good session and interestings warmups, im taking good note on em
Glex: By the time we rack up 5000 total Pain will have sold again and we will be at a new forum.
Deathmaggot: The main thing is it works!
Rocky: The hand was suprisingly strong too. It handled the thick bar pretty well. Now I feel confident to include deadlifts again in a few weeks. I'll probably alternate the Deadlifts with C&J/Snatch workouts.
Philo: Thanks dude. I'm looking to have a bit more strength on the bench and a bit more muscle on my chest.
Max-OT: I've been doing gym training for about 10-11yrs and have owned dumbbells that I lifted before that since I was 16 (13yrs). But I haven't been looking to gain much weight for a few years (aside from set backs that require rebuilding) as I don't want to go outside of the 180-190lb range. Basically I'm refining things now.
I did a Front squat and Snatch/C&J workout the other day. My mind wandered to the idea of doing this particular workout in a commercial gym. For starters I was cleaning my front squat weight first before squatting. Second I was doing sets of snatches and C&J's.
Neither of things is something that is done in gyms. For starters weightlifting lifts are hard, and marked as dangerous because of their toughness to do. Cleaning your front squat weight (the later rarely done as well) is just unheard of. That's just silly!
I was imagining the looks on people's faces as I did the hard yards on the platform, while they sat staring from the preacher curl bench. I remembered the lines I had read in a "Weight Training" book at a store "Pulling with your arms to clean to the shoulder" and how wrong they were.
A small part of me loves being different in the gym. It entertains me to know that most people have no idea of what productive training is about. But mostly it saddens me. I've had arguements with trainers before about training, most have no idea what they are talking about, others have found a way to train and are closed to any other methods. These people are the frontline, they are the beginers first point of contact, and they are filling peoples heads with another generation of bullshit.
So when I train in a gym, I am there to set the example. I make sure that I am not only training hard, but that I don't do any fluffy exercises. I make sure that people see me enjoying lifting, I make sure that every rep is 'perfect', and I make sure that if anyone wants to chat about training that they get their answers without interupting my workout.
I encourage you all to strive to be better at training. Don't lock yourself into the narrow minded training spectrum touted by the mainstream (splits ), and be there letting the next generation coming through that the path is over this way, not with the franchise shirt and head trainer badge.
Nicely said Tim. I think the problem often is that the trainers push the conventional less effective methods becuase it's what the majority want. Most trainers want to do what other people do and it just becomes a vicious cycle because it is simply what is expected and accepted as "normal" training.
Rocky: I don't think its that simple. People have certain expectations from the media as to what exercise is, sure, but that doesn't mean that we have to blindly follow that. I know most housewives/etc think of exercise as aerobics and the like, but that myth can be busted straight away in the consult when they join, as the trainer is "more knowledgeable"!!! But yes it does become a vicious cycle of dogma and lunacy.
Glex: It's amazing what impresses some people too. If you bench a decent weight, everyone stand about staring, if you do a deadlift though they just think you are stupidly trying to hurt your back.
Hypo: If I was really tough I would have not been a wimpering mess when I did my knee. But thanks anyway!
Rocky: I may get to go to a gym and train next week. I'm already planning on doing a leg day with glute-ham raises done on one of the lat pulldowns if possible.
Yesterday I had a shitty day with work. Then the movers came to collect some of our stuff to move to the new town where my girl has started work, and where I will be soon. I managed to be so distracted I forgot the fridge and TV that were meant to go.
I took it out on the weights. It was a good session, and I felt set for more. That can wait until I up the weight next week!
Warmup - you know the drill now.
97.5kg x7 (felt good and will be 120kg and 100kg next week)
Thick bar DB Row
50kg x7 (these felt like my form was better this week with less upper trap involvement)
8 (did these with the bar set 2" lower, so should have been ~10% harder)
50kg x4 (suprisingly good, rows were obviously too easy)
We've got 2 fridges and 2 TV's (actually 2 everything). She was going to have the ones not being used at the moment (as she's at her parent's so less fridge space needed and less arguments about what to watch).
But now they will likely have to make a special pickup for them, or I'll have to lug them over.
Felt really bad about it last night. The movers were doing there thing, I was certain I had told them to pack everything on the list (without refering to it) and went and hit the iron.
Then I went make my shake and realised I still had 2 fridges, and Catherine would have none....... Great way to keep a long distance relationship going!!
She just calmly said that she would either get them to pick it up, or I'd have to lunk it and the TV up myself on one of the work utes.
Worlds worst boyfriend award runner up is: TIM!!!
Deathmaggot: It seems that deadlifts are the serious trainers exercise. You only do them if you are the real deal. I've only seen one gym where deadlifts and Cleans (etc) are done by normal gym attendees, but they do them for reps, not properly at all. Hell C&J's and Snatches have to be done for low reps to get the technique correct due to the high level of HTMU involvement!!!!
Rocky: I'm looking forward to next weeks bench session. It's been a long while since I've easily handled +120kg without shoulder impingement problems. I was actually suprised how good I was at glute-ham raises when I found a proper GH. But doing ones on a pulldown may rank with natural GH raises, FUCKING HARD!
Todays session was legs.
11.5kg Leg ext with lateral rotation of foot (VM activation)
117.5kg x3 (Repeating next week, was hoping next week would be 140kg for my gym visit)
100kg x6 (repeat)