Friday, October 22, 2010
Yay, Sarcastic Post Time!
I got a PR! Zippididooda! Max Effort strict press and I got 175#! Absolute BEAST baby! Yeah, if you have read any number of my posts you know that my complete downfall are the shoulders. I have been focusing on them to obnoxiously slow gains for some 2.5 years now and it's so not cool. Today, after testing my strict press 1RM well over a year ago at 165#, then getting 170# about 8 months ago, I was able to up it another 5 pounds!
Now, don't get me wrong, in my eyes any gain is a gain I am legitimately happy about. And what actually makes me mildly smile about it is that I have been struggling so badly with this damn area for so long, so it's nice to see something actually paying off a little. But come on! 10 total pounds in almost two years! I have made gains 10 times that in almost every single aspect of my physical body in the past 6 months, seriously.
Good god, and I'll throw an "oy" in there for good measure. How slow my shoulders are to figure this whole "it's actually pretty cool to be strong" thing. I guess the only thing I can do is: Keep working hard, keep trying new things, and keep hoping for the gains to hit me.
After failing at 180# (a weight I SHOULD be repping for 5 or more), then attempting and failing 175# again, I called it a day on those and moved on to my metcon:
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 muscle ups w/
50, 40, 30, 20, 10 air squats and
10, 20, 30, 40, 50 double unders
This was a cool one. Goal was around 5 minutes, and I was purely focusing on getting those muscle ups. Which I did! got all rounds unbroken except for, um, the round of 1. I failed. But quickly jumped back up and got it. I think the focus on getting those made me move kind of slowly through the squats, and I only noticed this around the round of 30, and then just started banging them out like I know I can do. The double unders went well after the first round. Yeah, the round of 10 actually had me tangled in the rope 3 times! I finished in 7:20 and felt good all around. I know over a minute could be shaved off if I went after the squats and double unders right from the start. I'll probably do a modified version of that pretty soon, it was great.
I skipped the supplemental work after because Lindsey and I had spent the 4+ hours before bringing all my equipment over to the gym. We had had a good breakfast at around 8am, a coffee at around 11. That, was, it. Well hey! Maybe if I had a good lunch and was properly fueled I would have pushed up 180#?!! Totally, that was the issue. I'll get it next week.
My buddy Jake is in town from Vegas, so I will try to get the video from today up, along with some pictures of the new spot tomorrow. I make no guarantees though. Schmoozing with volleyball parents at the gym and a solid workout in the AM, Alcatraz visit, Giants/Phillies and Brock Lesner fight in the PM. Good times.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
Posted by Josh Courage at 10:37 PM