Doing Time In The Rust Belt

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Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:07 am

Quick Intro and Statement of Purpose-

I'm a novice powerlifter and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt. I'm keeping my log here from now on because I'm tired of Tumblr.

I'm doing an in-house powerlifting meet at Celli's Fitness Center on November 11. Ryan Celli and his wife Dana, and Ramona Patterson will be judging. It's an opportunity for me to do the big three lifts on the platform, in front of a world record holder. I'm not going to miss it. Plus, Ryan's my boss -I'm the janitor at Celli's and he'll bust my balls for the rest of my life if I don't (Ryan taught me how to squat, and how to deadlift.

I was doing great with my lifts, making gains, until about 3 months ago, when I started learning Jiu Jitsu. I lost 15 pounds of bodyweight, and I started feeling a little off. Training 6 times a week...

...or maybe I was just being a bitch about it. That's another reason why I wanted to start a log here. I figure if anybody does read it, and replies, they'll keep me honest around here.

My opening squat will be ... Who fucking knows. I barely did a double at 285 yesterday (I crushed a great single at 365 three months ago).

My opening bench press will be 245.

My opening deadlift will be 390 (pulled that for an easy double Monday).

My goal is to have a perfect meet, three white lights on all lifts, and to break 1,000.

After this meet I will structure my training more intelligently, with strength gains and good recovery in-mind, and no junk work.

Thank you for reading...
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Re: Aggie's Training Log

Post by Kenny X » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:17 am

Confront the daily setbacks, all the low's and high's...

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I've been dealing with it. Fucking ringworm. Rodrigo Junqueira has been at the school all week teaching and I haven't been able to attend any classes because of it. Things looked 100% better today, but I wanted to talk it over with Coach anyway, before getting out on the mat. He advised me to wait a little while more, before coming back. So no class for me tonight.

Sucks too- because Rodrigo is rolling with us tonight, and doing promotions where necessary, and I've been working my ass off. We earn each and every one of our stripes at that school and I've been getting smashed, and even doing my share of smashing.

Oh well. There will be other promotions. Other chances to get to roll with the Black Belt. I'll come back next week, pick up steam again and get back to it.
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Re: Aggie's Training Log

Post by Dunn » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:17 am

Two horses and one ass. I like it!

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Re: Aggie's Training Log

Post by Kenny X » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:23 am

Dunn wrote:Two horses and one ass. I like it!
=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

Exactly! :happiness:
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Re: Aggie's Training Log

Post by Soupbone » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:43 pm

Nice to see you posting.

Word of advice: check out the other grappler's logs on this forum (Fats, Johno, Marco, Don't read mine it is full of crap, etc.) there is much wisdom contained within. Fattie's logs could become a book. I have learned a lot from them.

Keep training, Keep posting.

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10/14/2012

Post by Kenny X » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:14 pm

Bench Press (Volume)
  • 45 x 5
    95 x 5
    135 x 5
    185 x 5
    200 x 5
    225 x 5
    135 x 20
Floor Press (Neutral-Grip Log)
  • 105 x 10
    125 x 10
    145 x 12
Press Down's + Press-Up's
  • 50 x 10 + 30 x 10
    50 x 10 + 30 x 10
    50 x 15 + 30 x 8
Rear-Delt Raise + Face Pulls
  • 15's x 20 + 30 x 10
    15's x 20 + 30 x 10
    15's x 30 + 30 x 15
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10/15/2012

Post by Kenny X » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:01 am

I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more...

Deadlift
  • 135 x 5
    135 x 5
    225 x 5
    315 x 5
Speed Squats
  • 45 x 5
    45 x 5
    135 x 3
    185 x 3
    215 x 3
    215 x 3
    215 x 3
    215 x 3
    215 x 3
Back Raise
  • BW x 15
    BW x 15
    BW x 15
DB Rows (R+L)
  • 90 x 8, 8
    90 x 8, 8
Hammer Curls
  • 35's x 5
    35's x 5
    35's x 5
21's
  • 40 x 21
I didn't know how I'd feel after last week's double at 390, so I did some 5's. Talked to Ryan afterward, and he put me together an outline of the next two weeks which should keep me on target for my meet numbers. Next Monday I will work up to a double at 400, and that should go well. Then a little lighter the week following. Then the week off and the meet Saturday, the 10th.

Felt good today. Back didn't complain, squats were fast and I didn't hop at the top. We'll see if I can do some heavy doubles for squats this-coming Thursday. Shouldn't be an issue.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:13 pm

Coach and I spoke earlier, he said it's probably a good idea to take another night off. The RW has improved greatly but it still looks a little open around the outside. Fuck me it takes forever for this shit to clear up. An I won't be drilling or rolling with Pig Pen again anytime soon either.

So tonight's training consisted of the following:

Break-Fall, Get-Up-And-Sprawl: 50

Shrimp Across The Floor Holding Kettlebell (L+R): 25 lbs. x 50, 50

1-Arm Kettlebell Snatch L: 25 lbs. 15 x 10

1-Arm Kettlebell Snatch R: 25 lbs. 15 x 10

Paid no particular attention to things like time or anything.

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10/18/2012

Post by Kenny X » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:55 am

I know I'm getting sick of all my mistakes and fuck-ups, that make me look into your face and lie.

POWERLIFTING

Squats
  • 55 x 5
    55 x 5
    145 x 5
    145 x 5
    235 x 3
    285 x 2
    305 x 2
    315 x 2
    325 x 2
I squatted my previous meet best for a double, with good bar speed. It was work but it wasn't a grinder. I will open at the meet with 325 and go from there.

I was a little surprised, being that I haven't really been squatting over 300 since I got really into Jiu Jitsu. So this was good. I'll add a little to my squat and hopefully my bench and deadlift will hold and I can break 1,000.

JIU JITSU

Left Lawrenceville (near The Strip) at 5:15 and tore-ass to Cranberry for class. Got there an hour early. Nice!

It was great to be back! RW is all cleared up and, to my surprise, the break helped me settle down some shit in my mind and that in turn helped my guard passing to improve! We'd learned a good one where you lead-in with your head and try to pin their sternum down like a bull goring a cowboy while you pass. I was able to dive right in live with that tonight several times and pass guard successfully. I also executed my first mounted armbar successfully during live rolling, too. 5 seconds before the timer went off and I submitted the guy. Sometimes it's good to take a break when you have to.

Good day today.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Dunn » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:26 am

Awesome work brother. Glad to see the break was good for you.

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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:13 am

Dunn wrote:Awesome work brother. Glad to see the break was good for you.
Thanks :happiness:

I'm hoping the new schedule I'm doing will keep me from getting burned out. When I was doing the

Mon.-Deadlift and squat,
Tues.-Beginner Jiu Jitsu,
Wed.-Advanced Jiu Jitsu,
Thurs.-Speed Bench,
Fri.-OFF,
Sat.-nogi Jiu Jitsu,
Sun.-ME Bench

schedule I started feeling like a zombie.

I hope I can make this schedule I'm doing now work a little better.

My IT bands are killing me this morning. LMAO
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10/20/2012

Post by Kenny X » Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:17 pm

JIU JITSU

Guard passing continues to feel more comfortable, and also continues to improve. I nailed another solid mounted armbar today, and I also got to work a nice escape I've been thinking about. First time I tried it, Jake was working an armbar on me and I rolled into him and wound up getting caught in a really nasty triangle. That sucked. So here we are a few weeks later, I was rolling with Josh, and he got a hold of my wrist and started working an armbar on me. I rolled into him, just like I did with Jake but I was able to stuff him in such a manner as to prevent him from getting that leg up and over me, so I was safe from triangles. From there, all I had to do was keep pressure on him, rip my arm out and then pass his guard. And of course, to Josh's credit, he submitted me moments later with a wicked baseball choke.

I used that same escape on Simon later on too. I like rolling with him because he crushes me. The escape worked but once that man sets his mind to doing something, he doesn't stop until he gets it. So he wound up submitting me in that same match, with an armbar which he prevented me from escaping. So it's not fool-proof, but it is a tool I can keep handy in the toolbox for certain circumstances- if they're threatening an armbar and they're vulnerable to getting rolled over way high on their back, and I can keep the back of their knees BELOW my shoulders, it's got a high probability of working.

Great morning!
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10/21/2012

Post by Kenny X » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:46 pm

Enough careless talk about giving up,
Complaining of the things we haven't got,
Why can't we stand up to the test of time?


POWERLIFTING

Bench Press
  • 45 x 5
    45 x 5
    135 x 5
    135 x 5
    185 x 5
    225 x 3
    245 x 2
    265 x FAIL.
    265 x FAIL. FML!
Floor Press (Log)
  • 105 x 15
    125 x 15
    145 x 8
Press-Downs + Press-Ups
  • 55 x 10 + 40 x 10
    55 x 10 + 40 x 10
    55 x 10 + 40 x 8
Rear-Delt Raises + Face Pulls
  • 15's x 25 + 30 x 20
    15's x 25 + 30 x 20
    15's x 25 + 30 x 20
I have no idea why I couldn't nail 265. Fuck me, I've smashed 275 numerous times over the past four months. I was pissed off about it. Still am. Speaking in a strict psychological sense, I really didn't need to have to deal with any fuck-ups like that, 3 weeks out from the meet.

Oh well. Bad days happen. Fuck it.
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10/22/2012

Post by Kenny X » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:22 am

The TV's speak in murderous rhymes the clues we leave and hope you'll find...

POWERLIFTING

Deadlift
  • 135 x 8
    135 x 8
    225 x 5
    275 x 3
    315 x 2
    365 x 2
    400 x 2
DB Shrugs
  • 85's x 10
    85's x 10
    85's x 10
DB Rows (L+R)
  • 90 x 10, 10
    90 x 10, 10
DB Curls
  • 40's x 5
    40's x 5
    40's x 5
I needed that.

Lower back was bitching and moaning the whole time. But like I told Ryan, on a scale of 1 to 10, the pain was like, a 3. It was just a nagging thing, really. And none of the pulls hurt, it only bothered me when I was putting the bar back down, and resting between sets. Ryan and the rest of the guys were watching my last two warm-ups, and Ryan put my session and numbers together for me and he wanted me to hit 400 for at least 1, but felt 2 would be better, and they all said my form was good and the bar was moving fast, so I chalked-up and went for it.

It was work but it wasn't a grinder. My deadlift is ready for the meet, and I'm happy with it.
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10/23/2012

Post by Kenny X » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:00 am

JIU JITSU

Rodrigo was at the school tonight and that was awesome. We learned a new sweep, as well as an interesting guard pass, and he took the time to coach the guys who are doing the tournament, to help them iron out a few things. It was good for the rest of us to be there too, to observe- helped me fix up my transition from side control to full-mount by taking the opponent's mind off what my legs are doing by getting an underhook under the arm and going for a Kimora, while putting pressure on the upper-half of their trunk, with my legs extended.

Also, I rolled with a purple belt we call "Iron" Mike. I never once passed his guard and he kicked my ass. BUT, to do so, he had to go 100% the whole time and that was cool. He said I'm doing great, I just need to shore up my base, stay low and tight and not extend myself too much.

Great class! Rest day tomorrow.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:41 pm

I dumped Tumblr and started keeping my training journal here at IGx
for a few different reasons.

1. Because I figured that if I ever needed good, level-headed, keenly
discerning feedback on any major issues, this would be the place to
ask for it, and having a journal here to refer back to would make
things easier for folks who wanted to help.

2. I got sick of all the "Fitspiration" bullshit I was bombarded with
on Tumblr, every time I logged in.

3. I also got sick of the "Elitism" I observed there, not unlike the
elitism many IGx'ers have observed (and eschewed) in CrossFit. Yes,
squatting properly is a good thing to do, but for Christ's sake you
don't go from couch potato to Navy SEAL, the day you step into a York
rack, load up two quarters on the bar and start training, fuck!

There are more but for the sake of brevity I will leave them out.

Of primary interest to me are the various ways and means that I can
make my life more meaningful. And that makes me no different, at least
in that sense, from the folks who tired of their daily routines or
unhealthy lifestyles and began doing CrossFit, or began barbell
training on the SS or 5/3/1 programs, or whatever else they opted to
do.

And I think that a lot of the Elitism, and Fitspiration crap that
floods places like Tumblr, Facebook and many Strength & Conditioning
forums is no more than a backlash against a former life that these
folks may feel guilty, or regretful, about having lived.

And I can't really argue with an individual becoming disgusted with
himself for having lived too many years on the couch, watching other
people do amazing things whilst not having done anything remotely
amazing for as long as he can remember. I "get" that. I was once one
of those people.

Don't misunderstand, I don't put my weekly Monday night Deadlift
sessions after work in the same league as the Steelers handing-out a
beating on the field; and I certainly don't compare my sessions on the
mat at the Jiu Jitsu school to an Abu Dhabi Combat Club tournament.

I believe there are echelons in the realm of Doing Amazing Things, and
one should be aware of where he is, when he is Doing Things, and he
shouldn't guild lilies. Just be happy that you're Doing Something,
keep Doing It, Do Things like meets, local tournaments (or other
competitive things related to your chosen disciplines) to give your
training a little more weight, and leave it at that. Because that's
enough, and it's great.

That's where I'm coming from.

And I wonder sometimes if a lot of this elitism, and also what we
perceive as a "gross glorification of a so-called 'intense and
hardcore' lifestyle" is also a backlash against an individual's own
inner feelings of self-doubt, and a lack of real self-esteem.

I deal with self-doubt all the time. I always have. I have a lot of it.

I don't really feel good, about the up-coming meet I'm doing. And it's
fucking me up.

This isn't a sanctioned USAPL meet. It's an in-house meet that Ryan
Celli is putting on during which time, gym members can do The Big 3
lifts in what Ryan feels is a RAW fashion in the purest sense,
vis-a-vis: singlet, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves (no knee wraps), and
Ryan, his wife Dana, and Ramona Patterson will be judging us. The
standard-ops commands during all lifts will be given. All squats will
be to proper depth (below parallel). Bench presses will be paused. We
all know the rules. You will have a total, at the conclusion of the
meet. Somebody will win, and will receive some great stuff that the
folks who are sponsoring the event have generously given. My good
friend Big Steve Buccilli is doing a Pennies for Pounds program,
whereby he will donate whatever proceeds he accrues from his total to
a children's charity. It's all really good.

And at it's core, with the proper perspective, this meet is one, singular thing:

An opportunity to get out there with all your friends, have a heavy
training session, and cheer them on while they do their lifts as best
they can in front of helpful judges who will not only red, or white
light you, but will also offer help and constructive feedback.

How often do you get a chance to have your lifts judged by a
world-record setting powerlifter?

I have a long-standing track record of taking something really good,
and fucking it up at the precise moment at which it transforms from
being "really good" to being "really amazing and wonderful." I've done
that quite a lot.

It happened when I was in college, when I dropped out right before I
started my Senior year. It happened during my marriage, at that
critical time when the newness and novelty of "young love" has worn
thin and your spouse is forced to look at you, your behavior and your
character under an electron microscope and decide whether or not they
really like you.

It's happened other times too, but I doubt you're interested in
reading about my personal problems.

And I think that like a lot of other people, I have taken my own
personal setbacks and fuckups and buried them deep down in some cave
in the dark recesses of my own psyche, where they could then be,
by-and-large, ignored and I would then be free to maintain the
appearance of being a relatively happy, well-adjusted, successful
person.

The problem is, though, that all these buried, ignored personal
setbacks and fuckups, and the feelings that came with them and were
subsequently buried with them, tend to reside in the atmosphere...

...it's like your household garbage. On Monday you decide to make
chicken for dinner and you pull out the package of organ meat and
tissue from inside the bird and discard it in the waste basket, but
you don't pull the bag out and take it outside to the big plastic
garbage bin you keep beside the garage because you're lazy.
Everything's fine on Tuesday. But come Wednesday you arrive home from
work, walk through the front door, and something just doesn't smell
quite right. And it's totally out of character because your living
room and kitchen seem -at least by all outward appearances- to be
clean and well-maintained- there isn't even an empty glass left
sitting on the end table. And it makes you feel uncomfortable, this
subtle hint of rancidity in the air.

Walk around with that smell in your nose for long enough and you will
begin to feel uncomfortable. You can't sit and watch TV in peace
because your mind goes back to that smell. You can't sit and focus on
reading a really good book because your wife won't stop bitching at
you about "taking out the trash."

You can't train with a clear head, much less do well at a competition,
if the mental garbage has been piling up.

I was a weak person growing up, I sucked at sports and got beat up a
lot by bullies. I was a weak person as a young adult- opting to be
selfish at times when I should have put my own superficial desires
aside in favor of concentrating on what was really important. I was a
weak person while I was married in the sense that my own inability to
work on (or at least apologize for) my own failures and shortcomings
as a husband caused my ex-wife to turn into a brow-beating,
ball-busting, castrating hellbitch and I just kind-of laid down and
took it because all the alcohol was preventing me from seeing how
fucked up everything was.

So when I began training, it was my way of saying "Okay, the weakness
stops HERE, because it cannot possibly be allowed to continue."

The damage had already been done of course, but I figured that I'd be
able to move straight ahead, with a new life and a new outlook.

The unfortunate fact of the matter, though, was that this was an
impossibility due to the fact that I had a lot of unresolved shit to
deal with.

Training was just another means by which I could give the appearance
of being really healthy, together, and "not weak" as opposed to being
something that was enriching and truly meaningful.

Just like all the CrossFit elitism and Fitspiration bullshit.

It's like buying a few more of those Glade plug-in air fresheners
instead of taking out the trash.

Fortunately for me, I'm actually trying to let go of a lot of that
stuff, and become more centered in-terms of my training and
activities, and the way I think and feel about them. And I am at the
place where I can remind myself, when times and training get rough
that, ostensibly:

1. Though I did build a new identity around training, as opposed to
getting rid of all the baggage that remained of my former lazy, weak
and impotent life and then starting fresh with the right kind of
outlook, at least I didn't swing so far to the other end of the
spectrum that I built myself up as some kind of Elite, Amazing Badass.
And therefore, nobody, not my Coach nor my friends expects me to put
up an elite total, on November 10 (and why should I, for Christ's sake
be a fucking Realist).

2. Just because I have fucked things up in the past, doesn't
necessarily mean that I won't be able to meet my modest and relatively
attainable goals, on November 10.

3. I have to try to view myself and all other things as objectively as
I can with my fallible, human mind and nature, so that I can better
see things for what they truly are, get the most out of them, and
enjoy them.

I don't want to be like other people. But not in the sense that we're
used to, when looking at the current mentality of Strength &
Conditioning. I don't want to run to the platform or the squat rack
because I'm afraid of something in my own head. I want to be able to
deal with what's in my head so that my efforts in the real world help
me live a more enjoyable, meaningful life.

A little introspection never hurt anybody.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Dunn » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:21 pm

Aggie's introspective dawdling......
Very astute observations. I have come to some similar conclusions about myself in the past and I am still working to realize those changes. Similar backgrounds as well. I like.

In the end it is up to us to become something we are happy with. With the all the bullshit that life throws at you, we find ourselves being pulled from what one situation/self/moment to the next. All of them NEEDING us to be something more. Cutting through the bullshit we find that we only NEED to be ourselves if only we stop associating the self with the moment. We tend to have this habit of attaching our identity to various outside endeavors and constraints. In doing so we rob ourselves of any real power by becoming locked into the situation and what it demands of us, losing the forest for the trees in a sense. By realizing that sense of detachment you allow humanity's biggest evolutionary asset, adaptability, to work its magic.

In Taoist-speak you begin to dwell in the moment of tzu jan, or spontaneity, thus giving one access to infinite potential to make positive changes in their life. Becoming the magus and all. Good mojo, bro.

Sorry for clogging up the log with this shit but I like your outlook. If we ever do get that beer I foresee some long ass conversations.

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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:49 pm

I fucked up with the forum buttons on my iPhone. My response is below LOL
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:49 pm

Dunn wrote:
Aggie's introspective dawdling......
Very astute observations. I have come to some similar conclusions about myself in the past and I am still working to realize those changes. Similar backgrounds as well. I like.

In the end it is up to us to become something we are happy with. With the all the bullshit that life throws at you, we find ourselves being pulled from what one situation/self/moment to the next. All of them NEEDING us to be something more. Cutting through the bullshit we find that we only NEED to be ourselves if only we stop associating the self with the moment. We tend to have this habit of attaching our identity to various outside endeavors and constraints. In doing so we rob ourselves of any real power by becoming locked into the situation and what it demands of us, losing the forest for the trees in a sense. By realizing that sense of detachment you allow humanity's biggest evolutionary asset, adaptability, to work its magic.

In Taoist-speak you begin to dwell in the moment of tzu jan, or spontaneity, thus giving one access to infinite potential to make positive changes in their life. Becoming the magus and all. Good mojo, bro.

Sorry for clogging up the log with this shit but I like your outlook. If we ever do get that beer I foresee some long ass conversations.

No need to apologize at all, I appreciate your thoughts! I don't just lift to get physically stronger- I want the mind to think strong thoughts, too. An I like what you have to say, about realizing this sense of detachment. And in a lot of ways I'm looking to delve further into that and I guess it all begins with "Know Thyself" in a strange sense of knowing who and what you are first and then delving deeper into that intrinsically empty nature. And from there, I guess True Self-Actualization happens. And it all begins and ends with Right Now. And there's no better a Right Now, than when you have a heavy-ass weight on your back I reckon.

Good mojo indeed and I appreciate your thoughts!
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Post by Kenny X » Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:58 am

POWERLIFTING

Squat
  • 55 x 5
    55 x 5
    145 x 5
    145 x 5
    235 x 3
    285 x 2
    300 x 2
My lower back is fucked up. The top of my left glute is knotted up, and everything above 145 felt heavier than it should. This is not a new thing, I've been having trouble with it, and dealing with it. Anyway, after pulling on Monday night it was bothering me but it wasn't too bad. It was bothering me a lot today. Ryan observed my squats and form was good, but I was going just to parallel, not past, and that's no bueno. And my lower back felt like it was on fire the entire time. That sucked.

JIU JITSU

Did very well in class tonight. Drilling went very well, caught on to the new stuff that Rodrigo was showing us, and when it came time to roll I did well to! Guard passing continues to improve, as well as maintaining a good, solid amount of pressure when I have the opponent in side-control, getting my underhooks in well; and also shrimping away and getting the opponent back into guard. I still got my ass kicked, a lot, don't get me wrong. But it was a good class. And I am improving.

And I can't bitch and moan about stopping at 300. I will take the advil, take a day off from rolling on Saturday, and recover a bit, foam roll, and take care of my lower back. It will be fine.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:17 pm

Just keep on walking, every step is a declaration.

POWERLIFTING

Bench Press
  • 45 x 5
    45 x 5
    135 x 5
    135 x 5
    185 x 3
    205 x 3
    225 x 5
    245 x 3
DB Bench Press
  • 40's x 5
    45's x 5
    50's x 5
    55's x 5
    60's x 10
KB Press
  • 20's x 8
    20's x 8
    20's x 8
Press Down's + Press Up's
  • 60 x 10 + 50 x 10
    60 x 10 + 50 x 10
    60 x 10 + 50 x 3
Rear-Delt Raises + Face Pulls
  • 20's x 15 + 40 x 10
    20's x 15 + 40 x 10
    20's x 14 + 40 x 7

Today was the best bench day I have had in a while. I needed that. 245 is definitely going to be my opener, 5 pounds less than last December's meet best. And I'm very happy with that. So is Ryan, though I think he is even more pleased that I have abandoned Westside completely in favor of the "All you need is a rough plan, weights, gravity and learning to do the lift properly on every single rep" novice powerlifter philosophy of his.

I had more fun just getting in here, warming up and just fucking benching with my friends, today, than I've had on bench day in as long as I can remember.

Lower back still hurts. It's walking, Yoga, Advil and fish oil for that. I'm hoping it'll get to feeling better soon.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:32 pm

But last night the plans of a future war, was all I saw, on Channel 4...

POWERLIFTING

Deadlift
  • 135 x 8
    135 x 8
    225 x 3
    275 x 1
    315 x 1
    350 x 1
DB Shrugs
  • 85's x 15
    85's x 15
    85's x 15
BR Rows (R+L)
  • 100 x 5, 5
    100 x 5, 5
DB Curls
  • 45's x 5
    45's x 5
    45's x 5
Back Extensions
  • BW x 10
    BW x 10
Ryan wanted me to have a light day today. Everything felt okay during the lifts, but my lower back complained moving around between sets, putting plates and dumbbells away, like it's been doing all day for the past few days. It was a good session all-in-all. No more pulling until Nov. 10.
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Post by Kenny X » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:15 am

Backstreet lover on the side of the road, I got a bomb in my temple that is gonna explode, I got a sixteen gauge buried under my clothes, I play...

JIU JITSU

Just a few things- I didn't do much guard passing tonight when we rolled. Instead I worked on pulling guard and playing guard well. That nasty habit I had of always going to my back seems to have vanished -at least with certain opponents. I was able to stay sitting up, keep attacking, counter attempts to pass by posting off their legs in tandem with hip escapes, and also transitions into spider guard. Held Big Eric in spider guard quite a while, tired him out, and then worked the sweeps on him. I went really well, I did great my first two matches. Then Coach called me out to roll with him and he completely destroyed me, but he said I'm doing a lot better.

Fuck me I'm tired.
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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Holland Oates » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:21 pm

I'm speaking from experience here, you are fucking killing yourself trying to train BJJ and powerlifting at the same time. I know you want to be strong and do well at the meet and you can't stay off the mat because it's so fucking fun but heavy barbell work and intense grappling is a fucking meat grinder. Be thankful its only a sore low back and not a blown bicep or hamstring.

One ass for one horse.

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Re: Doing Time In The Rust Belt

Post by Kenny X » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:40 pm

Thank you, EZ. If there's one thing I will never fail to appreciate, it's definitely an objective voice of reason.

What had originally given me faith that I would be okay, is that Ryan trains Jake, my teacher, for strength training and Jake seems to do just fine, lifting hard an training Jiu Jitsu 5 days a week on top of it. But I'm not Jake. Jake's been doin JJ for 4 years, hasn't touched weights before he met Celli, an he's younger than me. All of these variables, plus the fact that Ryan works very closely with him factor into it.

I love lifting heavy ("heavy" for me I mean, I know it's all relative), and I love Jiu Jitsu.

But after meet day, I think -and I was talking to Ryan about this- I'm going to drop all training maxes way down, drop volume, an take it easy for a while. Maybe a long while. Insofar as the weights are concerned. I'll still be lifting, but I won't be goin bananas with 80 to 90+ percent o maxes all the time or experimenting with WestSide or any of that stuff.

Celli will help me figure out what to do in a manageable, safe, recoverable type of way, and I'll be on The road to being okay. And I will keep rolling, in the meantime.
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