Friday, April 4, 2014

Blarg



I have a hilly 10k in two months, which means I should probably start running again, and since no one in my life should have to hear me talk about running, ever, I guess it's time to dust this shit off.

Friday, January 31, 2014

TEE HEE HEE HOW IS IT ALMOST FEBRUARY IT'S AS THOUGH TIME PASSES EVERY SINGLE DAY

HOLY SHIT IT'S THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH IF I DON'T POST A LIST OF SOME OF THE SHIT I POSTED THIS MONTH YOU WILL HAVE FORGOTTEN THE COOL STUFF I DID LIKE GO FOR A RUN AND MAKE OATMEAL PLEASE CLICK ON THESE LINKS OF POSTS YOU JUST READ LIKE LITERALLY DAYS AGO SO I MAKE MORE ADD MONEY.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

No1 Curr



Life is stressful, but lifts are good.  Tightening up my focus.  Continue to need to work on nutrition.  Am apparently too lazy to gain weight easily, which is the current goal.  Woe is me, right?  As long as the lifts keep going up.  I have goals for 2014.  Numbers I'd like to hit.  Just need to knuckle under and make that happen.

Still not running.  About as out of shape in that regard as the lazy sacks of shit I play football with on Saturdays, which kind of makes me want to kill myself, but not enough to start running again I guess.

Finding myself constantly tense.  Have to keep pausing, recognizing every part of me is tensed up, and consciously relax.  Stress is only useful if you use it to modify your behavior.  Otherwise it's useless and should be...what?  How do you delete something that's useless?

Since I'm not sleeping well anyway, maybe I'll start getting up before work and taking a yoga class?  (Note: I tell myself this at least twice a month, and haven't taken a yoga class in years.)

Maybe writing this down will do something?

Oh, you're not here for the moping.  I forgot.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blogging Once A Week? Blogging Once A Week.



Winter in Los Angeles has its perks.  Monday it was tank top weather.  I think it hit 85F in some places.  Sure, our houses cost 6 x what they do in the middle of the country, and our waitresses are all aspiring actresses who think pouring your coffee dramatically will land them their next role, but it's still a great place to live.



My boxing gym is closed on Sundays, so every week is an exercise in getting my training in before Sunday, or cranking one out in my garage.  The last two weeks have been hot garage action.  Because doing front squats with dumbbells is great.  Because having the heaviest weight I can press be 50lbs is awesome.



Lifting is still going great.  I'm working on my squats.  I have converted to the church of the zercher squat.  It is winning.  It is life.  I ran 1.9 miles last night and it was awful.



The fun part about living in LA is you get invited to wrap parties for shows with tiny budgets (see: fancy cake?).

Blah blah blah.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Hardest Part About Updating This Blog Is My Dick



At some point I'll have actual muscles to show off, but I like pretending anyway.



Back up to 195lb in DL land this week.  So much easier than last time.



Next week is (hopefully) a new PR.

God, I'm bored even writing this.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Routine Is Good.

Since last we met I killed another DL session, plus two supplemental weight lifting sessions.  I re-entered the world of People Who Squat (ish), and I discovered that 1.4 miles of uninterrupted running is enough to leave me unhappy physically, but very happy mentally that running is not a steady aspect on my calendar.  I also played football in the rain.  My anti-social cat has realized that being in close proximity to me is better than being outside, so I've had the pleasure of her company.  Oh, and I discovered that my gym is closed on Sundays.  Whoops.

I'm still super in love with lifting.  My trainer asked what I wanted to do after we finish this cycle of Coan Phillipi.  "Up it 30lbs and start another" was the obvious reply.

Anyway, life is good.  Routine.









Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Coan Phillipi Week 5 + NEW BELT



Listen.  I know.  I don't lift heavy enough for a belt, especially this new, giant, beautiful beast of a belt.  Fuck you.  Someday I will, and this belt will help me not get injured in the journey to lift heavy enough to actually need this belt.

Or something.

Anyway, back to the grind.  Dropped two pounds over the course of the holiday, but my weight fluctuates a good 2-3lbs on any given day, so whatever.  That's the weight of a solid shit, so I'm not putting much credence into it right now.  I should be inching up on the scale, but as long as I keep inching up on the weight I'm lifting I'm not going to get too concerned.

That said, I tried to mix protein powder into my oatmeal this morning because IDK I'm a fucking idiot?  It was awful.  Full blown grossest thing I've tasted in a long time.  And it was protein powder I actually like.  There are some fucked up blogger palates out there you guys.  So groce.

Anyway, back to the grind.

Prescribed workout:

Week 5

Deadlift (80%): 3x3 @ 170 lbs
Speed deadlift (65%): 3x3 @ 140 lbs (120 sec rest b/w sets)
Power shrugs (60% of current): 3x5 @ 110 lbs
Stiff-leg deadlift: 3x5
Bent over row: 3x5
Underhand (reverse) grip lat pulldown: 3x5
Arched back good morning: 3x5

Actual workout:

Week 5

Deadlift (80%): 3x3 @ 170 lbs
Speed deadlift (65%): 3x3 @ 140 lbs (120 sec rest b/w sets)
Power shrugs (60% of current): 3x5 @ 110 lbs
Stiff-leg deadlift: 3x8 @110lbs
Bent over row: 3x8 @80lbs
Chin ups: 3x8


Somehow we got the memo about shrugs being only 5 reps, but not the rest of it.  Oh well.

As you can see, I sub out lat pulldowns for chin ups.  This is pretty common with the program, based on what equipment you have.  I also skip the arched back good mornings because my lower back is stupid.

After a week of basic sloth and gluttony, I'm finding it hard to get motivated to do my solo work.  My twice a week training sessions are easy.  While difficult, they're ingrained.  And knowing my training is there waiting for me, and I don't have to think, just lift, makes it easy.  The idea of walking in to my boxing gym solo and doing self directed lifts after work tonight sounds like more effort than I'm willing to exert.

I need to recognize that questioning going should be enough to get me out the door, because there will be days when going isn't even an option, so I should save my laziness for those days.  I have goals.  To reach them I have to not be a lazy piece of shit.  I have days off.  Many days off.  But today does not need to be one of those days.