government. It can't be that the absence of governments is the ultimate goal as that is just anarchy and rule by the strongest.

The Iron Cross.Done perfectly by Albert Azarian in the sixties. Probably the most recognizable gymnastics move for men there is.Never could do a decent cross, my arms were too long. Had a great planche though!

You just gotta be stable. This is a REAL maneuver, not a photoshop job. very impressive.

Me.flank vault, NMB High school, 1975 senior year.

side horse, 1975. after the knee injury.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Bart Conner. He and Kurt Thomas were my American role models and the best american gymnasts ever, IMO. Bart had the best form and bodyline I have ever seen.

Shigeru Kenmotsu. One of the Japanese gymnast/samurai's that got me started on my path towards the physical.They taught me how to train and compete.