Programmable Pressure Cooker, Mikhail Koklyaev Interview And Detox

January 6, 2013 — 2 Comments

Not much to report in this week as far as training goes. Caught a cold last week which took it's toll this week, but I was still able to get in all my main training sessions.

I tried Zercher squats on Wednesday and I don't think I'll be sticking with it. It's a pain in the ass arms. I'll reincorporate paused squats on recovery day instead.

I missed a 360 lb bench press on Friday, probably due to my back slipping on the bench again. Try again next week!

Lastly, I've been using a slow cooker for a couple of years, and have recently upgraded to a programmable pressure cooker. It's like a super fast version of a slow cooker (cooking in ~1 hour instead of 9 hours), and moonlights as a rice cooker, slow cooker along with a few other functions as well. Solid investment to save time and cook large quantities of delicious food.

Anyway, here are a couple of must read articles to check out:

  1. "Mikhail Koklyaev Interview on Olympics, Breaking Plateaus and Recovering from Inflamed Elbows" at All Things Gym
    • A lot of real world wisdom from one of the strongest men on the planet.
  2. "The Detox Delusion" by Scott Gavura
    • I've heard the word "detox" used for a lot of snake oil treatments. Don't be fooled!


John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

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Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
  • Starting Strength: Nov 29, 2010 - March 4, 2011