Anvil or Hammer


week beginning 04/03/2011

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on April 10, 2011

04/03
Time 2pm
Bodyweight (home scale) 249.8

No pretest recoded
Mobility drills
Post test top of ankle

Snatch
Pre-Test: Bottom of ankle
Time: 8:00
Weight: 24K
Unilateral: Y
Reps: 100
Post-Test: top of top of foot
Notes

Towel Deadlifts
Pre-Test: bottom of foot
Time: 8:00
Weight: 135lb
Unilateral: N
Reps: 90
Post-Test: Floor
Notes
This was with a barbell versus my usual dumbbell work. The range of motion feels really short but solid, obviously the body agreed with the movement.

Thrusters
Pre-Test: bottom of thumbs on floor (record)
Time: 8:00
Weight: 135
Unilateral: N
Reps: 8
Post-Test: floor
Notes
This was really heavy for me on thrusters but I wanted to try it. The test reps went awesome. The latter reps could have been better. Because it was so heavy for me, given the nature of the workout, there was a lot of time taken between reps to prepare myself to stay tension free. Obviously I was not 100% successful

Burpee -> Clean
Pre-Test: grasp toes
Time: 8:00
Weight: 16K
Unilateral: Y(sorta)
Reps: 17
Post-Test: grasp foot/toes
Notes

pigeon-toe presses
Pre-Test: bottom of toes
Time: 8:00
Weight: 16K
Unilateral: Y
Reps: 10
Post-Test: top of toe nails
Notes
I was testing every few reps and immediately saw a decline in ROM, which made me bail on this

04/04
unfortunately I used ink on my tracking sheet so once it went in my gymbag it all ran. I can tell you that I did Snatch 60lb X90, towel deadlift 60lb X 84, Thrusters (can’t read the weight but it was 35lbs X 2) X 35, Burpee -> clean 60lbs X 22, Pigeon-toe presses 35lbs X 60. It looks like my ROM looks like I got to the point of grasping my toes

04/05 – no workout

04/06 – no recorded workout but I did do one. As I recall I worked the depth squat, presses and plate rotations but had to go.

04/07 – same as the day before

04/08 –
Bodyweight 250.0
Pretest: top of ankle
mobility drills
post test: bottom of ankle

Depth Squat
Pretest: top of toes
Weight: bodyweight
Unilateral: N
Reps: 70 (really I lost count so this is just an estimate)
Post-test point: bottom of top of foot
Notes

Suitcase Deadlift
Pre-Test: top of toes
Time: 8:00
Weight: 60 X 2
Unilateral: N
Reps: 40
Post-Test: top of toe nails
Notes

Presses w/ Open Rotations
Pre-Test: toe tips
Time: 8:00
Weight: 35
Unilateral: Y
Reps: 90
Post-Test: toe tips
Notes

Plate Rotation
Pre-Test: toe tips
Time: 8:00
Weight: 25 lbs
Unilateral: N
Reps: 177
Post-Test: tip of toe nails
Notes

TGU
Pre-Test: toe tips
Time: 8:00
Weight: 35
Unilateral: Y
Reps: 16
Post-Test: floor
Notes
the ROM on this felt weird. I think it’s because my hip joints are so much more open

04/09 – nothing

04/10 – nothing
oddly, that nerve injury on my left sciatic was acting up. This is really dumb, but I think it was a session of Wii boxing I did the evening before that correlated. My right bicep is sore, presumably from throwing my right arm with no resistance. I assume the two are related.

This week was pretty crap for workouts. My job’s been interfering. My goal for the coming week is to hit 5 solid workouts (even if one or two of them is outside my normal nooner). My other goal is to get home from work on time, something I haven’t succeeded at in two weeks.

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For Stephen

Posted in Uncategorized by Mike on April 10, 2011

Steve,
Good to hear from you. I am back to entering in the blog. I never really quite training but so much has gone on in the past months that keeping a log became unimportant by comparison. As you can tell, even now I barely get my workouts in. My life has turned over in a very good way but I’m working on finding my own rhythm in it.

A word about my training:
For the first time I’ve engaged a personal trainer. I simply do not have the time to put the necessary thought into making really good workouts for myself. Beyond that I found myself in a body that through injury and bad practices would not perform the basic maneuvers I desired. Kurt has been a tremendous help on that front. In the couple of short months Ive been training with him my range of motion has improved more than I would have thought possible. More important, mirror aches and pains have cleared away.
The training, so far, consists of a prescribed list of exercises that I “test” before preforming. By test I mean that I do a basic sit and reach type stretch test and indicate the point at which I first feel tension. I then perform a couple reps then test again. If I improve, my body is into the movement and I exercise. If my ROM gets worse I can tweak the exercise in prescribed ways until I find the right one or I can move on.
Right now I have 8 minutes sets for training. I do them in whatever chunks I desire but it’s usually multiples of 5 out of habit. If I feel extra tension developing in my body, I stop until it clears then proceed. If it doesn’t clear or reappears within one rep, I stop and wait the set out and move on.
As I mentioned, the life benefits have been tremendous. Kurt has pushed me to provide goals and I’ve been less than forthcoming for two reasons. First, I just love the improvement to my life and body I’m getting out of simply doing what I’m doing. Second, I just don’t know what I want to do for goals right now. I’m not achieving any more clarity by not giving a good answer though either.

I need to check in on your blog and see how it is but I hope you’re well and I’ll be in touch.