So ends the fourth cycle in my 5/3/1 program, and I’m still feeling stuck…well kind of. I’ve been lazy this week and have only done one cardio and core session, which was on Monday. Yesterday, I just wasn’t feeling it and spent an extra 30 minutes in bed before getting up and just puttering around […]Read more "The End of Cycle Four of 5/3/1 Training"
This is a different topic than what I normally chronicle here, but I felt it was worthwhile to tell this story. I was reading about something trending on Facebook involving actor Wentworth Miller. He’s currently playing a character named Leonard Snart/Captain Cold in a DC Comics inspired TV show called Legends of Tomorrow, although he first […]Read more "Everyone’s Hard Battle"
My wife’s schedule is turned around for the next week or two, so instead of going to the gym with her tomorrow morning, we went this morning. That means I’m starting week three of my fourth 5/3/1 cycle a day early. Good thing I ended week two on Wednesday instead of Thursday. Gave me one more day […]Read more "Starting the Final Week of Cycle Four in 5/3/1 Training a Day Early"
I learned the hard way that I need to be more “planful” in how I lift and when I lift. Actually, as anyone who regularly reads this blogspot knows, currently, I lift on Sundays and Thursdays. On Sundays, I go to the gym with my wife and she does her thing, and I do mine. […]Read more "Don’t Beat Up Your Triceps Before Doing Overhead Presses"
Guilty confession time. Throughout 2015, I focused on a number of goals for my health, not the least of which was losing (fat) weight. I managed to get below 200 pounds which was my initial goal, and then down to 190 on my way to my next goal which was/is 185 pounds. But then I […]Read more "The Hidden Struggles of Weight Loss"
Much past 4 or 5 this morning, I couldn’t sleep anymore. I tossed and turned for a while, but finally gave up and got up. I had the usual cup of coffee and glass of water while reading the Sunday funnies online. Then I had an omelet for breakfast, since it was still a few […]Read more "Deadlifts Are Getting Better"
Nothing mobilizes the IFE (Internet Fitness Experts) more than the posting of the recommendation for older populations to strength train using barbells. A photo or video of a 60+ year old lifter with a bar on their back or in their hands produces predictable outrage at the stupidity of such an endeavor, and a demonstration […]Read more "Doing Squats Won’t Kill You, Even If You’re Old"
I almost gave into the temptation to lift yesterday instead of just doing cardio. For about the first half-hour or so after the gym opened, the free weight room was practically empty and the squat rack was completely free. But I didn’t have my lifting program written in my workout log yet, so I thought […]Read more "The St. Patrick’s Day PR"
I completely forgot about the time change Sunday morning. My wife and I had our two grandchildren overnight and all of my attention had been concentrated on taking care of a 7-year-old and a 9-month-old. So I got up at what I believed was 6:30 in the morning thinking I had an hour and a half […]Read more "The Time Change is Bad for Weightlifting"
I saw this video little while ago and thought I’d post it here on my blog as another inspiration for you. I want to show you that nothing is impossible, such as teaching a 72-year-old man to squat for the first time. Here’s the summary text from the Starting Strength webpage simply called “The Squat […]Read more "Old Strength Back Squats"