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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:47 AM

Training went really smooth last night. I rested, gathered thoughts for training and started after the main group started . My triplex pulls were the best they have been hitting the last 6 sets of three snatch grip to chin with 255. Dropped the bar to the platform with a soft thud off the DC pulling blocks and started with the deadlift. The bar for once again is feeling comfortable in the groove. Some snap in my back gave me a couple of extra sets of 3 with 410. 5 sets of ten in the straight bar curl and about a half hour of stretching following. Pain ,but ,feels so much better. Hundo and Johnny Ruthless did "walk about" carries with a pair of25lb . York plates and someday soon will be carrying the 35pair.
The gals were there working up an honest sweat and an enjoyable workout was had for all. I visited with Big Super D Thompson , enjoying his ever growing facility and golden insight on training and rehab. Lunch at Doc's BBQ filled in the voids with couple of hundred grams of extra protein.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:29 AM

Starting to get excited all over again about the wonderful feedback from Summerstrong 7. Listening to a Pod cast done by the Juggernaught crew that attended ,pitched in ,and shared a real strength experience. The networking and acceptance of the ideas stemming from World, Olympic , National, State champion coaches ,Pro athletes, American armed service heroes all just blended together to a sum greater than the parts. Our photo bank is finally been arranged and our highlights video has all been completed for others to enjoy. I guess as a young man the good that came from the York picnics planted a seed that will continue to grow .
Baby D flew back to Columbia early this morning hopefully reflecting on her Mas wrestling performance and the upcoming trip to Russia to compete.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 06:29 AM

Ready for the weekend, passed last night's training .The great day I had Tuesday turned into a painful low back pain yesterday and this morning . Delayed onset muscle soreness ...no fun. But,I will stretch a bit today and get into the outdoors tomorrow. Glad the chance of rain is low.....when the rains raise the water table the vipers are more concentrated in the swamps.
Still haven't seen Baby D to find out how truly the grip and Mas contest went . Big Rich was training on his inclines again two super easy ,paused ,raw presses with 500 looking towards his goal of 545-550. I am enjoying paired plate pinching again and the "walk about" style is functional and can be measured and timed for added training incentive.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:10 AM

Life can be a stick in the eye... literally. I packed up the truck and hit the deer lease land moving stands , cutting trees, pounding stakes, dragging and sawing brush or farmer walking behind a truck along a a field supporting the rear end of a box blind as it hung off the truck for a couple of hundred yards. 3 of us drank 24 bottles of water to try to keep hydrated. A pair of 30 year olds sure did wear this 64 year old down a bit. A snapped branch caught me square in the eye and did hurt quite a bit but ,I did not have any way to access the damage until later so ....back to work. After a 80 mile an hour ride down a rain slick dirt road chasing a poacher I got back to hunt camp to cook beef ribs and check out the eye. A pretty good gouge the with the white of my eye is blood red but other than swollen a bit I still can see so life goes on.
I look forward to training with the crew tonight and seeing baby D return. My back and shoulder is still fried from lasts Tuesday heavy pulls but ....you have to try. Grip training tonight with pinch plates, Pop's choke grip closes and perhaps a try on the grippers that I have not trained heavily on in a while. All good, alive, no snakebites, heatstroke, , still can see,and a good use of the benefits of my strength training .

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:03 AM

Dragged into the gym last night but as soon as I arrived that "old feeling "always comes back telling me "just try to do the best the day and your body will give you"On my first sets of bench I hurt so much I thought I would throw up but, settled in my mind to just one set at a time hang with the pack .I started feeling better.I Ended with a strong double and watching Hundo push raw 330x3 at 202 bodyweight and Johnny Ruthless who now has gained from 175 to 221 body weight was slamming up singles with 235. We all along with son Bert did band ,standing banjo presses and oddly enough Bert did squat cleans ,followed by a jerk ,and slow lowering of the bar( like a reverse press). We all squatted and Hundo , Johnny and I were in triples to about 300. Cardio on elliptical followed by Thompson protocol band stretches let me feeling much better than I walked in.
The real highlight of the night was our newest training partner Sonya that has in about 4 months rose from failing standing up with a empty bar to last night doing deep ,low ,set of three with 135! What a proud moment for all. She missed the third rep and needed a light spot to stand and to my amazement called out and said "no !, one more" AND made it. I marvel at effort, progress, and resolve at any level. She has more heart and linear progress than all of us!
The last observation I made was of Cyborg Lawson ,an absolute physical wonder. He is the hardest training person I have seen other than Big Rich. Lawson no longer sets records in power lifting and strongman but ,he has devoted himself to intense training ,clean life ,solid diet,and ....family. Yesterday in between high reps sets of 405 close stance squat, killer cardio rowing for speed, endless sets of 10 with 270 pull down, heavy tricep presses, ab work enough to kill a gymnast he "mentioned "his weekend. This is a guy that looks like Hercules, I saw him lift a car 21 times with a broken lifting strap and "for joy "on the weekend with his young son planted a butterfly rock garden so his children could study the insects beauty close up. This person is equal in scope ranging from gladiator in Rome mixed with a pilot of the space shuttle. The key.....a real joy and absolute effort in everything both great AND small that he does ,and his existance and role as a man put into clear perspective. Life is not all about one thing.....

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:54 AM

I am just worn out ,I guess in a "good way "getting back to training speed. Triplex pulls ,almost my most favorite "hated exercise" really went well with the group topping out at 265 x3 snatch pull ,chin height on last phase of 3 segments. Deadlifts were in sets of two ,grinders every set.( tired I guess from squats yesterday) . Last set I figure couldn't get much worse so I decided to load the "expected "weight then in a quick moment slid a kettlebell on each end of the bar. Ugh. My first pull barely moved off the ground . Not enough pre load and smooth transition movement. Give up? ....I sure wanted to. Well , still seeing stars Ms. Sonya started asking me about a spot in the bench press with 100 for 5 reps...was I hearing right or O2 deprived? I cleared my head enough to spot her and see a set of 5 perfect reps! Darn ,if a beginner can go so far why can't I? By then I calmed my breathing sucked up what sprit I still could muster andwent after the deadlift bar again. Angered , I wound up getting the "one "I wanted with 2 extra reps from where ...I am not sure. Heavy sets of curls for 5 next up to 155 and 6 more sets of 5 on the machine iso curl unit to 100. Gassed , but ,then on to elliptical to loosen hip flexors ,and finally the Thompson protocol hip stretching. A real light dinner, water,and hit the bed.
Going to do some light pinch grip today to re hab with a special gift from a friend in strength that came all the way from San Francisco to attend Summerstrong7. Beau was in on every meeting , lift ,.and event and saw fit to have two real trolley bearings welded together as a grip tool that arrived this morning. I shall give them a good going over today.
I spoke with son Bert yesterday that early this morning flew to yet another Marine base to gather up with his new found friends and mentors of the special ops. I questioned him about what he thought about the range of skills and effort the Cyborg ( Jason Lawson ) puts forth daily. Bert thought a second and said" he never complains, makes the best of every situation or asset available ,AND his entire life and being is dedicated to EXCELLENCE . Man, that blew me away , no matter what it is he strives for that one thing and... all the rest will follow. Thanks to Bert and Cyborg for an appreciated great lesson in life!

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:57 AM

The profound tiredness of yesterday gave way to a deep ,deep sleep last night. I don't know if it was my body just demanding more down time or some other inner peace allowing the machine to throttle back. Anyway, I do feel better today ( at least my fingers are working) and by training time , I will be ready for "war of the weights" again. New pinch block work might have helped.
I heard yesterday that a university track teammate of mine had been diagnosed with advanced non Hodgkin's lymphoma . I never knew him well as he came on the team in my senior year when I lived away from the dorm. In later years each time we met I knew and appreciated him more as a good person. Being a survivor I tried to tell him what lay ahead and to accept a change and battle wether he was ready for it or not. I guess my aches and pains seemed at that time to me to me nothing in contrast to "his road "ahead. For all of us ,tough times are in the mail so make the most of every given moment.
I wondered if I should feel, bad, sad, nervous or relieved it was discovered so ,while thinking" how I should feel", I diverted my attention to greeting an employee and asking him about his son. The boy is always a joy for me to see and I have enjoyed watching him grow. The father said to me , " well, I had to get down on him for not doing his chores yesterday" , he added, "a shame the world is run today with everything having to be correct". I wondered a bit what he meant but then a moment of stark clarity when he said" my grandfather gave me one choice "do it " or hit the road" ," things were all black and white in that day". His last words I shall never forget in regards of how I was trying to interpret my recent feelings " quote.." I had the feelings beat out of me long ago" .Stunned, I was glad I have "some "left to ponder over.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:52 AM

Great night of training. Soreness left and everything moved well. Benches 5sets of 5 , Hundo hit 315x5 raw at 200 bodyweight. Johnny did a set of 5 at his new bodyweight (a first ever). My Thompson protocol work has helped my torso and hips to be more comfortable during benching so the sets at 250 x5 went easily for me. On to one arm rows 5 sets of 10 each arm with at least 100 lb. bell. I bunched the sets up to 2 sets of 25 and paid for it. On to heavy machine curls 5 sets of strict 5 and one set of 20. The finisher ...6 sets of 4 in the squat on the new bar and I felt really good at 310. Elliptical trainer 15 minutes for hip loosening and, stretching hips and hamstrings with bands .
The finish highlight of the night was to see our newest trainee Ms. Sonya pull a smooth set of 4 with 235 in the deadlift. Amazing progress! She has been training with Adrianne Wilson and Baby D. How much better can you do for expert insight and inspiration?
I went to check out the grippers as planned since my fingers and arm is working pretty well now. Went through no set close warm ups on Gillingham grippers 1-5 and then tried the other house grippers and motored easily TNS to 2.5. Not expecting to close a 3 again ,I was surprised to cinch it down to a bit under 1/4" on two trials. I guess recovery ,pinch walk about , and Pop's gripper have kept me in better shape overall grip wise for a 64 year old than I thought. I plan to do walk about training with the baby Inch bell as well for time and distance and using alternate hands if possible.

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:15 AM

Spent a wonderful restoring weekend on the lake with great people and yesterday all the family went together on a watermelon cruise. A hot day followed by a brilliant sunset and cold, sweet watermelon ......can't beat it. The little rager Captain Ezra was in his happy place the whole day.
The water and recovery helped sooth my tight right elbow and the heavy gripper work even on the 3 didn't hurt me so on we train tonight. Perhaps a baby Inch walk about as planned.
Good news from the West coast Adrian Wilson again won her division in the Highland a North American Championships and good friend Matt Vincent took the honors for the men's.
It looks to be a good week and hoping to see the big wheels( 45s) finally on Ms. Sonya's squat bar , Baby D returned safe ,and Bert ,Clark Vader,and Hundo knocking it out of the park as well. I guess will will get to worship our returning Scottish war queen as well.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:44 AM

Big wheels keep on rolling! We all had a good night of lifting fresh from the weekend. Capping off the night was Ms. Sonya our newest addition squatting smooth rock bottom with the bar and a 45 on each end of the bar . A very proud day for any lifter to lift what we call Cadiallac's for the first time! It was not a single but ,a fifth set of 6 reps finished out at at 140 lbs! Hammered each rep.I think progressing from an empty bar to that in several months is truly amazing! Thanks to all our training pack for making this happen. Martial arts and Crossfit wiz Ms. Kim helped being a good coach and spotter in Adrian Wilson's absence (winning still another meet.)
Johnny pushed his best in the bench 225 for 3 sets of three, Hundo too at 325. I kicked in a bit and still coming back was lucky to feel a smooth, paused 3 with 280. Overhead ,diamond bar presses for sets of 5 , Banjo presses( everyone does them) 5 sets together, 5 sets alternate.
On to squats with a change to a old buffalo bar ( the one we have from some time ago has ends not turned up) for sets of 3 to 325. Gals used a straight bar with slight heel raise.
Stretching ...Thompson protocol.
Finished out with grippers wide set House Wilson closed a 3 , I came close twice, and TNS a 2.5 .Ms.Sonya actually on her first try came within a hair of shutting the 1. A good day of fun !

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:22 AM

We took the mandatory "regrouping period "between the rigors of work to lifting by all resting a few minutes in the cool of the gym until 5:30 to begin training. You mentally deload while organizing and ramping up your plan and energy for the "war with iron". On time everyone is belted and taped up ready to go. It was a full hard night of pulling with weights and technique improving. Even my most trying patient Clark Vader is after 8 months recovery from a near life ending injury is doing quality Triplex pulls and deadlifts. The 9 sets of 3 in the triplex went up to 265 pulled to chin height using a snatch grip and rolling on into deadlifts 5 sets of 4 starting at our last Triplex pull weight. I had planned to hover at 345 or so but Hundo wanted more we settled on a last set of 4 with 405 but wound up pulling the last set for 8 reps. Heavy camber bar curls with a slow lowering for 5 sets of 6 with the bar and old York 45 Cadiallac's, then on the strict curl machine 3sets of 20 with 80.
Some pinch gripping on smooth kilo plates and a few table pick up and no set shutting of some 2.5 grippers. Son Bert caught up with us in all exercises coming in a bit late. Due to his rush a tweaked low back set in.
After the deadlifts I did the Thompson low back stretching protocol and watched the next crew Adriane, House,Ms.Kim ,and Ms. Sonya stroll in to do their training. I was there long enough to see Kim crank out sets of serious push presses and Adrian tired from no sleep and a cross country flight was still" game to train".
Even though "pushing it "was a long ,tough night ,good weights lifted ,and high spirits abound.