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john parker  CSCS, SMK, CHEK athlete. strength coach. writer. adventurer. johnjeffreyparker@gmail.com San Diego, CA

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Nothing special, just grinding like I want to. I haven't deadlifted since pulling my triple bodyweight PR at 500lbs. Now, I'm going for 500lbs in the conventional stance.

Some bouldering fun last night! This was a fun little v2-v3 with plenty of hand and foot holds. I've been checking my ego and trying to get in as many reps as possible on the easier routes. My best climb so far this month has been a v5-v6.

Some pretty ugly reps today during bent press practice. I felt all over the place. I lost my balance several times, and in the second video, I almost passed out on the left side attempt.
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As they say, perfect practice makes perfect. I look forward to being more diligent in my prep work before heavy attempts.
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The weights are 80lb, 90lb, and 100lb in the videos respectively.

What drives you to be better than yesterday?
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Voluntary suffering has been key to my growth. I'm not a masochist, yet I see the advantage in pushing my body beyond comfort. In moments of discomfort and pain, my mind is free to express the darkness in light.
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As an example, I set out for an hour long trail run yesterday in 90 degree heat. I didn't bring water. I knew that in worst case scenario, I would be 5 miles from my truck.
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I suppose I could have died from dehydration or rattlesnake bite - but that was a chance I was willing to take. Having trained myself for years, I know these possibilities are close to zero due to diligent preparation of body and mind.
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I'm curious. What are your thoughts on voluntary suffering? Does it help you to grow? Does the challenge allow you to step up your game?

Functional fitness is being able to pull yourself up a boulder, onto a ledge, over a wall, or onto the other side of a fence.

When approaching physical fitness, the pull-up is an undisputed skill that's as practical as it is effective. I recommend working pull-ups 2-3 times per week to maintain proficiency in vertical pulling patterns.

This is one of those exercises that is easy to lose if not practiced enough. One can practice the pull-up through rock climbing, on a pull-up bar, in obstacle course racing, in parkour, or nearly any other variety.

Once proficient in the pull-up, one can add resistance to the load through a weight belt, weight vest, or by working toward achieving the elusive one-arm chin-up.

What's your favorite way to pull-up?"

Kick up into a handstand to celebrate Friday!

Heavy has not been on the menu for the past few weeks.

Just like everyone else, my body needs a break. I committed to making the summer of 2017 all about mountain sports - climbing, trail running/hiking, and mountaineering.

I commit to strength and conditioning work 2-3x per week - typically with the motives of maintaining strength, improving skill, and improving my power endurance.

The bottom's up kettlebell press is a terrific exercise because it challenges the "groove" of kettlebell press, while ensuring that the body must generate total tension. I'll throw these in every third pressing session.

One of the greatest benefits of the BUP is the tremendous grip strength requirement. For me, that transfers over to climbing strength.

I recently posted a photo of myself enjoying my time at @edc_lasvegas. Last night I posted a video of me eating two (yes two) hamburgers simultenously.
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I've had a lot of positive feedback of people wowed by the fact that I had fun and eat two hamburgers. I want to say this: balance isn't easy.
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I know that experiences like EDC and double hamburger action may set me back from my goals temporarily. So before indulging in two hamburgers and raves, I weigh the consequences of my actions and provide a framework for success. I'll plan out my healthy meals and workouts for the week, take extra time to sleep, and fast if I need to.
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Raves and hamburgers are amazing, but they can't happen all the time. I'm happy to have posted these photos and videos, they're the essence of life! But a watchful eye on the future is more important. I feel recovered, full of light and energy, and ready to work my ass off in the gym (my true priority).
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Bottom line, know your priorities and make your decisions count. Then you can be like me and double fist hamburgers.

It's not that I'm addicted to the mountains, but I've fallen in love with the idea of being my best self and prepared in all circumstances. To be able to move swiftly through mountain trails, boulders, over trees, and through caves creates a strong desire to master my movement and be as connected as possible.

To test my mettle in nature provides me with a sense of purpose and prosperity. This is why I am dedicating the summer of 2017 to my love of the outdoors and the sports of hiking/trail running, climbing, and mountaineering.

EDC. 2017.

Just made Mt. Baldy my bitch.

PERFECT PRESSING PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!
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The kettlebell military press is a foundational exercise in the kettlebell toolbox. Practicing the "groove" of the press is essential in order to progress to higher weights.
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Finding the groove can take time. We must practice how the bell leaves the racked position to find the optimal path in which the body can display full strength.
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My advice? Work your pressing groove at least two times per week. Pressing can be done from half-kneeling, standing, and even sitting.
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Explore your pressing capability with dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells and bodyweight. It's not the variety, rather, the exploration of the groove that will expand your strength prowess.

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