Monday, July 17, 2017

Falling behind on this. Let's pick up from last night. After squatting 360x3x5 I've been feeling run down today. Drinking on the weekend and going to work without much sleep probably has more to do with it than anything approaching overtraining, though. Sleep debts can take awhile to pay.

Mixed things up tonight as a result.

Dumbbell push press
100 x 0, 2
Whew, after the first set I figured I wouldn't be getting any but it was surprisingly light , when I managed to get my legs in kinetic synthesis with the press. On the second rep there my timing was off and I basically strict-pressed it.

Landmine press
45+10+10 x 12, 12, 12, 15
45+10+10+10 x 12

Heavy band pulldowns
10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 20, 15
Monster mini snapped and caused me to stumble.

Random stuff for my other arm throughout. Good news: curling a 5 lb plate and also doing a curl+press combo.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Saw the surgeon on Wednesday for a check up on my progress. It was a very quick inspection but he said everything looks great and to keep doing what I'm doing. Physical therapy today saw some improvements. I used a hand bike and then upgraded to a stronger band for resistance training. She asked me how heavy I'm doing my curls and when I told her 2.5 lb she said I can go a little heavier than that. She suggested 3.

Did an easy session tonight. 290 x 2 x 8 SSB squats and a final set of 15, plus some banded leg curls.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

One-arm dumbbell press
115 x 10, 10, 10, 10, 10

Plate press (right arm)
5 x 10, 10, 10, 10

Bent-over dumbbell rows
115 x 10
125 x 10, 10, 10, 10

Band rows (both arms)
10, 10, 10, 10, 10

Hise shrugs
330 x 10, 10

Tricep pulldowns, curls, lat flyes

Any lift stuff for my recovering arm was between sets of the heavy work. Keeping active as per Emevas' recent Mythical Strength article.

Curling 2.5 lbs with the bad arm now. Things are moving along. Mobility is still not as good as I would expect 3 months out from surgery.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SSB squats
350 x 3 x 5

Leg curls

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Have taken a 4 day break due to my girlfriend visiting. Managed to train this evening after work before going out for Canada Day.

Overhead dumbbell press
80 x 7, 7, 8, 8

Band pulldowns
20, 20, 20, 20, 20

Incline dumbbell press
50 x 15, 12, 8
Very slow eccentric.

Curls, hise shrugs

Various skullcrushers and curls with 1 lb plate in injured arm

Monday, June 26, 2017

One-arm dumbbell press
100 x 10
115 x 10, 10

Landmine press
45 + 10 x 12, 15
45 + 10 + 10 x 15

Bent-over dumbbell rows
100 x 10, 15, 15
125 x 10, 10, 10

Curls, tricep extensions

Sunday, June 25, 2017

One-arm overhead dumbbell press
80 x 7, 8, 8, 7

Band pulldowns
20, 25, 25, 25, 25

Incline dumbbell press
50 x 17 (left arm)
2.5 lb plate x 14 (right arm)
Done bilaterally.
SSB timed hold
400, 420 x 10 seconds

SSB squats
Up to 370 x 5
I need to deload. Feeling beat up. I made it here linearly increasing the weight 10 lbs every week.

330 x 8, 8
240 x 20

Band leg curls

Friday, June 23, 2017

Therapist cleared me to "officially" start strength training my arm, although she was aware that I'd been working it out since before I even started PT. She gave me one of those flat bands that feel like a balloon to do tricep extensions with. I'm keeping it at the office so I can do stuff at work and home, especially since I'm working a couple of 12-hour days this week.

This last session was also my most painful one yet. She stretched my arm out to what felt like full extension and held it. I can straighten it out that much but holding it is another matter. Normally my arm just hangs at a slight bend by my side.

Went on a run at night after said 12-hour shift.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SSB box squats up to 310x5 for 3 sets yesterday, just a maintenance day.

One-arm dumbbell press
100 x 8
115 x 8, 9, 9, 11

Bent-over dumbbell rows
50 x 10
100 x 10
125 x 9, 10, 10, 12

Tricep and bicep isolation work

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great squat session I didn't record where I repped 360 on the SSB for 5 and then did 3 sets of 330 x 8. For assistance work that's heavier than what I did pre-injury.

Dumbbell overhead press
80 x 7, 6, 7, 7

Band pulldowns
20, 25, 25, 25, 25

Incline dumbbell bench
50 x 12-20 for 3 sets
2.5 lb plate x 3 x 10 in right arm

Curls

Various tricep pressdowns and facepulls on my injured arm interspersed between the regular sets.

Some comparison pictures. Believe it or not my arm is growing a little, although you'd be hard pressed to notice here. The bicep is a little more shapely.







Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lots of light reps on my right arm tonight. Pressdowns x 20, bench pressing with a martial arts bo, moving up to a 2.5 lb x 20 press, and finally up to 5 lbs x 10-13 for a few sets. Big milestone on the 5 lbs, which felt heavy.

Dumbbell press
100 x 10
115 x 8, 8, 8, 10

One-arm dumbbell rows
100 x 12, 12
125 x 10, 10, 10

Supersetted with various sets of pressing 5 lbs in the right arm and doing band facepulls.

Various curls, facepulls, skullcrushers

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Didn't record an awesome session where I repped the 115 dumbbell for 8 reps on multiple sets.

Third physical therapy session today. Scar tissue has been breaking down and the injury site is much softer. ROM coming along nicely. Huge improvement in shoulder mobility. Attaining arm extension is lagging.

Helluva busy weekend ahead of me. Work dinner tonight, George's birthday tomorrow, niece's birthday Sunday, on top of work each day.

Girlfriend moving 3 hours away tonight for school. I'll miss her. We feasted on sushi and sake last night.

Box squats
Up to 290, 310 x 5
310 x 8

Good mornings
190 x 2 x 10

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Physical therapy on Thursday went well. Worked on getting a full extension (not there yet) and pushing the pain boundary with supination. She lotioned my arm up and massaged the arm to break up scar tissue before we tried ROM tests again. I gained more range just from the massage. She gave me some basic exercises to do throughout the day, like overhead extensions and simply lifting the arm up and down.

My shoulder mobility is horrible and I cannot fully rotate the shoulder externally so it doesn't go back very far. Working on that by doing the motion for a barbell overhead press with both arms as best I can. As it is I can't do a real overhead tricep extension, or even raise my arm above my head fully in the first place.

I'm concerned about a hard protrusion I can feel in the elbow crease. Have only noticed it recently. Hopefully it's just scar tissue. The therapist didn't have a definite answer for it. No pain, though.

SSB squats
Up to 350x5
Pushing things along. First time using two hands on the handles. Have to be really careful not to push them when going heavy.

Drop-set of 300, 240, 150, 60 x 10

Band leg curls

Monday, May 29, 2017

Missed logging a couple sessions. Squatted 325x3x8 and dumbbell overhead pressed 80x4x5. Did 7 on a final fifth set.

Got my brace off last Wednesday. I start physical therapy thisThursday. I almost have full extension of my arm. Supination hurts but I'm pushing it little by little. The doctor twisted it pretty far to test it and it hurt. He asked if I had already started therapy and said he wants to start me on a pretty aggressive program when I told him no. I'm taking that as a greenlight to get the arm really moving.

Did some more exercising of the noodle arm this session beyond the lateral raises. First time applying resistance to it.

Dumbbell press
100 x 10, 10, 10, 10, 12
Band pressdown on injured arm for 20, 20, 20, 20

Bent-over dumbbell rows
100 x 10, 12
125 x 10, 10, 10

Curls
1.25 lbs x up to 15 injured side
50 x 12, 12, 10, 10

Facepulls (two arms)

SSB hise shrugs
190 x 30

Injured side lat raises with a water bottle
20


Friday, May 26, 2017

One-arm dumbbell press:
100 x 10, 10, 10, 8, 10

Bent-over dumbbell rows:
100 x 12
125 x 8, 10, 10, 12

Lateral raises with injured arm
100

Incline dumbbell press
50 x 15

Curls

Monday, May 22, 2017

SSB box squats
Up to 290 x 5, 5
300 x 5, 5, 5
This has kind of become a back-off day, even though the dead-stop on the box can be tough.

Know what's sad? My shoulder has atrophied so much I drape clothes over it to match the height of my other one so the SSB stays even. It also hurts without muscle cushioning it.

Should be starting physical therapy on my arm soon. This morning I woke up and without thinking extended my injured arm to turn off the alarm. My ROM brace stopped me from fully extending it, and I almost have full extension anyways, so it wasn't brushing with catastrophe or anything (I remember this happening pre-surgery and without anything on my arm, though - I yelped out in pain).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Haven't been keeping up to date on this lately. Training has been very consistent. I actually want to train more than ever. Have been eating to grow but I'm not in crazy bulk mode or anything.

Went through a break-up yesterday but am in good spirits. I made the call for it to end but losing friendship, which is what I wanted us to revert back to, sucks. Oh well.

Overhead dumbbell press
80 x 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
Cool, a 5x5.

Ball-Sack band pulldowns
20, 20, 25, 25, 25

Accessory work

Crazy comparison pic. Left and right side.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SSB squats:
Up to 300 x 3 x 8

Good mornings
170 x 3 x 10

Monday, May 8, 2017

One-arm dumbbell press:
Up to 100 x 8, 10, 8, 8, 8, 8
50 x 10, 15

Bent-over dumbbell rows:
100 x 10, 10, 10
115 x 10, 10, 10, 10, 10

Tricep pushdowns, Curls

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SSB squats:
270 x 8
280 x 8
290 x 8

Good mornings
150 x 15, 12

Monday, May 1, 2017

One-arm dumbbell press:
100 x 5, 8, 8, 7, 7 super-set with 50 x 10
50 x 12
Things are coming along. Moving the 100 again feels good. Weight is light but when I start struggling I get nervous about how arm shakes, so I'm keeping it dialed.

Bent-over dumbbell rows:
100 x 10
115 x 8, 10, 10, 10

Lateral raises (injured side)
70, 55

Skull crushers
25 x 15, 10

Curls
50 x 10, 10

Friday, April 28, 2017

SSB squats:
Work up to 250 x 10
270 x 8, 8, 8
Still sore from DOMS.

Good mornings:
150 x 5 x 10-15

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kettlebell and dumbbell strict press
50 x 5
80 x 1
50 x 10, 12, 11, 10, 8

Kettlebell and dumbbell rows
50 x 10, 25

Band rows
30, 30, 15 super-set with 20 kettlebell rows

Kettlebell rows
50 x 20

Lateral raise on injured arm
70, 50
Just raising and lowering the arm by a little bit. Got a minor pump, which is a lot right now. I haven't logged about this yet but the shoulder has undergone incredible atrophy. I can't stop touching it and marveling at how soft it is. It's not a downer or anything like that - I'm genuinely just amazed at how it feels.

Band pressdowns
10, 15, 9, 9

Chest flyes
25 x 14, 15,15

Band curls
12, 15, 17, 15

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SSB squats
150 x 2 x 10
200 x 10
220 x 10
230 x 10, 10
250 x 10, 10
150 x 20
Beyond 150 for the first time since surgery. Allowing the tiny bit of arm flexion this weight imposes now that I am cleared to move it.

Good mornings
150 x 12, 15, 12
Made this more challenging by the middle of the third set by not locking out.

GPP level really sucks right now. Winded by the ending sets of the workout. To be expected though.
Dumbbell press
100 x 5, 5, 5
Big milestone post - surgery being able to worked the 100s. Finally something that made arm work.

Bent-over dumbbell rows
100 x 10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12

Landmine press
45 + 10 x 12, 10, 10, 10

Hise shrugs
135 x 10

Band pressdowns
17, 17, 17

Hammer curls
50 x 10, 10, 10

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dumbbell overhead press
50 x 12, 10, 10, 10, 6 super-set with 25 x 8

Bent-over dumbbell rows
50 x 20, 20
100 x 8, 8 ,8

Band pressdowns
12, 16

Hammer curls
50 x 8, 8

Kettlebell overheard press
25 x 15 super-set with 8 band pressdowns.

Band pressdowns x 12, 12

Ball-Sack Curls
12, 12, 12

Monday, April 17, 2017

SSB squats
150 x 20, 15, 12

Good mornings
150 x 10, 10

Friday, April 14, 2017

Landmine press
45 x 12
55 x 12
60 x 12, 10, 10

Meadows rows
45 x 12
55 x 12
60 x 12, 10, 10

Ball-Sack band pressdowns
12, 15, 13, 13, 15, 12

Hammer curls
50 x 8, 8, 8, 8
25 x 15, 10

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I wrote this town on Monday but forgot to upload it. First training session back since surgery. light stuff designed to prevent me from tensing up too much.

Overhead press
10 lb plate x 3 x 10
25 lb kettlebell x 2 x 10
50 lb dumbbell x 2 x 10, x 5 drop-down to 25 x 8
25 lb kettlebell x 15, 12

Bent-over rows
25 lb kettlebell x 2 x 10
50 lb kettlebell x 5 x 20

Ball-Sack band pressdowns
Red band x 14, 15, 15

Hammer curls
50 x 8, 8
Ball-Sack band curls
15

Monday, April 10, 2017

Currently on the 6th day of recovery post-surgery. Using my phone's transcription mode to record this entry. Everything went well after the insurance hiccup. When I woke up I felt no pain due to the entirety of my arm being numb, which lasted about 18 hours afterwards.

Day 2 was a motherfucker, though. The meds did little to alleviate the pain, but by day three it was almost all gone. During this time I did very little but watch episodes of The Office on Netflix.

I feel like my arm is continuing to improve but I'm getting some new shoulder soreness on the injury side when I sleep. This only started about three days ago, oddly enough. It will wake me up every few hours and after getting up to use the restroom it'll be gone enough for me to go back to sleep before the cycle repeats. I've also noticed my good shoulder clicking a lot. I'm sure some funny stuff is happening from the weight of the sling being so constant. I have avoided training so far out of concern over accidentally flexing my arm but I'm going to start again today or tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Writing this post out of boredom in the waiting room. After about four hours of sleep I checked in for surgery at 5:30 am. Fast forward through the brief wait and the nurse checking my vitals let me know the surgery would be at 7:30. She was shocked at the description she had on file that I was lifting a 700 lb tire, which is always fun flattery.

Later the surgeon himself (who is an awesome guy) comes out shaking his head and saying insurance is still holding things up. "They like to do this 20 minutes before surgery, apparently." Currently it's 8:32 and I'm already planning things out if I get denied - rehab exercises, what sport I'm going to focus on, etc.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Finally visited the surgeon today and have my surgery scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30am.

SSB squats
240 x 3 x 5

Overhead dumbbell press
70 x 3 x 5

One-hand deadlift
135 x 5
185 x 5

Monday, March 27, 2017

SSB squats
300 x 5, 5
310 x 5

One-arm dumbbell press
100 x 2, 4, 8
115 x 5

Dumbbell row
100 x 10
115 x 10, 10, 10

One-arm push-ups
8

One-arm dumbbell press
50 x 20

Hammer curls
50 x 8

One-arm facepulls

Friday, March 24, 2017

Well, it's almost been a week now since I tore my bicep tendon at my strongman show last Saturday. It's been a long 6 days of battling to be seen by a surgeon and dealing with beaurocratic shit accompanying that.

Spirits are strong. As I type this I'm doing my first workout since the injury. It is a rainy Friday night and I had some drinks at work with the plumbers before declining a strip club invitation to come home and lift. I'm making do with what I can in a sling. I've fooled around with different things seeing what my limits are. To my great pleasure I'm able to load 45 lb plates with both hands, if I'm careful. I've done 240 on the SSB (ridiculously enough my left knee started hurting a little) and repped a 50 lb dumbbell overhead for various sets. I just tried a 80 and couldn't get more than 2. I have to keep my right side relaxed and this no doubt messes with my force output, plus I've just gotten weaker overall. Done several sets of 100 lb dumbbell rows bent over very easily, as well.

It feels good to force myself to record this. This will be my springboard back up.

Real-time update: okay, just overhead pressed the 80 with my good arm for 5 reps this time after tensing up more. Last rep had a little leg drive.

Finishing up now just a little past 11 with 13 reps of the 50 and curling that same weight. It feels a little sad to be working out one side and leaving the other guy behind, but when my right is ready the stronger section will be ready to "guide" it back just from doing bilateral stuff so that's comforting to think about.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Left shoulder has been hurting for about a week now, but it's getting better. I've been careful with it during training.

Bench press
240 x 5
275 x 5
312 x 3
240 x 12

Pull-ups
15, 15

Axle press (continental clean first rep)
150 x 9, 10, 9
Clean twice: x 8

Chin-ups
45 x 10, 10
90 x 9, 10

Facepulls, external rotator cable press, curls

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Running today. Three hill sprints and a 15 minute jog afterwards. Sore feet bones from Muay Thai didn't give me any problems. Back has been hurting lately so I've been making time to do some yoga every day.

Good news. I went to Home Depot and made an axle. I plan on cramming for continental cleans before my contest on the 18th. It was kind of weird because the sizes for regular galvanized pipes were different from conduit electrical galvanized, the latter of which I went with. Some mislabeling or something going on.

Yes, I should have done this a long ass time ago.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Muay Thai tonight. Practiced kicking with the lead left which I am awful at and have almost never practiced on my own. As a result I kept landing wrong, particularly on the shield my partner was holding, and it made my foot hurt again. This is the reason why I'm not doing Muay Thai more than once a week right now; my feet need to heal after every session.

My push kicks, on the other hand, are pretty good. I can whip them out better than a lot of people in class that I noticed and I did well on the speed sessions that we did. I used to have a problem with my left hip clicking whenever I'd push kick on that side but it doesn't occur anymore. I noticed that the coach starts his kick out with a much straighter leg than I do and extending at the hip, so getting rid of the chamber is something I will work on. I will also be practicing left kicks in my spare time because that shit was just embarrassing.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Deload

Squat
200 x 5
250 x 5
300 x 5

250 x 10, 10, 10

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Deload

Bench press
145 x 5
185 x 5
225 x 5

Pull-ups
12

Strict press (clean at start)
135 x 8, 10, 10

Chin-ups
12
45 x 10, 10

Friday, March 3, 2017

Boxing tonight was pretty brutal. I should mention that this is specifically a sparring class, which explains the lack of bag or mitt work that I assume the regular boxing class on Mondays has. I really want to try to get to that but my work schedule conflicts.

Everyone I sparred tonight was going pretty hard and I gassed out by the 4th opponent, although my recovery time is quick and I bounced back within the 60 second break between rounds. Since I got way more tired than last time my form suffered and I received more advice as a result. Stupid stuff like not keeping my eyes up when bobbing and weaving, and my stance being too square in front of the opponent. I took a lot of hits and my nose was sore before long, but I landed my own share on everyone and kept throwing in a competitive fashion. I'm in good enough shape that I can force activity even when I THINK I'm dead tired.

After class ended one of my sparring partners, a tall Russian kid named Salva, asked if I wanted to go some extra rounds. This got interrupted when another opponent stopped me to get lifting advice as Salva was momentarily away. He was currently doing no resistance training and I gave him some of my ideas on how to work lifting into his schedule.

So Salva and I go at it and I feel like death at this point, but make sure not to let anyone know it. He's the only guy in class taller than my 6'0 and his reach is giving me problems, so I mentally regroup and focus on pressuring him by moving forward more. In my mind, I'm thinking Cain Velasquez. This works brilliantly and I'm tagging him more (while also getting tagged myself from fatigue). At one point, someone gives us pointers between rounds and says I'm doing what I need to do so he needs to use his reach and move laterally more. We go five rounds and by the end of it he was mostly defense.

My nose hurts and despite my mouth guard I bit my tongue on one occasion. I feel great.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Deload

Mat pulls (5)
505 x 2, 0, 1
Had trouble "turning on" today and kept failing a third.

SSB box squats
240 x 3 x 9

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Muay Thai went much better than last week tonight. Didn't have any knee pain afterwards and I feel like I'm getting much better at staying relaxed. This time I partnered up with a much older guy who looked to be in his 60's and whom the coaches call "Young Man". Practiced throwing either an outside or inside leg kick, my choice, followed by a left hook and right cross. After taking turns holding the pads and doing this we added a 1-1-2 while backing up.

Got some pointers on keeping my right hand up when I kick instead of dropping it Thai-style.

The usual calisthenic burnout at the end transpired but this time I actually appreciated the focus on abs: 30 leg raises, 30 crunches, 30 sit-ups, and planks. I haven't been doing direct ab work lately.

Afterwards the coach said he's seeing a lot of improvement in me and to keep it up.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Deload

Strict press
100 x 5
122.5 x 5
150 x 5

Chin-ups
15

Dumbbell press
100s x 8, 8, 8, 9

Lying dumbbell rows
125s x 10, 10, 10 ,10

Keg curls
160 x 12

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Did 3 hill sprints, then jogged to the high school and ran a mile around the track before jogging home. Took about an hour overall.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Squat
375 x 5
425 x 3
475 x 1

325 x 8, 8, 8

Back is incredibly sore. It started with deadlifts earlier in the week and it was starting to go away until boxing last night, believe it or not. All the bobbing and weaving worked it over. Good session despite that. Belted up on 315 and up.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Went to boxing tonight and had a lot of fun. Less time spend on conditioning than Muay Thai. It was entirely technical drills and sparring. We immediately partnered up and took turns doing a 1-2 with the other person parrying the jab and dodging the right. Next, we added bodyshots after the 1-2. My first partner was a guy who has several months of experience at this place, which made a big difference in Muay Thai when we sparred but nada here since I've trained boxing in Portland. The second partner was a short rotund fellow who punched in slow motion. I treated him as a beginner and eased up, but still hit him in the face and forehead to let him know that there are consequences for keeping an open guard.

From there we just rotated partners and sparred. First I went up against a girl who was hitting way too hard. Seriously, she was throwing leather. Her strikes were easy to dodge, though. She also got winded several times so we'd stop and wait for her to catch her breath.

Second partner was the guy who had several months under his belt. He seemed to know what he was doing, but he headhunted a lot. I mixed it up by throwing a body jab and a rabid face jab right after, which Ali used to do a lot. I focused extensively on mixing things up in general and throwing combinations, not just single punches. One thing that wasn't going through were my uppercuts. To this guy's credit, his guard from below was right, but then I'd just transition to throwing straights over his gloves right after (left uppercut to right overhand worked really well on him).

Next was the biggest guy there who wasn't me, which I really welcomed going up against. Through his mouthpiece he indicated that he would not be throwing headshots but I could. I tagged him several times but I took the opportunity to really work the body. He was slipping strikes more than the others, predictably.

Finished off sparring the first chick again and she was more tenacious than ever. I was pretty much hitting her at will so I focused more on practicing my bobbing and weaving under the pressure she was exerting. After the bell rang the coach laughed and said she was bullying me, which I found funny but thought she might think that to be kind of condescending. I try not to treat women in class any different, even jokingly - to me, she is the same as a smaller male at that weight.

Class had just ended and I decided to strike the heavy bag a bit when the big guy from earlier beckoned me toward the wall. He wanted me to strike him while he dodged with his back to the wall. I did this for about 5 minutes.

Had a great session and it was nice to give my lower body a break from MT in time for squat day. Conditioning and cardio held up great. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bench press
277.5 x 5
315 x 3
355 x 1
277.5 x 8
Same as last cycle, but lighter bodyweight and with sore shoulders from Muay Thai. Very pleased. With how heavy the build-up sets felt I wasn't sure I'd get 355 (which was one helluva grinder, by the way).

Pull-ups
15
45 x 10

Strict press (clean once)
155 x 10, 10

Chin-ups
45 x 10, 10
90 x 8, 8

Dumbbell skullcrushers
50s x 8

Kettlebell skullcrushers
50 x 8 (drop-set from dumbbells)
X 12

Curls

The thumb loop on my wrist wraps broke so I ordered a new pair of Slingshot ones. At $40 these are twice the asking price of my previous ones, and most similar products on Amazon, but after receiving them in the mail I'm glad I bought them. Compared to my old pair they're thicker, MUCH softer, longer, and most importantly have the thumb loop attached at both ends so that piece will last longer (and it's more comfortable that way).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Signed up for Muay Thai at the same place and took my third class there (4 in total now, counting AKA). I felt like I had a poor training session through entirely my own fault. My lower body was sore from lifting so kicking with my lead left, which I already suck at, was even uglier. Could not turn my hips properly for the life of me. I kept missing my shin on the bag and landing near my toes, which started to hurt enough that I went and grabbed my new Kings shin guards. It still hurt to use that side now just from feeling impact, and soreness and fatigue started making me kick sloppy with my RIGHT leg now and I hurt that foot too. I feel like a buffoon.

On the other hand, my hands are pretty good and when we partnered up I coupled with the coach so I got plenty of personal tutelage. Aiming for the pads, we did various combinations, starting with a simple 1-2 followed by an inside leg kick and moving on to longer chains. I bounced around with partners a little bit. Anything that wasn't boxing I butchered because my feet bones hurt.

Speaking of which, there is a boxing class that my membership covers I'd like to hit up. Only problem is it conflicts with my work schedule, but when we hire another office worker I'll have more free time. Still working 7 days a week.

The calisthenics really worked my shoulders - inchworms and bear crawls gave them a crazy pump. In my lifting I'm going to shift just a little more to direct tricep work to give my front delts a break.

One other thing to note: at night before bed I notice my right knee really fucking hurts if I lift it up. I have plenty of time to heal before squat day, though.
Deadlifts
550 x 1, 3
The form clicked on the second set, which came right after the first rep when I walked away and then decided I had more in me so I stepped back to the bar. Wasn't engaging my glutes the first time. Done in the pouring rain again but didn't have strap issues with the water this time.

SSB box squats
240 x 3 x 10
x 8
Short rest times.

Had an epic birthday weekend going on a cruise in San Francisco and feasting at a buffet and sushi later that night.