The Entire List

Until I was about 25, I spent a great deal of my social life waiting on line to get into a club.

My buddies and I would stand there for what seemed like an eternity, as a sea of girls and a handful of rich guys would walk right in.

Apparently they were on some sort of list that clearly showed they were special and we were not.

Almost ten years later, I am happy to say that I no longer wait on lines.

I am also happy to say I keep my own lists and my lists are based on results - not gender, race, wealth, or any other crap that incorrectly separates people on a daily basis.

One of the most prominent lists at Advanced Training (aside from "The Soft List") is the "Power Points List".

In the past, I have shown things like "The 2013 Power Points" or the "Top 20 List", but I have never actually shown "The Entire List".

I have no good reason as to why, aside from thinking that people wouldn't care.

I was completely wrong.

As more guys joined the program and as competition started to heat up, everyone started asking who was above and below them on "The Entire List".

Even the "retired" guys wanted to know.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Being a man of the people, I am going to give you what you want.

I just hope your egos are ready.

The proud will post the list on twitter.

The embarrassed will run and hide.

The true competitors will work tirelessly to move to the top.

The Question

Before we begin, I would like to mention that this is officially my 100th post on this site.

It seems only fitting that I use this time to tell a story that epitomizes what Advanced Training is really all about.

It's not about fancy gear, the perfect program, or a big time facility.

It's about building an ATMOSPHERE where EVERYONE can push themselves (and each other) past their normal, thinkable limits.

Coach Riddler?

A few months ago, I posed what I thought to be an unanswerable question to one of our athletes. It came immediately after one of our "CHALLENGE" sessions. (If you do not know what CHALLENGE is, please click the previous link. It makes the story much more enjoyable.)

In this particular session, no one athlete held the belt, so we had everyone in the program bench 75% of their previously tested max for repetitions.

The person who completed the most reps became the official "Challenge Holder" and got to take home "The Belt" (as shown below).

"The Belt"

There is only one caveat....

If you fail on any rep, you get disqualified.
This means that if you smash out 12 reps and fail on the 13th, you get nothing...

You lose!

Good day sir!

Redundant Text For Those Who Don't Know Willy Wonka

Back to my unanswerable question ...

It came immediately after one of our athletes (James Uske) finished his max rep set.

James had gotten 12 reps and was rightfully feeling pretty good about himself.
As he got up from the bench, I asked him ...

"If you knew that 13 reps would have made you the undisputed Challenge Holder, would you have stopped at 12?"

James gave me the "Eye of the Tiger" and quickly said "Of Course".

Did he answer correctly?

By saying "Of Course", did he inadvertently mean that he did not push himself to the limits during this competition? Was he openly stating that he is not really a true competitor, because he is unwilling to compete against himself?

What if he said "No"?

Would that mean he was complacent? Was he "okay" with not being better than everyone around him?

Rather than get inside his head, I am going to post exactly what James emailed me later that night after he had some more time to think about the situation. (Please note, I did not say another word to him about this topic after I asked my original question.)

Guess What Ivy League School This Is From?

He not only gives the right answer, he also paints a perfect picture of what we are REALLY trying to do at Advanced Training.

"Today you asked me a pretty simple question. Or what I thought was pretty simple question at the moment. A question I didn't put much thought into at the time and immediately blurted out an answer because I was pretty pumped up when you asked..and therefore my answer was a lie. You asked me, theoretically that if putting up a 13th repetition on the bench press my last set would have made me a challenge holder.. would I have been able to put it up? My initial reaction was OF COURSE! My trainer, a man I know who is a tremendous competitor, just asked me that if there was a challenge on the table for me to win.. just by putting everything I had into one last rep.. would I have been able to put the last rep up that I had just failed on? I had no doubt that I would let myself fail on a challenge. But, I lied to myself at the moment without even knowing it. Truth is, I already gave it everything I had on those 12 reps. It did not matter if there was a challenge on the table or not. Sure, you can make a case for adrenaline, but that is only helpful if one harnesses it properly.. and I was already doing that  from the start. 
This hit me the second I walked out of that gym. And yeah, maybe I am over analyzing this, but this is the way advanced training has changed my way of thinking. It has taught me to put every single ounce of everything I have into everything I do. Leave nothing on the table. And this goes beyond the gym, beyond the weights. You have helped me become a stronger and more confident individual in many ways that go beyond what one sees on our workout sheets. And I thank you for that."

James U 

The Proof is STILL in the Pudding.

At the end of last summer's training session, I wrote The Proof is in the Pudding.
My intent was to show that when you are a part of Advanced Training -- you GET RESULTS.

We just completed our 3.5 month Winter Training Session and you will be happy to know that ...


For your reference, I have listed the Top 3 people with the biggest gains in each of our testing categories:

If these short term gains don't impress you, you are either delusional or on steroids.

BENCH PRESS: 3 Biggest Gains

  • Mazalatis:   225 to 270 (45lb gain)
  • Sarnelli:      180 to 215 (35lb gain)
  • Venturine:  280 to 310 (30lb gain)

DEADLIFT: 3 Biggest Gains

  • Sarno:         405 to 435    (35lb gain)
  • Sarnelli:      270 to 295    (25lb gain)
  • Mazalatis:   360 to 375    (15lb gain)

Pull-Ups: 3 Biggest Gains

  • Sarno:         20 to 36        (16 rep gain)
  • Sarnelli:      12 to 25     (13 rep gain)
  • Uske:          20 to 32     (12 rep gain)

Broad Jump: 4 Biggest Gains

  • Mazalatis:          101" to 114.5"        (13.5" gain)
  • Venturine:          94" to 102"          (8.0" gain)
  • Sarnelli:             102 to 109.5"       (7.5" gain)

Power Points: 3 Biggest Gains

  • Sarno:               .896 to 1.107 (.212 gain)
  • Sarnelli:            .612 to 0.811 (.199 gain)
  • Uske:                .746 to 0.883 (.137 gain)