Sunday, November 25, 2018


I had a darn good workout today. One of those days when you are locked in and everything feels so smooth. I did some hack squats today, with my feet hit up on the platform, because if I put my feet any lower, it feels like me knees would fall off of my body. I first thought that I would do like ten sets of twelve.  But I did that last week. Ten sets of fifteen? That would be progress. I decided on five sets of twenty, with the thought of adding one set a week for awhile, until I got to ten sets and then go back down again, starting the cycle over with heavier weights, or shorter rests, or slower eccentrics, etc. So I put some Inzer sleeves on, the ones with the velcro strap, pulled tight. I like this hack squat, made by Life Fitness, it's smooth, although the settings could be slightly lower so that someone short can really bottom out. Sometimes machine design may be done by someone that hasn't really lifted a whole bunch. Thats what I think happens. Not saying that happened in this case, but maybe.

So I did my first set. No warmup. I hate warmups with a passion. I really hate them. Maybe one set of ten with a light weight. But man, rolling around on a foam roller, a ball of some type, static stretching, track warmup drills, etc. I'd be exhausted before I started or more likely, bored. I hate being bored. And wasting time.

Anyway, the first set felt like I was ninety four years old, lots of snapping and crackling and popping . But I knew that the second set would feel much better, and it did. By the time that I marked off the fifth set on the dry erase board, I had decided to do five more sets, which to be honest with you, I had in my mind the whole time, but if you take it little by little chunks like five, and oh yeah, five more, its easier than saying ten. I don't know why, It makes it seem smaller, just two separate sets of 10.

So I wrote 6 7 8 9 10 on the board and now there was no way that I wasn't gonna get ten sets because I wrote it on the board now, dammit. SoI started the sixth set and the sweat was pouring off of the bill of my cap more and more on each successive set and I may have grunted a little on some sets as Godsmack was belting out Bad Religion and Moon Baby! How about that?!

It's the best feeling, pushing through the burning and wondering how the next rep will be and you push through it and push through it. And the completion of a bunch of sets like that is in you deep man. It reaches so deep inside and brings out a feeling that I crave.

Yeah, I guess that its accomplishment, but not, it's more like a feeling of all blue skies and  no worries or thoughts about anything, and you feel light and satisfied and you wonder why everyone doesn't want this feeling in their world.

I'm telling you, if you put that feeling of a great workout in someone's life and then put it in another person's life, and they put it in another person's life, it can change the world. People need to get that feeling where you have to reach so deep that you doubt yourself. And you smash those doubts and you are triumphant over the demon of doubt. It gives it to you man. A training session like that is right out there, waiting to test you.

When I was done, I was quivering a little and even after my shower, I was still sweating, but I really thought, damn , that was fun and just so good. Blue skies and a whole other feeling inside.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.