Archive for March, 2011

“I got no Place else to Go!!!”

Posted in Guerrilla Lifting on March 15, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

I’ve always said Old Country is a Open forum. I invite others to share with us their training and stories. Sometimes I don’t know who reads this thing. I see that a lot of people do but I have no idea who.

Then I received a email from a reader who let me know that Old Country ment something. Here are is a clip from what he sent me.

“The things I love to do the most in life are deep-sea diving, mountaineering and surfing. These are three activities where if you cannot keep your shit together physically and mentally its going to be a very bad day, and a bad day means dead or crippled. Physically, I train hard and have been doing a combo of crossfit, heavy lifting and austere training (lots and lots of pull-ups) to keep me hard. Mentally, I have to be flexible but defiant, I have to be ready to roll with whatever. For me OCS really exemplifies all of these things and I always look forward to the blog posts and always feel ready to lift after reading.

I do not have a regular group to train with here in the Olympia area. My local crossfit gyms simply have no times that jive with my work schedule. I have also found that telling a potential partner that, for example, the days workout might consist of flipping a giant tire a hundred times and then performing a heavy deadlift session sends them packing. So I train almost monastically, by myself, either in my garage gym at home or outside with whatever is at hand-in all weather. So for me, I look to OCS to be inspired by athletes who are harder and stronger than I am and have just the right attitude.”

I can’t tell you how jacked the email got me. I myself couldn’t find a Crossfit that fit what I was looking for when I started out. I took to working out by myself and when I could wrangle the original Barbell Club I had a crew to bang with.

The picture above is from OCS supporter Gordo getting his Guerrilla lift on during lunch. He tells me he has Kb’s and a medball stashed in his office and heads out back to get after shit when he has time at. From the look of Gordo and where he’s training he already has the makings of a modern day savage. Thanks for the email my friend, Get Some…

Posted by: Z

*The hoodies are in and now available for pick up. They are sick



“Coach don’t want to know about this”

Posted in Athletes on March 13, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

Nickay takes a in depth look into Open competitor and Rowdy Club Scoundrel Blake Johnson. – Z

Recently OCBC member Blake left during the Caliber Cycle a whole week. He claims that he and his lovely bride were off to the island Maui in the Pacific Ocean for some R&R. This “statement” fooled many in the gym, but the Filer brothers know the dirty, grimy truth and felt that we could not go on any longer perpertrating this lie onto the masses. Blake was not really in Hawaii, he was in Tijuana, MX. Why was he in Tijuana? Why the deception of where he was going? Let’s look at some facts.

Tijuana: Tijuana is lovely this time of year, a good amount of sun but not as much as Maui. Why note this difference? Because Blake looked like he had just spent a week outside in a nice warm place because he has a freaking farmers tan. As anyone who has travelled to the Islands can attest to, one usually does not wear a shirt on the beach. Also who else was in Tijuana the same time that Blake alledgely was in Hawaii? Any guesses?

Bam. Doctor Dre. You see Dre had just been in a terrible car accident and needed a doctor to help him with his rehab, and his yoke. So both Dre and Blake went South of the Border recently. Coincidence? Maybe.

Blake’s deadlift: He’s increased that shit from 315 to 500 god damn pounds in a short amount of time!

Blake’s Healing Factor: Not too long ago Blake took a nasty tumble in icy conditions. Blake screwed up his teeth and had some nasty stitches from this fall. So what happened? The motherfuckers face healed up in like 2 weeks if that! I broke my jaw and that shit took months to heal to the point where I lift again, this guy is back in the gym in no time AND showed no sign of ever being hurt! Where I have heard about a healing factor before?

Face and hairdo: He has this militaryesque haircut going on. Not pure crew cut but a little longer. Also his face has seemed to regress in age somehow. This combination has seem like he is the newest recruit to the Treadstone project. Don’t let him get ahold of a household item for god’s sake.

Conclusion: Isn’t simple to see, Blake is a super spy with a mutant healing factor combined with the finest equine pharmaceuticals available in the great nation of Mexico. Either that or Blake is just a badass. I don’t know. I leave it to the people to make that final decision.

Posted by: Nickay


Posted in Articles on March 10, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

You’ve seen intensity in the gym. Some times your not sure if its an act or if someone could really be that intense. Barking, kicking, slapping traps, rubbing chalk, EVERYWHERE…

Then there is the self motivational talk. Tony Robbins convinced Diego Sanchez to scream “YES!!!” before matches and it worked for him for awhile. Well I was never one for the talking to myself, but one man changed that.


This is a title thrown on some gym rats. But we have one guy in our midst who embraces it and lives it. I’ve heard him call himself the foulest names and stare into peoples souls with a Viking like intensity that would make Mike Tyson think twice. Where does the hate come from and how does it stack up against other heavyweights?

Mark decide to submit this quiz to see if you could figure out who reigns supreme in the world of intense(or just plain bat shit crazy). Z

Slab or Sheen?

Earlier this week I was reading comments from Charlie Sheen.  My immediate thought was “wow, that sounds like something Slab would say.”  Later in the week I was reading a comment by Slab and had the thought of “Huh, that sounds like something Sheen would say.”  I am not suggesting they are the same person, only that they share a lot in common.  Consider the following. Both have awesome nicknames.  One is known as “Iceman” and the other is “The Machine.” One has a show called “Two and Half Men” and the other has the strength of two and half men.  One lives with porn stars, the other hosts an annual event called “Spankfest.” However, it’s the verbal weaponry that makes you think they could be out of one mind.  Slab and Sheen have the uncanny ability to cause your brain to do a double take.  When they speak, my reaction can be broken down into 3 different and distinct stages:

1.       Did he really just say that?

2.       You can’t really say that, can you?

3.       The fact that he actually said that is AWESOME

So, it’s time to play the game everyone loves “Slab or Sheen”.   The following 20 quotes can be credited to either Slab or Sheen.  Your job is to see how many you can get correct.  No cheating and surfing the web.  Honor code applies.

On Health

1.       I’m glad poontang is in the diet because I am a strict vagitarian

2.       I am on a drug. It’s called (Charlie Sheen/Slab). It’s not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body

3.       (Muscle Milk/Cocaine) is the best tasting stuff out there, in my opinion, but I hear it’s made with bald eagle feathers and unicorn tears so it’s spendy as hell too.

On intensity

4.       The beef is fully caked, and I have the Unstoppable Force state of mind as a result

5.       I’m an F-18 bro

6.       I have one speed. I have one gear. Go.

7.       I will get all up in your ear hole

8.       It’s a war. And it’s on.

On mixing humans and animals

9.       I have tiger blood and Adonis DNA

10.   It’s called (Ultra Manimal Bag/Charlie Sheen), and it’s made from 100% pure charging rhino sweat.

On Violence

11.   I am fueled by anger and hate

12.   If you’re a part of my family, I will love you violently

13.   I have no idea where everyone finds their inner rage to get violent and (move weight/smoke crack) listening to some of the songs on this list.

Philosophy on Life

14.   On Anthropomorphic Earth, some of this stuff would be sung by bunnies wearing tutus and throwing flower bouquets

15.   I’m a peaceful man with bad intentions.

16.   Let’s hook up and just bring fiery death.

17.   Resentments are the rocket fuel that lives in the tip of my sabre.

18.   Duh, winning

19.   I guess I am just that bitchin’.

20.   No one judges me…except God, and even HE thinks I’m a badass

Answers will be posted at the end of the day.  Good luck.

Article by: Mark

Posted by: Z

“There are no pacts between lions and men…”

Posted in Competition, Guerrilla Lifting on March 8, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

The men and women of Old Country’s Strength Athlete Program have gravel in there guts. Six weeks, six weeks of their lives have been dedicated to one thing, to RED LINE.

I told them to come ready for one thing this Cycle, “Good ol’ fashion blunt force trauma…”

They don’t care about times. They don’t do it for glory or their name on a leader board. Pure power output. Push until you can’t push anymore then go past that. This is what they do day in and day out. And then they limp into Saturday Slobber Knocker workouts bloody but unbowed. These men and women are lions.

I had the honor to share a program with these Modern Day Vikings the last five and a half weeks. And as the programs split for the Crossfit Open I announce a arena for them to toe the line in.

This is the Old Country Combine…

The Combine will take place on Saturday, March 26th. The gym will be open at 10AM for warm up, and competition will begin promptly at 11AM. Events are as follows:

Event 1 – StrongMan/StrongLady KettleBell Ranks

Complete 24 kb jerks with right arm and 24 kb jerks with left arm in 4 minutes or less.*

Complete 24 kb cleans with right arm and 24 kb cleans with left arm in 4 minutes or less.*

*You are allowed only one hand switch in each 4 minute period The bell may not be set down or the set will be terminated.

The same weight kettlebell must be used on the jerk and the clean in order to achieve rank. Rank explanations are detailed below.

Failing to complete 24 reps of either movement on either arm will result in a failed attempt. Each athlete has 3 attempts to achieve the highest rank possible. You will be given time to rest between the jerk and clean test.

S-32 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 32kg/70#
S-36 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 36kg/79#
S-40 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 40kg/88#
S-44 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 44kg/97#
S-48 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 48kg/106#
S-20 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 20kg/44#
S-24 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 24kg/53#
S-28 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 28kg/62#
S-32 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 32kg/70#
S-36 = 24+24 reps (Jerk & Clean) with 36kg/79#

Event 2 – The OCS Squat Test

Perform Max Rep Squat (225#/135#)
5 minute cut-off, bar may not be racked, you are allowed one attempt at the squat test.

Event 3 – “Iron Tamer”

Establish a 3 Rep Max Axel Deadlift

Each athlete will be given 3 attempts to establish a 3RM.
The bar must be returned to the floor after each rep (i.e. no drops).

This is your time to bang, I’m proud of all of you…

Posted by: Z

“Just one thing, Dude. Do you have to use so many cuss words…”

Posted in Lifestyle on March 6, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

When General Patton’s nephew asked him about his use of profanity,
Patton remarked,

“When I want my men to remember something important, to really make it stick, I give it to them double dirty. It may not sound nice to some bunch of little old ladies at an afternoon tea party, but it helps my soldiers to remember. You can’t run an army without profanity; and it has to be eloquent profanity. An army without profanity couldn’t fight it’s way out of a piss-soaked paper bag.”

“As for the types of comments I make,” he continued with a wry smile, “sometimes I just, By God, get carried away with my own eloquence.”

I agree with Patton on this one. Which is why I regularly pepper my eloquent vocabulary with colorful words. A little sass never hurt anybody in my mind. And really they’re just words. If I drop a fucking F bomb is a angel not gonna get it’s wings? I sure as shit think not.

If you’ve ever been to the OCS Training Log, then you may have seen the “Shit my Coach Says…” page.  Below are a couple of highlights I’ve gotten ribbed for saying.

Once upon a 6AM class…
Z: “Can I get my guys to move the tire?”
Guys: ((fiddling about aimlessly around the pull up bars))

To my assistant Coach
Z: “Just because you have a vagina doesn’t make you a girl.”

While a athlete warmed up their KB snatch
Z: “Your form is personally offensive to me not only because I am your Coach but because you are my brother.”

Again to my brother after not properly dumping a squat and having the bar catch his belt as he bailed
Z:”DUUUUUUDE, you got shot over that bar like fucking Wile E Coyote with a rocket strapped to his ass!”

To a Squatter
Jim: “Was that low enough?”
Z: “Barely legal like an eighteen year old.”

To Ruffles
Z: “New Lululemon gear?”
Ruffles: “Yeah got it for my birthday”
Z: “It’s all matching zebra print… You look like fucking Cruella De Vil”

Again to my Assistant Coach
Z: “A big swinging kip is not gonna help defend you from rape.”

To Baby Bear
Z:”You’re an Idiot”

My gift to the World

We’re rolling into our 6th week of CC and Sectionals are right around the corner, people are tired and nervous. I understand that I’ve given you guys shit and yelled at you for a number of things. And I’m sure for those competing you’re gonna get more.

So here is your chance to Roast Coach. Feel free to get any pearls of wisdom I’ve dropped on you off your chest (earmuffs). Post any of the Shit I’ve said to you in comments. And If you didn’t find it funny HTFU Dirtbag.

Posted by: Z

“Now put Your foot on it, and STAND!!!”

Posted in Guerrilla Lifting on March 1, 2011 by oldcountrystrong

“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war…”

Caliber’s 5th Edition draws toward the end of its journey. And with it, athletes that have trained a year for the coming sectionals begin to deload. But what of those left still forging themselves with iron on their back and in hand?

Where will they make their stand?

Where will they challenge themselves?

On Saturday March 26th we will be holding the second Old Country Combine. We will see all new events that will challenge any marauder who thinks they are up for the task. Well, all new events save the Squat Test…

Posted by: Z