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Sunday and Tuesday's Training [Apr. 19th, 2011|04:50 pm]
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Sunday

Squat 210
3/145, 3/175, 190 x 7

I called it a day after that.  These felt pretty good, and it seems like my strength is coming back pretty quickly. 

Tuesday

Bench 190
3/135, 3/155, 170 x 10
DB Incline Bench 4/12 worked up to 50s
EZ Bar Curls 4/12 worked up to 70
DB Hammer Curls 4/12

I'm on vacation this week, and all I'm doing is sitting at home, gaining weight and watching tons of Seinfeld re-runs, basketball playoffs, and watching the Mets early season downward spiral.  Best vacation ever.

So Erin and I have almost been dating for two years, and everyday seems easier than the last.  I know it seems pretty obvious, but I think people have to just find out what works for them, and date somebody they actually like.  I don't see the point of fighting in a relationship.  I hear people say all the time how you can't have a good relationship without fighting your problems out.  This is something I'll never understand.  There's so much stress in life, why would you want to voluntarily put yourself in a position where you have to endure more stress than is necessary?  Maybe people just think they can't have a relationship without all the BS.  In any event, it's so wonderful to have a relationship where you lay it all out there, and you two just get along.  It's been the most wonderful experience you could hope for.
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Friday's Training- Arms Day [Apr. 15th, 2011|08:14 pm]
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Decided that maybe if I want to bring up my pathetic looking arms that I should throw in an extra Arms day.  It's 10 days between days where I'm usually scheduled to do Curls so that's probably not enough.

DB Curls w/ Tyler Grips 5/10/35s
BB Curls worked up to 95 x 5
Overhead Tri Extensions 5/10/60
Neck Harness 50 reps
Jump Rope 40/50/100

Did lots of Shoulder rehab work in between all these sets too.  Really pushed the last set of Jump Ropes, I really need to get into better shape.  Feeling good at 200 pounds right now though.
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The Promise [Nov. 29th, 2010|07:40 pm]
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So Bruce Springsteen just put out a new CD called 'The Promise.' It's a collection of songs that he wrote after the 'Born to Run' album that didn't quite fit in with 'Darkness On The Edge of Town.'  He writes that his aim when writing 'Darkness' was not to put out a pop album, or write the greatest rock and roll record of all time, he just wanted something that was honest.  The Promise is as honest as it gets.  The Promise is about always pushing for more, about following your dreams, but having to change course to survive in the real world. 

I followed that dream just like those guys do way up on the screen.
Drove my Challenger down Route 9 through the dead ends and all the bad scenes.
When the promise was broken, I cashed in a few of my own dreams

And he talks about how much he poured his heart and soul into that Challenger, but as life crept in, he needed money so he sold it. 

All my life I fought that fight
The fight that you can't win.
Every day it gets harder to live
the dream you're believin' in.

And as you get older and realize what the real world is all about, you're forced to give up on your dreams just to survive in the world we live in, learning to let go of the fight when you realize that there's just no way a young man can take the world on by himself.

Born to Run was the album that made Bruce a star, and 'The Promise' along with the later released 'Darkness' was him growing up and learning about life and the world around him.  What a fantastic songwriter to be able to capture that heartbreak of finding out what the world is really all about at a time in your life where your lifelong dreams are meeting the harsh reality of living everyday through the 'grind.'
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There's a blood red circle on the cold dark ground [Oct. 18th, 2010|08:19 pm]
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Love is strange. 

What happens when you devote your life to someone so deeply, are you ever really able to pick up the pieces once they're gone? 

My aunt passed away a couple of years ago from a relapse of ovarian cancer, and my uncle took it pretty hard.  For a man that was always as solid as a rock, he broke down repeatedly, and even though that doesn't happen anymore, you could certainly make the case that he's never been the same since then.

About a week ago, he was eating dinner, and went into cardiac arrest, they had kept him alive, but were worried about him suffering permanent brain damage, so he was put into a drug-induced coma, and hasn't come out of it in three to four days now. 

A part of me can't help but wonder, when you're with someone for that long, 30 years, and that woman is pretty much all you've ever known, she's your way of life, and you couldn't previously picture moving from them, how do you live without them?  Or is it a situation where you just go through the motions and feign happiness, but ultimately, your spirit is only at half speed, seeing as your other half physically is with you no longer?

I know that sometimes relationships run their course and people are forced to move on, but what happens when that love is never given up on?  Is there a point where love is so strong that you're only at 50% without them, where you become less of a whole without that person?  In this big tits, big money world, where people are so quick to turn their backs on anyone and everyone for the almighty dollar and material happiness, maybe love at the highest level really still does exist, it's just a shame that with great love often times comes great tragedy.
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Training Log 3/1 [Mar. 1st, 2010|08:03 pm]
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Today was Max Effort Upper Body day

Started off going as heavy as I could for five reps, and ended up at 170.  This wasn't bad, it felt good, and the more I bench, the better I'm getting at it, but I'm learning that the bench is really a lift that you can't take any time off for.  The good thing is that the weights rebound really quick.

Moved to DB Bench with 65's for 3 sets of 8.  This was some good accessory work that I took to near failure at the end, I want to work my way back up to the 90s.

One-Arm Rows.  One of my favorite lifts, don't worry about form, just grip and rip.  I used 75s for four sets of eight, but could've definitely went up on these, I will next Monday.  I've done 110s for 10 in the past, so I'm expecting these to jump up quickly.  I always feel stronger when I'm doing DB Rows on a regular basis.

Face Pulls and Cable Crunches.  Just some extra shit to round out the day.  My abs have always been a weak point, probably because I hate training them, but a few sets a couple days a week won't hurt.
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(no subject) [Sep. 16th, 2009|05:48 pm]
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[music |Taylor Swift (Don't Ask)]

So football started up, and within our pool I went 14-2.  It was a pretty easy week to predict, and I should've went 15-1 if not for the luckiest catch in Brandon Stokley's life.  The Niners beat the defending NFC Champs which is always a positive sign, I split the week in fantasy, going 1-1, but the best part was that I sat down at 1 on Sunday and watched football straight through until 10:30 when I passed out during the Packers/Bears.  I haven't done that in a loooong time.

My favorite sports have kind of switched in recent years.  Back in high school, I was a diehard baseball fan, I mean I wouldn't miss one Mets or Yankees game, I'd easily watch 500 games a year.  But recently in the last three years, I've watched less and less baseball, and I couldn't even stomach watching the Mets play ugly game after ugly game this year.  I used to lose interest in football half way through the year, now I wait all week just to see some football.  I think it may have something to do with my rising interest in weightlifting as the two are remarkably similar.  Weightlifting calls for short bouts of extreme intensity, and so does football, and they're both very physical sports, it's no secret that football players are kings in the strength and conditioning world.  While baseball is intense (a baseball swing is probably the most intense thing an athlete can do), it's intensity is all mental.  Being able to shut off everything and concentrate, while football is just a brute game where each side beats each other up.

Wrestling has really taken a turn for the better lately.  With Punk's heel turn, Smackdown has been a cant-miss show, especially with his great feud with Jeff Hardy.  I'm kind of worried about Batista going to Smackdown, since he turned face in 2005 he never really excited me too much.  They are pretty light on top faces to feud with Punk though (although they could've easily pushed John Morrison and gotten away with it), I'm just worried that he'll get to SD and just bury Punk, I don't even think the McMahon's are that stupid though.  They have a great star who I can really see as being THE top heel in the WWE for years to come in Punk, and while Batista can have a good match with the right people, I'm hoping they see that they can't really trust him at the top with how injury prone he's been.  I just want to see Edge come back as a face and have a big money feud with Punk for the title, is that too much to ask?
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(no subject) [Sep. 16th, 2009|05:31 pm]
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It's been quite a while since I've really written anything, and for some reason I feel like I should write down all the unimportant happenings.  Weightlifting is a good place to start.

So I recently came across a new program which is built upon a theory that I've had for quite a while, (not to mention it was written by a man who has a 1000lb squat and a complete no-BS mentality) that I've been progressing too quickly.  Usually in the past, I would make incredible gains for about six weeks, then stall out, and have to start the whole thing all over again.  So this time I started light, I mean too light, and progressed very slowly.  I'm still only on the third week of the system, but I've hit some nice numbers (295 for 10 on the deadlift, 175 for 6 on the bench), nothing to write home about, but I'm seeing the numbers go up in spots that I haven't trained in a while now. 

Basically you work on the four major lifts; Deadlift, Squat, Bench Press, and Overhead Press.  You start light and just try to progress as little as you can over time.  A lot of programs out there call for adding 40 pounds to a lift in six weeks, but most people would be lucky to add that in a year.  I have a plan to progress my maxes by just 5 pounds in the DL and Squat, and 2 1/2 pounds in the bench and overhead press each month.  If this goes according to plan, my lower body lifts will be up 60 pounds in a year with my upper body lifts up 30 pounds, that's nothing to mess with.

So today was the second bench session of the first cycle (every cycle includes 12 workouts, done three days a week, with 4 deload workouts where you take a break), it called for 2 sets of 3 with 145 and 165, then the all-out third set of 175, which I got for six.  It's progress, and that's all I was really hoping for.  Then I followed it up with 5 sets of 10 for Push-Ups and 5 sets of 10 for Barbell Bent-Over Rows with 95 pounds.  Wanted to start really light so I don't burn out on assistance stuff.

Gotta head to pick up Erin in about a half hour.  Everything is going beyond amazing with her.  Anyone who ever told me in the past that relationships were hard work was dead wrong.  When it's right, and when it's with the right person who compliments you well enough, it's the easiest thing in the world.  When you care about that person, everything just seems to come naturally, I've never had to try to make her happy once, it just happens.  I'm motivated enough to go out of my way to make her happy when she's having a bad day and to see her and take her out on dates pretty often.  And on the other hand, she understands me well enough to know that when I need a day off from her to just hang out by myself (which is often), she doesn't have any problem with it, she actually encourages it, which is a far cry from what I've experienced in the past.  That's what happens when you respect and admire the person you're with though, everything is so easy, and it just works.
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Danny Federici [Apr. 18th, 2008|07:15 pm]
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The longtime keyboardist for the E Street Band passed away today after a long battle with melanoma, I'll always remember 'Phantom Dan' for his quiet nature and amazing solos, especially with Hungry Heart, and the early albums.  In a band with larger than life personalities like Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons, and Stevie Van Zandt, Danny was just the mesmorizing keyboardist who was content just to be along for the ride. 

The Rockies and Padres went to 22 innings last night.  Twenty two innings!  That's over two full games, and lasted over six hours.  The game ended a little after 4 AM ET.  Jesus those players must be so exhausted.  I love marathon games.  Let me rephrase that, I love watching marathon games on television, not going to them when I have work the next morning.


I just started a new training program today.  I can't really remember feeling better after a workout, even though it really kicked my ass.  It's a Push/Pull program, where basically on one day you'll perform all your pushing movements, and on the next day, all your pulling movements.  So different muscle groups have a day to rest while you train the antagonists.  So today this is what I did..

Hang Cleans 4 sets of 3/ 60kg
Front Squat 4 sets of 10/ 40kg
Push Ups 4 sets of 10/BW
Push Press 4 sets of 10/ 40kg
Russian Twists 4 sets of 10/ 10kg
4 Pt Planks 4/45 sec.

This absolutely ripped me apart.  And I love it.  I think my biggest issue is that the guys that I usually train with don't really take it seriously, so they're just there to mess around, and whenever you ask them to do anything outside of their comfort zone, they have a little fit.  That's what training is all about though.  You have to shut down the brain, and make your body do things that don't seem at all logical.  But that's the beauty of it. 
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The American Land [Feb. 24th, 2008|04:27 pm]
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Years ago, when I was growing up while watching my parents toil through their working class jobs, I used to tell myself that it would never be me.  I figured, like many kids I'm sure, that the answer to all my problems was some high-profile job after years of going to school, because that's where happiness is, right?  For a long time, I wanted to play baseball, or be involved in the business of baseball.  Not that there's anything wrong with that business for someone who wants to get involved, but working a thankless job for 80-100 hours a week and never having time for anything else isn't really a situation that I'd categorize as happiness. 

About a year ago, my interest in Bruce Springsteen of course led me to start listening to the music that influenced him, which led me straight through to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Leadbelly, amongst many others.  What the old time guys did years back, in the 20s, and into the 40s, was just write about what they saw.  I'm talking about the old time folk singers and songwriters, the kind that dragged their instruments across the country just to write and sing about what they saw.  About the working class stiffs just trying to make a living, about the people you don't hear about, because they're the majority.  Nobody wants to hear anybody glorify what must of us go through, because they don't think it's anything special.  No no, to us, the promised land resides in high paying jobs where we're all just a number, or we all want to grow up to be entertainers of other people.  That how most races are brought up, if you're not going to be an entertainer or a sports star, you're nothing. 

There was something about hearing the writing in those songs.  I absolutely fell in love with the working class.  There's nothing wrong with working hard for a living, and there's a certain dignity in it that many people will never from sitting behind a desk for so long.  There's just something about the history of this country, how it was founded upon hard work from every race across the world, people who came here looking for a new world, looking for a place where they would be free to do whatever they want.  They built our country, because they were all willing to overwork themselves to death, just for the dream of the promised land, yet these days you wouldn't know it, because we'll all still look at those different from the masses as just that.  It doesn't matter what their race did for this country when it was first starting up, we'll just try to tear them apart. 

The hands that formed the country we're always trying to keep down.

Listening to this kind of songwriting, I realized something.  Whatever we think we need to live long, happy lives is pretty much a lie.  We're taught to go to school, and to try and form some relationships to get a job working for some high-profile company.  Not because it's what we want to do, but because it's the right thing to do.  To feel fulfilled.  Because if we spend our entire lives in the working class, working hard every day of our lives, that we'll always think that we missed out somehow.  That we could've had more. 

You know it's funny, I grew up the biggest dreamer of anybody I knew (and still am for the most part), and what eventually became my biggest dream was always right in front of me.  Something that makes me happier than anything, and just feels right, was always right where I was, I just had to spend a lot of time trying to figure that out.  To work, and live in working class America.  To have a strong influence on as many people as possible, and to live that simple, quiet life. 

I've talked to a lot of people who dread the time when they're just going to go to work, come home, hang out with your family, and then get up the next day for work.  Well, it's not about what we do, it's about the quality of what we do.  Now I'm kind of an outcast, what kind of insane freak is happy in the middle class, with a 'normal' life?
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Lake Pontchartrain [Feb. 21st, 2008|08:50 pm]
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I'm getting $1800 back from the government.  I don't know about you guys, but I don't really have anything negative to say about them right now.  As long as I continue to get that back, I'm okay with this country.

Olympic Pendlay Bar
310 Pounds of Bumper Plates
Trap Bar
Prowler Sled
Kettlebell

After all that, I've pretty much shot right through that money, but it's good quality stuff that'll last a lifetime, so what the hell.  At least I can finally get back to getting strong again, and back to putting 250+ lbs over my head, I think I might die of happiness, that's how much I miss it. 

I just had a very ginormous orange that was about the size of your head =). 

I have baseball on the horizon, weightlifting to start up again, I'm going on Salary, so that means lot more money every week, Wrestlemania next month, life is pretty good.
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