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Video Interview

Video Interview

This is an older video interview I did a few years ago.  This is a rather long interview, over an hour, so if you want to waste some work time or if my voice puts you to sleep, feel free to listen.

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N.O.V. Challenge - The Widowmaker

N.O.V. Challenge - The Widowmaker

This challenge was originally named after the sophomore effort from the band, Dragged into Sunlight. It is also a horrible heart attack that is complete closure of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Since I know only how to break hearts, not stop them, I have no idea what that is. But it sucks. Finally, I realized that the last sets of squats in Dante Trudell’s DogCrapp program is called The Widowmaker. Each one is appropriate for this challenge.
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5/3/1 and a 10K

5/3/1 and a 10K

Hey Jim, first off I wanted to say thank you for writing the 5/3/1 program. I love it, it keeps me grounded and I am making great gains from it. So much so that I wanted to share them with you. You don't hear a lot about conditioning goals being reached on here so I thought you might appreciate this.
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China Town - JimWendler.com blog

N.O.V. Movie Hall of Fame - Chinatown

Chinatown simply rules. This is because film noir rules. To quote Juliet Wendler - "This is when men were men." This 1974 classic revolves around the water crisis in Los Angeles in the late 30's. Jack Nicholson stars as J.J. Gittes, a private detective that gets wrapped up in political corruption, sex and murder. This is a long movie and one that requires several sittings to really appreciate. Also, notice that the POV is always of Gittes - what he sees and knows, you do too.
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Justin Greaves: From Sludge to End Time Ballads

Justin Greaves: From Sludge to End Time Ballads

To say Iron Monkey was a part of my college experience is an understatement.  I was lucky to be part of the "first wave of sludge" -  Eyehategod, Floor, Cavity, Grief, 13, Buzzoven, Corrupted, Dystopia (same vein), 16 and others. ...

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Football and Basketball: Coach's 5/3/1 Experience

Football and Basketball: Coach's 5/3/1 Experience

More importantly, are the results on the court and hopefully on the field in the fall. The kids are playing with an aggression I have not seen in a basketball team at this school in many years. They are winning the tough games, the games that require mental toughness, something that was lacking during football. They have won eight straight games and are one game out of first in the league. They credit their success to the training they are doing in the weight room and have tried to get the other basketball players to lift with them. I had the players test their max verticals the first day of practice. Two players could barely touch the foam pad on the bottom of the backboard; they are both slapping the glass.
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Hardcore Training

Hardcore Training

A few weeks back it was very cold - the garage was numbing, the bars hurt my hands and the wind kept blowing snow into my face while I lifted. Just one of those days. And all I could think...

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Jim Wendler

5/3/1 Tops the List - Most Popular Programs

I had no idea I'd write a book - I just love training. And I still do. And as you become more and more popular and try to help others, you will be hated by more and more. It is just part of the game and it's good to know that you will occupy the mind/time of total losers who hang on to your every word. They are just waiting to comment and send you something shitty. Conor McGregor recently said something important: "Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners." Seems to be about right.

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Jim Wendler and Chris Young

Chris Young

Sunday morning I woke up to the news that a good friend of mine, Chris Young, passed away. My first reaction one of sadness and I simply said to my wife, "He was a great dude." Chris and his wife Marie would come over from London (not London, Ohio) and visit the states. In fact, our first meeting was a small seminar we had at EFS at the original 122 S. Main Street address. Chris was a passionate lifter and we originally bonded over our love of strength. But that soon morphed into a friendship that went far beyond training.
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Jim Wendler Blog - Boring But Big...And Really Sore

Boring But Big...And Really Sore

The Boring But Big is probably the most popular, the easiest and the most widely talked about assistance protocol for 5/3/1. There are numerous ways to do this and here is one of the worst/best. Like always AND especially for...

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Earn the Right Template

[ Don't be Tito - Listen to Cult of Luna I can safely say that this template falls squarely in the “stupid” template region, not far from Idiots Cove.  So don’t use this if you are looking for something "advanced"...

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Jim Wendler and Mark Watts

Article by Mark Watts - Things I Learned from Wendler, Rhodes and Darden

Some of the best advice I got from Jim wasn't training related. Right before my first daughter was born in the summer of 2009, I got a call from Jim (most of the time I called him) when I was teaching Physical Education for the Upward Bound program at Columbus State. I asked him about fatherhood and he told me two things.
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Iron Witch - jimwendler.com blog

Iron Witch - Single Malt EP

Iron Witch - Single Malt EP Continuing in the grand tradition of sludge/punk forefathers Eyehategod and Iron Monkey, Iron Witch lay waste to all pretenders.  Riffs as catchy as VD.  Check 'em out here.

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