Progressive Overload in Strength Training

Strength Training Program Template

Ask any trainer, coach, strength & conditioning specialist, or otherwise, what the most important component is in an exercise program and they will tell you progressive overload. You show me someone who is not making progress; I’ll show you someone who’s not employing progressive overload. Technical definition is: “gradual increase of stress placed upon the…

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Ironman 2012 Pity Party

Experienced athletes always say to expect the unexpected in Ironman. The day is long and lots of crazy things can happen. And they’re not lying. Ironman Wisconsin 2012 was my fifth Ironman and certainly my most “interesting.” Let’s get to it… The Swim: f&%king chaos. When I did my first Ironman six years ago, I…

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We are what we repeatedly do

We are creatures of habit and our routines make us or break us. Some of our routines are good. Some of them suck. And whether our routines yield positive, productive results or negative, self-limiting results depend on the person and the individual circumstances. Examples: Positive: wake up –> work out –> have healthy breakfast –> get…

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Been away for far too long

Scott Welle

I’ve obviously been away for a while. Not because I’m lacking thoughts or things to say…but because I was trying to think about the direction I’d like to take my blog and what I ultimately hope people will get out of it. I read a lot of other blogs in the health, fitness, performance or…

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Believing That Something Exists


n. an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists Belief is a powerful thing. Our entire existence is shaped around beliefs. Let’s separate the definition out into two parts. First, an acceptance that a statement is true: when we hear a “professional” tell us something we immediately believe it to be true.…

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The Grand Canyon Connection

Grand Canyon

For the last three years I’ve made it a point to do something really cool for my birthday. This year I decided to hike the Grand Canyon and cross it off my bucket list. So, on Easter Sunday I set the alarm for 4:30am and drove 4.5 hours from the Las Vegas Strip to the…

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Character Is Tested When You Are Up Against It

This is one of my favorite lines from the movie, Invincible. It means that when we’re up against something, or faced with adversity, our character is tested the most. I believe the quote has great application to not only athletics, but also to how we approach our challenges in everyday life. Things are not always going…

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Why Being Disgusted With Yourself is Good


I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation on Saturday by Ron Reynolds. Many know that I’ve recently become affiliated with AdvoCare (he’s their VP of training) and I was excited to hear more about the products and company. What I got was something very different. First, there were a total of THREE lines about…

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Your Relationship with Carbs


One of the most interesting things about watching the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge craze overtake the Minneapolis area is to observe people’s relationship with food – particularly with carbs (side note – if you haven’t checked out my eBook yet, please register to the right, download it and flip to Chapter 3, which talks more in depthly about…

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Eight Great Ways to Weight Loss

Are you struggling to lose weight? Tried everything and nothing seems to work? Sick and tired of watching others lose weight while you stay the same? Behold the Eight Great Ways to Weight Loss…and what may be sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. 1. Timing is Off Much of weight loss can be attributed to…

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