The 6-Week Sexy Challenge – Bret Contreras Inspired Strength Test

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Beta Testers Needed To Help Develop Something Awesome & Important (via Bret Contreras) Who’s Crazy? I need some beta testers… About a year ago, my friend Bret Contreras (you may know him) threw down what he called “The Sexy Challenge” – the results of which give you your SEXY NUMBER. (Very Rog Law My original […]

Q&A – Overtraining Doesn’t Exist

Weightlifting Academy

How Is Daily Heavy Work (As Detailed In Your Nemesis WODs) Doable Without Overtraining? “I have a question Nick: I have read that 3×10 at 60-70% is good for Sarcoplastic Hypertrophy, whereas heavy weight, low reps (per set) and lots of volume is good for strength/Oly lifting, as the CNS is trained, is this the […]

Moderation Is A Scam

Zen Balance

The Samurai Strength Chronicles Hot summer sun blarring down 22nd of August, 2013: 4:48pm I think moderation is a scam. I don’t believe it in. It’s bad for you. The glorification of the phrase “everything in moderation” has caused far more harm than good. Why? Because it simply doesn’t apply to anything important. Sure… for […]

How Is YOUR Groin Doing?


I’m sitting outside drinking iced tea under an umbrella … with a back of ice on my groin. It’s not as hot out here as it was in Miami, but it’s still pretty humid. So, this bag of ice is helping to cool me down. That isn’t why I’m using it, however. Recently, I (re) injured […]

6 Bottles Of Booze, 3 Laptops, 1 Webcam: Wine & Weightlifting LIVE (Replay)


Our goal has been to find a platform to do a LIVE version of our Wine & Weightlifting review show, and combine that with our Ask The Unicorns Q&A show so that it becomes an interactive – and fun – weekly program where we review something like some wine/beer/sake/liquor… even food… and all the while […]

The Moon Is Not Your Finger


The Samurai Chronicles From the steaming streets of Miami 16th of August, 2013: 1:29 pm We’ve been checking out a number of CrossFit clubs while we’re here in Florida. And they they all seem to share at least one ingredient: overwhelming heat. I am not a stranger to heat, it gets damned hot in Japan, […]

You Don’t Know Anything About (Almost) Everything

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There is always something. Pain is clearly nomadic in nature, ever searching for new lands to conquer. If it’s not your knee, it’s your hip. If not your hip, then your shoulder. If not your shoulder, your nostril… I’m dealing with a pain in the ass (or groin, as it were) injury right now. It’s […]

Are You A Bodybuilder? ‘Cause Those Squats Was SICK!

Tasty Cuban coffee after our lifting session in Miami :-)

The Samurai Chronicles August 13th, 9:20 pm In the Miami heat It’s hotter than Mordor outside, and as cold as the Alaskan tundra in here. We’re sitting in the Starbucks near our hotel trying to get some work done. Apparently, Miami is a Taoist city: Yin/Yang; Hot/Penguin. Our body is in constant alert mode switching […]

Keep your mouth shut?


The Samurai Chronicles In the mountains of Asheville 10:21pm: Crickets are loud tonight I know you’ve heard this advice: when you have a big goal, the first thing you should do is tell everyone about it. Post it on Facebook, start a Youtube account and put up a three hour video explaining how awesome it’s […]

Did You Train Today? John Broz Squats The Day After Knee Surgery


The Samurai Chronicles 12:44pm A silent night in the mountains of Asheville My friend John Broz just had knee surgery. The day after, he decided to test himself – physically, mentally, spiritually – by squatting the empty bar. Here’s what he had to say about it: “For 16 years now I have been living with […]

Your Lucky 3 Days…


The Samurai Chronicles Deep in the mountains of Asheville 9:52pm: Muggy, hot, but at least it ain’t raining It’s almost 10pm here, and we just got out of the gym. I’m starving! We’re now sitting outside at our favorite hangout, The Creekside Taphouse… waiting on some drinks and a massive amount of food. I ordered […]

Squat Nemesis: Lift Like Leonardo (The Turtle?)

Leonardo Da Vinci

I was recently over on the Pendlay forum answering a question about my Squat Nemesis Program, and I thought that my answer might be useful to you, too. The basic questions on the thread where about squat programs, adding muscle mass, how much is too much, and what in the world MY ideas about squatting […]

Back To The Future: The Iron Samurai Returns!


You haven’t heard from me in a while, and many of you have emailed me wondering where I was… I missed you, too! We’ve been hard at work with a compete, and total restructuring of everything we do (both in our physical gym AND in our online “gym”) so that we can better serve you. […]

Nick Horton And Tamara Reynolds Interview: Learn To Snatch, Save The World


Spots are filling fast for our 2-day “Creating The Holistic Weightlifter” workshop, coming on June 22nd & 23rd. In celebration, Tamara and I were interviewed again for Mental Meatheads to discuss our own views on what you can expect when you show up. Yesterday, we heard from Chip Conrad (who is co-hosting this with us), […]

Chip Conrad Interview: How To Become A Holistic Weightlifter

At the end of this month I’ll be running an amazing 2-day workshop at our gym with Chip Conrad. It’s all about how to finally connect your mind and your body so that you can become a better weightlifter. This is going to be a VERY hands-on workshop, so be prepared to have a heavy […]

The Tao Of Snatch: Smile, It’s Supposed To Suck


QUOTE from a lifter of ours: “Dear sweet wonderful coaches o mine… am I supposed to be this broken after starting the programming?” MY ANSWER: The answer is Yes This is meant to be a “kick the living crap out of you” type of program that eventually REQUIRES that you take a deload week periodically […]

The Point Is The Play, Not The Actor – Tao Of Snatch, Lesson 2

Asheville Strength

A theater teacher of mine was asked once why she didn’t video the performances we did so that we could see them later. She said, “Why? The actors will only watch themselves and ignore the play.” I know that with the advent of smart phones, we all have the easy ability to video ourselves doing […]

Nick Horton Interview – Mental Meat Heads

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I had the honor of being interviewed by Dave Hall of Mental Meat Heads. We were introduced by our mutual buddy, Chip Conrad (who I’m doing a seminar with at our place here in Asheville in June – You should come! Dave and I went in DEEP into weightlifting, coaching, art, blogging, business – you […]

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