Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I haven't been righteous with my nutrition lately

Mikey and i each ate a Gordito's Grande Burrito last night.

Jesse from Local's told me NOT to stay strictly on that 20-rep squat program.. so I did some other heavy lifts!


125 - missed 5th lift - 130 - 130 - 135 - 135 - 140 (NEW PR)


So ready to do my own total this weekend. I'm heading in early and doing my stuff and then staying to judge and cheer folk on. I'm hoping to get a 290 lbs squat, 140 lbs press and a 325 deadlift (CFT = 755 @ 145 lbs)

Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoop night! CHEAT NIGHT FOR ME!

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Quest for 315

I have a goal to squat 315 lbs by the last week of June.

The other day Dwinson and I were chatting online and he sent me a link to some training program about a 20-rep squat program. The main gist of it (as I understand) is that you get your 10-rep max on the bar and do ten reps. Then one more. Then another. Then another until you get to 20. They're also known as breathing squats because you end up breathing more and more in between reps. It is more of mental challenge than anything, but it separates the boys from the men.

Yesterday I tried it out, without knowing any of my maxes (because I've never attempted anything other than a 1RM). I ended up doing my real 20-rep set with 185 lbs. It was hard and I definitely became slower in those later reps and was screaming like a mofo, but I could've gone and done 10+ reps if I wanted to. I'm a little sore in the legs and glutes today, but I'm going to attempt a bigger one tonight with Adrian. If I do the math correctly it should go like this:

Starting today, I have 10 weeks until the last week of June/first week of July to hit a 1RM of 315 lbs. Let's say that the normal programming with this method calls for 6 weeks of training. If I do these workouts 3x/week then I should have 18 workouts ahead of me. If I am adding 5 lbs per workout then I will be moving a complete 90 lbs within those six weeks. If I start off the program with 195 lbs then by the end of the six weeks I should be squatting 285 lbs. Would four weeks be enough for me to jump another 30 lbs? I think that would be attainable given that I survive the first six weeks training mostly with the 20-rep squats. Apparently this program also builds a lot of mass. Hopefully I stay around where I'm currently at. I don't wanna outgrow my clothes and/or look funnier (short guy, big body)

Further Reading:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Didn't know my legs could do that much

Crazy, fun workouts are just how I like working out. Nate, Marc and myself went up to Lynnwood for the Hooverball Tourney, except the turnout didn't go as planned SO we were still able to "Surrender Our Sweat" with an extreme WOD

From Jesse Ward, Clan Cheiftan of Local's Gym:

Have like a "Choose your own workout", kinda like "Those Choose Your Own Adventure" books. It could be so rad. You can rest as you decide where to go next…..

Set 1:

# 1: 5 Rounds of "Chelsea". If you complete in under 5 minutes go to workout #5 if you complete in longer than 5 minutes go to workout #6.

# 2: Go to workout #6

# 3: Work up to a max military press. If under m:100 w:60 go to workout #7 between m:101-149 w:61-79 go to workout #8 if above go to #9

# 4: Perform 30 Suitcase Deadlifts with m:20kg w:12kg each side and proceed to workout #7

# 5: "Tabata" Squats if your lowest interval is below 10 go to workout #2 if it’s higher than 10 go to workout #3

# 6: Row 1000m and do 25 Push-Ups. Proceed to workout #4

# 7: Perform 1 Rounds of "Michael". If using rowing instead of running proceed to workout #10. If time under 8 minutes proceed to workout #11, if over #12.

# 8: Proceed to workout #6

# 9: Perform 1 Round of "Lynne" If your score under 10 proceed to workout # 6 is between 11 and 20 proceed to workout # 11 if over 21 proceed to luckey # 13.

# 10: Perform 3 Rounds of "Chipper" Proceed to workout # 14.

# 11: Find your maximum weight for 3 reps on front squats. Proceed to workout #14.

# 12: Perform 21-15-9 of 20" Box Jumps and Knees to Elbows proceed to workout #14.

# 13: Perform "Grace" proceed to workout # 14.

# 14: Race 500m, see who wins !!! Celebrate :)

Jesse, Nate and one of Jesse's members did #1, 6, 4, 7, 12, 14

Marc and myself went through #1, 5, 3, 8, 6, 4, 7, 11, 14

Brutal enjoyment, especially seeing as I just became better (minus the stuffy/runny nose)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Feeling Better

For someone who warns people about needed to rest properly and blah blah blah about overtraining I AM A HYPOCRITE.

I was pretty sick for a while. I'm pretty sure it was a viral thing. I became better as soon as I dedicated a day of not doing anything. Weird how that works..


I did "Fran" yesterday with no weight because I have a pretty taxing week ahead of me. (GET IT?! OOOH!)

21-15-9 reps for time
thruster, 45 lbs


Now if only when I bring it back up to its prescribed weight of 95 lbs and keep that time I'd be really good..

Monday, April 07, 2008

Was Going to Write Something Similar

from the Local's Gym / Lynnwood CrossFit blog:

What do you do on Weekends?

I had quite an interesting talk with a member today about how his "friends" were routinely derailing his attempts at fitness. How they wanted to party (which means staying up until 4:00am and getting drunk) and would be quite obnoxious to him when he says "no".

An example of "partying" which I loathe in all forms, quit while you’re young, get ahead.

So that got me really thinking, I wondered if this was a common thread? Do lots of my friends who workout here deal with this same derision from their other "friends", be it semi-monthly bunco parties or "having" to go with friends for a drink to celebrate a promotion or whatever.


  1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
  2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
  3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
  4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.

Are your "friends" supporting, sympathizing or patronizing you? Are they allied with you in your struggles? Or do they hold you back? Do they pressure you into curtailing plans to make yourself better?

Write a list, do this exercise. I suggest you remove people from your life who aren’t your friends. These people likely only serve themselves and waste your time, money and energy.

I’d like to get a discussion going, so please post back with comments, thoughts, reflections, cancellation letters ;)



After successfully teaching Dwinson how to do a muscle-up and missing out on Ipanema due to maintenance, we met up with Mike in Bellevue where I proceeded to take down 12 plates at Sushiland. Damn. Not good.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Not well

I'm still hacking which means I should be resting and not working out.

I did 30 muscle-ups for time in my sleep last night if that counts for anything..


Ch-ch-ch-check it out- Brendan Gilliam's blog!

"It never ceases to amaze me how full of #?!% the fitness industry is. I don't want to talk about the ones who are obviously full of it, like the infomercial dorks trying to sell their piece of crap machines and dvds that are only good for laughing at. I want to talk a little about the guys who are actually highly regarded as elite strength coaches to the pros, and charge like $250 dollars an hour to get their time. They write books and articles for major fitness sites. They charge obscene amounts of money for them to speak at a seminar for a few hours. They claim to be the real deals of the industry, the no BS guys who have lived in the trenches for the last 15 years AND have like 20 different different letters after their names."

Along with being one of CrossFit's posterchildren, he owns and runs CrossFit North Santa Cruz, home of this badass wall painting:

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Update: End of March

After this past Saturday's RAINSTORM (or FIGHTSTORM as Adrian dubbed it) and scoring a 326, I ended up doing JT at 3am later that evening because I was awake and needed to release that energy.

Dwinson and I resting after box jumps

21-15-9 reps for time:
Ring Dips


Sunday was a rest day. I was contemplating doing yoga and/or taking a nap when Tammy called me up and asked if I wanted to go to Banya 5 with her, Adrian and John. I took that call as a sign to relax and enjoy the spa. If you've never been before, Banya 5 is a "Russian-style Turkish bath house", which essentially has plenty of hot/cold modalities to refresh the body and spirit. Check it out sometime. I have half-off passes as well. Saw some familiar faces there and enjoyed some tea. I would do the contrast modalities- wet heat, cold plunge, dry heat, cold plunge, warm bath, cold plunge, repeat.

Two to three hours later we were all hungry and Tammy decided upon Snoose Junction Pizza in Ballard. We shared a Mushroom/Sausage/Ricotta pie. Good stuff. (It's the weekend. I can eat it)

Yesterday those three and myself did heavy squats:

Front Squat


I definitely could've gone heavier for everything, but slow and steady wins the race. That, and we were all sharing the same rack. I'm going to do some O-lifts today after training some folk