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  • Mitchell Rothbardt

What’s going on?

Hello all. I don’t have a specific topic today, so I thought I’d just let everyone know what I’ve been up to lately. I’ll make it short and sweet.

1. I am in the middle of week 11 of the 16 week Maximum Strength program.

It’s been going well. A few weeks ago I benched 265 which is an increase for me of 10 lbs. That is the only exercise where I have maxed out since checking my maxes at the beginning of the program, but I have certain indications on some other exercises. In the first phase I was rack pulling 385 lbs. for reps. In this phase I am pulling 435 lbs. That feels good. I hope that kind of increase transfers to my full deadlift. This week I front box squatted 285 (I think). I don’t know how that transfers to my back box squat but we’ll see. Overall, it’s going well. I am looking forward to seeing where I end up. After this I might go into a fat loss mode but I’m not sure yet. I could go the other way and really try to go for hypertrophy. After doing very low reps for a while, I might be primed to see some good results in the 10-12 rep range. We’ll see.

2. I started reading Gray Cook’s Athletic Body in Balance book.

Outstanding. He basically writes about how our basic movement patterns need to be correct and solid before we can really move on and get the most out of our training and our athletic endeavours. When you hear him talk, it really becomes apparant that he is one of those people who really shapes the way others think and do things.

3. I am getting ready for the start of Fitness Fridays. We begin next Friday, April 3rd. I am very excited about it and I can’t wait to begin. If you don’t know what Fitness Fridays are , my friend, Massage Therapist Sarah Marie Sonoda (see her website here and I are getting together for a unique one hour package. It will feature a half hour training session with me and a half hour massage with her for only $60. If you pay in advance you will get an additional $10 discount and it will be only $50. We are doing this at Medina’s Gym which is at 2365 B Street in Hayward. It will feature a free consultation with me where we will go over your goals, etc. I will make up a customized plan for you and then we will start. If you are interested, please call Sarah at 510-432-2311. You could also call me at 510-754-7113 or email me at (The official procedure is that Sarah will be handling the sign-ups, but I assume if you are reading this then you know me at least a little bit.) We will sign you up and schedule a time when we could meet for our consultation. As I said before I am really excited about this.

Well, that’s really about it for the moment. Just a quick one today. As always, email me at or leave a comment if you have any questions or comments. If you are interested in Fitness Fridays, please let me know soon. Spots are filling up.

I leave you with Scot Mendelson benching 715 lbs. A nice highlight is him getting the s@#* slapped out of him before the lift. Awesome.

Mitch Rothbardt (coming soon)

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