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Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« on: July 10, 2010, 10:19:05 AM »
There's a dramatic entrance for my mediocre log.

Background - 30-something former competitive strongman, highland games athlete, and Olympic-style weightlifter... retired about 2 years ago after competing at the NAS Strongman Nationals.

Now I'm just lifting to be strong, fast, and have no concerns about competing (I am mostly training to be explosive and conditioned). I hope my training will reflect that. I've done a lot of different styles of training, and have trained under several top notch coaches, so I've got a lot to draw from. But I don't have a regular gym (yet). This was my second saturday back at a friends house using his York bar and bumpers.
 
If you have ever done competitive weightlifting - you will notice my volume is kinda high on the lifts right now, mostly because it's so light currently - once my form comes back and the weights get bigger, the volume will go down.

Today - Olympic Gym lifting
Power Snatch: 3x40kg, 3x50kg, 3x70kg, 2x2x75kg
Full Snatch: 3x70kg, 1x1x80kg
Power Clean: 3x3x70kg, 3x3x80kg, 2x90kg, 1x100kg
Squat: 5x2x140kg
Standing Push Press (from rack): 3x60kg, 3x70kg, 3x80kg

Today felt good, I can't wait to get back to where I was.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 06:45:12 AM »
3 mile hike with the dog, including some field sprints to wear her out.

The walk really limbered up my stiff sore hammys from yesterday's workout.

Two hours later...

Hot Tub 10min, 3 laps in the pool, Hot tub 10min, 3 laps in the pool, and some nice strenuous sunbathing for 20min or so. Active Recovery, Baby...

Eating big today too - breakfast was 4 eggs with leftover meatloaf from last night cooked into a hash, topped with two massive oxtails. After the pool I came home and just ate an avocado as I'm still a little full from breakfast (even after a 3-mile hike and all the swimming).
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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010, 07:27:38 PM »
Yesterday was just a long walk and field sprints with the dog.

Today I joined a nasty little powerlifter 24/7 keyclub. Pretty stoked as it is a little hole in the wall, nasty ass gym filled with guys that actually lift.

Squats:
First Ladder: 3x135lbs (61kg), 3x225lbs (102.25kg), 3x315lbs (143kg),
Second Ladder: 3x225lbs (102.25kg), 3x275lbs (125kg), 3x365lbs (152.25kg)

Snatch Pull: 3x135lbs (61kg), 3x185lbs (84kg), 3x225lbs (102.25kg), 3x235lbs (106.8kg)

Shrug Finishers: 10x225lbs (102.25), 10x315lbs (143), 2x5x405lbs (184kg)

All in all a nice welcome back.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010, 07:46:51 PM »
This was my second saturday back at a friends house using his York bar and bumpers.
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Today I joined a nasty little powerlifter 24/7 keyclub. Pretty stoked as it is a little hole in the wall, nasty ass gym filled with guys that actually lift.
NICE! Congrats!
I'm a little jealous. ;D

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010, 09:39:55 AM »
Finding a place like that is great!


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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010, 10:10:13 AM »
My upper back is absolutely FRIED today. I don't know why, but I've always felt really good when hit with an upper trap DOMS attack - like I did something right.

Hate the leg doms though, because you are constantly reminded how often you need to use your legs every time you go to the bathroom, traverse stairs, sit in a chair, stand up, etc...

Sounds like tonight is another great night to go for a swim. I'll need to buy some visine as our public pool (apartments) is very, very chlorinated and completely wrecks my eyes for two-three days.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2010, 04:46:22 PM »
Everyone seems to say that muscle soreness is not what you want, but I actually like to feel a bit achey the day after a workout.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 03:33:38 AM »
Everyone seems to say that muscle soreness is not what you want, but I actually like to feel a bit achey the day after a workout.

Everyone also eats a diet largely comprised of a syrup extracted from corn too.

Soreness is normal. If you don't get sore, you don't get muscles.

DOMS is something that improves with conditioning. I've not trained for a year. Hence, my DOMS.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010, 04:21:01 AM »
I like DOM too, all be it as long as it's a scheduled rest day. ;)

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2010, 08:15:20 AM »
DOMS is something that improves with conditioning. I've not trained for a year. Hence, my DOMS.
I haven't gotten sore in years.

This new programming I'm doing, with the 3 PR Zones, gets me pretty fatigued afterwards. For the rest of the day.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2010, 09:44:00 AM »
DOMS is something that improves with conditioning. I've not trained for a year. Hence, my DOMS.
I haven't gotten sore in years.

This new programming I'm doing, with the 3 PR Zones, gets me pretty fatigued afterwards. For the rest of the day.

I would consider fatigue part of the "soreness" I talked about. DOMS is fairly severe compared to "damn I don't want to tackle those stairs because I just did a triple drop-set of squats" soreness.

However, I'm also training to add a bit of density to my muscles, basically as an aid to my current weightloss on paleo. In my previous experiences, hitting volume and also handling big weights, when matched with a bit of appetite, results in faster fat loss and bigger muscles... something that will help me when I attain 265lbs and decide to compete as a middleweight strongman.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2010, 03:27:38 PM »
Was just stiff and slow today... so I did a lot of Olympic Lifting accessory work...

Power Snatch: 2x40kg, 2x50kg, 1x60kg, miss 60kg, 2x55kg
Overhead Squats (snatch first rep): 2x50kg, 5 sets of 3x40kg

Power Clean: 1x40kg, 1x50kg, 1x60kg, 1x70kg, 1x75kg, 1x80kg
Front Squat (clean first rep): 5 sets of 3x70kg

Landmines (Standing Barbell Twists): 6x35kg, 2x6x45kg

I then went to home depot, bought a chest freezer and carried it up a flight of steps to my house...

Followed by carrying 100lbs of grassfed beef and tallow up there (as well as some fresh eggs). :-) Stoked.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2010, 05:51:17 PM »
I then went to home depot, bought a chest freezer and carried it up a flight of steps to my house...

Followed by carrying 100lbs of grassfed beef and tallow up there (as well as some fresh eggs). :-) Stoked.
Congratulations!

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2010, 08:06:04 PM »
Creed: If I can't squat with a straight back, I can't clean or snatch with a straight back. Therefore my training with contain nothing but front squats, overhead squats, pulls, cleans, and snatches until my hip/shin flexibility is restored.

I decided this shortly after last saturdays workout. I also decided that if the lift is heavy enough to make me lose form, make up for it with volume at the heaviest weight I can keep proper form with - until I'm stronger.

Front Squats (Reverse Ladder Doubles)
Ladder 1: 2x135lbs (61kg), 2x155lbs (70.5kg), 2x185lbs (84kg)
Ladder 2: 2x155lbs (70.5), 2x185lbs (84), 2x205lbs (93)
Ladder 3: 2x185lbs (84), 2x205lbs (93), 2x2x225lbs (102kg)

Clean Pull Doubles
Ladder 1: 2x135lbs (61), 2x225lbs (102), 3x2x275lbs (125kg)

Big Fuji apple post workout.

Big ground lamb curry with a fried egg on top for dinner after the ride home... 1/4 cup cod liver oil chaser.

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Re: Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2010, 02:31:14 PM »
my training with contain nothing but front squats, overhead squats, pulls, cleans, and snatches until my hip/shin flexibility is restored.

For a few weeks now, I have been holding a deep horse stance and a primitive squat every morning and every night. Not timed, just holding it for a while.