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JMaier31 Tries a Bro Split



I find the obstacle course runs more appealing but there’s still too much damn running!

Tough Mudder

  • 3 miles, 13 obstacles
  • 8-10 miles, 25 obstacles
  • 1/4 mile laps, 10 obstacles
    The last one is called the Tough Mudder Mini and it’s newish. That one seems doable for me.

Spartan Race

  • 3-5 miles, 20-25 obstacles
    This could be a maybe for me. I need like 200-400 m of running between obstacles.

Mentally I could handle this type of stuff better than just running a 5k. I could see something ahead of me and know that I have to run to that instead of having to run for a set distance or time.


Lunch Break Training

Back Day

10, 6, 5

140 x 10F/10B/10T
140 x 10 (1.5 reps)

BW x 15
50 x 10 x 2 sets
superset with
140 x 10 x 3 sets

50 x 20 (kneeling so the pulley’s were up above me)
30 x 8F/8T/8B (single arm, standing)

28 minutes and I forgot to do face pulls or reverse fly’s


I’ve never done OCR’s but a good friend of mine does.
That is something that could be fun to do. You run but not that long before the next obstacle.
Nah running is hard, when you don’t do it regularly.
You seem to be running almost all the time J :slight_smile:


I try to do something but I hate it. Don’t you notice that I usually do things that only have me running for 20 seconds or less before I take a break?


Yeah I noticed it, but be careful you might start running 40 seconds before the break… and then 2 minutes, then a mile and before you know it, you’ll be running along with the missus.
Nah maybe not, but short runs like the one you do, is gold at our profession :slight_smile:


B4B or something like it is fantastic. The first couple of weeks are hell but it gets better - and that’s kind of the point.

On the hip pain thing, I used to have weird pains in the outside of the hips (=piriformis, IIRC) but then I started ballet and we’re OBSESSED about turning in and out from the hip, and no more.

Teachers are also very sharp coaches about exactly what you’re moving when you think you’re doing something else. It’s the first thing I’ve ever done where I got meaningful coaching, rather than just someone putting out cones and yelling across a wet field to run harder, like I got for football or rugby.

If there’s anyone in your part of the world who leads a floor-barre class (aka Zena Rommett training), I’d give it a go. One of my teachers has that certification and she gives amazingly detailed corrections, as in, your ulna and fibula need to rotate together.


And that’s why I do them.

I tried Built 4 Battle for a bit. I liked it but my list of exercises to avoid is too long. It’s tough to run a circuit at a gym if you need machines, DBs, and a rack.

We have lots of people who teach or lead classes here but I don’t know of any who are experts like that.


Search the web! the dance mafia’s coverage is really impressive. Floor barre as such is probably a bit harder to find. That said I lucked-out by starting in London.


The message at church tonight was about being healthy. We’re covering an eight week series about all aspects of health - financial, mental, physical, etc.

A couple of things that stuck out to me tonight. First, the message bullet points were:

  • Be your best
  • Do your best
  • Give your best

They kind of go in order.

The big thing that struck a cord with me was that being unhealthy shrinks you’re world. The pastor even talked about an injury to his Achilles tendon a few years ago. I could definitely relate to that. My nagging injuries are reducing the number of things I can do and it has a domino effect on my life.

I can’t wait to hear what the hip doctor has to say. I’m ready to be healthy again. I’ve had pain going up the stairs and getting off the toilet today. It’s getting worse.

I’m not upset about it, but it’s getting a bit silly. I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I’m trying to be more positive. It’s only been four days though! :laughing: :laughing:. I’m starting off by trying to stop griping about things. It just makes me relive whatever negative moments I have in my life. I just need to move forward when things don’t go my way. I have a long ways to go!


Now that you mention it, yes.
That is some good bullet points the good pastor puts out J.

I will send a little prayer that you won’t need any more surgery, that you can heal yourself J.



Woke at 237 and change.

Rest day before legs tomorrow. I have a feeling leg day is going to result in some serious DOMs since I’m only doing them once a week.

Thanks, Mort! The only thing about surgery that is a negative thing is the time away from work (again). I don’t mind the time away from work but I feel guilty when I think about being off the streets for three or four months since I just did that last year. I don’t enjoy being at work when we’re understaffed and I don’t want to be one of the reasons other people are working in those circumstances.

It might be inevitable though. My hip was hurting this morning when I got in the patrol car and I even stretched when I got out of bed. I felt pretty loose after that but I still have a dull ache in the joint.

We get to put in a wish list for new days off when our recruit class is nearing graduation. Our current class will graduate in mid-February so they’re doing the process right now. They post the openings on each shift and seniority rules. It gives us an opportunity to get better days off, change shifts, or even change Bureaus to work in a different part of the city. My shift had four openings and we filled them so we shouldn’t be so understaffed when the changes take effect in May. If I need to go under the knife again then I might plan it for that time period. That would also let me work with Detectives on light duty full time. I could work 8-5 with weekends off and it wouldn’t interfere with daycare since my wife will be home for the summer.

Hmmm… when I think of it that way it sounds like a good plan :smiley:

(But working in Investigations isn’t guaranteed for light duty. I could get a crap assignment.)



Woke at 236.6 lbs.

Leg Day


30/30, 20/20, 10, rest 2:10 because it put me at 4:00 to start round two
3 Rounds of this, 9:50 total time, 102 cals, 0.92 miles
Speed was better this week. I kept all of the runs between 10 and 11 mph, mostly 10.5 +. Last week I did 20/20 three times per set and only hit 92 cals and 0.83 miles. It’s the exact same total time of running so I think I improved. I either ran faster or walked faster during my rest. Either way, it’s an improvement.

95 x 5 ea x 5 sets

155 x 10 x 3 sets
Caused hip pain so this is out.

2 x 10 ea side
superset with
2 x 8

2 x 10 ea side

270 x 80

I went to the chiropractor right after this and he put the hurt on me. My hip still hurts and everything in the general vicinity is tight. He also dug into my biceps tendon and left visible bruises.

It’s like 60 degrees outside so I finally forced myself to clean up some of the leaves. There are so many! I have a leaf blower that doubles as a vacuum so I use that. It mulches the leaves so I can get more into each trash bag. I spent two hours outside and filled four big bags. I got fed up with it and used my rake to move the leaves in my driveway to the edge by the street. Maybe they’ll blow away. At the very least we should stop tracking them into the garage now.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 = I absolutely love doing it) I’d rank cleaning up leaves as a -7.



Woke at 240.0 lbs. Whoops. I guess the pizza I ate last night had a bigger impact than I thought.

I regret doing RDLs…


Training (Shoulders & Chest)


65 x 10
85 x 10
105 x 10
125 x 10 x 2 sets
Drop Set
125 x 8
105 x 6
85 x 5
65 x 8

135 x 5 x 3 sets
superset with
3 x 10 with no added weight

115 x 10F/10T/10B x 2 sets

MACHINE BENCH (1.5 reps)
90 x 8 with the extra half in the stretched position
90 x 12 doing double contraction–extra half at lockout

20 x 10 ea x 2 sets
superset with
20 x 10 ea x 2 sets

Got that from this and it was great.

80 x 50
90 x 10
90 x 10 + 10 first half reps

These are workouts that I enjoy! No heavy breathing or circuits. Just good work. Every exercise hurt in the right places. I really don’t see any reason to do straight sets on this type of stuff. I fully intended to do a drop set on the Smith OHP so I started with a 25 and just kept adding 10’s like an asshole until I hit a weight with which I couldn’t do 10 reps. Pec Dec/Machine Fly hurt like hell. Machine OHP after that was a great choice with the 1.5 reps. The shoulder superset from today’s article was great. I really just can’t understand knocking out multiple sets of the same weight mindlessly anymore (on upper body stuff like this). The goal is to get bigger so I’m going to continue to use these intensity techniques and cut out the fluff. Two sets on each exercise and I’m spent.


I like it. More work less time super effective. Win/win.



Woke at 240.4 lbs. I worked a side gig at a basketball game last night and ate a hot dog. It was good and salty. It might be time to track my calories again. I’ve been pretty loose with the treats.

Exactly! According to the research (and my muscle’s inability to do more work in the set) hitting failure is the key to growth. The weight can have an effect on strength depending on if you fail at 8 reps vs 30 but the hypertrophy gains are the same.

I think most of us have done a high rep set of squats and found our legs to be sore in new and tender places the next day. Sometimes you gotta feel the burn to recruit all the muscle fibers. I think that’s when you finally hit the smaller muscles in a movement (like the adductors and hamstrings on a heavy set of 20 squats).


Back Day


10, 8, 8
superset with
180 x 20 x 2 sets
My legs are so sore that it hurts to sit down. I had to do something to loosen them up.

CABLE ROW (1.5 reps)
140 x 12 double contraction
140 x 10 w/ extra half on the first part of the pull
120 x 10F/8T/8B (21s style)

40 x 10F/10T/10B x 2 sets

80 x 15 x 2 sets

90 x 12
100 x 10-3-3-3-3-3-3

40 x 20, 13, 8 ea (alternating arms w/no rest)

1 game that took about 12 minutes. This wasn’t nearly enough conditioning work but I didn’t have time to sit around to wait for my turn again.

I started tracking my food today. I’m pretty sure I’ve been severely underestimating my food portions. This happens every time I stop tracking. Once I come back to it I’m severely disappointed in how little food I get to eat. Lunch was 831 calories and I’m still hungry.



Woke at 237.2 lbs.

Rest day. First work day of a short work week. I still have near crippling leg soreness.



Woke at 236.2 lbs.

I was supposed to get off work a couple hours early yesterday because I took our promotional exam in the evening. I ended up working my full shift and getting a little OT due to an officer involved shooting.

I’m a walking contradiction today and yesterday because I recently stated that if a diet has a name then I’m out; however, I’ve been doing the intermittent fasting thing. I like to call it “starving myself”. Some mornings I don’t get hungry til mid morning so I figured I could just put off eating a couple more hours and maybe it’d help me with my portion control. I could eat a bit more when I finally eat and it won’t kill my day. Unfortunately, I woke up hungry the past two days so it’s been a struggle.

If I’m lucky then I’ll sneak down to the work gym for a brief chest session but I won’t be doing any conditioning. I’m covering someone’s part time job tonight after work so I gave up my window to go to the gym. I’m off at noon tomorrow though so I might be able to hit the gym before church.


Lunch Break Session

Chest Day!

WARM UP (2 rounds)
Push Ups x 15
Lying Leg Curl 80 x 15

65 x 10
70 x 8
75 x 6
80 x 4
85 x 4
So this feels incredibly difficult compared to where I thought my strength levels were…

2 x 10

INCLINE BENCH (1.5 reps in the bottom half)
115 x 8, 6, 5

25 x 10 ea x 2 sets
superset with
20 x 10 ea x 2 sets
I think my delts were shot. I pretty much only felt my traps working. I even got a trap pump out of it.

100 x 8F/8T/8B
100 x 12 1.5 reps (extra half at lockout)