My Wagon Wheels arrived today so of course I had to play with my new toys. I love the look - there’s something really cool about pulling with the huge diameter wheels - and I think this will be useful for the ability to overload (eventually) - it takes a little time getting used to generating tension at the start of the pull from higher starting position, but I expect in the long run I’ll be able to handle heavier weights, helping prepare for new-1RM efforts from the floor. At the very least it’s another tool in the arsenal to play with, and they look super cool. I’ll get a vid in the next couple days.
Likewise. I totally respect people that train with higher goals in mind (getting on a bodybuilding stage, competing in powerlifting or strongman, etc). I just feel that for my life, it’s enough to get some self-satisfaction from being strong with relatively low injury risk, as you alluded, for mental and physical health.
So this is interesting. You are correct that I’ve never really felt burnt out from training (and flying in the face of much conventional wisdom, I’ll do stuff like deadlifting >90% on back-to-back days with no immediate ill effects). I attribute this to the short, focused nature of the workouts and to the low reps. Doing nearly all singles and doubles seems to work beautifully for this goal.
Of course, there’s a tradeoff to that: on the occasions that I do venture into higher-rep work, I tend to pay for it. Sometime earlier this year I took on that moron’s challenge to deadlift 20,000 pounds as quickly as possible and did so with 60-something reps at 315; I was sore for a week. When I visited NeverSate Athletics, I did a week’s worth of training volume in a single workout, and again was sore for a week afterwards. So there is a “cost” in the form of, well, let’s call it what it is - poorer conditioning. But for daily life, I feel pretty great, and never having DOMS is pretty nice.
Yeah some of the stipulations to the challenge were downright absurd. Wasn’t there a no heavy weights clause, or something like that? There was all kinds of subjective standards that just couldn’t apply across the board.
Great log. I find the same thing about rep work. Have never hit as many movements as heavy as 90% on back to back days but tend to not get too sore from heavy and low reps but get sore from higher rep work - which I still do include.
I think this is a lot of it. I still get DOMS from time to time, but it’s usually from an activity I haven’t done much of, or a huge increase in volume. Any kind of consistency seems to make DOMS either a non-factor or something I don’t realize I’m living with day to day haha.
Felt fantastic today. 585 was easy. For the next few weeks I’ll divide my pulling about 50-50 between conventional barbell work off the floor vs axle deadlifts with the wagon wheels. If all goes well I may attempt 655 (conventional barbell) by year’s end.
Traveling today, did this in a hotel fitness center, hence the odd weight increments (but I was DELIGHTED to see a hotel that had a barbell, plates, and power rack in the gym). Will be back home tomorrow.