Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Goals

Sorry for my lack of posts - the holidays hit and I got carried away on a wave of work and personal, and here we are, a month later.

Anyway, I put this out into the universe today to try and win some swag. Sue me, I like free crap.
Goals for 2017:

1. Pull 200
2. Squat 150
3. Bench 120
4. Lose 20 lbs of fat.

I don't even know if those goals are too lofty, not lofty enough, or what. I think I'm too close to a 45 lb plate squat to make that a goal for the year, so I went higher. If I hit them early, then I raise them, right? But I'm not going to be focusing too much on my goals, honestly. Just going to do the work that Wade puts forth. And with my reading comprehension skills, sometimes I might be working harder or easier than he intended.

As anyone who is ever in my journal knows, I'm actively working on the first three. And as to the 4th, well.... I have yet to start really tracking calories, much less cutting. Maybe I'll get my act together sooner rather than later.

And on the theme of being a "real" powerlifter, I can't seem to get into the pre-lift stuff. The exaggerated prep, the theatrically huge breath, etc. I wonder if I need to, like am I not focusing enough? Am I not working my body into a tight rubber band pf power because I don't do these things. Would this help me? I've always been more of the quiet, "just get it done without attracting attention to myself" kind of person. I think I would feel weird. But probably no weirder than I feel asking for a spot.

Anyway, Squat day tomorrow. Wade gave me pauses. I'll try harder to post my workouts more regularly.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Deadlift Day 12.16.16

Front Squat Singles - 1RM Testing
45x8
65x5
85x2
90x1
95x1
100x1
105x1
110x1
115x1
120x1



Deadlift with Trap bar - 1RM Testing
115x1
125x1
135x1
145x1
155x1
165x1
175x1




I'm pretty sure it was a 45 pound trap bar, I compared to a 45 lb plate and they weighed about the same :/


Conventional Deadlift
15x140x1 1 minute rests



Banded pull - Skipped, no bands yet

Seated leg curl
3x75x12

Seated Calf Raise
3x70x15

abs: 100 reps - ran out of time, will do tonight!

What I learned about myself today:

1. I'm stronger than I think
2. I'm a wimp about failing. I thought I would get to a point when I would legit fail, but I didn't (couldn't bring myself to?). Maybe I started too low. Ran out time. I have all the excuses in the book....

Decline Bench Day 12.15.16

Close grip decline bench
45x8
55x8
65x5
75x6
80x6


Over head press - 1RM Testing

45x5
55x3
65x1
70x1
2x75x1 (missed recording the first one!)




close grip cable pull down
75x12
2x80x12

rear delts (Bent over DB raise)
3x10'sx12

hammer curls
3x10'sx12

shrugs
50x12
2x60x12

Crunches
4x15

Air bike
2x20

Squat day, December 13, 2016

Back squat
45x8
55x8
65x5
75x3
85x1
6x105x2

Close stance
3x65x6
These were AWKWARD for m

Wide stance
2x55x6


Seated leg curl
60x12
2x75x12

Toe raise (seated calf raise)
90x12
2x70x15

Weighted crunch
3x8x15

Air bike
3x20 reps

Friday, December 16, 2016

Powerlifting

I can't fucking believe this country elected a pussy grabbing billionaire with Putin's hand up his ass.

I. Can't. Even.

So, instead, I hired a powerlifting coach to critique my form and help me get stronger.

Bench Day, December 11, 2016

Bench press
barx8 -didn't press record 
55x8
65x5
75x3
85x1
95x3 -failed 4th rep
95x2 - second rep barely came up and of course I wasn't recording 
85x8 for the 3rd set. 
50x3
55x3
60x3
65x3


Flat DB bench
10'sx35
2x20x35

Wide grip cable row
50x12
2x60x12

bent over side raise
3x10'sx12

hammer curls with dumbbells
10'sx12
12.5x12
10x12

Barbell Shrugs
30x12
2x50x12

Air bike
3x20

Ball pull-ins
2x15

Crunch
2x10

Stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Dear Trump Voter (#NotMyPresident)

I feel I need to write one more post about the election, but I'm having trouble expressing all of my feelings. I cannot keep my mouth shut when so many are being bullied and threatened. Many of my so-called friends have insulted me in the most personal ways because I can't reconcile their choices with my own most closely held beliefs, which makes me question the validity of their friendship. What are these crazy beliefs? Here are a few:

That bullying isn't right.
That women are human and do not deserve to be assaulted.
That people should not be ridiculed for being less than model-attractive, overweight, or disabled.
That veterans, soldiers and families of fallen soldiers should be honored, not disparaged.
That people who fall into any minority group deserve as much respect as anyone else.
That parents should not make lewd comments about their children.
That billionaires should pay taxes.
That we should keep jobs in the US even if moving them offshore saves us money.
That threatening journalist's lives is wrong.
That suggesting the assassination of your opponent is wrong.
That plagiarism is wrong.
That seeking the truth is good.
That climate change is real and affects all of us.

Most of these are complete no-brainers to me - if I consider you a friend, I assumed you shared these basic human rights beliefs, regardless of political affiliation. However, Trump has shat on every single one of these beliefs and those who voted for him have condoned his behavior.

I did not ask who you voted for, you shared. I know of only one person who has given me a reason that wasn't in direct conflict with my values. This is why I don't feel I can be friends with you, Trump voter. Not because you're a Republican, or a conservative, but because your moral compass is in such conflict with my own. You may not have voted for him because of these things, maybe you voted for him despite these of these terrible things he has done and said. I don't know. However, I have never hidden my beliefs, and I trusted that you were good person, one who cares about other people, our country and our planet. You have violated my trust, and there is no true friendship without trust.

I'm sure you will continue to say hateful things about me, about women, about immigrants, about minorities, about how I'm a sore loser, and can't accept anyone that disagrees with me. We can agree to disagree, that's fine. This is a free country (for now) so you get to have your beliefs, and I am still allowed to have mine. You now have the President you deserve.

I will continue to grieve the loss of human decency in my beloved country. The country that my ancestors fought for in the American Revolutionary War. The country my other ancestors immigrated to in order to find a better life. Things will settle down, I will begin to post about non-political things again. But things will never be the same between us, and that's not my fault.