November 30, 2014
I had a great idea earlier this year. A bunch of old-school metal bands were releasing new material whether it was just a track or a whole album. Lots of these groups have been broken up or not doing anything for quite some time so naturally the hype train would start gaining steam. Over the course of a few months I ended up with a list of 9 bands that I planned on turning into a long-winded explanation of why I was either impressed or disappointed. Like most projects I assign myself, I got busy with work and it was left unfinished. So I’ve decided to just do a few reviews of the two or three that I actually enjoyed and call it a day. I’m saving up my steam for my annual end of the year top 20 favorite tracks so don’t judge me for being a quitter.
Sleep-The Clarity. Likability: 9/10.
I know this joke has probably been said probably by a hundred different people since this song came out, but it’s REALLY funny that these guys now have a song entitled “The Clarity” considering the rumors (legends rather) that in their heyday, the band blew ALL of their record deal money on weed. That being said, I was more than excited when Sleep dropped the new track this year after being split up (more or less) for over a decade. “Dopesmoker” was the album that really sparked my interest in the genre as I’m sure it did for a lot of people so the potential for a new album or at least some reunion tour dates had me as giddy as a big, brown, weightlifting schoolgirl. The track itself actually IS a lot clearer sounding than their previous recordings. Matt Pike’s tone isn’t so befuddled with fuzz and ganja smoke. The rhythm section drives the 10 minute opus forward at the pace of a stoner caravan lead by elephants with amplifiers strapped on their backs. In summation, buy yourself some Funyuns, crank this bad boy up and get glued to the couch as you see sounds and hear colors.
November 28, 2014
This significance of this photo?
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.