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Attempts at Strongman


#923

5/26

All of this done while wearing a 50 lb vest

BTN press, hands out at collars, SS W/ Chins
Barx6/5
65x6/5
85x6/5
95x6/5
115x6/5
135x3/5

Push press, SS W/ Chins
135x2/5
155×2/5
175×2/5
185×2/5
205×2/5
225×2/5
pain in wrist, decided to cap overhead there

Close grip decline SS W single arm cable rows
Barx5/50x10
135x5/50x10
185x5/50x10
205x5/50×10
225×5/50×10
245×5/50×10
275×5/50×10
275×5/50×10
295×5/50×10

Dips SS W/ Chins
Including weight of vest
+50×6/+50×3
+80×6/+50×3
+125×6/+80×3
+50×10/+50×8

striking cardio, done as three minute rounds. For each round, i would only throw one strike for the duration of the round. I did rounds of the following:
Jab
Straight
Lead hook
Rear hook
Lead uppercut
Rear uppercut
Rear low kick
Front low kick
rear mid kick
Front mid kick
Rear high kick
Sad attempts at front high kick
Rear teep
Front teep

In the middle of these I sparred a couple 2 minute rounds with a guy who trains Krav Maga at the gym I’m at.


#924

Hands at collars is wide


#925

nice!


#926

5/28

Paused SSB squat, flat shoe, no belt
Barx10
135x4
185x4
225x4
275x4
295x4
305x4
315x4

SSB lunges, on a wrestling mat. Squishy floor makes things a little different
135x30
205 (155 on Bar, 50 with vest)x100
205x50
205x50

While wearing vest, Circuit of:
Band lat pulldownx40
Pushupsx10
Lungesx40
10 rounds in total

One strike rounds, 3 minutes each of the following:
Southpaw rear low kick
Southpaw rear mid kick
Southpaw rear high kick
Orthodox rear low kick
Orthodox rear mid kick
Orthodox rear high kick


#927

6/3

Sumo deadlift from 3" box
Barx20
135x6
225x3
315x3
405x3x12

BB row
225x10x2 pendlay
225x10x2 duffin

Neutral grip cheat curl SS/ W cable rows
115x8/x10
115x8/x25
115x6/x50

Few more sets of holds and rows with cable

20 minutes bag work


#928

6/2

Incline DB press SS/ cable row
25’s×20/×hold, 20
35’s×10/xhold,20
45’s×10/xhold,20
60’sx10/xhold,20
80’sx8/xhold,20
65’sx26/xhold,10
65’sx14/xhold,10
65’sx6/xhold, 10

Single arm cable lateral raise, single arm cable curl, cable rope extension triset for a few rounds of various weights and tempos

50 southpaw Rear low kicks (without shin guards)
50 southpaw rear switch low kicks (without shin guards)
2 3 minute rounds per leg throwing hardest round kicks possible for duration of round (with shin guards, I still have delicate tender legs)


#929

6/4

Close grip decline bench
Barx20
135x20
185x3
225x3
275x3
295x3
315x2 scary un rack, decided on two long pauses rather than the triple
Much closer grip (maybe 4" between pointer fingers of hands)
245x6x2
265x6

Lots of bumper plate pinches and other grip work

Boxing class, 1 hr

Sandbag death
Highlight of:
5 minute hold w/200 lb bag
This sucks. Real bad.


#930

6/5
Muay thai class, 1 hr

Went a few rounds with a small fed 145 lb champ, who didn’t seem to see much need to pull any of his straight punches. I’ll take it as a compliment due to my inexperience. Luckily, I caught a kick and threw him into the air thigh first because I missed the stepping trip and didn’t want to get punched in the face any more. He was more tentative sitting in the pocket, and I’m sure the bridge of my nose would thank me if it could speak.


#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.