Saturday, July 25, 2009

Damn arm

I am so tired of injuries. My stupid wrist is totally fine now, but noooo, the problem HAD to migrate up to my ENTIRE arm. Grrrr.

FS
20/5
20/5
50/3
60/3
70/3
77.5/3
77.5/3
80/3
90/0
82.5/2

Tied my old PRs. Whoopee.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Interesting ...

So I've been doing some memory-walking the past few days and going over old photos from the past year or so. Came up with some pretty interesting comparisons.

Comparison one: Me this past June, vs. me in March



Comparison two: me in June, vs. me July 08



Interesting, isn't it? HUGE differences. Couple of things caught my attention with this.
#1. I did NOT increase the amount of upper body work I was doing from March to June. Actually, I decreased it because my wrist started acting up, so I couldn't do as many push ups etc as I wanted to. Also, I didn't even have as much time to even do as much extra stuff as I wanted when I got back to Seattle; that meant less push ups, less dips, even less pressing.
#2. My back pretty much doubled in size, no joke! This also baffled me, because yes, I'm lifting more weight now than I was last summer, but all the activity I did outside lifting was pretty much the same -- walking, biking to and from the gym, etc. And I was doing more extra stuff last summer than I am right now.

So. What gives?

The biggest thing that has changed for me is my food. Last summer I was doing zone, eating about 1200-1400 calories a day. On a good day now, I'm probably eating double that (although I should probably be eating more). That means WAY more protein (at least 1 g/lb of bodyweight), less carbs, and probably a good amount of fat.

The other thing: I lift heavy weights all the fucking time. No, I don't over train (or I try not to at least), I don't hit my maxes every single day. But I lift HEAVY and explosively. Which brings me to my next point: people do not need 'cardio' to lean out. I HATE it when people say "Oh I'm gonna start running so I can lose weight." WTF???? I'm pretty muscular, right? Do I do excessive amounts of cardio? HELLLLL no. It bugs the HELL out of me when people say that they start jogging to lose weight. What I do is this:
-I lift heavy and explosively: snatch, clean + jerk, squat, pressing (occasionally), occasional sprinting
-I lead an active lifestyle (WALKING = cardio, and it's not hard on the body at all)
-I eat clean and WAY more food than I used to

The conclusion:
I am way more muscular than I was a year ago, and even more so than I was 5 months ago. Why? Lifting heavy, eating, and being active. Seriously, that's all you need. I wasn't like that when I was zoning, doing CF, and running long distances. Do I miss that? No way. Do I long for a short run occasionally? yeah, I do, of course. And when I stop lifting (wayyyy down the road), sure I'll add some SHORT (like 5k) runs occasionally. But I believe the bulk of my exercise routine for the rest of my life will be heavy lifting, sprinting, occasional CF, occasional runs, and lots of walking. Because that's a life style that suits me.

OK enough of the random thoughts for the day :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Last work out!

power C&J
15/3
35/3
35/2
45/2
50/2
55/1
55/1
55/1
55/1
55/1

Pulls -- blocks
(75/3)x3

Bring it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

who's counting

3 days ... but who's counting?

Another light day. Tomorrow will be the last, SUPER light. Yesterday was power clean + jerk, and I also worked on some snatch technique.

Snatch
35/3 (power)
35/2 (power)
45/1
45/0 (over pulled)
45/1
50/1
50/0 (wtf? my head...)
50/1
50/1
50/1

Pulls
(60/3)x3

FS
20/5
50/3
70/3
70/3
70/3

Hypers: 3x10, 12 kg

Played around with some handstands, too. Doesn't hurt the wrist too badly.

Had a talk about mental preparedness with Sam. Trying to have a cool head and stay calm. Getting nervous and getting my heard racing are two of my biggest problems. Need to slow the heart rate down, and then I'm calmer.

One more work out to go!

Monday, July 13, 2009

5 days out

Sorry for the lack of updates. Been kind of a messed up week -- tweaked my shoulder and back last week, so the past few work outs have been kinda non existent.

This is the week of the meet, so it's a taper week. Had a semi-normal work out today, just less extra stuff afterwards and less weight on the pulls and squats.

Snatch
15/3
37.5/3
37.5/2
42/2
50/0+1
55/1
55/1
55/1
57.5/0
57.5/1

Pulls
(60/3)x3

BS
20/5
60/5
80/5
80/5

3 sets
10 hypers, 16 kg
5 dead hangs

5 days outttttt

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Oh snatches

I have to say snatches are the most frustrating thing ever. Period. The end. I've found that if there is ONE little tiny thing that is off either in my body or my technique, good bye snatches! Oh well. Cleans were spectacular, though.


Snatch
Nothing even really worth posting here. Missed a bunch of reps; barely made 55, missed my last rep at 57.5. I was not a happy camper.


C&J
Made up for it here.
45/3
55/2
65/1
70/1
75/1 -- 5 kg PR! (at least for the jerk)
77.5 (no jerk)
The last one was unbelievable. I cleaned 77.5! HUGE mental accomplishment for me, seeing as how I used to FREAK out on my cleans. Almost got the jerk, it was so close! Oh well. I was happy after that. And freakin EXHAUSTED. Like every muscle in my legs was trembling. So squats sucked ...

Stop squats
20/5
60/3
80/3
90/1
90/1
90/1
Yeah 80 felt heavy. Grrr. Oh well. At least the cleans were good.

hypers: 3x10, 16 kg
Got kicked out of the gym after that.

Meet's in 2 weeks; I'd like to make at least 65 and 75; hopefully 80 on the c&j. Hopefully my snatches won't keep sucking either :(

Here's my 75 kg c&j


And my 77.5 clean

Thursday, July 2, 2009

crapppppy

Well I've had a pretty terrible week. Day 1 of eating more ... we'll see how that goes.

cleans
45/3
45/2
55/2
65/1
65/1
65/1
65/1
65/1

cleans -- blocks
45/2
55/1
65/1
70/1

pulls -- blocks
85/3
85/3
85/3
85/3

FS
20/5
60/3
70/3
70/3
70/3

Bench press
Ha this was fun, I've NEVER done bench press in my life before.
20/5
40/3
40/5
45/5
50/3
55/3
60/2
Technically this is a PR because I've never done bench press before.

More fun: practiced some long jump, 3x3 attempts. 7.5 feet was my record.

hypers: 2x20

3 sets:
10 KB side bends, 12 kg
5 dead hangs

Bike home; I was wiped even though the weights were light. grrr.