Onwards and Upwards! (a CommonStrength evolution)

Posted: July 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

When CommonStrength.com began, it was a simple project. The intention was to see exactly what was required for two students to start making strength gains, written in an engaging fashion, with sound advice and enthusiasm. So far, that has been a success…

However, I always intended to use this blog as an epic CV with regards to jobs in athletic/human performance – to show that I had been in this game giving tried and tested advice for a long time…that I have passion for what I do and that I had been there and done it all myself.  This blog has always had a maximal strength development theme – I’ve kept it free of other topics until they became necessary due to the situation I was in. For those of you who have read since the beginning, you’ll be aware that I am a particularly big fan of the sport of MMA or “cage fighting” as it is so crudely termed.

As of yesterday, I will have a new venue to pose and answer S&C questions specific to MMA in a new position as a Strength and Conditioning/MMA performance blogger at www.bigdaddyfightteam.com – the website of MMA legend  Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge, launching officially this Wednesday. I will be conducting interviews with MMA coaches from around the world and posting articles aimed at improving the performance of MMA athletes, with topics ranging from maximum power output to pre-fight psychology to recovery and injury management.

What does this mean for this blog? Aside from more traffic – nothing! The content will not change. This is a personal blog and my training/the blog will again be dedicated to maximal strength development as soon as I can return to a well-equipped gym!


For those of you wondering about Gary Goodridge, he’s been in the MMA game since UFC 8 in 1996 where he scored what is considered to be one of THE most vicious KO victories of all time…why don’t you be  the judge?

After a career filled with highlight reel moments on both sides of victory, outspoken controversies and legendary battles with the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Coleman, Don Frye, Alastair Overeem, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Igory Vovchanchyn, Gary retired in 2010 at the age of 44 – his body suffering immensely from years of competitive combat sports.


So what’s next? The new work I’m taking on will only improve my knowledge (and this blog), as will my next academic year – a BMSc in Sports Biomedicine…I cannot wait.

As for current exercise, I’m still purely training to test my mental boundaries which has had some very indirect, beneficial, effects. I feel a lot more confident at the moment, a lot more physically able and very focused. The more I push, the more I realise I am far from finished. I’ve taken that “one more push” as well as the “conscious effort” approach and started implementing it into my personal life…the results are pretty blatant, only one of which is the new blogging position. As cliché as this may be, when your mind starts viewing “problems” as “challenges”, the world takes on a whole new appearance – possible and impossible dissolve into “things I have done” and “things I need to do”…if you have the courage to face challenges, that is! When you surpass one goal, you set another, then you surpass that too and the cycle continues until you give up…that’s the nature of progression, folks…where do you give in?

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” – Buddha

I’m off to drink beer and punch the public for a while – restore some man points.

Steady training, folks.


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