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Thanks @coachnikolai,
for catching my most flattering tomato face angle!  Also, if you’re not yet subscribed to the @startingstrength weekly report, where this pic first appeared, you’re missing out!  #deadliftface #startingstrength #tomatoface
Thanks @coachnikolai, for catching my most flattering tomato face angle! Also, if you’re not yet subscribed to the @startingstrength weekly report, where this pic first appeared, you’re missing out! #deadliftface  #startingstrength  #tomatoface 
A technical PR of sorts, 225x5 “strict press” without utilizing stretch reflex of either the upper body or the hips.  This also came after 225x2x4 and was the fifth set.  Upon review, I didn’t ‘dead stop’ them as much as I thought, but for silly variation PRs that don’t really matter, I think some wiggle room for borderline cases is alright.  #pressesforthedresses #startingstrength
A technical PR of sorts, 225x5 “strict press” without utilizing stretch reflex of either the upper body or the hips. This also came after 225x2x4 and was the fifth set. Upon review, I didn’t ‘dead stop’ them as much as I thought, but for silly variation PRs that don’t really matter, I think some wiggle room for borderline cases is alright. #pressesforthedresses  #startingstrength 
Me: “Look up to go up?! That’s impossible!” Dr. Petrizzo: “You keep using that word, Wolf.  I do not think it means what you think it means.” @gmpolicastro @rorimegan @court.whyte 
#fatguysonalittlebench #itssupposedtocomfortablyseattwoadults
Been waiting a week to post this one.  Biggest American Flag I’ve ever seen*, courtesy of @gpbroggi.  Happy Independence Day!  #americanaf #lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness
*for scale, @vera_nahce is about 11 feet tall
#fbf to that time last year when @kendall_janicola caught me inside doing 10 strict handstand push-ups just for funsies.  #roadtothegames #eleetfatness #RIPhair @powermonkeyfitness
An embarrassingly lazily loaded 250 for an easy single at @thestrengthco, no belt, no wrist wraps, and sneakers instead of lifters, still not good enough to get the attention of @vera_nahce, who was busy filming @troup_a_loop do some massively massive bicep curls in the squat rack.  #cantgetnorespect #therodneydangerfield #startingstrength #pressesforthedresses
The Wolf and The Direwolf.
The Wolf and The Direwolf.
#punkd! Several people figured it out but ya, obviously no way in hell I actually pulled 815 from the floor today.  140 lb deadlift PRs don’t happen in 4 weeks for people who are already fairly advanced lifters pulling 675.  @troup_a_loop wanted me to troll the Internet with the pic for a full 24 hours but I can’t wait.  Here’s what actually happened.  Thanks to Pete and Wes for helping me with this silly idea.
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Side-note: I don’t think rack pulls this high are super useful training tools except in very specific circumstances, but they are certainly good for ego boosting!  As you can see here, even this 815 went up quickly. Holding it for the shot was tough but I probably could have gone over 900 if I was only doing a regular rep, without holding for several seconds.
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#theyseemetrollin #theyhatin #trytocatchmeridindirty
#punkd ! Several people figured it out but ya, obviously no way in hell I actually pulled 815 from the floor today. 140 lb deadlift PRs don’t happen in 4 weeks for people who are already fairly advanced lifters pulling 675. @troup_a_loop wanted me to troll the Internet with the pic for a full 24 hours but I can’t wait. Here’s what actually happened. Thanks to Pete and Wes for helping me with this silly idea. • Side-note: I don’t think rack pulls this high are super useful training tools except in very specific circumstances, but they are certainly good for ego boosting! As you can see here, even this 815 went up quickly. Holding it for the shot was tough but I probably could have gone over 900 if I was only doing a regular rep, without holding for several seconds. • #theyseemetrollin  #theyhatin  #trytocatchmeridindirty 
Couldn’t quite lock it out by lifting my chest but I’ll take a very close 815 today after a full weekend of @startingstrength seminar work with 12+ hour days back to back.  Also using cheater straps so obviously it doesn’t count anyway. #startingstrength #deadlift #deadliftface
Couldn’t quite lock it out by lifting my chest but I’ll take a very close 815 today after a full weekend of @startingstrength seminar work with 12+ hour days back to back. Also using cheater straps so obviously it doesn’t count anyway. #startingstrength  #deadlift  #deadliftface 
A super fun night with the crew  after the seminar at @valensstrength this weekend.  I kinda like how the axe looks like a little toy in my hands. 
#andMYaxe
A super fun night with the crew after the seminar at @valensstrength this weekend. I kinda like how the axe looks like a little toy in my hands. #andMYaxe 
Lecturing about physiology or describing the size of the sandwich I ate for lunch at Jersey Mike’s?!
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Nabbed this one from @am_strength’s insta - mom of five, badass lifter, and @startingstrength coach up in Gig Harbor, WA outside of Seattle. Go check her page out!
#startingstrength #physiologyandphilosophy #jackedandfat
Lecturing about physiology or describing the size of the sandwich I ate for lunch at Jersey Mike’s?! • Nabbed this one from @am_strength’s insta - mom of five, badass lifter, and @startingstrength coach up in Gig Harbor, WA outside of Seattle. Go check her page out! #startingstrength  #physiologyandphilosophy  #jackedandfat 
Just getting in some light presses (185x8x3) and pulls (ramping triples to 495) at @valensstrength before the @startingstrength seminar this weekend.  Always fun training with the crew at different great gyms around the country before these weekend seminars.  One of my favorite parts of staffing, for sure. @andrewbarbender @vera_nahce  @troup_a_loop @coachnikolai @nicole_valensstrength. 
#startingstrength
Just getting in some light presses (185x8x3) and pulls (ramping triples to 495) at @valensstrength before the @startingstrength seminar this weekend. Always fun training with the crew at different great gyms around the country before these weekend seminars. One of my favorite parts of staffing, for sure. @andrewbarbender @vera_nahce @troup_a_loop @coachnikolai @nicole_valensstrength. #startingstrength 
Yesterday I failed a PR attempt for the first time in...I don’t even remember offhand, but I think about 3 years.  Combination of poor technical execution and a little tweak and I missed a 475 bench attempt which I *know* I have and should have made, but I didn’t bring it yesterday and will be using it as fuel for the future.
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That said, I absolutely SMOKED 425 while working up to the 475 attempt and figured I might as well post that one. I don’t think I’ve ever pushed 425 nearly this fast before.  Set-up included for #calfporn.
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Thanks to @scienceforfitness and @ryanarnoldssc1178 for the spotting and encouragement. 
#startingstrength #benchesforthewenches
Yesterday I failed a PR attempt for the first time in...I don’t even remember offhand, but I think about 3 years. Combination of poor technical execution and a little tweak and I missed a 475 bench attempt which I *know* I have and should have made, but I didn’t bring it yesterday and will be using it as fuel for the future. • That said, I absolutely SMOKED 425 while working up to the 475 attempt and figured I might as well post that one. I don’t think I’ve ever pushed 425 nearly this fast before. Set-up included for #calfporn . • Thanks to @scienceforfitness and @ryanarnoldssc1178 for the spotting and encouragement. #startingstrength  #benchesforthewenches 
As I prepare to hit a new bench 1 rep PR for the first time in over a year, this #tbt post from last August is as as relevant as ever.  In the top frame, I make a solid 425 single with some gas in the tank. This was after missing it, seen in the bottom frame, about five minutes prior.  The major difference?  In the bottom miss, I failed to immediately press the bar up AND back and only pressed up, leaving me with poor leverage to fight against as the rep went on.  In the top rep, @reynoldsstrong cues me “back!” to remind me to get the bar back over the shoulder joint sooner, and it goes up no problem.  I’ll be going for 470-480 next week and will be keeping this in mind all week long till then.  #benchesforthewenches #startingstrength #teamssoc
As I prepare to hit a new bench 1 rep PR for the first time in over a year, this #tbt  post from last August is as as relevant as ever. In the top frame, I make a solid 425 single with some gas in the tank. This was after missing it, seen in the bottom frame, about five minutes prior. The major difference? In the bottom miss, I failed to immediately press the bar up AND back and only pressed up, leaving me with poor leverage to fight against as the rep went on. In the top rep, @reynoldsstrong cues me “back!” to remind me to get the bar back over the shoulder joint sooner, and it goes up no problem. I’ll be going for 470-480 next week and will be keeping this in mind all week long till then. #benchesforthewenches  #startingstrength  #teamssoc 
300!!!
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Like my deadlift PR a month ago, this was a Christmas-in-the-gym kind of day (well, more like Hanukkah since I’m Jewish but I digress...). I planned on hitting 300 a week from today, with today being a heavy but easier day.  But my warmups were flying up and feeling light in my hands so I said f**k it and just went for it.  A little slow but never in doubt. Super stoked about this lifetime goal achieved!
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Thanks to @ryanarnoldssc1178 and @dimomapoppulasaurusf for filming and encouragement! 
#pressesforthedresses #startingstrength
300!!! • Like my deadlift PR a month ago, this was a Christmas-in-the-gym kind of day (well, more like Hanukkah since I’m Jewish but I digress...). I planned on hitting 300 a week from today, with today being a heavy but easier day. But my warmups were flying up and feeling light in my hands so I said f**k it and just went for it. A little slow but never in doubt. Super stoked about this lifetime goal achieved! • Thanks to @ryanarnoldssc1178 and @dimomapoppulasaurusf for filming and encouragement! #pressesforthedresses  #startingstrength 
A job well done as we finished up yet another Solace Strong cycle yesterday with a PR-filled Crossfit Total!
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It is also the end of an era as this was my final cycle as the head of the strength program at Solace, as I will be stepping down and handing the baton to the very capable Coach Hayden @scienceforfitness, who will be running the cycle moving forward.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the cycle over the last four years.  It has truly been a pleasure to coach you all.
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Special thanks to Hayden for your help, as well as to @pdough7, @jennifery616, @astafivgas, Zack, and Aaron - all of whom have taken more than a full year of cycles with me, in some cases more than two years, and who continued to hit PRs after all their time in the program.
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Finally, thanks to @solacenewyork for bringing me on board four years ago, and giving me the wonderful opportunity to create and run this program for the past four years. 
#solacestrong #startingstrength 📷 by @dimomapoppulasaurusf
A job well done as we finished up yet another Solace Strong cycle yesterday with a PR-filled Crossfit Total! • It is also the end of an era as this was my final cycle as the head of the strength program at Solace, as I will be stepping down and handing the baton to the very capable Coach Hayden @scienceforfitness, who will be running the cycle moving forward. Thank you to everyone who has taken the cycle over the last four years. It has truly been a pleasure to coach you all. • Special thanks to Hayden for your help, as well as to @pdough7, @jennifery616, @astafivgas, Zack, and Aaron - all of whom have taken more than a full year of cycles with me, in some cases more than two years, and who continued to hit PRs after all their time in the program. • Finally, thanks to @solacenewyork for bringing me on board four years ago, and giving me the wonderful opportunity to create and run this program for the past four years. #solacestrong  #startingstrength  📷 by @dimomapoppulasaurusf
425 for a smooove singlè (not to be confused with Elwë Singollo / Thingol, for you Tolkien fans). #startingstrength #thingolisluthiensdad #luthieniselrondsgreatgramma #nowyouknow #silmarillion