Saturday, June 2, 2007


Last night I was at work until 10pm.  We have a project that has reached crunch time, so I've got some long weeks ahead.  On the bright side, my wife is working overtime as well, so we get to do it together.  I don't feel like I'm missing out on much then.  After all those hours sitting yesterday, I made a point to stretch for an hour before bed.  Loads of tension had built up through the day sitting.

Today I didn't get my butt out to the gym until 6pm.  I really need the workouts to counter act the effect of working long hours, but most of the day was spent sleeping and lazing around.  When I finally got out there, I decided to give the kettlebells a rest for the day.  I did:

Pulldowns - Range of weights on a rack mounted pulldown Chris Rice made me
Overhead Press - 5x45, 65; 4x5x85lbs
Axle Clean and Press - 3x73; 3x93; 2x1x123lbs;
One Arm Rows - 5/5x16k, 20k, 24k, 24k (I had almost made it)
Bending: Grade 2 Bolt
Overhead levers : 4 or 5 singles with 6lb sledge
Kettlebell Juggling with 16k, around 10 minutes
Y's: 2x5/5x3lbs

That's it.  Once I got the kettlebells in my hand, I couldn't help myself.  The lure of the kettlebell is too strong.  I tried introducing the pulldowns because I feel like I my shoulder health was really benefiting from the pulldown machine at World Gym.  I'm not sure if these have the same effect.  My performance on the Y's shows my lower traps are doing fine, my shoulder just hasn't felt as stable as I would have liked lately.

I think that's primarily the result of my failure to focus on sticking with reps and basic, non ballistic exercises.  Hence, the changes in today's workout.  The axle clean and press ties my PR, but I didn't mark it as such since it clearly was not a max effort.  I'm probably good for another 10 or 20 pounds on the lift.  In the back of my head I am wondering if I could hit my 3/4 body weight clean and push press goals right now, but I want to save them for when I'm under 200lbs.  My body needs some sub-max workouts.

Yesterday's workout had a tremendous impact on my hamstrings.  Bending or squatting are both quite painful right now.  The soreness is one of the primary reasons my workout got put off to so late.  I kept hoping I would sleep it off or work the pain out through the day.  In the end, the only thing that helped was lifting the weights.

I got some of my most critical workout shopping done.  I needed some smaller gym clothes.  It turns out not only does Amazon sell shorts, they sell underwear!  I never have to go to the store again