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The skeleton for this program I’m creating is Starting Strength (book, website). So I’m going to first hack apart Starting Strength. (Afterwards, I’ll make just enough changes to appear original and creative.)

now, a word of caution…

It’s going to take a while to hack apart Starting Strength

To which the grand majority might wonder, “Why even bother?”


I used to obsess over programs. I used to obsess so hard I couldn’t train. I’d have eleventy billion program possibilities floating through my cerebrospinal fluid. I’d choose one, of course. But all I thought about were the ones I left behind.

Well this program doesn’t include x, but that other program did. So is this the best program for me? AhhhhHHhhhh. Forget it. If it’s not perfect, then I don’t want to waste my time. I’ll leave the gym and figure this out before my next training session. RIGHT. WON’T I. ARE THESE QUESTIONS. WHERE IS THE QUESTION MARK. PUNCTUATION IS PUNCTUAL?

Can’t say I’ve found the perfect program. Sorry. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night find out that, for me, the desire to program hop came about from uncertainty.

Uncertainty is in the pit of your stomach because you aren’t confident in what you’re doing, which comes about because you don’t know whether or not what you’re doing will work.

All of this fizzled when I created a robust enough model of stress and adaptation, one that said: this is how the body works and this is why what you’re using will work.

It eases the mind.

What lies beyond is more than a bunch of directives.

P.S. This “example” Starting Strength program I’m using is (likely) old because it was first generation Starting Strength.

The cover of the book was black. (I’ve since sold this version.) The cover of the newer edition I have is peach. The cover of the edition being sold right now has a powdered blue cover. Come on gents, how about solidifying a branding strategy?

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Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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