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    Wed., 4/09. 211.5#. Spring has sprung, in the gym, somewhere near the stairs. Phew! Rrripe! I can't even begin to describe it, but I'm certain it's biological in nature.

    Chins: 5, 2, 1.85. I ain't fooling nobody.

    Squats: 45 x 12, 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 5,5.
    There's a hack squat party going on just next to my power rack. Ultra-bro is leading three ducklings through one of those pyramid schemes.
    While I'm resting between work sets, he bounces over to me: "Hey, man, wanna get in on these?"
    I'm surprised. "What? Those?"
    His ebullience spills out of his tank top: "Yeah! Pyramids!"
    I feign flattery: "Naw, I can't count any higher than five. But thanks!"
    I admire his pluck.

    Bench: 45 x ..., 95 x 5, 135 x 5,5,12 Been awhile.

    Power Cleans: how do you do these, again? 50kg x 3, 59kg x 3,3,3,3,3. Well, didn't sprain anything, and a few of those were pretty good.

    KB bent presses for cooldown.

    Dinner is spicy meatballs & fried egg with spinach/tomato/cream sauce over chimichurri rice, with Utz Cheese Balls on top. My wife is the greatest.

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    Fri., 4/11. 212#.

    Chins: 5, then, I realize how stiff I am, and go roll out a bit. I come back for 3, 2(kipped that last one a bit), and 1.8.

    Squats: 45 x .., 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 3, 265 x 5,5,5. I can get my belt to the fourth hole now!

    OHP: 45 x 10, 95 x 5, 125 x 5,5,5. Ahhhh.

    Deads: 135 x 5, 225 x 5, 325 x 5. slow & steady.

    weekend is spent cleaning the garage and sorting my junk lumber. I get a 1/3# burger with carmelized onions, swiss, bacon, lettuce, mushrooms, and fried egg.

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    Mon., 4/14. 211.75#.

    Chins: 3,3,3,1. All business.

    Squats: 45 x 15, 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 5, 275 x 3,2.

    OHP: 45 x 15, 95 x 5,5,5,5,12! Yeah, twelve! Get yer burn on, bro? Burrrrrrn.

    Deficit Deadlifts: 115 x 8, 185 x 8, 235 x 8. the 35# plates are good for something after all!

    So, I'm on my way out the door, feeling pretty pleased with myself, sipping my water, tra-la-la, la-la, when I come across the gym's coolest coach setting up the prowler in the parking lot for one of his clients. He says: "Hey! wanna join us for a few pushes?"

    "Hell yeah - why not?" He loads it up with 180#, and I sprint with it down the alley, about 50 feet, spin it around, and the other guy pushes it back. No problem!

    I push it again, starting out fairly strong, and slowing down only after 2/3 of the way (did I say 50 feet? more like 70). I try to spin it around again, but only get it about a quarter-turn. Other guy pushes it back again.

    "One more?" "Yeah, puff, huff, one more, huff." I grab the poles and lean forward. Nothing happens. I press forward with my arms, and suddenly realize that I need to use my legs. What legs? Oh, god, those are my legs? I get it started, spend the first 50 feet accelerating to a slow walking speed, and the next 75 feet just gets slower, and slower, while my body becomes more horizontal. I cross the line, and That's It.

    "Cool, man! I always ask people if they wanna work in on these, but nobody ever takes us up on it!"

    "Gasp, wheeze, gulp - Great! Huff, sniff, suck - See you -cough, wheeze- guys later!"

    Now, I have to walk back to the start, pick my bag off the ground, and walk all the way across the parking lot to the car, and then get in the car. This is normally a very simple thing, not worth mentioning in any training log. Today, however, it is the hardest thing I've ever done. I don't exactly remember getting home, but I come to an hour later on the couch, watching the weather channel. I then get up and start moving furniture, like I was supposed to do an hour ago. Then, I eat a pound of ground beef, and some other proteinaceous food substances.

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    I love the burn of a good prowler session to finish me off. Good for you!
    I just consumed a pound of chicken and four cups of Swiss chard.

    Also, it's cool to see that the bros are asking you to join them. You will need there assistance when shit gets really heavy so it's good to have gym friends.

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    Wed., 4/16. I have fifteen minutes to workout, and can't get to the gym. What to do?
    (Cue Announcer)
    That's right, kids! Its' time for an

    Episode of:
    Erok's
    Eighty-pound
    EZ Bar
    Eight-rep
    Elite
    Exxxersize
    Extravaganza!

    Training? What's that? Rest periods? Pshaw! Let's exercise!

    clean & press into hi-bar back squats x 8
    BTN push press into Front Squats x 8 (I keep bonking my head on that curvy bar)
    press into HBBS x 8,8,8
    Chins x 3
    1-hand Deadlifts x 8 each side
    rows x 8,8,8
    'Reeves'-style Deadlifts x 8,8,8
    floor press x 24
    KB bent press x 8 each side
    Chins x 1

    All warmed up now - let's hork an electric piano up the stairs! hup, hup, hup!

    Later, while waiting for supper, I get in some intense grip work with the dog. For a 55-pounder, she can really pull.

    chicken, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, with cream puffs & milk. Mmmm.

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    Mon., 4/22. 211.5#. That smell in the gym? still there, near the stairs, where the carpet is. It's a bit less funky, but moving towards fishy.

    Chins: 3,3,3.

    Squats: 45 x 10, 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 225 x 3, 275 x 5,5,5. For the last set, I get angry, just to try it. I can make the plates rattle at the top! I can also make my face beet red, but that's neither here nor there. Inter-set breaks are spent watching boxing students pummel each other. Neat.

    OHP: 45 x 10, 95 x 5, 135 x 2,2,2,2,3.

    Deadlift: 135 x 5, 225 x 5, 335 x 5. There. Progress may now continue.

    I gather from overheard conversation that one of the powerlifters has offended one of the bodybuilders by declaring his legs to be too skinny. Well, they ARE. I've got bigger legs than this guy.

    KB bent presses
    Grip roller: 15#, 5 minutes
    Kurrlz: 45 x 10, 65 x 5,5,5.
    Oh, and what's this little wood-handled thingy tucked behind the bars in the corner? Why, it's an eight-pound sledge! Is there enough ceiling clearance? There sure is!
    Sledgehammer gada swings FTW!

    It's bachelor chow night. A mixture of ground beef, yellow peppers, onions, garlic, with pork carnitas, chimichurri, and avocado.

    'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' is 2 hours and fifty eight minutes long, did you know that? I didn't. I make it to 1:40-something. I'll watch the rest tonight.

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    Thurs., 4/24.

    The fish-funk has been replaced by minty-fresh. Let's rock!

    The Good:
    Chins: 4,3,3,2.85,2.

    Squats: 45 x 20, 135 x 10, 185 x 5, 225 x 5,5. lightweight.

    There's a woman with a bench shirt doing 225, then 245. First time I've seen a bench shirt in action. Really weird looking, but seemingly effective.

    Incline Bench: 45 x 20, 95 x 5, 115 x 5,5,5.

    The Bad:
    I snag one of the oly platforms for power cleans, with some wide grip rows mixed in:

    Rows: 20kg x5, 50 kg x5
    PC: 50 x 3
    Rows: 50 x 5
    PC: 50 x 3
    Rows: 50 x 5
    PC: 50 x 3, 59 kg x 3,3,2, 61kg x 3,3
    Rows: 61 x 5

    The Ugly:
    Pullovers: 20#, holding my head off the end of the bench. I rep slowly & steadily with deep breaths until my neck gets tired, then take a short break. X3 sets. lotsa reps.

    Lat pulldowns: wide overhand grip on a fat bar. 40#, 50 x 10, 60 x 10, 70 x 10, 10, 10.

    Ooop, forgot to weigh in: 212.5#. I drank a lot of water.

    On my way out, I overhear some bodybuilding coaching going on. Among the fragments:
    "then that day, I want you to have 2oz of chicken every hour, with ...oz of brown rice... How does your body react to wine? Good, I want you to eat a Snickers bar and drink a bottle of wine right before you go on stage." Wow.

    Dinner: more pork carnitas with peppers, onions, broccoli, soft-boiled eggs & hot sauce. No wine, and no snickers.

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    Mon., 4/28. 212.25#. Argh, Didn't get any carbs in today, and didn't get my 4 o'clock coffee, either. I'm very hydrated, though.

    Chins: 4, 4, 2.85

    Squats: 45,..., 135 x 5, 185 x 5, 230 x 5, 285 x 5, 3. Whoah, easy there. I'll get 5x3 on Friday.

    OHP: 45 x..., 95 x 5, 135 x 5, 100 x 8.

    Deadlifts: 135 x 8, 245 x 5, 345 x 3,1,1. Oh, that last one was a doozy. Kept it tight all the way up, though. Decided to hold it at the top as long as I could, then the stars came down from the sky and swirled around my head, laughing at me.

    Rows: 135 x 5,5,5.

    Lat Pulldowns: 60 x 10,10,10.

    cheezy pork enchiladas, covered in ground beef & peppers.

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    Thumbs up Recipe: Lamb Neck

    ingredients:

    1 lamb neck, deboned (so it lays down flat)
    1 or 2 yummy sausages, casings removed
    extra herbs & spices (mint, cilantro, sage, whatever)
    butter (I'll never tell how much - just use enough)
    1 onion
    4 cloves garlic
    1 thumb ginger
    salt, pepper
    pressure cooker with steam platform
    parchment paper
    string

    1. score any fascia or tough stuff on the lamb neck
    2. salt & pepper lamb neck on both sides
    3. mix sausage, herbs, & butter and spread it over the neck
    4. roll the neck up into a tight cylinder and tie it with string
    5. wrap it up in parchment paper so it looks like a giant tootsie roll, secure with string
    6. let chill in fridge until you're ready to cook it.

    7. chop onion in quarters, smash garlic & ginger, and add to pressure cooker with about a pint of water
    8. place lamb neck on steamer tray
    9. pressure cook on high for about an hour
    10. remove neck from paper and let rest
    11. add all extra juices to the steaming liquid and boil it down to desired thickness

    12. slice rounds from the neck and serve with the juice.

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    Wed., 4/30. 213.25#

    Bad case of The Wednesdays. Stressfull, long day at work leads to late lunch, leads to underhydration, causes last-minute water consumption, leading to an abdomen full of spicy sloppy joes & garlic mashed potatoes, swimming around in a soup. Normally a wonderful thing, but not when I need bloodflow to my legs. Ugh.

    Chins: 2,2,2,2,2,2.

    Squats/GMs: SQ45 x 10, GM45 x 10, SQ95x3, GM95x10,10, SQ135 x 5, 185 x 5, 230 x 5,5.

    Oh, teh burps. tHEY arE sO SPICY.

    Bench: 45 x..., 95 x 5, 125 x 5, 155 x 5,5,5.

    SLDL: 50kg x 5

    PC: 50kg x 3 - almost crushing my windpipe tells me I need to up the weight. 59kg x 3,3,3,3.

    KB Bent Press: Oh, I can make out the numbers on the bells now: 12kg x 3, 16kg x 5, 20kg x 3, 24kg x 2.

    Can't be bothered to cook anything. Let's make a shake:

    1 banana
    2 scoops protein powder
    6 eggs
    1 tbsp honey
    1 effervescent electrolyte tablet - for fizz!
    1 tbsp magnesium stuff - moar fizz!
    1 tbsp DandyBlend - for bitterness.
    1 quart of milk

    Settle in for some grip work with the dog and theraputic belching. Cold fried chicken happens later.

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