July 13, 2011
A couple of months ago, I decided to bump up a weight class for Nationals. Although I often workout alone, my official team is Hassle Free Barbell, and on that team are a couple of top 105kg contenders. So knowing that I wouldn’t be able to catch up to my teammates, I decided to move to a 105+ and try to score some team points. I figured the extra weight could only help my lifting and it would give me one less thing to worry about when Nationals finally came around. At that time, I would usually roll out of bed weighing a solid 232-235 before 1st breakfast. I am now a nice fluffy 250 before any meals.
Take note of the power belly. Yes, I am fat in this picture, but I’ve been a LOT fatter at 250 before. So I’m really not sweating it. And don’t worry about what I’m doing in this picture. I’m not working out. My gym just had some new farmer’s walk implements made and I wanted to see if they work.
I swiftly plumped up by eating copious amounts of breakfast food, my favorite food group. I’ve talked to many “hard gainers” in my lifetime, each one proclaiming that they cannot gain a single pound no matter what they eat. I usually have a hearty belly laugh. Like this one.
Then I ask if they’ve tried eating large amounts of breakfast foods throughout the day.
“No. How often?”
“Like all the time.”
“Won’t I get fat?”
“But that’s not how bodybuilder’s do it. I heard this bodybuilder friend that-”
“I don’t care. You’re not a bodybuilder. You just told me that you had trouble gaining weight, but now it sounds like you don’t want to do that.”
Yes, it would be great if we could all plan our meals well and eat clean and often like a bodybuilder. But it’s expensive and time consuming. Get the calories in. Keep eating your fruits and veggies. And have fun eating like a big guy.
And when you’re done with the “getting big” thing, eat more meat and veggies and less of everything else (Newbs call it Paleo, I call it Ketosis). No big deal. I plan on getting back down to 235 in about 3 weeks.
Here’s an exceptionally delicious shake I made today.
-handful of strawberries.
-1 regular sized brownie
-3 heaping serving spoon size scoops of peanut butter
-3 scoops of protien
-big ass mug
Snatch: hit a dece’ 135. I think I’ll open around here at the meet.
Clean and jerk: Solid 150. Cleaned 160 but missed the jerk. I don’t think this will be a problem at the meet. If I can clean it, I can jerk it.
June 28, 2011
So you’re broke again. Obviously wasting money on protein powder is out of the question. No worries, friend. Poor people can be elite too if you follow these step by step instructions:
1) Put on your singlet.
2) Get yoked.
3) Eat this:
Don’t let it’s small size fool you. I used about a 1/4th of a jar of peanut butter on this bad boy. Don’t like jelly? No problem. This can be fixed by generously lathering 4 sides with Peanut butter (1 side of each on the outer slices and both sides on the middle slice), get 2 bananas, split them in half (so they fit in the bread), drizzle the inner layers with honey and then put it all together. You end up with a massive beast requiring an extra-large lunch pale. And don’t forget the most important part:
Power snatch: took it up to 110. Did a few more doubles at 70.
Power clean: Managed a single at 140 which made me happy. Took a few more triples at 100.
Rack supports/walkouts: Loaded up 240 just to see what it feels like and improve rack mobility. There are people on this earth that can clean and jerk that. Amazing.
Bench press: caught a pump at 135lbs.
Power snatch took a much quicker and easier 110 and then missed 120.
Power clean: 2 singles at 140. These also felt a lot easier than this morning.
Press: (I usually do these and improve my rack position at the same time by walking it out in a full rack and then playing around with my hand position a bit.) Did a few sets of 5 and then worked up to a few reps at 90.
Posterior planches: I set up 2 benches, and planche in between them looking at the ceiling while holding a 20kg. plate.
Responsibility update: I already let all you guys in on my business so I may a well keep you up to date. I went down to Sac State today to get some information concerning my student status, financial situation, and my options for next semester. Even though I’m not enrolled in any classes this semester, I will still be able to register for classes in the spring if I want to attempt to finish up my BS (I plan on eventually doing this at some point). I checked with a councilor as well as online and I SHOULD be able to hold off on payments by taking classes at city if I take 6 units. I’m already enrolled in 4 which SHOULD take care of the last of my GE so I need 2 more units of nonsense to get my part time status. Beginning weight training anyone? And Apparently the only thing I need if I want to enroll in that EMT-Basic class (possibly in the spring) is to renew my CPR/First aid for the professional rescuer. I already had this but I think it expired. So I’m keeping my options open and most importantly I feel more in control. So I got that going for me. And obviously I’m going to keep weightlifting. I may not be the top weightlifter, but slangin’ kilos is what I do best. So I’m going to keep doing that until I’m the RICK ROSS of weightlifting.