Sunday, November 25, 2007

Rite of Passage - Heavy

Getting into the heavy workout this morning was tough.  After a week of doing whatever I want, I was in no mood to focus.  Saturday I spent relaxing, putting some time into investigating a pool table, as well an Olympic barbell with bumper plates.  I think I have the weights figured out, but the pool table will take a lot of planning.

I spent the first part of Sunday morning putting together a 300lb weight set to sell on Craig's list.  Somehow I have accumulated over 900lbs in iron plates.  That is far more than I can use, so I pulled 300lbs, a barbell, collars, and some other stuff and posted it online as a set.  Hopefully it sells.

After my scrounging, I dug into the workout. It went like this:

20k One Arm Press Ladders: 4 x (1/1, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4)
Chin Ladders: 4 x (1/1, 2/2, 3/3)
2 Minutes 20k One Arm Swings: Set every 30 seconds - 5/5, 5/5, 5/5, 5/5

Pretty good for a week off.  I probably could have forced a fifth round on each ladder, but I chose to leave something to achieve next Sunday.  Since it will be my last heavy workout before Gripmas, I want to set it up for success.  I used the Gymboss timer for the swings.  It works great.

My expectations for Gripmas at this point are to show up and have fun meeting people.  My grip strength is far from peaking and shows no signs of doing so in the next two weeks.  I am ok with that though.

Post workout was spent making a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner with my wife.  We had tofurkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet corn, sparkling juice, and a rice / veggie mix.  I ate until my breath was short and laying down was  not an option.  The food was awesome.

My power yoga materials have arrived, but I have yet to dig into them.  That may need to wait for my next down week.  Once the weight set sells, it is quite possible I will move forward with purchase of an Olympic barbell and some bumper plates.  I am looking at the equipment sold by Wichita Falls Weightlifting. 

I am torn between the lifetime guarantee barbell or the economy one.  Both are sufficient for my needs, but the higher quality bar will hold its value better.  I am also debating on what bumper plates to get.  I think a pair of the 10k and 15k plates is enough for my needs, but I can get a deal buying the 20k plates with them. This is probably how I ended up with 900lbs in iron plates...