My name is Peter Stables. I work as a strength and conditioning coach and nutrition consultant. I have qualifications/certifications in Crossfit, Olympic/Power lifting, Kettlebell training and diet analysis.
My earlier years were spent competing in swimming/running and a brief attempt at triathlon. Being tall and lean made these very easy choices for me. Hours upon hours of training, combined with a diet high in grains/cereals and fruit juices made me believe I was truly fit and healthy. Even though my body told me differently. Exhaustion from overtraining, weak and skinny due to the lack of any progressive strength training and almost permanently ill and/or injured. Discovering Crossfit was the 'lightbulb' moment in my training and my career.
To be truly fit and well we need to combine all the different aspects of fitness. Speed, Stamina, Strength, Agility, Endurance, Flexibility, Power, Accuracy, Balance and Co-ordination.
One of the things I have noticed with Crossfit is that strength can still be neglected by those looking to just get a great 'Fran' time. Whilst this is still a very worthwhile goal, we need to understand that strength is one of the more useful aspects of fitness in our daily lives. I have been told by clients that they don't really care about being strong, as long as they can have a good 5k run time. But lets look at how this translates to our everyday environment. For example, how often are we required, out of necessity, to run 5km? My experience tells me pretty much never. Now, how often are we required to use the strength we possess? From picking up the kids, to moving furniture, to helping someone push their car to the side of the road when it's broken down? Only recently I had to lift the end of my car when it became stuck on an embankment!
I believe this is why we have started to see things like Crossfit Strength Bias, Crossfit Football and Crossfit programs incorporating Westside methods. This can only be a good thing.
I am taking time out to focus solely on gaining a serious amount of strength and size. I will document as much as I can on my blogspot. I intend to put up some great numbers in the 3 main lifts before incorporating any amount of conditiong work back in.
One final thing. I will be eating large amounts of food and lifting big weights. My diet will not be perfect. This stage of my training is about getting strong, not eating super-clean. I will not be taking any anabolic/chemical supplementation. I do not care about losing my 'six pack'.