Staying sane

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Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:31 am

My wife came down with a painful autoimmune condition two years ago while pregnant with our daughter. My gym time has become less about making progress (although that's always nice) than about staying centered and sane.

Monday night
Power clean 135x1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3
Squat 275x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Stiff-legged deadlift 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Bench 225x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Pendlay row 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5

Last night
Maffetone-style run/walk
30 minutes, 1.7 miles, average heart rate 136

Shocking how little I got to run on the run/walk to keep my heart rate in the target range.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:49 pm

Maffetone-style run-walk
30 minutes, 1.7 miles, average heart rate 136

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Re: Staying sane

Post by nafod » Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:00 pm

Chris McClinch wrote:My wife came down with a painful autoimmune condition two years ago while pregnant with our daughter. My gym time has become less about making progress (although that's always nice) than about staying centered and sane.

Monday night
Power clean 135x1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3
Squat 275x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Stiff-legged deadlift 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Bench 225x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Pendlay row 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5

Last night
Maffetone-style run/walk
30 minutes, 1.7 miles, average heart rate 136

Shocking how little I got to run on the run/walk to keep my heart rate in the target range.
It will be fun and interesting to see the adaptation, which will surely come. You should figure a way to measure the ratio of run/walk and track it.
Don’t believe everything you think.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Bobby » Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:40 pm

Chris McClinch wrote:My wife came down with a painful autoimmune condition two years ago while pregnant with our daughter. My gym time has become less about making progress (although that's always nice) than about staying centered and sane.

Monday night
Power clean 135x1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3
Squat 275x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Stiff-legged deadlift 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Bench 225x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Pendlay row 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5

Last night
Maffetone-style run/walk
30 minutes, 1.7 miles, average heart rate 136

Shocking how little I got to run on the run/walk to keep my heart rate in the target range.
Noticed that as well.As soon as I started increasing my pace to what you would imagine to be a proper running pace I had to slow down.
You`ll toughen up.Unless you have a serious medical condition commonly refered to as
"being a pussy".

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Re: Staying sane

Post by powerlifter54 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:52 pm

Chris McClinch wrote:My wife came down with a painful autoimmune condition two years ago while pregnant with our daughter. My gym time has become less about making progress (although that's always nice) than about staying centered and sane.



Chris,

Jack Nicklaus said the biggest issue Tiger would have in staying at a high level would be dealing with family issues. Training is pretty fun and easy when you are young, not nicked, and everything is all good at home. Then shit happens. And family comes first or you end up with a golf club up around your head. So you either ignore that golf club or it's impending strike and keep banging away or you then either quit training altogether, or you do what you can.

There myself brother. Do what you can and live to fight another day. i believe in keeping a base i can jump out of when all is good again if it ever is. But if not then you need to reset the new normal.

Or quit.

Nice work.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:44 pm

nafod wrote:
Chris McClinch wrote:My wife came down with a painful autoimmune condition two years ago while pregnant with our daughter. My gym time has become less about making progress (although that's always nice) than about staying centered and sane.

Monday night
Power clean 135x1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3
Squat 275x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Stiff-legged deadlift 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Bench 225x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5
Pendlay row 185x2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5, 2, 3, 5

Last night
Maffetone-style run/walk
30 minutes, 1.7 miles, average heart rate 136

Shocking how little I got to run on the run/walk to keep my heart rate in the target range.
It will be fun and interesting to see the adaptation, which will surely come. You should figure a way to measure the ratio of run/walk and track it.
That's the thought behind tracking distance. If I keep the heartrate and duration consistent and start increasing distance, I'm likely running more.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:49 pm

powerlifter54 wrote:
Chris McClinch wrote:My wife came down with a painful autoimmune condition two years ago while pregnant with our daughter. My gym time has become less about making progress (although that's always nice) than about staying centered and sane.



Chris,

Jack Nicklaus said the biggest issue Tiger would have in staying at a high level would be dealing with family issues. Training is pretty fun and easy when you are young, not nicked, and everything is all good at home. Then shit happens. And family comes first or you end up with a golf club up around your head. So you either ignore that golf club or it's impending strike and keep banging away or you then either quit training altogether, or you do what you can.

There myself brother. Do what you can and live to fight another day. i believe in keeping a base i can jump out of when all is good again if it ever is. But if not then you need to reset the new normal.

Or quit.

Nice work.

PL54
Thank you! That was exactly the thought--to do base training, increase the cardio (which is also good for de-stressing), and be ready to drop training for a day or a week if my wife or daughter need me more. That's also the idea behind full-body work. It's accepting that I can't even pretend I'll be able to stick to a training schedule. If I can get in three workouts, that's fantastic, but if it's two, one, or even zero, I'm not going to sweat it.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:41 am

More Maffetone.

40 minutes (counting a five-minute warm-up and a five-minute cool-down), 2.3 miles, average heart rate around 136.

Went on a flatter route and got to do more (pathetically slow) jogging. Also ran in the Five Fingers, which Maffetone specifically recommends.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:24 pm

More Maffetone.

40 minutes (counting a five-minute warm-up and a five-minute cool-down), 2.3 miles, average heart rate around 136.

Basic plan is to do this 5-6 days a week, while doing full-body lifting 2-3 days a week, all depending on what's going on with recovery, stress, and my family's needs.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:09 am

Maffetone last night and this morning.

Tonight's lifting:
Power clean 135x3, 145x3, 155x3, 165x3, 175x3
Squat 225x5, 235x5, 245x5, 255x5, 265x5
SLDL 135x5, 145x5, 155x5, 165x5, 175x5
Bench 185x5, 195x5, 205x5, 215x5, 225x5
Pendlay row 135x5, 145x5, 155x5, 165x5, 175x5

Cleans, squats, bench, and row can repeat weights the next time unless it's stupid easy for the first four sets. SLDLs need to bump up.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:06 am

Maffetone. 40 min, 2.27 mi, steep hills, average heart rate 132.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:02 am

Another radical shift in training, as I realized that the full-body workouts, even going light, are just not fun when your stress is too high. So back to the drawing board. Playing with Paul Carter's Base Building template instead.

Bench press 135x5, 170x4, 205x3, 240x2, 275x1, 225x8, 8, 8, 8, 7
Incline press 135x8, 8, 8
Lateral raise 20x10, 10, 10, 10
Triceps pressdown 30x20, 20, 20, 20

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:06 am

More Maffetone. Stress high tonight (wife's pain a little bit better today, but anxiety and despair high), and it showed in the heart rate. Really couldn't jog much at all and keep it below 138. Still, got the session in and was able to be there for her. That's what counts. 40 min, avg. 138, 2.41 mi.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:05 am

Tonight's workout:

Deadlift 185x5, 225x4, 275x3, 315x2, 365x1, 315x3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1
Bent-over row 135x8, 8, 8
Chin-up 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
Barbell shrug 225x8, 8, 8
Barbell curl 45x20, 17, 13

Deadlifts were clusters. Stood up and readdressed the bar between reps. Got 31 perfect pulls in that way. Grip needs work and maybe chalk.

Rows were SUPER strict. They can go up a bit, but really making sure they're about working the muscle, not just moving the weight.

Chins were fine. Hold at bodyweight at least one more week.

Shrugs were okay. These can go up, but working my grip in a fatigued state at least as much as my traps. Can't just stand there holding a bar if I can shrug instead.

Curls were planned as a shot at Poundstones, but I had a couple of tendons tell me that wasn't going to happen today, so I knocked them down to 350 method.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:03 pm

More Maffetone. 40 minutes, 2.45 miles, 138 avg, moderate hills. Felt smoother than Thursday night, despite high stress and crappy sleep.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Bobby » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:04 pm

I tried a 3 sec contraction on every rep last time I did dumbell shrugs.Made light dbls (around 70#/dumbbell) feel a lot heavier.
You`ll toughen up.Unless you have a serious medical condition commonly refered to as
"being a pussy".

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:27 pm

Okay, that's something to experiment with next Friday.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Bud Charniga's grape ape » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:49 pm

Chris McClinch wrote:Another radical shift in training, as I realized that the full-body workouts, even going light, are just not fun when your stress is too high.
Coming to this conclusion myself. Also, full body is boring as piss if you're using the same movements every time.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:11 pm

Bud Charniga's grape ape wrote:
Chris McClinch wrote:Another radical shift in training, as I realized that the full-body workouts, even going light, are just not fun when your stress is too high.
Coming to this conclusion myself. Also, full body is boring as piss if you're using the same movements every time.
Oh, holy shit yes.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:10 am

Squat 135x5, 185x4, 225x3, 275x2, 315x1, 245x5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Had errands to run, so was only able to get in the main lift for the day (no accessory work). Worked on pausing at the bottom and exploding up on the work sets.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:00 am

Maffetone. 40 minutes, 2.68 miles, moderate hills, 137 BPM. I've added a little over a third of a mile to my 40-minute session. Still mostly walking, but the numbers are trending the right way.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:19 am

Bench press 95x5, 135x4, 185x3, 225x2, 275x1, 225x8, 8, 8, 8, 8
Incline press 145x8, 8, 8
Side lateral raise 20x10, 10, 10, 10
Triceps pressdown 30x20, 20, 20, 20

Finished the planned reps on bench, but the last couple of reps of the last couple of sets were not snappy. I'll be here until they are.

Incline press felt nice and light; debating whether to keep advancing these as 3x8 or drop back to 135 and start in with the 350 method.

Side laterals can go up.

Pressdowns felt insultingly easy on the first set, but my arms blew up like balloons by the end of the fourth set.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:24 am

Maffetone on the treadmill. Shoot me now.

40 minutes, 3.7 mph, 6% incline, heart rate averaged 137. Boring as fuck.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:52 am

Deadlift 185x5, 225x4, 275x3, 315x2, 365x1, 315x3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1
Bent-over row 145x8, 8, 8
Chin-up +5x5, BWx5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5
Shrug 235x8, 8, 8
Barbell curl 45x25, 25, 20, 20, 10

Chalked up for the deads, and WOW what a difference it made from last week. Learned bad habits lifting for years in gyms where chalk wasn't allowed, and unlearning them now.

Removed the chalk for the chins and shrugs.

Curls are working toward a Poundstone curl.

Not terrible for a session that I almost put off until tomorrow.

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Re: Staying sane

Post by Chris McClinch » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:11 pm

Maffetone. 40 minutes, 2.7 miles, 138 BPM.

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