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Attempts at Strongman


#931

6/6 boxing class, 1 hr

1 hr on and off bag work, mostly focusing on switch kicks with my wimpy right leg from southpaw and a low kick/ high kick follow up from my left to work balance.


#932

6/9
Time to grow a bit. Leaning out some puts me in a good place to slowly grow while keeping work capacity up and not getting too soft. Planning on pushing volume with lifts I’m bad at.

Strict press
Barx10
65x10
85x10
85x10
95x10
95x10
105x10
105x10
115x8
65x20

Cable Rows with red fat grips
40×20
60×20
80×20
100×20
120×20
140×16

200 pushups, 100 chins done in rounds of 10/5 in a little less than 20 minutes

Sparred a few rounds with a pro heavyweight mma fighter. My legs are very, very tender.


#933

6/11

SSB Squat, heeled shoe. Bar felt unstable, can’t tell if it’s me or if the bar is getting a bit bent
Barx20
135x10
185x10
225x5
275x3
Add belt
315x3x3
335x2
345x2
355x2
365x2
375x2
225x20

Chins with red fat grips
100 total reps, best set was 12


#934

That’s pretty damn good.


#935

Took a few days off due to having a kick checked and my foot turning into a balloon.

6/17
3 fat grip chins between each set
TBDL
80x10
170x6
260x3
350x3x6
350x25

DB press, standing
3 far grip chins between each set
20’sx10
25’sx10
30’sx10
35’sx10
40’sx10
45’sx10
50’sx9

DB lateral
6 Chins between each set
10’sx20
15’sx20
20’sx20
25’sx20

Bunch of crucifix holds, tricep extensions, abs decline bench sit ups.

Hour of various boxing type things. Foot still too tender for kicking


#936

6/18

Chin up
Bwx6
+30×6
+55×6
+80×9 missed 10
+50×8×5

Straight arm pulldownx4 sets

Cable row with ab strapx4 sets

SGHP
135x10
185x6
215x6
235x6x6

Double overhand red fat grip holds
235xbarely picked up
185x30ish seconds
155x20 ish seconds
135x2 minutes over too many sets


#937

6/19

BJJ class, 1.5 hrs

Been a while since I’d rolled. First time in a gi.


#938

You’re really getting into your Combat sports. Going to do a fight eventually?


#939

I don’t think so. I have a bit of a problem, and I really enjoy hitting and being hit. It doesn’t seem like a sustainable hobby when treated that way. Like when I spar with bigger and/or better opponents and they land something solid, I stare right into their eyes and smile. I love that feeling of overcoming something so definable and tangible. Basically any competitive advantage I have ever had in terms of athletics has come from will rather than ability, consistency, or talent.

I worry about being too stupid and stubborn to save my brain from being turned to mush. Or, maybe it’s some ego preserving tactic to never have to test myself fully. I feel like toeing the water and testing things out a bit is the only way to find out.

I’m young, and I still don’t fully know what I want in life. I have a basic scaffolding and plans to achieve it, but hesitancy is still quite present. I’m exploring martial arts and combat sport as a hobby because I always wanted to do it as a child. I am enjoying just about every second of it.
After a few life changing and paradigm shifting encounters and experiences over the last 5 years or so, I’m trying to be much more open to possibilities and variances in life. I seem to thrive on schedule and patterns, but I feel that I need to test said patterns to see if they’re truly optimal.

After a couple years of training, I may consider a fight or competition. Whether that’s mma, kickboxing, grappling, I’m not sure. I want to respect the disciplines enough to have a basic understanding of technique before doing much more than train.

Even sparring above 20% is almost a spiritual experience for me. Elation, focus, primal feelings, it feels incredible. I can hardly imagine what pre fight and in fight emotions are like. I’ve been in scuffles before, but was neither prepared nor training for it specifically. That high degree of focus on a singular goal of conquering an opponent surely adds a whole new level of experience to it all.


#940

6/26

Foot finally better. Was in a boot for a couple weeks, x-rays came back good. Feeling SO MUCH BETTER with a bit of exercise.

TBDL, low handles, no belt, flat shoe
80x10
170x3
260x3
350x3
440x3
500x3x3,1 with long hold

Lat pull down
Sets increasing weight until hard set of 8, then 1 set of 30 slow with half the weight

20 minutes of bag work
100 southpaw jabs
100 southpaw crosses
50 southpaw lead hooks
50 southpaw rear hooks
50 reps of southpaw 2,6,3


#941

6/27

Boxing class, 1.5 hrs

3 min on, 1 min off light sparring for 45ish minutes

My cardio feels exponentially better after some time off. I think I’m often so tight from lifting that I move much less synergistically, i.e. sore legs = more weird torso movement for defense, sore lasts = pulling hands back slower, using more footwork and shuffling to defend, sore chest/shoulders = harder to keep hands up, more dashing/shuffling footwork to avoid rather than parrying or countering. No plan to not lift, just something to pay attention to and work on correcting.


#942

6/29

Back squat, flat shoe, velcro belt
135x5
185x5
225x5
275x5
295x2
315x2
335x2
365x2 real tight hips. It’s a weird trade between zero hip tightness but leg fatigue when wearing a heeled shoe, and tight hips but squat feeling significantly lighter out of the hole with a flat shoe.

Close grip Bench, DE-ish
185x2x4
205x2x4
215x2x4

Single Arm DB press
40 lbsx100 reps per arm, over a bunch of sets ranging from 5-8. About 20 seconds between sets

Single arm tricep extensions
1x10
1x50

Foot finally feeling better, tried kicking a bit today
50 low kicks per leg
30 combo of 1,2,3, rear body kick
30 combo of 1,2, switch body kick
30 combo of 1,2,5, rear high kick
30 combo of 2, switch low kick

1 5 minute round of as many body kicks as possible, thrown as hard as possible.


#943

7/2

Boxing class, 1.5 hrs including some conditioning

45 minutes of bag work after


#944

7/4

Power clean from hang
Up to 205x3

Power clean from floor
205x1x10, 45ish seconds rest

Clean pull
275x5x4

RDL
275x10x2

3 2 minute rounds, 1 3 minute round of continuous straight punches, thrown for volume. Got to 400 on my 3 minute round before I lost count, but was pretty close to the end of the time. This is a wonderful way to feel completely pathetic and weak, as keeping my arms up takes a silly amount of will power.


#945

7/5

Muay thai class, 1.5 hrs
It is 90 degrees inside the gym. I leave puddles all around the mat, making footwork difficult.


#946

7/6

Push press
30 pull aparts, 20 tricep extensions, 20 lat pulldowns between each set
Barx3
65x3
95x3
115x3
135x3
155x1
175x1
185x1
195x1x8

While wearing 50 lb vest
Pushupx10
Cable crunchx10
50 lb DB single arm pressx5
Cable rowx10
10 rounds

100 decline bench situps while holding weight. Top set of 40 lbsx10

Various bag work and stretching for an hour


#947

7/7

High-ish barBack squat SS/w power clean from floor,beltless, heeled shoe
Barx10/barx3
Barx10/barx3
135x3/135x1
185x3/135x1
225x3/135x1
275x3/205x1
315x3/205x1
(335x3/215x1)×6

Ab wheel SS/ lunges
+50×8/+50×16
+50×8/+95×16
(+50×8/+165×16)×4
+50×8/+50×200

30 min of bag work, 30 minutes of stretching


#948

Impromptu week off due to vehicle having a cataclysmic failure on the freeway, and figuring out what to do from there. I’m fortunate to be in a situation with potential unlimited overtime, so I’ve been working 14-16 hour days for the past bit.

7/13

Single arm DB press SS/w Chins
10x10/bwx5
20x10/+25x5
30x10/+25×5
40×10/+50×5
50×10/+50×5
60×10/+50×5
70×10(L) 8,2®/+50×5
40×23 (L) 16,7®/+50×5

Considered and tried a couple sets of benching. It felt horrible. Stiff and unstable. It was 88 degrees in the gym, and the bench felt like a slip’n’slide. Abandoned bench. Did 4 sets of 8 chins with +25 lbs during warm up bench sets

High incline DB press SS/w cable rows
40x12/x25
40x12/×25
40×20/×25

Bag work
1-10-1’s
Pick a punch, throw it once, then twice, then three times, etc. Until 10 is reached, then back down incrementally to one. Nicely comes out to 100 total. I didn’t go past tripling up on a punch, but would continue throwing until number was reached. Rested as needed between sections, nothing over 5ish seconds. All thrown as hard as possible, reseting as needed to assure better rotation. Did this for a jab, straight, lead hook to head, rear hook to head, lead hook to body, rear hook to body, lead uppercut, and rear uppercut. Wore 12 oz gloves in an attempt to maintain less compressed padding for my primary sparring gloves. Seemed too light for this type of of heavy volume. Knuckles, hands, and wrists are a bit tender.


#949

7/14

Power clean from floor
135x3
165x3
185x3
205x3
225x3

High pull, 1st from floor remainder from hang
225x6
255x6
275x5x3

Clean and press
135x5x5

Box jump
Up to 40"box with a 50 lb vest, 5x2
48"box, 3x2 with no vest

Rolled a few rounds of jujitsu, sparred 5 rounds of muay thai and 3 rounds of boxing


#950

7/16

Boxing class, 1 hr

Boxed a 45 minute round. Started at the end of class, a young lady asked me to spar. I was a bit late to class, and a yoga class was going on. I didn’t want to bother yoga, so I told her that she could determine the round length (by feel, therr is a loud wall mounted timer but I thought its blaring would interrupt the soothing water soundtrack) since I was a bit late to class and she had done more work. 45 minutes later, I pulled the plug. She’s either more stubborn than I am about not quitting, or she’s too shy for her own good.