I’m off for a week, getting out of the house over the festive season as I have no desire to sit around feeling sorry for myself. I’m going to Munich for Christmas with family, then up to the Italian Alps until after new year. I might get a few posts up in that time, but probably not as a break is a good thing to refresh for the new year.

In any case, I won’t be able to approve any comments from people new to the site so you’ll just have to wait until I get back.

I’m looking forward to the Italian Alps for the festive season as more or less it is still like this:

Long live the 80s!

Sunday lifting thread – The old switcheroo.

On last week’s lifting thread I gave a shout-out to my posse on new program ideas for me to follow. Didact came through in a big way.

I started out on the same StrongLifts 5×5 programme that Adam did, and I still use a lot of the same concepts from that programme in my own training routines. As I noted in a three-part series of posts that I wrote a few years ago for another reader’s request – you can find that series, along with all of my other multi-part posts, here when you look for “A Beginner’s Guide to Lifting” – the SL5x5 programme is, in my personal opinion, THE most effective way for novice lifters to pack on hard muscle mass, lose fat, and gain strength.

However, it needs to be very clearly understood that the SL5x5 programme is a beginner’s training method. It is extremely effective, because it uses time-tested and rigourously proven principles of strength engineering.

But, like most problems in engineering, there is actually more than one possible way of approaching the question of how you add strength over short periods of time.

I will answer Adam’s request for suggestions based on my personal experience, and will offer two possible alternative training methods to doing squats 3x per week. Both involve squatting only twice per week, not three times.

So this week I switched it up a bit to incorporate some of Didact’s recommendations.

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Champagne level German propaganda.

You might have heard the story about the two European girls who were killed last week in Morocco while hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Apparently one of the girls was beheaded and their attackers seem to be connected to ISIS.

I could deliver a long homily on why blonde haired Scandinavian girls should really resist the temptation to go traveling on their own in 2nd and 3rd world countries. I once dumped a long term girlfriend who insisted on organising a trip by herself around Africa. I informed her in no uncertain terms that when she got in deep trouble she would not be able to count on me to bail her out. I presume that she was raped, murdered, and cut into small pieces.


It turns out that one of the Scandinavian lassies shared the following German government propaganda video to her Facebook feed back in 2015. The commercial is exhibit A in the ongoing attempt to make white men bad, and men who find goats attractive good and desirable.

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