Back to basics

The purest form of lifting is just picking up something heavy.

The purest form of lifting is just picking up something heavy.

From The Archives - I’m going back through the old blog and reposting some of the best articles.

Throughout our website you'll see Amy or I mention that we believe in going "back to basics" when it comes to strength and conditioning (and nutrition, and just about everything else we do). But what do we really mean by that? We both are strong believers that you don't get more when you add something; you get more when you remove the distractions, the ineffective uses of your time, or even better, the negative uses of your time.

Since we're the nerd gym, I need to link a blog post from the Endeavor, my favorite applied mathematician/computer scientist blogger (yes, I do have a favorite applied mathematician/computer scientist blogger that I subscribe to) that really got me thinking about this concept (again). tl;dr - the biggest advancements in computer science come from discipline, the removal of dangerous tools, rather than from inventions of new technology.

The same thing is true in the fitness world. Sure, it sounds nice to go to a gym that offers all kind of gymnastics, yoga, and other bonus classes, or has a sauna, pool, or pro shop; however, all of those things are distractions from what you really need. We intentionally exclude those things from our gym. It's a conscious effort, a discipline, to only bring into our space what we truly believe has the best positive impact for our members. We're not trying to keep up with the rest of the fitness world because we don't think all the fancy stuff is the best way to get strong and fit. It's not an easy sell when someone comes in the door and sees a big empty box with only barbells and kettlebells, but those of you who have stayed are seeing the results of focused, disciplined training. That's what makes me happy: seeing busy people with busy lives getting better through a focused effort and not wasting time on the cruft.

If you see us doing something or using some tool in the gym, you know it's because we believe it will be an effective training tool (or maybe we're experimenting to see if's an effective training tool). It's not there because we're trying to impress people or follow the crowd.

Michael Deskevich