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Overworked and not paid

Posted in Gym Strength by Mike on June 9, 2007

I believe I have overworked the posterior chain. Shouldn’t surprise me with what I do.

Clean Squats – I was really focused on the squat in these. Each rep was clean, jerk, back squat (full pause at the bottom), back squat (another full pause), back jerk. I would do this twice
60K
70K
80K
100K
attempted 110 K but I was just getting greedy
100K
90K

Olympic squat 110K X 20

It was at this point (fortunately after I was done) that my hamstring decided it didn’t want to play any more. It’s been kinda cramping on and off since. I’m drnking my water, gotta use the roller and so on. I had hoped to hit a workout this weekend but I think this is a warning.

I’ve got big plans for Monday, hitish workout follow by something else….
Just gonna prepare.

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  1. Stephen said,

    Hey Mike: Just a couple thoughts. I recommend icing that hamstring until the cramp goes away. Follow up with light stretches, then massage/roller to get out any triggers. Over the past month you’ve posted some intense running/sprinting workouts. You have strong hamstrings from your strength training, but the sprinting likely shortened them (sprinting involves alot of mass specific force relying on the posterior and hip). Usually I don’t experience physical indication of a hamstring problem until a strain occurs in a max effort; or, until I start investigating with massage or stretching. I have learned the hard way (multiple hamstring pulls) that if I run with intensity – then repair work (rest, stretching, ice, pro-massage or self-massage) is imperative if I want to avoid injury.

  2. Mike said,

    In other words, focus on recovery, that is certainly one lesson I have started to learn from you. I’m not there yet but. 🙂 i was thinking about trying to do an hour of yoga this weekend, what do you think?

  3. Stephen said,

    I don’t have alot of experience with Yoga, but I’ve taken a few classes and plan to take more. I found it demands a level of patience I’m not used to applying to physical movement, and that both frustrates and intrigues me. The last time I took a class I felt simultaneous impulses to burst into a max effort and take a nap. Afterward, I felt relaxed and like I had a massage. I work with a yoga expert. She recommends consuming alot of water during and after.


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