Anvil or Hammer

Prepare to lock and load

Posted in Gym Strength by Mike on August 3, 2007

Tomorrow I load for strongman. I’m 10 lbs away from where I need to be in May and I feel like I can make it pretty “easily” (easy is relative). I think I’m gonna diet straight through to 230 before I take a break. Once I hit 230, I’ll try to hold through the contest. Once that passes, I’ll decide  how much more I want to work on for next year’s weightloss.

Before all that, today:
1 hour of light technique work on cleans. I even hit 100K a few times. I got greedy and went for 110 just to try and hit bodyweight, I missed. I got a bunch of videos with my phone I’ll try to post them up over the weekend. I missed quite a few. Even when I get low, I tend to catch too far in front of myself.

100K Front squat 2 X 3
80K Jerk 5X5
Bodyweight 20 rep squat (by bodyweight I mean 110K)
I got the first rep or two on video. I was surprised at how low I wasn’t going. I thought I was really getting deep, I think I barely hit parallel.
70lb DB press 12,8,4
90lb T-bar row 12X4
80lb Rope tricep press 12 X 2
95lb EZBarbell curl 8 X 2
225lb Trap bar shrugs 2oreps


Posted in Cardio,Concept II,Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on August 3, 2007

Yesteday I did my row. I think I could have done more.

Damper closed
1,000 warmup
2,000 sub 2:00
Damper Opened
750 warmup/cooldown
250 sub 1:40
500 warmup/cooldown
500 sub  1:50
1000 warmup/cooldown
1000 sub 2:00

I rested between each set of sprints. I didn’t time the rest eriod but the total was 3:40 of rest making a grand total time of 33:40.

Time 33:40
Avg HR 153
Max HR 178

After gripping that last week, I hadn’t eaten well, I’ve followed it up with another poorly nurished week. Last week I felt like I had a lot of random obligations that kept me from eating well. This week, it has been all willpower. I went back to my heathier lunches and so on but there always seemed to be something more. Each day I seem to come across some little temptation and rather than pass, like I should. I take it.
My weight results for this week should be interesting. So far, oddly, I’ve been low. So low that I weighed myself last evening (just because) and saw a sub 240 for the first time. Saturday I help with strongman, so we’ll just have to see where I end up on Monday. None the less. Next week I must be more disciplined.