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Redefining Dad Bod (JMaier31)



If you get an answer to this, tag me! 100% rest is the only thing I’ve had success with, and I hate rests days as much as the next TNation guy.


I think part of my problem(s) come from sitting in a car all day at work. I don’t think it’s possible to rest those muscles!!

I read that the hip flexors can become tonic (i.e. look tense/flexed) when they’re weak. They tense up to make up for the weakness? Yeah, I meant to put a question mark there because I don’t entirely understand it. I guess weakness is the cause of tightness sometimes so you have to use the muscle. I’m trying it with my QL to see if it gets any better.


I hope that works for you. When my hips were angry after my PL competition and lots of sumo leading up to the meet I had to just rest it. Leg raises or other abdominal work would really seem to bother them too.


Mine are tight for different reasons. I wish I was tight from doing something cool like deadlifting almost 700 lbs. That type of tightness and soreness I can handle. The type I have seems to be for no reason other than that general area is unhappy about something. The hypothesis before surgery was that my body was trying to protect my injured hip. I’d hoped that would be the end of it. Guess I was wrong!


Haha, I will admit that I wasn’t as frustrated with the pain as I usually am because it was worth it. Usually it is something stupid.


My forearms have been prone to constant spasm lately. What’s worked for me has been electrolyte supplement, painful massages, and a muscle relaxer. The last one was the most effective, but it makes me pretty sleepy so it can’t be a go to solution.


Yes please figure this out and tag me too lol. I’ll rest,foam roll, get a massage and an adjustment and the same muscle will still feel tight



Woke at 239.4 lbs.

Last night’s game went smoothly. The home team won 8-6 (finally) and we were out of there by 10:30 pm so I got some decent sleep. It still wasn’t enough; I was sleeping pretty hard when the alarms started going off this morning.

I guess I’m going to rest again today. Tomorrow is 3RM day for my new exercises and hopefully I’ll do more than three workouts this week. I can’t have two deload weeks in a row. Time to suck it up and make it happen. I need to hit five circuit workouts and two to three conditioning sessions this week… and then maintain it. If I don’t then all that CrossFit crap was for nothing.



Woke at 240.6 lbs. I was hungry last night.

Built for Battle Take 2 (Power Emphasis)



3 reps on every set

95, 115, 135, 145

225, 275, 295, 315, 345, 375

145, 165, 185, 205

90, 140, 180, 230, 250

160, 180, 200, 220, 240, 260

Time: 26-27 minutes

3 x 10 ea @ 110, 130, 150

AB CIRCUIT (2 x 15 ea)
Hanging knee raise, side crunch, back extension

Run the straightaway, walk the curve x 10 (5 laps)
Time: 9:26 (last week was 8:41)

I think the hip work sabotaged my running. I didn’t even try to go fast.

This circuit is much easier than last week’s work. Removing deadlifts and basically quarter squatting really reduces the intensity. I’ll be doing underhand bent over rows instead of cable rows the rest of the week. I maxed out the stack and decided I need some more back work since deads are out of the mix. Bent over rows will be better than seated rows. I’ll do my best to stick to this circuit for three weeks. After that I might throw in some trap bar deads for the next round. I also need to figure out a way to do box squats around 20-22". 24" is just too tall. I can tell I’m going to be able to load them up and it’s going to strain my patellar tendon.


It’s not the most glamorous solution, but you could bring a couple pieces of 2x6 or 2x8 into the gym with you. Put them next to the box where your foot placement goes and you can drop that 24" down to 22 and change pretty easily.


I thought about something like that but with plates. I could put a bumper plate on the top of the 18" box.

Worst case scenario I could use the safety bars as a depth stop and turn my squat into a pin squat :laughing:


A bumper plate is a way better idea haha. No need to be concerned with ‘stepping up’ onto the pieces of wood.


I guess I failed to mention that there’s an 18" box I can use so that’s partially my fault. I almost tried to put the box on the regular floor. The power rack has a wooden platform so it’s a couple inches taller. Unfortunately I think the supports of the rack would be in the way of my bar path because the box would actually be outside of the rack.



Woke at 238.8 lbs. I’m not sure if I’m cutting or bulking. I guess I’m doing neither because my weight has been stable for awhile.

B4Battle W2 D2

6/5/4/3/2/1 (first round was my warm up)


BOX SQUAT 22" (Stacked the 25 lb bumpers on top of the 18" box. They’re 2" each.)


I mixed up my row and Incline weights and caught it on the last set.


Time: 34+ minutes

Tabata 4 min, burned 90 calories
Calories seems like a good way to track progress.

Chiro and dry needling at 3:30 and then it’s time for session two for my tattoo.


While at the chiro they checked my hip flexion strength and my left leg is garbage! I couldn’t move his hand! F*#@!

I got a couple needles jabbed into my hip flexor and was told my psoas isn’t firing.

I also figured out that I feel pain during a squat but only when it’s loaded. If I lie on my back then there’s no pain with the movement.

The pain I feel nonstop is aching/tight muscles. The pain I feel when squatting is deeper and feels more like joint pain. The muscle pain can be treated by the chiro but he said to go back to my surgeon if the other pain persists. FML.


That’s it. No more log name changes. This is the one.


Hey Big J
Can’t remember do you attend yoga class?
If not some yoga could do the trick about the tense muscles. Lyengar yoga is about doing the positions the right way, not power or fast or anything.

As for the changing of log title… well this one will hold until the next change :slight_smile:


Oooooh new log name, will be following along. I was thinking about a change too but will do it after I have finished my current volume block.


You can join my cripple club, left leg only.


Damn! Hopefully it can be taken care of with a little bit of chiro/rehab and not require additional surgery!

I appreciate you at least keeping your Username in it so that we can find it!