Thursday, October 9, 2014

Training, Tweets, and Links Aug/Sept 2014


Friday, August 22, 2014

Training, Tweets, and Links July 2014

I'm going to start something new. Sort of a "month in review" kind of thing. So here goes nothing.

Here is my sparse training log from July, Almost hurt my back again big time. But I narrowly avoided disaster with some preemptive muscle relaxers and some serious rest and lots of food. So, enjoy.

Here are some of my favorite tweets for the Month of July.

Favorite Picture for July 2014

My 2 babies playing outside the antique mall in my hometown on the 4th of July

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Training May 5th to May 18th, 2014

Here's what I've been up to the last 2 weeks. Trying to drop a few pounds, so Ive upped the volume a bit and been low calorie low carb except for a cheat night this past Saturday. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Training April 21st to May 4th, 2014

Well, I've gone back to an old fashioned pen and paper training log. The only problem with that is that it makes it difficult to share it on the interwebs with my millions of adoring fans who are dying to see the ultra top secret strength training I'm in doing my garage gym. So I'm just going to take pictures of my old fashioned training log and fill a great void in the digital strength realm. Here is the last 2 weeks.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I Want To Invite You To Church

...  Not necessarily my church, although if you are within reasonable driving distance of Auburn, Alabama you are more than welcome to come to mine, we have plenty of seats and, if you can suffer sitting near the world's most active 6 year old, you can join us on our pew.

But I want to invite you to church in general. Just pick one and go, if you want me to recommend one to you just email at or hit me up on twitter (@zboman) and give me your location and maybe I can help figure it out with you, I'd love to.

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and Christians will be celebrating Jesus' resurrection. It is a great opportunity to attend if you haven't been in a while or if you have an aversion to church (like me), or if you have an active belief that God doesn't even exist, or if your life is mess, or perfect, or you think Christians are terrible people. Just go. If you think you aren't good enough to go, guess what, the people there are as messed up as you are, maybe more. Don't dress up. Wear Jeans and a t-shirt, sit in the back...just go. Go to church as a favor to me.

What to Expect

  • Most of the time we get things kicked off by 10:30 to 11am. You should try and get one of the primo visitor parking spots near the entrance, just be careful when you are leaving because there is no worse driving on the planet than in a church parking lot. 
  • While you're walking in you might here a lot of churchy talk. You might even hear us cheese it up and great each other with "He Is Risen" to which you are supposed reply with "He Is Risen INDEED!" with your best goofy smile, it's just this thing we do on Easter Sunday. And if you forget to respond properly some people will generally assume you are far less spiritual than they are... Unfortunately, sometimes they assume things when other people don't know the language - Christianese. But by and large, people will be friendly, and smile and tell you how glad they are to see you and sincerely mean it. And when you go in it's ok to try and get a real good seat at the very back next to the exit. 
  • You'll probably stand and sing as a congregation at some point. Stand and don't sing a note if you don't feel like it, just watch and listen if you like. The words will likely be up on a screen at the back. 
  • Between songs you might be asked to greet the people sitting around you. Don't worry, no one is going to put a microphone in your face and ask for a personal testimony or asking you to recite your favorite Bible verse. Just smile, shake hands and exchange pleasantries... Also, no one is going to ask you to handle a snake. If they do that is why you sat close to the exit.
  • During the special music they may pass the offering plate around. Please don't put anything in it, you don't have to pay for church, you are a visitor and our guest.  (Also, I'll go ahead and apologize for the quality of the special music)
  • After that a pastor will get up and give a message. He may say a lot of things you don't agree with, but I'm going to ask you to do a few things... Here goes...

What you can do

  • Turn off your ability to be offended for an hour or so.
  • Just sit and at the very least pretend that there is a God (The God of the Universe) who cares about you, and think about what that would mean if it were true and Jesus was who He said He was (God's Son).
Some closing thoughts and hard Truths

God exists independently of your belief in Him... I've seen miracles first hand, and I've felt Him put His hand on my shoulder while they unfolded before me...He's real... And He cares about where your next meal comes from, or your next month's rent. He cares about your heart breaks, your fears, your addictions, your failing health and all the things that lay heavy on your soul when you wake up in the middle of the night (like me). He longs to bear those burdens for you. And He will if you let Him.

You see, God's sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless and perfect life so He could be a sacrifice for our sins, and after He was crucified, He rose again, defeating death and the grave so that we could have a home in Heaven one day... Sounds absolutely crazy doesn't it...  But it's true, every bit of it. And I might lose you here, but stay with me... Placing your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sin is the only way to Heaven, I'm sorry if you've been lied to about that...

But just go, go to church tomorrow, sit there and even if you think what I just said is absolute insanity, just rest and let down your guard for an hour, and ponder the possibility that every event in your life, everything around you wasn't an accident, but instead, was designed by a God who knows it all...

Please go. He really IS Risen... Risen Indeed.

Some practical tips, if you want to follow along in a bible with the pastor while you're there you can put an app on your phone or use the pew bible. Even us Jesusy types use it so you won't look out of place. I recommend the ESV Bible App, there are both IOS and android versions.

And if you are looking for something to read in it, maybe start with the book of John or Matthew. God Bless.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Strongman New Year

Last year I went crazy and made up a Holiday.

You can read about that here

It might just be my favorite holiday. There isn't the obligation of buying gifts of equal or greater value than those you'll receive from people you really don't like anyway, no television specials, no decorations to speak of, and you don't have to balance the time spent with various family units so that no one gets their feelings hurt... There ins't anything required except to plan some good warm weather training, get outside, get stronger and enjoy what you love... Picking up heavy things.

It's beautiful really...  It's called Strongman Eve (February 28th) and Strongman New Year (March 1st).

And typically it coincides nicely with The Arnold Strongman Classic.
Photo Courtesy Of Thor Bjornsson's Instagram, meeting with Arnold before the contest kicks off tomorrow.
So, the strongmen are ready and will take the stage at the Arnold, and I'll follow along and smile as the Strongman New Year marks the beginning of a steady pull toward spring.

But I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention one competitor that won't make it to the Arnold this year.

On November 28th, 2013, Mike Jenkins passed away in his sleep. He wasn't just strongman, he was a husband and mentor to troubled youth and the embodiment of someone who uses their size and strength to bring about a lot of good in this world.

I shed real, honest tears when I learned of his death. I never met him, but was thankful to been able to watch him compete live at the 2011 World's Strongest Man in Charlotte North Carolina.

In 2012, after rising up from amateur ranks and winning his way to the top. Mike Jenkins won the Arnold Strongman Classic against the likes of Derek Poundstone, Brian Shaw, and Zydrunas Savickas... The best there are...  Afterwards someone captured this sweet moment between he and his wife.  To me reminiscent of Rocky saying "Yo Adrian... We did it..."

His presence in the strongman community will be sorely missed.

Happy Strongman New Year everyone.