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Doing work and a few drinks in: Sumo deadlifts and Snapbacks.

I crushed my workout today, so I decided to have some celebratory drinks. I have been to my local establishment enough, I have a “usual” (Jamo and ginger). I did my ab/core circuit today. It was day two of three (posted below). I have noticed a trend lately, sumo deadlifts. They seem to be all the rage now-a-days. Now, I am not here to knock them, but I am curious why they have become more prominent in today’s workout world? Have people with little hip flexibility given up? My concern is for the men only. When I see you only doing sumo, I think you’re a pussy. I use the sumo stance, when I want to high pull afterwords. I have nothing against people who sumo, except if that is the only type of deadlift you do. Hell, people probably look at me when I walk in with my sweatband thinking “what’s up with that guy?” Do I care? No. But, if you only sumo, you should take a little ok in the mirror and re-evaluate your life.

Oh, and SnapBack hats in the gym are lame. Wear a sweatband.

Do work.

Warm-up

4 rounds

x10 squats

x10 sit-ups

Training

3 rounds

x10 (per leg) walking lunges

x10 slash-to-halo (or back extensions with weight)

x10 bus driver rotations (use landmine)

x10 single arm ab squat (use landmine)

x10 single arm lift and twist (use landmine)

x10 push-ups with row

x10 inverted row

x10 single arm static dumbbell curl

x15 push-ups

Stretch

Do Work 20 DEC 17: 80 deadlifts

I wanted to deadlift today. I wanted to go heavy. So I did. I took the basic pyramid I used for bench the other day and applied the principle to the deadlifts. It felt great. When I tweaked my back a few years ago, I stopped trying to lift all the weight. Since then, I’ve hesitated when it comes to going heavy. I took my time today. Warm-up was good, Ke$ha was jamming, shorts were motivating and my pink sweatband was killing it. Once I was done with the heavy lifting I wrapped up with a quick deadlift/jump knee tuck circuit and some stretching. I feel it in a couple days, but it will be worth it.

Warm-Up

2 rounds

x10 sit-ups

x10 squats

x5 inchworms

x2 barbell complex

Training

Deadlifts

x10 @135

x5 @185

x5 @225

x4 @275

x4 @275

x3 @295

x3 @315

x3 @315

x3 @295

x4 @275

x5 @225

3 rounds

x10 deadlifts @135

x10 jump-knee tuck

4×10 cable pull-downs

Do Work: All the bench press 17 DEC 17

Funny thing about plans, they are just something to deviate from. I went today, planning on working back and going heavy on deadlift. When I arrived, everyone else had similar plans. All of the lifting platforms were in use. I shifted gears and went to a power rack with a bench. It was an adjustable bench, which I generally dislike using when bench pressing. I made due and began to work. I pyramided up and down in weight. Then moved on to reps with chains on the bar. I finished up with a couple tricep exercises and core workouts. It turned out to be a solid day. Do work.

Note: Adjust the weight as needed for the bench.

Warm-up

3 rounds

x10 sit-ups

x10 push-ups

x10 squats

2 rounds

x10 bench press (light)

Training

Bench press

x10 @135

x4 @185

x3 @195

x3 @205

x3 @205

x3 @195

x4 @185

x10 @135

3×10 @135 with chains

4×10 skull crushers

4×10 cable flys

3×10 tri cable pulldown

4 rounds

x15 med-ball sit-ups

x16 single arm kettlebell swing

Do Work: 8 DEC 17

I did some barbell work today, kinda making it up as I went. I knew I wanted to deadlift and clean, but wasn’t sure how it would pan out. I did my normal foam rolling and basic body warm-up. I then moved onto a couple rounds of barbell complex. This is one of my favorite warm-up routines. It hits the whole body with six different exercises continuously. There are various types of complexes you can do, but this one has it all. Deadlifts, bent over rows, hang-clean, front squat, push-press, and back squat. 6 reps of each and add weight as you like. Once the training was done, I rounded it out with some medicine ball sit-ups and a post workout cheeseburger. Do work.

Warm-up

3 rounds

x10 sit-ups

x10 squats

x10 push-ups

3 rounds

Barbell complex (increasing weight)

Training

3 rounds

6 deadlift

10 jump knee tuck

3 rounds

10 hang clean

10 jump squat

3 rounds

6 shoulder press

10 jump lunge

3×15 med-ball sit-up

Daily Quickie: The Reuniting of Mustaches Part 2

Sasebo Burger was delicious, better than most chain burgers I’ve tasted. While the goal was to check out a few more bars, it didn’t pan out that way. Everyplace we kept going to was closed, most likely because it was Sunday night. We found an open sports bar that serves fried chicken. We ordered another round of chuhai’s and watched some rugby. We then ventured to another closed bar, and another, and another. Things began to look bleak until we saw some multi-colored lights coming from a dark alley. We said what-the-hell and made our way in. It was a tiny drinking establishment, no bigger than a kid’s bedroom. There were a couple of guys sitting at the bar, the bartender and karaoke machine. I had been duped into a Japanese karaoke bar (or a place that just happened to have one). After another round of chuhai’s, we commenced singing our best Garth Brooks, Don McClean and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The combined powers of our mustaches brought the house down, people began to pour in from the streets to listen to our sweet voices. After a few songs and some booze, we said our goodbyes and went on our way. We stopped at one more joint then decided it was time to call it quits. It had been a good adventure with Rusty. I recommend using him as a tour guide if you ever make it to the country. He knows all the hole in the wall, dirty local spots.

Daily Quickie: Cheese Curds in Japan!

Nothing says delicious like cheese curds. I made them a road trip snack while I was adventuring thought the northern part of the Midwest during early September of this year (2017). I was cruising over to the bar to wet my whistle, and decided to stop at the mini mart to grab some hydration before I partook in some libations. No shit, staring me in the face as I walked in, we’re some cheese curds from Wisconsin. I was blown away and was not expecting to see such a wondrous sight. I snagged a pack and went on my way. They will make the perfect late night snack.