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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.

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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