November 22, 2014
I loled way too many times while making this.
November 22, 2014
Throwing around ideas for a mural I can hang up in the new lifting area. What should I paint?
November 20, 2014
Preface: if you are easily offended or experience heightened emotions while talking about diet, exercise or lifting weights, follow someone else’s blog. This post contains humor.
Coaching weightlifting does things to you. It hardens your soul and turns your once pink, fluffy foundation that was once so full of life into cold granite. Your objectivity will be rivaled only by the amount of difficulty you will find it to be impressed by anything. You do your best to provide your lifters guidance through their learning and adaptation process, knowing full well that you experienced all of the same emotions and tendencies that they do. Perhaps your new demeanor is pointed more at the memory of yourself than anyone else. But sometimes you just can’t help but make . . .
So here’s a game I made up. It’s called “That Face” or “Coaches Face” I haven’t decided which is catchier. Feel free to play along in the comments section. I may do more installments in the future. This edition is dedicated (lovingly) to the new lifter (2 or less years).
When your new lifter:
1) Asks if he has time to use the restroom when he’s 3 attempts out.
2) Sees youtube video. Insists on switching to power or squat jerk.
3) reads “article.” insists on “training like the Chinese.”
4) Complains that gym doesn’t have jerk blocks. Best jerk is 275lbs.
5) Refuses to run team program. Runs smolov. Wonders why he misses 90%s.
6) Pays obscene amount of money to watch a clearly geared lifter max out at seminar (this in itself is not necessarily negative). Talks negatively about different lifter who is popped for PED use. (wat.)
7) Doesn’t PR for 2 weeks. Feels like he’s not making enough progress.
8) Refuses to do meet because he “isn’t competitive enough.”
9) Insists on switching to split snatch because of femur length. (wat.)
10) Asks if you teach lifters to be “bangers” or “brushers.” (wat.)
That’s all I got for now. I’ll post an edit if I think up a few more.
November 19, 2014
If you’re athletic, busy and care about what you put in your body, check out Fork Lifter Food Truck. They offer a meal subscription service using fresh, seasonal ingredients; definitely helpful for the busy body in need of good nutrition. I can tell you first hand that their food tastes way better than your boiled chicken and broccoli that you’ve been prepping every sunday the last 6 weeks. Do yourself a favor and check Fork Lifter out.
Today is the first day that I’ve weighed myself in at exactly 110kg. And that was AFTER eating two meals today. I celebrated with some Taco Bell. My plan is to maintain around that weight going into the American Open after which I’ll switch into Captain Insano mode and make that final drop down to 105kg. I haven’t been a legit no water cut 105 in probably almost 5 years so I imagine I’ll be pretty jacked. I’ll take a stereotypical no shirt photo on my birthday (Feb, 16) and juxtapose it next to a photo taken on Feb 15, 2015 when I was at or near my heaviest (126kg).
November 18, 2014
The last set doesn’t matter. The one before it didn’t matter. Only the next set matters.
Meditate on that.
November 16, 2014
Today, Mark and the Team ST guys made their last trip to pick up their stuff from Midtown. While I’m going to miss their presence, I am overwhelmed with joy for the new opportunities that the gym is now presented with. The new usable space represents more than just 5 new lifting platforms, a comp bench, reverse hyper and a white board. It represents how far both the gym and the team have come and a new beginning for our weightlifters and people looking to get stronger and fitter. Here’s to new opportunities. Here’s to a stronger community. Here’s to Midtown S&C.
November 14, 2014
It’s free. Well, you can donate if you want to. I bought the record when I saw them last night so I did my part.
I didn’t bother to stay for the headliner, mostly because I had to max out today and I didn’t want to be up too late. But man, did these guys get after it. It’s contemporary doom bands like this that keep the genre fresh and relevant. Were these guys to blow up, their sound would attract a large crossover audience. Listen on full blast with the bass turned to 11 for maximum effect.
November 10, 2014
Check out these bad boys.
These are our new custom pulling blocks built by Rick Sr. from RE-Designworks. I put in a special request for a larger landing surface (to avoid those epic dumps that happen when you drop a bar on a corner), variable pulling heights (two 5 inch segments) and an overbuilt interior frame to sustain the wear and tear of daily usage.
I don’t own my own space yet, but if I did I would certainly spend the money on some legit pulling blocks WAY before I would ever spend money on jerk blocks. As a matter of fact, the team NEVER uses jerk blocks but we’ll pull off the blocks usually at least once every 4 weeks. In my opinion, jerk blocks are a waste of space, an eye sore and most importantly difficult to effectively implement into a team program. I’d only spend the money on them if my space was a dedicated weightlifting facility instead of one that caters to general fitness AND Olympic style weightlifting.
November 7, 2014
You know things got weird when you bust out your Finding Forrester impression.
November 5, 2014
I’ve been MIA recently due to 1) not having internet at my apartment 2) being approximately HELLA busy. I’ve just gotten around to uploading the videos from this weekend onto my computer and should have it up on the youtubez by the end of the week.
For those of you who are curious what me and the gang have been up to, last weekend was the annual Don Wilson Golden West Open. This year it was hosted by our buddies at California Strength. We had a huge weekend. This was the last opportunity for Nick and Jake to make the American Open qualifying total. They made it. Now they just need to wait it out and see if they’re actually going. I also have a JR 69kg female that I’ve been helping prep for her first meet and hopefully qualify for JR Nationals next year. She crushed the total and had she made her last attempt, she would’ve made the American Open total as well. Needless to say I was impressed.
Also, two of my Masters athletes signed up for the Masters Nationals next year!
The team is coming up and doing big things. I couldn’t be more proud . . . and busy.
Here’s a couple photos taken by our friend, Sam V.