And so it begins. I took the day off of work because I have some errands to run, but that meant I didn’t have to show up at the gym right at 5. I did show up at about 10 after 6 just because I couldn’t stand the thought of wasting the day in bed […]Read more "Day One of My 5/3/1 Program"
I hadn’t expected to lift today. I figured the missus and I would go to the gym and I’d help her with her dumbbell lifts and other exercises just like we did last Sunday. But things didn’t go as planned from the moment I woke up. I enjoy staying in bed late on the weekend. Even […]Read more "The Unexpected Sunday"
This fellow suggested to me in a comment on one of my recent blog posts that I try doing a 5/3/1 Powerlifting Program as my next step in strength training. If you take a look at his blog posts, you’ll see that’s exactly how he works out. But when I checked out the link he […]Read more "Preparing for 5/3/1 Powerlifting"
I’ve noticed that when I sleep on my stomach, my lower right lumbar area gets sore. Even sleeping on either side can aggravate that tender area, but sleeping on my back doesn’t produce this effect. So this morning, in the awful aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner, I woke up on my stomach and my back didn’t […]Read more "The Return of the Back Squat"
I had every intention of doing cardio and some ab work this morning at the gym. I’ve been eating like a total pig all week, and after all, Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so I really need to burn down some calories (fat). But my lower right lumbar area was only sort of sore, and I figured […]Read more "Day Eight of Zero Circuit and Holding Steady"
Yesterday, I introduced my wife to the joys of the free weight room. Today, it was my turn to go back in for myself and kill it. Turns out I may have “killed” me instead. No, not literally. But even after my wife’s confirmation that my back squat form was off, I was still determined […]Read more "Circuit Zero, Day Seven of Lifting and Back to the Drawing Board"
A few days ago, my wife asked if I’d go to the gym with her and help her with a few things. It’s been literally years since she’s stepped inside a gym, with or without me, and needless to say I was more than surprised (and no, the missus looks nothing like the girl in the image […]Read more "Training With The Missus"
Part of the purpose of this blog, in addition to encouraging older people to participate in some sort of physical exercise, is to dispel myths about who can and can’t lift weights and become strong. It’s should come as no surprise then that I also try to dispel myths about who can compete in bodybuilding […]Read more "No Limits on Who Can Compete in Weightlifting"
Well, maybe I’m not back as close to 100% as I thought. I woke up this morning feeling really loggy. It wasn’t like I could have slept anymore, at least I don’t think I could have, but I felt off balance and my lower right back was nagging me. I wasn’t happy about this. As […]Read more "Speed Bump on the Road Back"
I think I’ve finally figured out what I’ve been doing wrong, particularly with my squats and deadlifts. It’s all thanks to a comment made by Onomatopoeicbliss, and particularly a link he shared about Front Squats. While I’m still not attracted to this particular style of squat, especially now that I’ve read the caveats at the […]Read more "Hunting for the Neutral Spine"