Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Xmas!


Gotta figure out this work/life/blog balance thing, but until then...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Training - "Everything that has happened to you is just a story."

11/30 - deadlifts, ab circuit, 5T, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 11
11/29 - 5T #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 10
11/28 - press, chins, dips, fat bar curl, 5T, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 9
11/27 - 5T, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 8
11/26 - 5T, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 7
11/25 - power clean, squats, 5T, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 6
11/24 - stretch, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 5
11/23 - #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 4
11/22 - #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 3
11/21 - bench, chins, pushups, #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 2
11/20 - #22pushups for #22KILL - Day 1
11/18 - deadlifts, ab wheel, backxt
11/16 - press, chins, dips, pike press, speedbag
11/11 - squats, bench, chins, pushups, leg raise, stretch
11/9 - deadlifts, press, chins, dips, situps, backxt
11/8 - stretch
11/7 - stretch
11/4 - squats
11/3 - stretch
11/2 - bench, chins, pushups
11/1 - deadlifts, situps, backxt
10/28 - press, chins, dips


700 lb Deadlift @ 60 years old...195 lbs bw and Drug Free! | Powerlifting Watch: "Tee Skinny Man Meyers - 60 year old Deadlifts 700 lbs @ 195 lbs Drug Free! The skinny man has been around a long time and he is still one of the nation's best pullers! Here he is pulling a number 1 ranked masters deadlift! It couldn't get much easier!"




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Time goes on, as do we. Since age eleven, I have accepted the fact that I am going to die. Robb Wolf once told me: “Live long, die fast.” I can’t disagree.   I have my wills, living wills, and DNRs already written, signed, and co-signed. Death will come knocking one day, but I hope I have left early to compete, laugh, and dance at a Highland Games.   I expect Death to share a toast or two before we do a Challenge Sprint into the next life...

John Powell, former world record holder in the discus, once gave me some advice for older athletes at breakfast in Orlando, Florida. He noted older athletes need to rediscover two things: “muscle” and passion. He envisioned that we should train in two phases:   Phase One: Hypertrophy and rediscovering the joy of movement Phase Two: Reigniting passion   For phase two, “Passion” comes from the root, “to suffer.” Whenever we speak about passion, we tend to jump right into the bedroom, but we also have to learn to suffer for what we love. It could be as simple as sore body parts after training or cutting checks for trips to championships...  If the over-fifty athlete can only do one thing, I would recommend three days a week of push, pull, and squat. You will look good, which tends to lead to feeling good, which seems to help you keep moving good (well)...

I have always found solace in the phrase: “It’s not the years, it’s the miles.” Research from Germany in the 1950s taught us that strength, if trained, remains long into the early fifties. But, after that, things happen. Joseph Campbell described aging like the pieces of an old car suddenly falling off: first, the side mirror; now, the bumper.   Aging is inevitable. Every calendar year, your age will increase by a factor of one, and you can look that up if you don’t believe me. But, aging doesn’t have to be given the victory. With a little thinking and some reasonable training, you can keep the side mirror and bumper on for a long time."




Your Fitness Truths Are Just a Story | Breaking Muscle: "People have sold their dogma and pushed their respective agendas at us since we were small children. Your parents are the grand architects of how you think. In fact, if you think back on your entire set of values, ideas, and way of looking at the world, you can probably trace it back to one of your parents. That means most of your thoughts don’t belong to you. You are simply recounting something your parents taught you. Original thoughts rarely happen.   When you come to this realization, it can be quite upsetting at first. Over time, it becomes incredibly liberating. My reasoning? We don’t have many geniuses, gurus, or true movers and shakers amongst us. Most everyone, myself included, just regurgitate the things someone else taught us. But knowing this gives us the freedom to reject established norms. Conventional thinking, in a lot of cases, is not compelling or inspirational in any way. And the good news is, you don’t have to be a slave to it anymore...

Everything that has happened to you, from your childhood to the moment you started reading this article, is just a story. It’s nothing. It has absolutely no substance whatsoever. In order for you to even spend the energy on recounting any of it, you have to formulate your understanding of what it was, and then create a narrative around it to give it life again. Most of us are so dedicated to the story that we not only re-write what happens in our minds, but then follow through by talking about it, brooding over it, and in many cases, allowing ourselves to become prisoners to it."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"So, uh, how come you don't care where you're going?"

"Cause how you get there is the worthier part." RIP Ron Glass.

'Barney Miller' actor Ron Glass dies - CNN.com: "Actor Ron Glass, known for his role on the police sitcom "Barney Miller," has died, his agent says. Glass, 71, died on Friday night, Jeffrey Leavitt told CNN. "It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my dear friend and client Ron Glass," Leavitt said. "Ron passed late last night of respiratory failure. Ron was a private, gentle and caring man. He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow," he said."