Sunday, April 30, 2006

One of the most embarassing moments........

in my life happened today. I was buying groceries, one of the items was a large jar of olive oil. I put it in the area where children normally sit, but I did not put up the plastic piece that covers the leg holes. ( Are you starting to see the problem? )
So of course it falls at my feet breaking all over the place and I jump to prevent the jar from hitting my foot. I avoided it hitting my foot, wich would have actually been better. So I fall and bust my ass right in the middle of the store. And I couldn't get up right away since my hands were covered in oil and I was slipping around. One of the stockers came over and asked if I was OK and helped me up. He asked what fell I told him, he asked what else fell because he heard two things hit the floor. After a second I figured out it was my head hitting the floor. He heard it the next aisle over..........nice.
The manager and several employees gather around me to ask if i am ok, they try to get me to go to the hospital to get checked out, and of course the only thing I want at this point is to be invisible. I am drawing a crowd as people who heard me fall and curse loudly are trying to find out what happened. I compose myself with as much dignity as I can and go to the self serve checkout still dripping with oil and purchase the only item they cannot put back sliced deli meat. The I go home and pick little shards of glass out of my ass and ankle.
As I related the story to Barb I started cracking up and so did she, it was very humerous. Woulda been even funnier if it had happened to someone who was not me!!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Crazy test. pretty accurate

ColorQuiz.comroyce took the free personality test!

"Needs to feel identified with someone or something..."

Click here to read the rest of the results.

Almost scary accurate, I am charming, I do charm people when things get tough. I DEFINATELY require peace and calm. I definately achieve a sense of well being through sexual activity. And I have a severe drive to accomplish a few things, get in shape, resume trading futures derivatives ( yes it was profitable ), and provide a better are to live in for my family ( Barb wishes i had a severe, single minded focus on the housework ). And I definately enjoy being married, I do feel empty when i am alone. Very accurate.

Another one in the bank

5 rounds
heavy bag
snatches 6/6
21 minutes
Cardio is starting to come along, pushed hard today in the heat, sun shining on my back through the garage door windows... HOT.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Workout post

I was slacking untill about 11:00 pm then decided to get off my butt and workout
10 singles l/r with gripper 3 minutes rest between sets
hand extensor work for carpal tunnel balance
7 excersizes, format 2 minutes of work followed by 1 miute of rest
Cumulative work load is much higher than it looks
Windmills 1 minute each side
60 seconds rest
Hindu or dive bobmer pushups 2 min.
1 min rest
one arm bent over row alternating sets of 5. 2 min
1 min. rest
hindu squat 2 on
1 off
clean and press alternate arms every 30 seconds 2 on
1 off
burpee 2 on ( couldn't do 2 minutes more like 1 minute )
1 off ( more like 2 off )
alternating swing 2 on
and done.
workout notes
finger extensor work imediately takes the pressure of my elbows after heavy grip work I was starting to worry about that.
The swing is really the most real world specific excersize you can do, it trains the hamstrings to operate just like the do in real life as a hip flexor instead of a knee contractor, I am really just learning the differance.
Hip snap and strength much better, pulled 300 for 6 deadlifting just goofing around yesterday, who would have known that a 44 lb chunk of iron would allow me to do my max deadlift for 6 with no deadlifting, the russians i guess LOL
Great workout, since I swithced to alternating HOC with Grind circuits I feel like I am loosing weight every day.
Goal 200 lbs by May 6th 2007

Monday, April 24, 2006

Funny things are happening.

Back from the sickness

Had a killer 20 minute workout yesterday
H.O.C. or High Octane Cardio, based on boxers roadwork, wich is jogg for 50-100 yards drop and do pushups 50-100 yards more stop and do pullups, boxers use this to condition themselves for the brutal rounds they must endure. Mike Mahler, a Strength and Conditioning coach extrordinaire wrote an article about roadwork with kettlebells.
Jog, jumprope, or do rounds on heavy bag, and do kettlebell ballistics in between.
60-90 seconds on the heavy bag
10 snatches 5l/5r
60-90 seconds rest ( heart rate had to come down it hit 200+ I'm sure )
five rounds
20 minutes
whole body sore
weight this morning 279
I have lost 21 lbs
Started using an Ironmind Captains of Crush #1 gripper 140 lbs to close, they are kind of awkward so it is even harder than that really, could only get the gripper to parallel when it came in the mail, 3 days later( yesterday ) I closed it with my right hand and almost with my left when i can do 5x5 with both hands at any point in the day i will get a #2 195lbs to close then the #3 280lbs, really stoked about the strength increase in my hands, snatches yesterday didn't even get my forearms pumped. If you can do 8-10 reps with the #2 with both hands you can burst an unopened soda can by using both hands, can't wait.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Nature continues to amaze me

We went to the zoo the other day and they had a little scale display showing the crushing power of several different animals bites. Average male handshake maximium 100lbs. On a little side note a 280 lb grip is considered world class crushing power. If you close a gripper at 280 lbs you can be certified and have your name up on a particular website, it's a big deal. At this strength you can perform strongman feats like tearing phone books ect. Only five men in the world have closed the 365 lb gripper under certified circumstances. At the 280 lb level you can burst an unopened soda can by crushing power alone ( two hands ).
I went on that little diatribe to show how amazing animals are, the average dog bite, 450 lbs. The average Macaws beak 1500 lbs!!! Those numbers just stunned me.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

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It took me several attempts to read this, as much love as i have for my children I could not imagine going through this with my daughter. If you aren't crying by the end, you ain't human.

Something to make you think...

So I keep hearing about everybody's dark places, and yes everybody has them. But they are a side of us, not us. To focus to hard on one thing is to exclude everything else. So to that end her is a link and a poem i found on someone elses blog. new hero
And here is that lovely little poem I thought I would post.
Today upon a bus I saw a lovely girl with golden hair. I envied
her - she seemed so gay - and wished I were as fair. But suddenly
she rose to leave. I saw her hobble down the isle, she had only one
leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile…
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two legs, the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold them had such charm. I stopped to talk to him, he seemed so glad - if I was late could do
no harm. As I left he said to me, “I thank-you, you had been so
kind. It’s nice to talk to folks like you, you see,” he said, “I am
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Later while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of
blue. He stood and watched the others play, he did not know what to
do. I stopped a moment and said, “Why don’t you join the others,
dear?” He looked ahead without a word and then I knew, he couldn’t
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I go, with eyes to see the sun-set glow,
with ears to hear what I would know.
Oh, God forgive me when I whine,
I am blessed indeed, the world is mine!

No sarcasam intended, I just know our attention animates out thoughts, or as the bible puts it "As a person thinks so they are."

Monday, April 17, 2006

I really try to never complain..

but this last week has been hell, Barb in the hospital for her UTI. Scared the crap outta' me by the way. Ryan Lyndsey and Tyler all had strep throat. Tyler may also have Mono he is still down for the count. Sydney just threw up. We are way behind on bills. Unavoidable though. My dad was admited to the hospital because he has smoked for 55 years, I couldn't go see him because I was a little under the weather and the last thing he needs is the chance to get strep.
And to top it all off, I woke up this morning feeling like someone had pushed me out of a truck and then hit me with it, and as I type I am developing a nasty little tickle in the back of my throat................

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Heavy bag

YeeHaawww, I just bought a 100 lb. punching bag. Got a great deal on it 70 bucks.
I still have to hang it in my garage but that is easy, then heavy bag work.
I really enjoy it, I don't even think I am working out, and guess what, no aggression afterwards.
Got a funny story for ya'll, I went to Home Depot yesterday to pick up a 4x4 to run across the garage to hang the bag on. So I find the 4x4 and think to myself " Self you have been doing alot of Kettlebell work lately along with some grip work, I wonder if you can pick up this 12 foot 4x4 with one hand ( pinch grip )." Then I said to myself " Hey self that is not a bad idea." So I did it, easily. Then I decided since that was easy i should clean it with one hand ( cleans are a Olympic Lifting type move, you move the weight from the starting position to your shoulders in one clean movement, hence the name.) I did it quite easily.
I started walking down the aisle to go to the checkout stand and heard someone use a loud explicitive and timber bounce off the ground, I turnd back and looked down the aisle in time to see a Home Depot employee shaking his hand and staring a 4x4 on the floor......LMAO. He tried it and could not do it. Yup, this stay at home dad is stronger than the dude that does manuel labor for a living!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Favorite woman bodybuilder

Everyone I have ever talked to who does not lift thinks bodybuilders look like they do onstage year round. Not true, in fact they may only be that lean for a couple of hours during contest.
Anyway I always thought this chick was attractive when she was in the off season.
Contest time not so much. But like i said once or twice a year.....

Monday, April 10, 2006

Swing Progression

Here is that swing progression I was talking about, lots and lots of fun.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Hey ya'll try this...........

It is the Turkish get up, you start in the prone position, get to a sitting position then stand up ( I couldn't find a pic of the standing phase ), but wait, you get more for the same low price, you have to get down into the prone position again. All with the weight at arms length, then do the other side. I am very, very weak at this. But it is a hell of a lot of fun, and the abs get a deep soreness about them.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

circuit style today

OK I have been having some really crappy days, not emotionally, physically.
Workouts were lagging, body wouldn't respond.
A couple bouts of confusion ( like real confusion, in a fog. )
Better now, who knows what it was/is, virus, diabetes, allergies ( they have been particularly bad this last week.)
So I have this dvd that has bodyweight and kettlebell circuits.
11 minute circuit today.
Turkish get up 2 min
rest one min
hindu pushup 2 min
rest one min
swings 2 min ( these hurt )
rest one min
hindu squats 2 min
and done
really liked this follow along format, I like to be creative when lifting for mass or strength, but conditioning....ugh....this helps out a lot.
11, 20, and 38 minute intervals I will work up tho the 38 and start making it more difficult, but that will be a while.