From The Ashes......resurrecting My Grip
Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:47 AM
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.
Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:29 AM
Baby D flew back to Columbia early this morning hopefully reflecting on her Mas wrestling performance and the upcoming trip to Russia to compete.
Posted 18 July 2014 - 06:29 AM
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.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:10 AM
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 .
Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:03 AM
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.....
Edited by 1stCoC, 22 July 2014 - 07:05 AM.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:54 AM
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!
Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:57 AM
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.
Edited by 1stCoC, 24 July 2014 - 07:00 AM.
Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:52 AM
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.
Posted 28 July 2014 - 06:15 AM
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.
Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:44 AM
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 !
Posted 30 July 2014 - 06:22 AM
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.