Workouts with Shankle & North, Movement, & Events

Workouts with Shankle & North, Movement, & Events

My workouts are going much better of late due to movement & a fine tuned neuromuscular response. This simply means that biomechanical movement patterns have been the main concentration of my latest workouts. Tuesday I worked out with Donnie Shankle for the first time, and in my mind I am thinking that I want to keep up with these guys. I know that I am 40, but dang it this will be the last time in my life that I will have a situation like this. I want to slam bar until God says that is enough, and that will probably come with a major injury. I’m strangely OK with this! I am in a situation where I can lift as mucch as I need to, so I am going to have fun, try to inspire others, and be the best that I can be. I know that I am plenty strong enough, but I have to work on my movement patters. The ability to get under the bar at a rapid speed is crucial to lifting big weights. Jon North is strong, but his speed and positioning underneath the bar is second to none. This is why he is the Champ, and this is what I have to strive to do. Jon and Donnie are the most intense weightlifters on earth, and they without a doubt love the sport. When we train, we have a 40 year old, a 30 year old, and a 20 year old brought together with a common love of slamming bars. The insane quest to master the bar is what drives us, and there is no place on earth better than North Carolina to immerse yourself in the sport of weightlifting!

Movement and strength are the keys to athleticism! If an athlete can move properly and is strong relative to body weight, then that athlete can jump and run like no other. After listening to Coach Kenn of the Carolina Panthers and Dan John, movement has become as much of my program as speed and strength. From this shift my athletes have gotten faster, jumped higher, stronger, and have gotten hurt less. I recommend reading Mike Robertson or Gray Cook, and learning as much about movement as possible to take your training business to the next level.

This weekend is going to be awesome! I am teaching with Jon North, Jessica North, Ryan Grady, Donnie Shankle, and Ben Taylor at the Attitude Nation Level II Certification Camp! How sick! We will be teaching Olympic weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Gymnastics. I am as excited to learn as I am teach! Then next week is the Mash Summer Camp for the 12+. This camp is going to rock with more visits from our collegiate athletes, speed & jumping mechanics, goal setting, and nutrition. Then at the beginning of August I am off to New York to drop knowledge about the sport of weightlifting. I love my life! I can honestly say that I am doing exactly what God intended!

If you have a question about programming, events, or coming to slam bars with us, email me at or check out my website at

Below are some of my workouts:

Max Out Friday in Chicago
Snatch 120k/1,125/mx3
Clean & J 150k/1&1
Squat 210/1pause, 230k/1, 190/3 pauses

Snatch 90×1,95kx1
Squats 565lbsx1
Standing Military Press 90×1,95×1,88×1,98kx1

Snatch 120kilosx1, 100×2,110×2
Deadlift 625lbsx2

P. Snatch to Hang Snatch 105k/1+1
Clean & J 135k/2+1
Front Squat 435×1

Clean & J 150/k1, 130/2, 140/1
Jerks off Box 160k/1

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