“The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back. The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard.

The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” 

Henry Rollins


Greg Nuckols over at Juggernaut Training Systems defines periodization (organization of training) and how the terms linear, undulating, and conjugate get misused. He gives great examples of how programs use all these “elements” (and how they are not types of periodization.

Train Like You’re Number 2 – Even When You’re Number 1

Jeremy Hoornstra (another strong guy-REALLY STRONG from JTS) talks about the mental side of training – what it takes to stay on top.

“Either way, better yourself, make the workout worth you and your family’s time, or you’re just wasting it.  The day you sit and do nothing, your competition has the best workout of their lives, and that’s ground that cannot be made up.”

12 Strength Tests You Must Master

Always being up for a challenge, I found this article to be inspiring. What can you do? What aren’t you able to do yet?

Are Your Values Being Tested?

Dave Tate over at EliteFTS talks about values and being on the right path.

“It’s more than words, because if your integrity is tested, can you do the right thing, by yourself, when you’re under fire?”

The New Injury Rehabilitation Paradigm: Rice is Not Nice, Do METH Instead!

If that title didn’t get you then I don’t know what will. Icing doesn’t allow for inflammation which does not allow for repairing and remodeling. This is the argument. What do you think? Is the RICE method hogwash? Kelly Starrett over at MOB WOD thinks so.

“There can be inflammation without healing, but there can’t be healing without inflammation!

There are 3 stages of healing:

1. Inflammation
2. Repair
3. Remodeling

If you skip stage 1, you have prevented stage 2 and 3.”

That’s all for the Sports Performance Weekly Digest #7. Start your week off strong by reading, watching, and learning. And remember – without application knowledge is useless!


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