Classic bad filming angle. Oh well!
Close grip bench accessory. My shoulder really starts bugging me after my main movement and especially on horizontal pressing. So I threw on the shoulder saver pad and got some expert spotting from @darli__t
275 lbs for an easy set of 6.
You can see when my shoulder comes out of the groove on that last rep and it all goes to shit lol.
It's frustrating to feel that I have more in me, but that current lack of stability is holding me back.
Just gotta get it healthy again and keep progressing.
You know you're starting to get used to the transition to strongman when holding the weight in your arms to squat is more comfortable than on your back lol.
Light sets of 8 with 245 for some nice accessory work.
Instead of only posting videos of deadlifting or squatting, I'll just only post videos of log pressing lol.
190 lbs for sets of 3 strict presses.
These felt like death but don't look all that bad after the fact.
Crazy to think I could barely do 1 rep with leg drive about a month ago.
Good progress like this is SO SATISFYING!!!
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Officially reached a point where i'm no longer concerned with how well I do at the next competition, i'm just enjoying the process and getting stronger.
In the spirit of a post I read earlier by @lift4cake , I will say this.
I am highly competitive, especially with myself and would love to always show up and be the best. I know lots of people in fitness and strength sports are similar, but we gotta stop that kind of thinking.
Put more energy into developing yourself and your chosen goals, quit worrying about other people, and eventually you will be the best. Or it won't even matter because you'll be enjoying yourself too much to care.
Unless you're already competing at a national to world level, don't put that kind of stress on yourself. This stuff should enrich your life, not cause more tension. Just one man's view though! If putting yourself under that stress drives you to push harder, then I suppose that's your prerogative lol.
On today's episode of Strongman is hard: 100 foot yoke carries w/ 485 lbs followed by 190 lbs/hand farmer carries to somewhere around 380 lb sled drag for 50 ft each.
This week beat me down hard. And I did not finish everything I was supposed to do today. I hit a wall after the first two events and about passed out doing stones twice so I put it away.
But this is why I like Strongman so much. It is damn challenging. Each set of events my lungs are burning, my muscles ache and I feel fatigued. It's not like powerlifting where you either get the lift or you don't, then on to the next thing.
Don't get me wrong, I still love and respect powerlifting.
But this sport punishes you and makes you put everything you have into it. And that's what I've been missing for a while. Really feeling like an athlete and needing to push myself to a limit in order to overcome it.
I really may never be an elite level competitor, but I'll have a damn good time doing it anyways!
Friday at my favorite bar! Or log... I guess.
This was my 2nd set and by far the ugliest. That clean was awful, but we got it done. Pretty easy 5 reps with 180 lbs, even with my shoulder really starting to bother me this week.
I'm hoping i'm being smart by pushing through it. Pinching and pulling sensations typically don't worry me and I do my best to push through or work around. It's the tearing sensations that I try to tip toe around.
We're about a month out from Dungeon Fitness's Strongest Man/Woman so I don't have any time to relax unfortunately.
Did some more 'splorin on the bike today! This time with @bradfieldjoe and @wtfchel
We wound up at Manchester Point just past Port Orchard and got some great views of Mt. Ranier and Seattle.
I'm loving getting out and just picking roads to go down and see what's there.
In this area you can pretty much always wind up somewhere scenic.
And I'm getting to ride with experienced riders which will make me better quicker I hope!
Took the bike out exploring around Seabeck after the gym and found this nice little pebble beach to hang out at for a bit. It was much needed, just sitting there with a quiet mind and enjoying the scene and the amazing weather today.
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This is my new bae. I mean bike... Same thing really. Her name is Orihime, cause she's Japanese and fellow anime nerds will get the reference.
She's a 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom.
I fucking love her!
Now I just need a dog back in my life and I'll never really need a woman in my life again lol.
First ever run with 600 lbs on the yoke.
If it looks super uncoordinated like a derpy baby trying to walk too fast... it feels like that to me too.
But I didn't die and it didn't feel like I couldn't do any more, so that's good!
Comp weight is 700, so sweet baby and Jesus and @pro_strongman_nate_bolling show me the way!
Also! Everybody at the gym today was CRUSHING IT!!! Incredible training environment, I loved every minute of it even though event day is murder lol.
This is very much real life. The Eat my feelings portion needs to be a little bigger, but yeah lol.
I've noticed a trend watching other lifters on social media. That a lot of us have, for lack of a better word, "dark" issues. Anxiety, depression, difficulty expressing emotion, etc.
Lifting heavy things seems to be a way to balance us out. On top of achieving personal goals of course.
I know personally, I am without a doubt most comfortable and out of my shell at the gym or with my "gym family". Aside from a select few brothers I've spent years with in the Navy, those are the people that know me best.
So hug a powerlifter or strongman, we have feels too. Unless physical contact gives that person anxiety... then maybe just buy them some sushi or something lol.
Why though...? Such a waste. Not to mention in a pretty dense residential area with small businesses sprinkled in.
I just put up a live video discussing some random thoughts I had come to mind at the movie theater. I'm better spoken in written word than I am from brain to mouth. Shit just gets lost somehow. But here's the gist and general concepts of what I was trying to talk about.
1. Is it easier than people think to reach "obesity" through consistent bad food choices and/or negligence? (specifically in the strength athlete community).
2. The lost importance of human connection and stepping outside one's circle and own little world to interact with strangers. (Cause I know I get so wrapped up in my own shit, I tend to just ignore all the people around me that I don't know)
Just some random thoughts I had bouncing around while watching Jurassic World.
Welcome to my brain. All the time... lol.
As usual I suck at positioning my phone. Or maybe I was just going for the thirst angle... who knows. #bikiniprep
With two previously herniated discs, I find standing good mornings to be extremely uncomfortable and puts a lot of pressure in that area for me. Doing them seated does not give me the same issues and I feel much safer about loading up the bar. This wasn't anything crazy. 275 at the top position with the chains. Probably unloaded somewhere around 20-30 lbs in the bottom if I had to guess.
Also, I love the SSB Bar for these because I can focus on generating a solid 360 degree brace and keeping my upper back locked back and lats pulled in to keep the bar where I want it.
These videos lately are more for me than IG likes cause I'm really trying to perfect my technique. The competition weights in August are pretty much all things I've never done before so I have a lot of work to do in not a lot of time.
Pooling all my resources at Dungeon having @workhard_livefree_ take a look at my final set (165 lbs for 6 reps of strict presses). I find there's something to be learned from almost everybody in strength sports. And @dungeonfitness
has some top notch athletes that I rely on whenever I can to make sure I'm progressing in the right direction.
One thing I find to be critical when strict pressing the log is not only bracing the abs but bracing the entire lower back without hyper extending.
More log training yesterday!
4th set of 8 reps with 160 lbs here.
It's getting much better. I'm trying not to overthink it and apply speed to the clean instead of my usual grinding through it.
One thing I can see that I need to fix is my leg drive pushes my knees forward and I need to focus on pushing them out instead.
The learning curve and strength is slowly improving! Now's when I'll really start having fun.
Missing my brother's. OASAAS. If you know, you know.
Think I had a breakthrough in my log clean technique today. 140 lbs is by no means heavy, but it felt considerably better after doing multiple sets of "higher" reps.
Also cleaning every rep really starts to break you down after a while. As well as strict pressing the damn thing lol.
But I'm really enjoying my training lately!
The 6 way shoulder raise is a new one for me and it is MURDER.
I can see how they'll help with shoulder stability and with any luck, grow my little delts.
Give em a shot on your next pressing or shoulder day and feel ze burnnn!