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  1. #271
    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    It was a hot day. These 40 degree days are killing me (thats +104 for you backwards farenheit users. I propose we change to using Kelvin as the measure, but then freezing point of water would be 273 degrees.). It gets so hard to train when you drip sweat just from walking outside. Fortuneately a sea breeze came in and cooled things off so I was able to train after dinner.

    Nothing really amazing of note. But I have come to the realisation that I need to spend less time training. I seem to spend longer training than I would at a gym, so I should either shorten the workouts, cut exercises, or change programs to exercises that compliment change-over (as the gym facilitated a major cut in time between exercises). I'll stick with this for another cycle (to take it to at least 8 weeks), and then think of changing. Best to incorporate it into the new job too.

    I haven't done a split routine in about 6yrs (maybe more), so I might try that for a laugh. I could go back to upper/lower. How about a vote, should I try:

    1) Stay the course on the fullbody, just pull your finger out and train harder with shorter intervals.
    2) Change to a wussy split, with chest on Mondays like everyone else.
    3) Change to a split that at least has legs on Monday.
    4) Go back to upper/lower.
    5) Screw the looking good and being strong, go eat a bag of chips on the couch!

    maybe you should start getting paid for all the training knowledge you have


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    I propose we change to using Kelvin as the measure, but then freezing point of water would be 273 degrees.
    Actually, 273.15, to be a little more precise I'm not sure how I feel about Kelvin; dude didn't even make a new scale, he just moved the zero point. I'm going to make a new scale for benching called the Glex where zero starts at 135 lbs. Put me in textbooks now, please.

    I like doing a split routine. I can never get my arms to grow without doing multiple movements for each muscle in a workout. Line and I are on a modified push/pull right now, are you opposed to push/pull?


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    Props to you for training in that kind of heat, Tim. I know how it feels to have the energy just sucked and bled out of you like that(lived in desert climates all my life); makes the workouts all the more impressive, and your example all the more tough to match


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    FF: Number 5 is tempting..... Upper/lower would be my preference, but the new job may make that harder to fit in. I may have to do the socialising thing on weekends and play golf, when I would normally get one of the workouts in. We'll see.

    Natureboypkr: Cheers for the compliment! Apparently you need to have a piece of paper saying you're a qualified personal trainer. In Australia that either means shelling out $3500 for a 2 week course which is mostly first aid (a course that costs $80-100), or racking up more student loans for a similar amount of $$ for a year of night school. I could start writing articles for Pain (well finishing them is more the key) but I have a lot of other writing to do on my PhD.

    Glex: So in Glexes Mango would only be curling 0lbs. That could be a goer. Although most people talk in pounds because its a bigger number. Case in point: which sounds bigger; 220lbs or 100kg? Lifting 100kg just doesn't sound as good as 220lbs. So maybe Glexes could be a relative scale, so that you add your bodyweight to whatever lift weight is used....

    On the splits: I found my arms sucked when I didn't do at least some specific arm exercises, so I now make sure that I have some included in whatever routine I'm doing. Though a full split? Hadn't thought of push/pull, might be worth a shot.

    Onebigeric: The heat does suck! Training at the gym could be as much about airconditioning as anything else. Hard to say. My worst training experience was a footy training run in 46 degree heat. I was feeling crap for a couple of days afterwards.

    I've got a new job, so I'll be buying a house in the near future, so the plan is to have a "Man's Room" (refer back to my hairdresser post) where I have my weights, guitars, and games room set up. This is likely to get some temperature control of some sort, so the Aussie summer may become an outdated complaint from me.


     


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    @tim290280 yeah that sucks, you have those trainers who take those courses and still suck a training and think they're Charles Glass or Milos. I had one of those guy come up to me trying to tell me who I should do deadlifts, I told him "when you look anything like me then come talk to me, other than that go train some senior citizens", I came off like that because he was being an asshole


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    ^^ The irony is that these courses have the bare minimum of actual training knowledge imparted. So most of what they regurgitate is from the head trainer at that gym (or other gyms they have worked in). My cousin manages a gym and he comes out with all sorts of shit when we talk. Its Ok for his clientel (wrinklies and students), as he is trying to avoid getting sued, and having to spend money on stuff that caters to people they aren't trying to attract as members, but to a guy he knows is more serious about lifting he comes off as a jerk.


     


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    Well I did another marathon session last night. I managed to have dinner before training, and then still have enough time to contemplate whether I could actually get the workout done before Top Gear came on. In the end I realised that Top Gear was going to have to be on the backburner unless I wanted to train on another 40+ degree day.

    So train I did, and fitter about I did, as I finished the session watching TV as much as working out. Up untill my upper body half of the session I was going well. I managed to C&J 90kg for the first time, felt easy, but still not catching quite right overhead. The SLDL's went well, although I went easier (didn't add load this week) as my low back was still stiff from deads on Saturday. Then Front squats were good, all except for the red line across my shoulder from the bar. I've added 10kg to the front squat in 2 weeks, I won't chance another 5kg next week, but I may add 2.5kg. Seem to have gotten the kinks out of this lift, now if only I could be a pussy and pad the bar a bit so that I don't get that red mark.

    Then David Hasselhoff stood up on the wall and everything came crashing down around my ears. The incline bench seemed to take for ever, seemed to be overly hard, and I couldn't help seeing the Top Gear guys bag each others cheap sports cars. Chinups were good, however. Don't know why but they just seemed easy, even with the dead hang. Actually the dead hang is something I've started doing again in the last year or so. I always used to do prestretch (drop into the chin) or rapid chins and pullups. The theory is that the dead hang leaves your shoulder vunerable to strain on the rotor cuffs, like the torture victims who have been strung up by their arms. But of course I now think that this is moot, as you are actively exercising the muscles, so they are active in even the dead hang (done correctly). Makes a big difference on back involvement and how much weight you use!

    I finished up with wrist rollers, spider curls and my incline triceps thingy. Triceps got a good pump going, and the elbows didn't feel as bad. Spider curls continue to make me feel like I'm cramping at the peak, something I think that I need to conquer if I want that extra 1/2".

    At least the 1.5hrs allowed me to finish up before South Park came on.


     


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    I know what you mean on those front squats my shoulders feel real bruised, in my garage its freezing cold and where you are its boiling hot if only we could have a mixture of both then it would be perfect lol


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    Fear the Hasslehoff; he'll eat your soul

    Sounds like an excellent session Tim Thank you for your side descriptions concerning form and muscle feel along the way; adds some spit and shine to an already excellent log.


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    Top Gear...sounds like another Aussie conspiracy trying to tell us that Australia is on top of the world


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    FF: I've got the pale skin that the monk in The DaVinci Code would be dark next to. So red marks from the bar on my shoulders show up easily. I don't know that they were bruising though, as they have dissappeared now.

    Onebigeric: Hasslehoff always talks about dancing and singing on the Berlin Wall when it was coming down. Don't know if he realises he is a running joke or not, though he did have a funny cameo in Dodge Ball. The session was Ok, I'll feel better about it when the routine runs a bit quicker.

    Glex: I wouldn't have thought I was promoting Australia, rather my new sponsor Mary Jane. All my posts will now be prefixed and suffixed with DUDE, and COOL.

    Top Gear is actually a British car show. They are quite funny and irreverant about the way they review new cars. There's a great clip on YouTube of them trashing a Toyota Hilux (which is regarded as the toughest 1 tonne ute/truck in existence). They set it on fire, drop a caravan on it, drown it in the sea, hit it with a wrecking ball, drive it into a tree, leave it on a tall building during a controlled demolition. After all that they were still able to drive it. Good stuff that show!

    Banshee: Dead hangs do make the difference between that easy set and the hard muscle building set. You may be interested in my next post on the Oly lifts, snatches are going up quicker than the C&J.


     


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    I think the dead hang part of the chin makes all the difference too...Id rather have a spot and do the dead hang than not. Enjoyed reading your entry again Tim. Glad the Olympic lifts are still going good.

    Glad you made South Park!

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    Solace is nothing more than support.

    Catharsis is nothing more than release.

    Clarity and simplicity are the true relaxants. Think of all the anger and frustrations of your daily life, and how that can all be washed away by those moments of simplicity and clarity. Booze hounds have often described their epiphany as a "moment of clarity" where everything becomes simple and straight forward. These moments can then redefine the way our life progresses; wallow in the conflict and frustrations and create a deep dark hole inside; pass it all off and fail to move forward past the issues; find an inner peace and the problem becomes nothing.

    How can you find this? What can you do to bring about these moments?

    I lift weights.

    Take as an example my recent tour of the USA for a science conference. I had to organise funding to send me on an overseas trip, get payments made to the various airlines, buses, hotels, restaurants, arrange to meet people, and to keep the receipts to make sure I wasn't blowing a lot of money frivolously. Now months later I have to deal with the bureaucracy who managed to not organise my pay check while I was away, leave off paying the plane tickets until the last few days before I left, that wouldn't give me all the money from the travel grant because I'm just a lowly student, and finally wouldn't take the prepaid receipts I had for all the conference tickets, flights and accommodation. These paper shufflers are now making threats and vague statements about not having justified my trip.

    I could go postal. I could tell them how stupid and incompetent they are. I could tell them that their accounting system is the biggest joke this side of American money drops to Iraq (measured in tonnes of cash rather than $$$).

    Instead I lift. Burning bridges leaves you with fewer paths to tread, and rebuilding often gets tied up with red tape and feelings (people really don't like being told that they are the dry desert sucking up all the water of life to create a barren wasteland of shrivelled humanity).

    So last night I performed a shortened session and cleared the anger and frustration. Now I can face the world and say "I'm sorry that you're stupid, must be my fault somehow" (well be apologetic without the insulting part anyway).

    Snatches were a breeze. 75kg went up easily, so I will attempt 80-85kg (~BW) next week. This does mean that my snatch is officially catching my Jerk numbers very quickly. Unless 95kg starts feeling light to Jerk I'll be looking pretty lame.

    Bench and rows were good too. I didn't really do this last week as I used the machine versions in my gym visit. So the added weight to the bar, and the reasonable (7-8) reps I got when dropping back to a couple of finisher sets at 100kg felt good. Not bad considering my impingement last year, and how good my shoulders feel now. Thank God (or should that be sub-atomic particles?) that I started weightlifting. The rows went similarly well, although the thick grip is making my hands sore today.

    I enjoyed this shorter session and will swap to upper/lower. I will do loaded and unloaded exercises, so upper days will have a weightlifting move, a chest and a back exercise, said same in a bodyweight high rep exercise (push-ups, fatman pull-ups), and some grip and arms. Legs will be similar except I’ll leave out the weightlifting movements. It has been too hot till too late in the evening to be doing as much as I am.


     


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    Quote Originally Posted by tim290280
    Thank God (or should that be sub-atomic particles?)
    Did you read His Dark Materials?


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    ^^ No I've been reading a few New Scientists and they have been doing some religion bashing of late, and they have also been physics heavy as they have possibly discovered proof of other theoretical atom parts.

    I have to take physics in in this form, its too much background knowledge otherwise.


     


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    But physics if fun. I call it 'funics'.








    I'm also a dork.


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    But which would you rather converse about:

    1) The wonders of the universe and the exciting discoveries being made about our origins.
    2) Last nights episode of Big Brother.

    So while its knowledge heavy its more fun to talk about something worthwhile.


     


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    Glad you feel that way. I think it's sad that TV shows like Big Brother are considered more worthwhile than science or politics (even though I hate politics it's more important).

    I especially have a beef with ESPN. I like watching sports well enough, but sports commentators sicken me sometimes. They make sports into this grand world of importance, when really it doesn't have any bearing on anything. Whether or not Peyton Manning wins the Superbowl, or if this player is injured and won't play in a game might be interesting, but it's not important. Treat it like it is; a hobby and entertainment, not the axis upon which the world revolves.

    I'm not knocking passion for sports. I love playing sports and enjoy watching, and even do think commentators are interesting to listen to. We wouldn't be here if we didn't have some passion for lifting. I just think it's important to keep it in perspective.

    By the way, what theoretical particles did they find?


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