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On A Quest

Decisions, decisions, decisions... Should I whip up some protein pancakes, or blend a protein shake?

I'll keep you posted on how the pancakes come out. I'm thinking I'll mash some ripe bananas into some of 'em, use blueberries in others. Taste test to follow soon.

@questnutrition  #questnutrition  #questbars  #onaquest   @onaquest


Meeting Gregg Ernst - old school, crazy strong Canadian

Last week at the Arnold Classic, fighting my way through the crowd in front of the stage at the Expo, trying to get close enough to the deadlift portion of the World's Strongest Man to take photos, I found myself trapped in front of this huge, odd-looking platform with piles of weights on it. The Rogue logo caught my eye. Initially I thought it was some off-stage storage for plates, but quickly realized that made no sense. Noting a big poster evidentally describing the device, I read it.

Turns out this Gregg Ernst guy is some kinda throwback to the old strongman days, and used a platform similar to this to backlift 5340 pounds. Yeah, 5,340 pounds! While I'm absorbing all this information, keeping one eye on the stage where deadlifts of improbable weight are taking place, I notice this big guy standing by the machine, arms crossed, watching me. His badge identifies him as Gregg Ernst!

Wow, who better to ask questions of? Ernst was nice, patient with my queries about just what the hell a backlift was, gave me a rundown on the history of the lift, and detailed how the machine worked. Guess how far he moves this pile of weights when performing a backlift? One inch. Again: one inch. Ernst told me he'd like to attempt to break his world record, and get into the Guinness Book of World Records, but wants to be able to do so moving it a half inch.

I don't care, it's damn impressive either way. Just getting under that platform and having it release onto your body, at that weight, takes stones. The funniest moment in our conversation was when I believe he thought he was losing me in his explanation of the lifts. Ernst paused and asked me, "Do you train?" Hey, I know I'm lighter than I've been in my adult life, and just walking around the Arnold Classic will make most people feel small, but still...  

Enlarge my photo of the poster and read it; Gregg Ernst is fascinating. Oh yeah, he has ten kids.

@roguefitness  @arnoldsports   #arnoldsportsfestival


Using Progenex Properly, Act 1

Clients and customers consistently ask me about the best protocol for adding Progenex Recovery, More Muscle and Build to their lives. Last weekend at the Ice Bowl event, a version of this conversation took place several times hourly.  I consider Recovery, More Muscle and Build to be important for my athletic endeavors, for all my fitness goals, and know they're important to everyone involved in CrossFit. 

Following is a texted series of responses I wrote a couple of days ago, with a CrossFitter, asking specifically how to best use these Progenex products.


"Good questions. Here we go: protein powder is merely portable protein and amino acids. Same as chicken or fish or beef, but absorbs more quickly and certainly is easier to pack and carry and consume quickly. In addition, in the immediate post-workout period, still in the gym, whey protein and easy-to-digest carbs are essential. This is the first priority use of protein powder. Use a couple scoops of Recovery, and one or two scoops of Build, before you leave the gym. Likely you'll be hungry for a meal 60-90 minutes later. It's fine to include rice or potatoes in that meal, also. And don't be afraid to have some starchy carbs in your small meal pre-workout.

If you use protein powder pre-workout, have a Lara or Rx or Best Bar Ever Bar or a piece of fruit with it, pre-workout. I know you often don't get out of bed until you HAVE to drag yourself to CFGB, so this is a great time for More Muscle and fruit or something like a Lara Bar. No nuts pre-workout, please!

More Muscle is wonderful for the shakes I make for meals. I prepared two of them an hour ago (one blender full is two meals). Half a can of coconut milk, some flaxseed meal, 8-10 almonds, four heaping scoops More Muscle, a half dozen frozen strawberries, a bunch of kale. Blend the hell out of it. Wham, two meals! Portable and quick.

Build is wonderful pre-workout, too, if you are getting up late, didn't eat well the night before (didn't have vegetables in your dinner), and need some energy. I've had one scoop of Build combined with More Muscle, for pre-workout breakfast in a pinch, and it's great."
Sounds convenient and useful, doesn't it? It is!
#Progenex, @northcentral_progenex




WWE Headed for Arnold Sports Festival - First Time Appearance

I've been attending and working the Arnold Classic since the beginning (more years than I want to recount). From humble beginnings as a small bodybuilding contest in a downtown theater, to today's extravaganza encompassing much of Columbus, Ohio, involving tens of thousands of athletes and attendees, finally, finally, pro wrestling is making an appearance!

Over the years powerlifting, CrossFit, Olympic lifting, and every other strength sport known to mankind have taken their rightful place at the Arnold Sports Festival. This March, for the 2015 event, the WWE will have a big presence. I'm looking forward to seeing these athletes and performers in the crazy mix known as the Arnold Classic.

The WWE Experience takes place on Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8. There will be live matches, featuring some of the best up-and-coming talent from WWE and NXT. Meet the Superstars and Divas of WWE’s next generation during autograph signings with Finn Bálor, Hideo Itami, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Alexa Bliss and more, plus don't miss your chance to get up close and personal with WWE Legends during Q&A Sessions.

See what it takes to become a WWE Superstar and watch a live tryout. Will any of these recruits become the next breakout Superstar? Better yet, will you? If you’re serious about a future in sports entertainment, stop by the WWE recruiting booth and tell us. Really try-outs! How much fun is that going to be? I'm pumped!  #WWE, #arnoldclassic, #arnoldsportsfestival



Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Show Looms Large


Dexter Jackson has announced he’s preparing for his record 5th Arnold Classic bodybuilding title. He’ll be onstage at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival, March 5-8. Providing stiff competition in the field of 14 men are Toney Freeman, Evan Centopani, Branch Warren and Brandon Curry.

I vividly remember seeing Dexter Jackson appearing in vendor booths at last year’s Arnold Classic Expo, and thinking he appeared ready to step on stage and compete, if need be. Competition should be tough. Branch Warren wants to prove he can come back from injury, and everyone knows he’ll be shredded. Centopani and Curry are up-and-coming professionals, improving every year. If they step on stage in their best shape, the contest will be close.

Head to Columbus, Ohio for the gigantic Arnold Sports Festival March 5-8. The legendary Arnold Classic bodybuilding contest is one of many strength-oriented events featuring world-class athletes available to attendees., #ArnoldClassic, #DexterJackson,