Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Grip in the Apartment

Lazy day today, my hands just were not feeling strong.  I had a hard time sleeping last night and think that contributed to the problem.  I did a series of blob loads to my bench, ranging from the 27.5lber to the 32.5lber.  I only got the 32.5lber once today, but I was also struggling with the smaller ones.  I think my block work might actually be better if I've worked out earlier in the day.  I did some light kettlebell swings in between my first couple sets to warm up.  That seemed to help.

Finishing the workout now with some finger extensions and playing with a stress ball.  I'd hoped to write a good post on my mobility work, but with the move I just don't have time.  Suffice it to say for now I highly recommend the book Stretch to Win.  They've got a free sample here:

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In my opinion the part of the book I am applying, which is currently just the principles for stretching, is better than anything I found in Pavel's Super Joints or in either of the mobility DVDs I got off of T-nation.  It also beats Stretching Scientifically by Thomas Kurtz. 

The entire focus of this book is on balancing the muscles of the body to have flexibility appropriate to your specific needs, including a personalized process for doing a self assessment of your needs, stretches, and instructions on how to apply trigger point therapy.  I've got my trigger point therapy stuff on order and will do the full personalized program once it arrives.  This book is some of the best value I've gotten out of my training dollar.