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    Seems like the story of my lifting life John. I've done so much wrong over the years I'm surprised I haven't worn out the RESET button. Completely unlike the Staples EASY BUTTON. But life is a long march.

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    Weight: 242.5

    Jujitsu last with the kid's class had some promotions with particularly notable one. One of the older girls got promoted to purple belt, the first one I've seen since I've been at the dojo. She's a great kid and works hard and diligently at perfecting her technique. She actually cried once when I made a minor correction to a technique she did, and it took me aback. But then she is very serious about this art.

    The adult class had us working on some O-soto Gari variants with a reverse step in and an extended leg position that you end up with a lot in judo when the other guys moves the wrong way when you go in. You step in with the right foot and hook around the calf. Then you hop in and stamp the right foot bringing the other guy down. We did another variant where the attacker reaches for you or pushes at you. You deflect it cross handed with the right step then bring that same hand up to side of the head as your left encircles their right hand and you execute the throw the same way. This lead to some discussion with the purple belts I was working with about entries for other kinds of attacks. Something judo doesn't teach at all for competition. Like a roundhouse that you do a left out block with and then throw your right arm and shoulder at the attacker with the arm going over his trap and neck hard in something like a head butt move. Your leftarm encircles his right and it's a very hard throw. Also if done with a little finesse, the right arm and shoulder move won't get you warned or tossed in judo tournament. You just have lead with the shoulder and make sure only the inside of the arm connects. My preferred finish for this is to follow them down on one knee and grab the trachea further slamming the head on the ground without committing to a hard wrap up that you can't get up from fast.

    We also did some foot taps to root our stance to show how it cements you firmly to the ground. The newbies were amazed by this. I've found some of the coaching methods used at the Seminar I already do when I paid attention to them last night. But not always. Some people are so far out of whack with a multi-move complex technique it takes some more dialog and now and then even taking hold of an elbow to guide them in the right arc of movement. My knee brace and the scabs on my shin excited some comment as we took off our gi's at the end.

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    Weight: 243

    5 minute warmup on the bike (Light Day)

    Lying Tricep Extension: 100 for 3 sets of 12.

    Squat: 135 for 3 sets of 6.

    Power Snatch: Sets of 3, 50-70-95-95-95.

    Stretching and out of there.

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    Weight: 243.5

    No jujitsu on Saturdays for another few weeks until we get where the new dojo is going to be straightened out. Some boring issues about our current arrangements resulted in a move that seems to have been delayed for a while.

    So I did a fit test today because my metrics OCD suddenly asserted itself. I used some new equipment because the the old elliptical had been replaced a month back or so. The first test cut off after 10 minutes because the machine declared my heart rate was too low. So I did another one and upped the recommended RPM's by 10-15 to drive it up enough. I tested out at a 39 VO2 max in the 99th percentile. So yay. I guess what I'm doing for conditioning and cutting my rest periods on light lifting days is doing what it needs to.

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    Yer gettin' purty skinny there, Mark!

    Nice!

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    Weight: 243.5

    I took note of the fact that Rip recommended paleo style eating and a couple of the young 'uns (which was everybody compared to me) at the seminar were snacking on something vaguely Italian looking that they called a meatza. So I've cut out more of the grains that I was eating. I was eating as much as I was mainly for the fiber, because of well, you know. Hopefully this trend will continue.

    Standing Overhead Press: 155 2-3-2-1-2. I think I have the grip width and arm position code cracked, but everything else was all over the map like Chuck Yeager in a flat spin. My knees kept unlocking and I wasn't laying back far enough or timing it right. Mr. Miyagi was all over me too, whacking my knees and entire posterior chain with a shinai and fussing at me for lack of focus. I'm going to drop back to 145 to get things unkinked and then work upwards.

    Pull-Ups: Bodyweight for 5 sets of 3.

    Deadlifts: 275 x 3, 315 x 3. I only planned on 275, but it was so easy I went for 315. What's more, I did it with a double overhand grip. At the last second I remembered that the last time I tried 315 my grip got wobbly, so I chalked up and held on to all of them, although the last one came out a little from my shins. I also remembered to put on my longies so as not to break open my scabs on my shins again. I collided with some equipment yesterday and peeled a big one off that started trailing down to my ankle before I noticed it had opened up again. Dearly Beloved was concerned and not at all amused. Blind Master Po was chuckling dryly into my ear from a few feet behind while I was doing the last two sets. "Very good Grasshoppah. You grasp pebble." Beats the Hell out of the Reaper whispering to me last year when my back would get wobbly. Not this time though, my back felt solid all the way, and the 315 wasn't that taxing. But know when to save up for the next session's pull.

    Since I tested out so well yesterday, I rewarded myself with no GXP this morning. I may do one this afternoon when I go back and do some tinkering around and stretching. When I reviewed my heart monitor stats, I had maintained a average heart rate of 144 bpm for 40 minutes. That's 93% of MHR for me. No wonder I tested out so well yesterday.

    I saw the orthopedist Thursday about my knee. Good doc, he's a partner of another ortho I've been seeing on and off for years for my knee and when I broke the tiny little metatarsal on the most lateral part of foot a few years back. That happened walking off the mat after a session in jujitsu. My ankle rolled and crack! He's spine specialist and finally got me to see the light and talk to his partner. Also my GP recommended him too.

    He showed me the pieces of meniscus on my X-ray and said there were chunks all over the place in the joint from an old injury. I explained the 40+ year old judo injury. He agreed that was probably it. There was a lot of pressing and prodding and joint manipulation with "Does this hurt?" No not so much. Then I told him about the seminar and squatting 245 last week and his eyes didn't roll up in his head. So I showed him a below parallel squat and he was impressed by the lack of pain. Not to mention he didn't even blink when I told him I was still doing jujitsu.

    Then he launched into my options. Anti-inflammatories and ice, cortisone and joint lubricant injections, or surgery. I was glad he wasn't one of those guys who always looks for every opportunity to practice with his scalpel. So I'm taking 5 Aleve a day and using ice when I think I might need it. The knee is getting less and less noticeable.

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    Mark, i think maybe you should lay off the hallucinogens before lifting. You'll see and hear fewer Asian masters that way.

    As for "well you know", eat your greens, and don't forget the kraut and kimchi. Very few carbs, plenty paleo, and they'll keep things running smooth. The main thing most folks would have you cut down on is grains, beans, and processed food. You'll drop weight suprisingly quickly that way. Some will just be water, but I'm willing to bet you'll get down towards your goal weight rather faster.

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    Hey! I was stone sober when that happened and when I posted it. Funny though. Po is a lot easier to please than Miyagi. Pick, pick, pick, it's all part of the Zen tradition those heartless Nipponese imposed on Okinawans.

    Thanks for the food tips too. I eat lots of salads and I love kimchi. Sauerkraut, like most German food not so much. Probably sounds funny coming from me but Deutsche DNA will only go so far. That's why we kept invading France and Italy, better food.

    I went back for round 2 at the gym this afternoon. It's raining buckets here in LA-LA land and I nearly flooded out on the way. I did come cardio, stretched, and did an extra 10 pounds on the Maxicam wrist roll-up that I already pin a 45 pound plate to. So there was that. Then while I was doing some foam rolling a couple of extras from Jersey Shore were gabbing it up. A woman in her 40's called out to them to quit dropping the F-bomb every third word. Funny as Hell to watch. I've commented a few times about the geezer dudebros and women and inappropriate conversations but this was a great reverse fusion of both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark E. Hurling View Post
    So I'm taking 5 Aleve a day...
    My liver just cringed. My Docs have told me unless it is an emergency to stay away from anti-inflammatories. Bad liver juju.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark E. Hurling View Post
    It's raining buckets here in LA-LA land and I nearly flooded out on the way. I did come cardio, stretched, and did an extra 10 pounds on the Marxism wrist roll-up that I already pin a 45 pound plate to. So there was that.
    This is how I read that section, and I was thoroughly, thoroughly confused for a few seconds.

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