Grizzly Way 130212 (Ice Ice Baby)
I’m sitting on the floor of my living room with a huge bowl of sweet potatoes, chicken breasts, bacon and guacamole next a huge goat-milk milkshake; with two ice packs taped to my right knee cap trying to finish the food before my body realizes it doesn’t want it. Strong people make this shit look really easy, all you see is the strength going up and up, times getting faster and faster; no one tells you the psychological toll of eating until you feel like you want to throw up or the amount of fish oil it takes to keep your joints tired. People think gaining weight is easy, sure getting fat is easy, but gaining lean body mass takes work, really hard work. I’m not trying to play the martyr card, this new journey is nothing special and is the mirror image of thousands of other journey’s, embarked upon by like minded individuals with lofty goals and the audacity to chase them. I merely want to gather attention to the point that if I should succeed I want my attention drawn to these solitary nights of self flagellation as a reminder of the path I’ve walked.
Power Snatch, blocks 1RM 155
Power Clean + Jerk 1RM 225
Press 5RM; 2 x 5 @ 90% of 5RM 135; 125
Push Press 5RM; 2 x 5 @ 90% 175; 155
4 Ring Dips
8 Wall Ball Shots (20#) 10 ft.
20 Double Unders 11:06:00
Let me start off by saying that I was feeling much worse from a mobility standpoint today compared to yesterday. I’m not sure if I really didn’t feel as good or if I just felt beat up. My right patellar tendon likes to give me trouble when the volume starts going up. The knees forward squatting positions doesn’t help either, especially when you run out of room in the ankle, as I do. The result is that any movement of my knee passed my toes or even just moving a significant portion of my weight towards my toes is a very sharp pain on the knee cap. With enough mobility, fish oil, and ice hopefully it will resolve; in the meantime flossing regularly should clear up enough slack in the tendon to give me some room to work with.
Part of my individualized programming is not pulling snatch grip from the floor until my ankle mobility improves, that way I’m no longer practicing being in incorrect positions. So you’ll notice that my snatch work involves pulling from a hang or low blocks. I’m still struggling finishing on through my heels and trying to jump the bar backwards, keeping the lats engaged and the bar close, as soon as I hit my hips it’s still escaping out. Cue’s, cue’s, cue’s!
Cleans are bit better off the floor, though I’m still not quite in proper position, but it’s a lot better than my snatch. I jumped forward on the catch as well, which means my turnover isn’t really quick enough and I’m jumping forward under the bar. On a full clean this would manifest in a rounded upper back, but on the power variation it just means I jumped forwards. The jerk looks okay, the dip isn’t great, it’s very deep and my torso inclines forward slightly but its hardly my biggest limiting factor at the moment. The jerk specifically puts a lot of pressure on my patellar tendon, like I said earlier, so I was hesitant to be really quick under it.
Still adjusting to the idea of setting a 5RM and then working 90% of it. Really even setting 5RM’s is something entirely new to me, for whatever reason it feels like I should be lifting more, like somehow I should’ve tried harder, even when I attempt a weight and fail the 3rd or 4th rep, it still makes me feel weak. So odd. Strict pressing is exactly what I need, overhead strength is a huge weakness of mine, I’m glad to see it so early on in the programming. Not to mention that the left shoulder pain I was nursing all day actually started to improve with the strict press. The push press is similar in issue to my jerk, my torso dips forward slightly and the dip is a bit too aggressive. I really like the conditioning work today though, constantly moving through things kept the intensity up and kept me from hating myself on the double unders.
It’s weird when people bring up this blog in person, mostly because I’m super awkward, not because its not something I expect or even welcome. It’s just strange to have the things I share come full circle, I guess maybe its easier writing about my shit when I think no one is reading. Tomorrow is Barbell Shrugged day – if you’ll excuse me I need to distract myself with some soft tissue work.