An interview with the 2016 World’s 3rd Fittest Man, Patrick Vellner

My brother, Patrick Vellner, surprised everyone last year when he hit the podium at the 2016 Crossfit Games, his first appearance as an individual competitor there, earning the titles of “3rd Fittest Man on Earth” and “Crossfit Rookie of the Year” .

Perhaps most surprising is that Crossfit is not even his full-time focus. Pat is a Chiropractic student, and has repeatedly told interviewers that school is his top priority. Crossfit is more like his “hobby”.

Either way, he’s recently become a household name in the Crossfit community, and has consistently been ranking among the top in the world.

Earlier this week I caught up with Pat for a chat as he prepares for the upcoming Crossfit Games.

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My 8 week recap and review of Faleev’s 5×5 weight lifting program

I’ve now completed 8 weeks on Alexandre Faleev’s 5×5 weight lifting program, which is designed to maximize strength gains while focussing on only 3 lifts (Squat, Benchpress, and Deadlift). After two months on the program I think I’ve seen enough to make a first assessment of its pros and cons.

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An experiment in body building + minimalism.

Recently I stumbled onto an article about a bodybuilding routine that promised amazing strength gains by doing less in the gym.
Who could say no to that?

Of course, claims like these run wild on the Internet, and for the most part “if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” However, I came across this program on the blog of Tim Ferris (bestselling author of: The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body), which made me think twice about it. He’s well known and respected when it comes to “productivity hacking”, and I know that with a following like his he wouldn’t endorse a program he didn’t feel was worth the hype.

So, I decided to give it a shot. Today was day #1.

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