Heavy shit

Have some random lifting video from the last couple of weeks, because I’ve been a slacker about posting and my squats have sucked since I got 425#.


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In all the excitement, I forgot if I’ve fired five bullets, or six to post a certain bit of video here.

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Gimme some sugar, baby.

I can’t in good conscience make any kind of self-aggrandizing remarks about being the “king” – especially with around. :-) However, at ‘s urging, I did try to do some “King” deadlifts. These are basically a one-legged variant, where the non-working leg kind of waves around behind you as if in an unsupported lunge; my form is, in a word, abysmal, but will hopefully suck less with practice and stretching.

I began with bodyweight, then +45 pounds, and finally +95 pounds. Obviously, my balance needs work and my hip flexibility is lacking, but I think they’re going to be interesting. Video here. (On a side note, I’m both pleased and kind of freaked out that my camera’s audio was good enough to catch the stereo’s music well enough for Youtube to identify and flag it.)

Following that, I moved on to conventional ones, and, for a taste of cinema verite, here’s the unedited entirety (note: this hardly makes for thrilling theater, and is currently being gnawed on processed by YouTube after uploading, if it doesn’t show up just yet) of that portion of my workout (doing heavy triples and doubles up to a 2RM, which was, gratifyingly, within 5% of where I was before I broke my hand in August).

OHP Video

We’ll see how well this works.

Yes, it really is a hundred degrees in my garage.

Unfortunately, the audio (Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells”) was scrubbed for copyright reasons.

Now, with extra

At some point, I’m going to wise up to the fact that I can’t lift for shit when all I’ve had is two cups of coffee and a protein shake. Today was not that day, obviously, but that didn’t stop me from trying it anyway.

Of course, nothing good or impressive came of it, but it beat not doing anything, or spending an extra hour getting my ass summarily handed to me during the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 free multi-player demo Steam is offering this weekend (12GB? Seriously? Yes, it’s pretty in that “Yep, I’m crossing Fallujah off my to-visit list” kind of way, but jesus fuck).

The opener, a dozen turkish get-ups, were done on a dare/bet. I was hoping to make 20, but there was no goddamned way that was going to happen this morning. There’s video of those below the cut.

15/9/3+ – Bench Press, with interstitial deadlifts (since being sore all week from squats wasn’t sufficient disincentive last time around)


Turkish Get-Ups (54# KB): 1×12 (4 R, 3L, 3R, 2L)

Bench Press: 1×15 @ 45 / 1×10 @ 95 / 1×5 @ 135

Work Sets:

Bench Press: 3×5 @ 165 / 3×5 @ 185

Deadlift: 1×10 @ 135 / 1×10 @ 185 / 7×5 @ 225

Pullups: 1×10

Howto, How Not To, and Some PR

I had completely spaced on the fact that I had a work conference to go today, which means that I had to stiff the folks who were expecting me to chaperone this evening’s run after work. Considering that everyone but BB blew off Monday’s… I’m not going to sweat it much, and we can always do it next week anyway.

Instead, I made good on a remark I made to Code Monkey, to provide a how-to video for power cleans and front squats, since his form needs a little correction, and it’s a lot easier to show than tell.

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Ikea for Metalheads

Yes, I'm the idiot in the upper left.

Other than the frowny face, I was the guy in the upper left corner when I brought it in from where the UPS dude dropped it off. Weighing in at 110#, I probably wasn't his favorite customer.

After a couple of weeks of anticipation, my new toy arrived yesterday. Knowing that was coming, and that I had a personal day that had to be used before the end of the month, today was the perfect opportunity to take the day off to put that sucker together. After, of course, cleaning some of the cruft out of the garage to make space and all.

90 minutes later, it was ready for action. Not bad, considering the assembly guide contains no written instructions whatsoever, and the salient portion consists of exactly two diagrams. It’s not rocket science, admittedly, but the PowerTec folks have a very well-engineered piece of equipment here. All you need is a couple of crescent wrenches.

So, how does it work in practice?

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[WotD] Friday, December 18

Front Squats, my nemesis. Took video to critique my form, and even I can tell these are some ugly lifts. Knees all over the place, cheating towards one side, and pretty much every ill you can think of other than a rounded back.

2×5 @ 105

2×5 @ 120

1×6 + 1×3 @ 135 (PR)

Videos are behind the cut.

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So, with most of this week crossed off the calendar, it’s been tricky but not impossible to manage the 25 pushups on the hour, every hour. Next week will be 30, and so on.

Some observations…

[WotD] Wednesday, October 21: Four-play

5/3/1 – Deadlift Day

Had to cut things short, so the supplementals didn’t happen right with the main event, but that’s all right.

Video & recap after the jump.

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