My Current Training

…and other pieces of info about my training

…My “current training” is typically an 8-12 week time frame and sometimes a 4-week bout (depending on my goals).  My training temporarily changes when I am on the road van camping.  I will post my “on the road” training here as well.


Where do I strength train?

I train on a Navy base either inside their gym or outside using their “Beaver Fit” Box gym.


When do I strength train?

I train 3 days/week in the mornings.


What strength plan am I following? 

I am following “The Texas Method” (again – love it!) by Coach Glen Pendlay.  It has a volume day, a light day, and a heavy day.


What does my “on the road” strength training look like?

I am not van camping right now, but my typical training plan is using my body weight for exercises like pull-ups, pushups, and squats.  I bring my rings and bands and use those as well to include a few more exercises.   I also have access to military gyms part of the time, so I will take advantage of using barbells and free weights.  I always include the 5 fundamental movements of push, pull, squat, hip hinge, loaded carries when I have access to a gym.


What lifts am I using?

I am using barbells and body weight/loaded body weight.   I perform bench presses, pull-ups, overhead presses, back squats, and 1 day a week I train deadlifts.  I also add planks or hollow holds at the end of the workouts.


Who do I strength train with?

I train with my long-time training partner, my husband.


What other cardiovascular/non-cardiovascular activities do I currently do for my health, wellness, longevity, and fun?

I am biking off and on on my mountain bike for about 1 hour at a pretty good pace for my cardiovascular exercise and endurance.  I bike on a paved and/or hard packed gravel trail to avoid stops.  I bike to/from the gym 3 days/week.  I’m gradually adding running back in my training and I am only jogging a few laps around the track for the time being.  I walk at least 6 miles 3-5 days/week.  I include flexibility/mobility exercises off and on.  I use the dry sauna 6-7 days/week.


What are my top most successful training plans from personal experience?

• The Texas Method – Coach Glenn Pendlay

• Simple and Sinister – Pavel Tsatouline – Strong First

• The 10,000 Swing Kettlebell Workout in 4 Weeks – Coach Dan John

• 2 x 4 Maximum Strength – Bret Contreras

• Strong Curves, A Women’s Guide To Building a Better Butt and Body – Bret Contreras & Kellie Davis


What are my top favorite “lifts?”  Quite a few, but in no particular order.

  1. Pull-ups
  2. Pushups
  3. Deadlifts
  4. Get-ups
  5. Kettlebell swings
  6. Bench Press
  7. Overhead presses
  8. Goblet squats