Sunday, April 12, 2009

New site is live!

Hi everyone. is now live. Please come over and check out the video, the free e-book, the book reviews, and the slew of articles that are coming down the pipeline.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Enter the Librarian (video)

Here's the video teaser for the new site on Monday. (just in case you can't read the perverse font in the video at the end. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Website is moving! Free ebook @ launch

Hi everyone. Sorry it's been a while. Just a quick announcement--the response to WSL has been enough that I've been encouraged to upgrade the site. Later this week, (Saturday, I hope), I'll be moving to The site is already there, so you can go look at it and sign up if you like, but there's no content on it yet. Actually, do go there, because the banner with the kettlebells and books is just too cool and I'm a vulture for compliments.

I'll no longer be posting my workouts in the blog, but will be keeping them at the Dragondoor forum under "blogs." My member name over there is jhanagarne.

The new site is going to be about three things:

1. Getting stronger
2. Getting smarter
3. Living better (by doing 1 and 2).

Any article you see there is going to be about one (or all) of these things. If you want to write for WSL, you'll be able to send me guest posts. Muscles, memory improvement, songs you have to have at the gym, songs you have to leave at home when you go to the gym, nutrition articles--whatever will help is going to be fair game and you'll find it there.

If you want to be sure to get the first content when it posts, just go over and hit that big orange RSS button. Then whatever shows up on the new site will be put in your inbox when it hits.

I'll be launching the site with a free ebook I've been writing called "Getting Stronger at Work When Your Boss Isn't Looking." It's full of ideas for people trying to sneak in some extra work while they're at "work."

Thanks for all the support! I'm really excited about the move.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Million and Two snatches, give or take nearly a million

Wanted to do something with a light weight today, and also to prepare for the June RKC, so I just decided to do a bunch of snatches with the 16kg and see what happened.

Here's what happened, and it was harder than I'd expected:

15:15 (15 seconds snatching, 15 resting) with 6 snatches per round for 35 rounds. Total of 210. Then my form and breathing got ugly. This was a really interesting practice--not a brutal workout, but hard. Almost more of a mental hard than physical. I'll definitely be coming back to this at least once a week until June's RKC.

In other news, I just finished reading a horrific teen book called Living Dead Girl. I can't remember who it's by and don't want to look it up. If any librarians happen to be reading this, this is the book to force on all those morbid teens who are always asking for A Child Called It and The Burn Journals. HP Lovecraft was no laugh riot, but tentacles and gibbering fishmen are nowhere near as depressing as abuse.

H.P. Lovecraft day

I have decided that today is officially HP Lovecraft day. If you don't know good old HP, he was a miserable wretch of an author who died too young and was very concerned about things like Gods living at the bottom of the ocean, people breeding with giant white monkeys, tentacles galore, and other terrible things. He is also possibly the greatest short story writer of all time.

If you have never heard of him, now you have. If you don't know where to start, read the story "The Outsider" or "The Call of Cthulhu" (also a less-great Metallica instrumental).

If nothing else, you will surely agree that he is a handsome devil, offspring of giant white apes or no.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Last couple of days


1 arm beast swings
5/armx3 = 30 total

Friday: Grip

L: 6,2

Pinching 2 25s for reps
R: 6,6

Lots of bar twirls with 4 foot thin bar (each hand)

Some 8lb levers from front

Towel roll ups= 10/arm

Explosive hand opens/closes in 90 seconds
Right: 186 (20 fewer than last time)
Left: 195 (20 better than last time)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A few Snatches

Just did 5/5 on the minute with the 24kg

5 sets for 25/arm. Shoulder felt okay. I'm going to start working in at least one snatch workout a week for RKC prep.