Monthly Archives: June 2013

Training, 6/26/13

Bench Press

Warmups, then:

225×1

235×1

245×1

255×1

265×1

275×1

The 275 surprised me.  I knew I could do it, but didn’t know it would be as smooth.  Pretty happy with that, left some in the tank, but got the baseline

Incline DB Press

50×15

60×12

70×7

Pullup

3×5

Bent Over Lateral Raise

2×10 @ 20

Band pressdown

2×10

 

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Training, 6/24/13

The plan was to run another two weeks of squatting 3 times a week, but I felt like I needed another break, plus got a little busy.  So I adjusted, mostly because I bore quickly, and because I want to train harder.  Today was an ME Squat session, I guess, but I was just testing to see where I am, and I’m fairly pleased.  Lots of work to do, but felt great today.

Squat

2×5@ 45

95×5

135×3

185×3

225×3

275×3

315×1

335×1

345×1

355×1

365×1

The last single was a little tough, but not a true 1RM by any means.  The best I’ve felt with more than 315 on my back for a long, long time.  I think that’s the result of squatting every session, my form felt great, I felt in the right groove.

Good Morning

2×5 @ 135.

45 degree back raise

2×15

 


No White Flags

Read Steve Gleason filling in for Peter King this week.

An excerpt:

Current research shows that NFL players are more likely to have certain brain diseases. Additional research shows there have been 27 players diagnosed with ALS in the past 60 years. But it’s important to note that more than 27 ALS patients, none of whom have ever played football, will die in the next two days. For me, this disease is global. It affects any race, gender or walk of life.

But if football did, somehow, cause my ALS, what does that mean for my life?

As humans, we are able to conjure and attach meaning to almost any circumstance or development. When handed what feels like a terminal diagnosis, it’s human nature to ask, Why did this happen to me?! or What does this mean?!

The question What caused this? can usually be analyzed and measured precisely. (Scientists are still working on defining the cause of ALS, and I am not sure if football caused my ALS.) On the other hand, interpreting meaning is, in my opinion, quite ambiguous. We cannot measure, verify or confirm meaning. We, as humans, create and apply meaning. When something happens to us, we become the author of meaning. The best philosophy I have adopted is to apply a useful and productive meaning, rather than a negative or destructive meaning, regardless of the circumstances in my life.

So, I have conjured my own meaning from my circumstance, if in fact football did cause my ALS. It means to me that I gave my life helping a city and a region in ruins find some hope in their struggle for rebirth. I will never regret that.

Read it all.  I mean it.

 


Training, 6/14/13

Squat

250×5

285×3

315×1

All felt easy

Bench

185×5

205×3

230×1

Easy

Row

3×8 @ 155

Got done what needed to be done and got out.  Busy day today.


Liberty in a Sentence

Free people should be at least as well armed as the people collecting the taxes.


Training, 6/12/13

Humidity and chalk don’t mix.  I look like a special ed kindergartener that got into the paste.

Squat

235×5 (whoops.  Should have only been 3)

265×3

300×3

These felt great.  Squatting 3x a week is good.

Press

125×5 (a misload, was supposed to be 115)

130×3

145×1

Pulled/tweaked something in my trap/neck on the single.  Otherwise these were fine.

Deadlift

270×5

305×3

340×1

Felt heavy today, I’m blaming the humidity and lack of sleep

Pullups

5×5

 


Training, 6/10/13

Wanted to sleep in, but didn’t.  Running on 6 hours sleep and a Monster energy drink.

Squat

215×5

250×5

285×5

Bench Press

160×3

180×3

205×3

Row

3×8 @ 145


Training, 6/8/13

Squat

245×5

280×3

310×1

Cake.

Press

105×3

120×3

135×3

Deadlift

250×3

285×3

320×3

Also cake.

Pullup

7,5,5,3

 


Training, June 5, 2013

I really, really, really wanted to sleep in today.  I didn’t.

Squat

230×3

260×3

295×3

It’s an immediate effect, that squatting every session makes squats feel better.  I felt strong and in the groove on these, but didn’t push it, staying smart for now.  Foam rolling also has helped.

Bench Press

160×5

180×5

205×5

Cake.

Row

3×8 @ 135

After a few weeks, I’ll fiddle around with either putting in a little more assistance stuff, or maybe add in the prowler.  The low intensity slow boring ‘cardio’ work is happening on off days in the morning, just going for a 20-45 minute walk.


Training, June 3, 2013

Started the experiment today, and felt pretty darn good, even did some extra deadlifts.

Squat

240×5 (I misloaded, this was supposed to be 215, but I was looking at the wrong page in my log)

245×5

280×5

All of these felt great.

Press

100×5

115×5

140×5 (again, a misload, should have been 130)

Deadlift

235×5

270×5

305×8

Chins

5,4,4,3,3


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