Thursday, March 28, 2019

Training and Travel

Poor ol' Daisy the Pooch is hanging out at the dogsitters this week.

I have traveled down to Miami for a sales training course.

Before I left, Daisy made a good buddy in a puppy named Ruby, and they had some great wrestling matches.

I also did a great lower body workout:

1a) Squats
1b) Prisoner Squat Jumps

2a) Front Squat
2b) Glute-Ham Raise

3) 5 minutes of sled drags

Then after today's flight I got to a great hotel... the JW Marriott Turnberry. It's on a golf course, and had a decent gym where I did:

1a) Pullups
1b) DB Chest Press

2a) DB Row
2b) Face Pull
2c) Rear Delt Raise

Next up is a 3-day sales seminar. Should be intense.

I'll get a Friday night workout in, take Saturday off, and then do something Sunday morning before heading home.

"It takes relentless self-discipline to schedule suffering into your day, every day, but if you do, you'll find that at the other end of that suffering is a whole other life just waiting for you" - David Goggins

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Daisy & Deadlifts

Friday was a big day out for Daisy. We went to the vet and she got some shots... This allows her to play with other dogs.

On Saturday we went to a park and played with another puppy that also had the same shots, so it was safe.

Then I hit the gym for deadlifts

1a) Deadlift
1b) Box Jump

2a) Barbell Reverse Lunge
2b) X-Band walk

My hip has been acting up recently... I might need to get it checked.

Today we went back to the same park and Daisy had a great run with new friends.

She gets really wiped out for the rest of the day if she does this in the morning!

Then I went to the gym for an Upper Body Meathead session:

1a) Pushups
1b) DB Rear Delt Raise

2a) DB Press
2b) Face Pull

3a) Triceps
3b) Cable Abs

Tomorrow is a visit to the doc for hair updates, then I fly to Florida on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Good Farm Workouts with Daisy

Daisy and I have been having a blast out of the farm. There is still snow on the ground for her and yet its warm enough in the sun for me. She starts off with crazy Daisy energy in the morning, but after a good game of fetch or puppy-rope-tug-of-war, she gets really tired out in the afternoon and falls asleep in the craziest places and in the funniest positions.

Yesterday's training session:

1a) Front Squats
1b) Pogo Jumps

2a) KB Swings
2b) X-Band Walks

Then some sprints with Daisy!

Quotes of the Day:
"Never cease chiseling your own statue." —PLOTINUS (205–270) 

"Of all the virtues we can learn no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge." - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

"Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength—if we have the virtue of resilience." 
 Eric Greitens, Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Farm Workouts & Farm Dog

Yes, my dog has an Instagram.

But I don't run the account. Her Auntie does.

I do all the stunts though. :)  

On Saturday morning we took a drive out to the farm. She loves it here. Although she's a bit of a troublemaker biting and chewing stuff... but at least she plays fetch!

When we got back I was able to crush a deadlift workout while Daisy played with Grandma inside:

1a) Hang Clean
1b) Mobility

2a) Deadlift - worked up to 325 x 3 x 5
2b) Mobility

3a) Snatch-Grip RDL
3b) Band walks

And then I think I actually slept 7 hours for the first time in 2 weeks since getting Daisy... straight 7!

Time for another outside sprint session,


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Daisy Workouts

Daisy the Dog has been quite the handful for the last few days. She's getting better with the peeing and walking on a leash, although Monday was a very frustrating day.

I did some research, bought a pooch-patch (a square of real grass for the balcony), and use a lot more training treats to coax her into a walk. It's not perfect but getting better.

That's allowed life to get a little more back to normal.

Workouts have been okay.

Saturday was good because I got to Bang Fitness, my local "real gym" for bench press + RDL.

Sunday was pullups, upper back, etc.

Also went to a great steakhouse with the family for my mom's birthday - Bluebloods here in Toronto. Our seafood tower and side dishes were great, but I was disappointed with my ribeye steak. Service and atmosphere were fun. I'd go again.

Monday was off.

Tuesday my mom and sister dropped by to visit Daisy the Dog and it was a lot of fun... she got worn out and was pooped for a few hours (hurray!).

Tuesday was a tough lower body session:

1) Bulgarian Split Squats

2a) Glute Ham Pull Through
2b) Leg Curl

3a) Goblet Squats
3b) Core Training

Today I'm going back to the gym for an upper body session.

Until then, here are six great questions from Tony Robbins:

6 questions from Tony Robbins:

  • Who are you?
  • What are you made of?
  • What are you after?
  • What's preventing you from getting it?
  • What are your wounds?
  • What are you most proud of?

Rock on,


Saturday, March 09, 2019

Puppies and Training

Raising my puppy kept me out of the gym for a few days, and we're now getting back on a better schedule that let's me slip out for about 45 minutes or so.

On Wednesday I did a quick upper body workout:

1a) DB Chest Press
1b) Face Pull

2a) Pushups
2b) Pullups

On Thursday, a quick lower body session...

1) Bulgarian Split Squats

2a) Front Squats
2b) Upper body mobility

3a) Bodyweight Lunges
3b) Cable Abs

Friday was off for a workshop coaching day.

Daisy the Dog got to hang out with Uncle Marc and Auntie Elisha... they had a great time and really got Daisy tuckered out. :)

Today is a deadlift session... even though my legs are a little sore.


"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?... As we let our own light shine, we give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence liberates others." – Marianne Williamson

Monday, March 04, 2019

Puppy Power and Workouts

I got a new puppy on Sunday morning. She's a yellow lab named Daisy, and is having a snooze at the moment.

She's so affectionate that I think she has 10 hearts! :)  

I doubt I will be able to workout for a couple of days as she gets used to things and housebroken. So far it's been hit or miss!