I’ve been working up the Sumo deadlifts. Cracked 115lbs off the floor 4 times on Wednesday. Yay for me! A little tight in my lower back after, but it felt good today. More reps at a lower weight will build up some capacity so I can keep progressing…
On another note, I setup my TRX System the other night. I don’t have a ceiling anchor, so I’m using a MacGyvered door mount (a 5″ pipe and a hand sewn strap), and so far I’ve been doing between 40 and 60 assisted squats, working my way up to doing a pistol squat, and some recline rows. I’m also doing pushups at home now. Working my way up to 10 sets of 10. They’re coming along.
Chinups too. I can hold at the top now. My own body weight. Lowering and raising are other issues, but working on that too….
Tools I’m picking up: Gymboss and a good quality skip rope. Slowly building my arsenal….:).
…on Saturday, and then I stalled. My brain shut me down. It’s happened before. It will happen again. It’s like my back became unhinged and I shutdown. It’s a protection mechanism, I know, and it’s a warning sign. Still I managed to get the bar up once with 115lbs. That’s a 20lb improvement over where I was just two weeks ago. I can’t be too sad about that. Work my way back up again slowly. I lost my focus. It’s in the legs and when I try to lift with my arms, it all goes to hell. Learning….all the time.
As for the rest of the PT session on Saturday, my legs and arms are in moderate amounts of discomfort today. I know I did something, like the 100 squats and the hold and hang for the chinups. Those are coming along.
On a side note, I went to see The Social Network last night with a friend. At the root of it, the way it’s written, it’s a love story – boy meets girl, boy makes a mistake and loses girl, boy is upset and rebels, boy tries to get girl back (in the meantime, making a shitload of money). I find it amazing that the most socially inept and brilliant person, could understand the human condition so well, that he designed something that would fuel the needs of so many to be the “rockstar” among their group of friends. I find socially awkward people, who also happen to be gifted or slightly evil, very fascinating. All of the “success” books would tell you that you need to be charismatic to be successful, or at least be good at influencing people to follow you. In some cases, you need to be the total opposite. You need to be so self involved and so confident in your own direction that it takes precedence above all else. There’s another school that says you need to be observing and open to new ideas all the time. I think that is almost more important these days than being charismatic. You never know where the next great thing will spring up.
I’m reading: Crafty TV Writing. What a great book. Learning so much about TV writing.
I know, I know…haven’t been here in a while. I promise to more diligent….but there’s alot of stuff going on here.
As for my weightlifting, on Wednesday I sumo-deadlifted 110lbs. If anyone remembers, I was inching my way back up to 100lbs. The most I had done until then is 90-95lbs. I felt good, doing 1 REP Max testing, so I just kept going. I likely could have pushed 115lbs, but now I have something to go for next week. I hope this strength wasn’t a fluke. I happened before where I was able to do all these assisted chinups one week, and then….only half the next week. Arrrggghhh…frustrating, but I hope this time it lasts. I feel stronger.
If anyone is reading this, and going through their own journey…keep up the work. It only gets better.