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Brolic Yoda: Fucking up the #Sith since 900 BBY.  #Gainz #gainzzzz #starwars #jedi #startingstrength #yoda #gains  
Thanks to @lexydp for this one!

Brolic Yoda: Fucking up the #Sith since 900 BBY. #Gainz #gainzzzz #starwars #jedi #startingstrength #yoda #gains
Thanks to @lexydp for this one!

Gimpy Squats and Decent Pulls


Knee felt a bit better today, so squatted some. Pulls were slow, but got through them.

Squat
45x5x4, 94x5, 135x5, 184x5, 225x5, 274x5, 315x5, 364x5x2
Notes: Not bad, and surprisingly the 364s felt the best of all the sets. Still a little twingy and subconscious hesitation in getting my left knee as forward as it needs to go, but a lot better than even yesterday.

Deadlift
529x5 @ 9.5
436x5 @ 8
Notes:
 Warm-ups felt great (up to 469) so was surprised when the first rep felt a little heavy. Would have still probably been an 8.5 or at worst a 9, except 529 really slams the floor hard at this place, which is not set up for dropping or even putting down a heavy DL quickly. So taking the energy to slow the bar down on the descent took even more out of me. Still, another fairly big jump from last week (and without squatting to help drive it up), so I’ll take it.

You already give 8-10 hours a day to your boss and your work. To boredom and to people and organizations that couldn’t care less about you. Then your family and friends get the rest of your time. What about you? Do you really think so little of yourself and you can’t sacrifice an hour or two, 3-4 days a week, for yourself?

- Jim Wendler, on taking time to train

1 Step Forward, 8 Steps Back

The two weekends in a row of no sleep really beat the crap out of me. I felt drained, tired, and thoroughly exhuasted all week, so decided to skip training and try to let myself get back to normal. Though my schedule makes it difficult to get optimum sleep, I got more than I usually get and snagged a 2 hour nap on Tuesday during the time I normally lift. I don’t feel completely back to normal yet, but it made a big difference. I felt good enough to train today at least, which is more than I can say about Tuesday and Wednesday. I brought my gym bag to the gym both days, but after coaching my clients, just went home. Today, I actually lifted a little.

My left knee is a lot better but still giving me some problems. I have some suspicions about it, but am trying to focus on what I can do right now.

Squat
45x5x3, 78x5, 111x5, 140x5, 162x5
Notes: Just did them as warm-ups together with the press.

Press
45x5, 78x5, 111x5, 140x5, 162x4
179x4 @ 8.5
190x4x3 @ 9, 8.5, 8.5 
179x4 @ 8.5
135x10 @ 8

Notes: I didn’t want anything to be even close to a grind, so just did 4’s today. I didn’t mentally prepare properly for the first set at 190, but was better after that.

Bench Press
45x10, 135x5, 184x5, 230x5, 269x5 
302x5 @ 7.5
225x12 @ 8

Notes: Felt good here, but shoulder has been not painful but a bit grumpy so kept volume at heavy weights to a minimum.

BW Chins
8 sets of 6
Notes: Rested 60 seconds for the first 4 sets, then about 90 seconds for the next 3, then two minutes for the last.

1-Arm Press
KB: 50x6, 52.8x6
DB: 60x6, 65x6, 70x6
Notes: Wanted to get in some more pressing work, too lazy to reload the bar.

Michael Jordan Throws Shade At LeBron James For Complaining About 82-Game Season

I remember the first time I heard a fan complaining about the lackadaisical play during the doldrum months of the NBA regular season. It surprised me, because growing up in Chicago watching Jordan play in the 80s and 90s, EVERY SINGLE GAME was an event where anything could happen. There was no phoning it in, no coasting, nothing but 100% energy and killer instinct, every night. Only now do I really appreciate how spoiled I was by MJ and the 90s Bulls.

Brad Gillingham teaches us about #pullingmechanics with a 400kg/881 #hookgrip #deadlift 
#startingstrength #powerlifting #usapl  (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

Brad Gillingham teaches us about #pullingmechanics with a 400kg/881 #hookgrip #deadlift
#startingstrength #powerlifting #usapl (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

Got to lift pre-seminar last night at Crossfit South Brooklyn, which is always a pleasure. My buddy Brent was lifting too, and David (CFSBK owner) was there; fun catching up with David and watching Brent just CRUSH his 405 squat. He’s been building up to that for a loooong time and it was great to see.

In my lifting, my left knee is a whole lot better; the right is still crabby but a lot less than yesterday, so was able to actually squat a bit heavier today, and it still felt better than when I squatted lighter earlier in the week. I’m glad things are at least moving in the right direction.

Squat
45x5x3, 135x5, 185x5, 225x5, 275x5, 315x5, 365x5, 405x5
Notes:Could just barely feel slight discomfort in knees at 405, but really not bad at all.

Deadlift
515x5 @ 8.5
455x5 @ 8

Notes: There was a donkey leaning up on the chalk bucket to watch me. Rip called me “Michael” for the first time in my 2.5 years of knowing him, and oh ya, I did some pulls. The video is really all you need to know.

#rippetoe instructing a longtime #highbarsquatter in the ways of #hipdrahve  “You have much to learn, young #padawan.” #hipdrive #squat #startingstrength #lowbarsquat #strength  (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

#rippetoe instructing a longtime #highbarsquatter in the ways of #hipdrahve “You have much to learn, young #padawan.” #hipdrive #squat #startingstrength #lowbarsquat #strength (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

Let’s talk about moment arms with Uncle Rippy…
#startingstrength #physics #mechanics #squat #lifting #biomechanics  (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

Let’s talk about moment arms with Uncle Rippy…
#startingstrength #physics #mechanics #squat #lifting #biomechanics (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

#startingstrengthcoach Michael Wolf gets the last rep of 515x5 past his knees as the Chalk Donkey, @david0sorio and #rippetoe look on approvingly. The #startingstrength seminar is at @crossfitsouthbrooklyn in #NYC this weekend.  If you’re not here, you’re missing out!  #deadlift #pulling #strength #powerlifting #wolfstagram (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)

#startingstrengthcoach Michael Wolf gets the last rep of 515x5 past his knees as the Chalk Donkey, @david0sorio and #rippetoe look on approvingly. The #startingstrength seminar is at @crossfitsouthbrooklyn in #NYC this weekend. If you’re not here, you’re missing out! #deadlift #pulling #strength #powerlifting #wolfstagram (at CrossFit South Brooklyn)