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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #120 on: December 17, 2008, 06:52:36 PM »
I would have insanely good grip strength if I could straight grip 310 lbs.  ;D

I can :P  and oddly, i am pretty sure my grip strength isn't too hot.

I didn't switch to alternating grip until I had a very hard set or felt like I was near failure.  Past few times, only my work sets were alternating grip because my work sets were like 355/365 for 1.

Kinda just...participating here unsolicited i guess :P

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #121 on: December 17, 2008, 06:58:44 PM »
Show off. :P

I hereby make it officially known that Chris Salvato if formally "solicited" in every discussion in my training logs.  His response is entirely his prerogative.

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #122 on: December 17, 2008, 07:16:45 PM »
lol

i guess my point is that you should do DLs until you can't anymore (or feel like you can't anymore) with the overhand grip.  If you fail on overhand grip you will likely still succeed with an alternating grip...best to just switch when you feel NEAR failure though.  Try to avoid alternating grip as long as possible, imho.

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #123 on: December 18, 2008, 03:25:21 PM »
12/17/08 - Finals
12/18/08
Today I had to condense my workout so I could make it to two of my friends senior acting presentation.

Weight: 170

Warmup
Body Squat - 15x2
Push Up - 10x2
Pull Up - 6x2
Sampson Stretch - 2 each side x2

Workout
Squat
95x5
205x3
-------
(265x5)x2
265x4 Fail  Note: I couldn't stay focused on squat today.  My 4th rep of this last set was sloppy, and I stopped myself.

Press
45x5
85x3
-------
(110x5)x3  New PR (0.65x BW)

P. Clean
(45x5)x2
65x5
75x3
85x2
-------
(115x5)x3 New PR (0.68x BW)

Cooldown
Stretch - 15:00 min.


What I learned about the power clean today:
 - Legs a little wider than I have been
 - JUMP!  Where have I been?!?

Power Clean felt really, really good today.  I reread the section in SS last night and watched all the videos I could on CrossFit, and then I fell down like an ocean on the Power Clean today.  I mean really, it felt almost perfect.  I'm pretty sure I could have handled 125 today, but I had already planned to make 115 my work sets, and I did.  Serious, wonderful breakthrough today, I think.  ;D

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #124 on: December 18, 2008, 05:04:43 PM »
I can :P  and oddly, i am pretty sure my grip strength isn't too hot.

damn you chris...now i have to give you a +1 for grip props  :P

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #125 on: December 20, 2008, 11:20:02 AM »
12/19/08 - Nothing
12/20/08 - Springfield Weekly Training Session

There were seven people there today, and we had a lot of fun, despite the low temperatures.

Warm up (yeah, right)

Body Squat - 15x3
Push Up - 10x3
Burpees - 2, 2, 3

QM - On two flights of stairs:
 - up forwards
 - down backwards
 - up backwards
 - down forwards

Workout

Since there were some new people today, most of training was spent going over the basics.  As Bruce Lee said "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."  Drilling the basics never hurt anyone.

For about an 1:15 hours we drilling landing, rolling, cat leaps, one step wall runs into cat leaps, precisions, kong vaults, speed vaults, and lazy vaults.

For the next 15 minutes, we played tag in our playground, which rocked my socks off.  We started off playing in only half of the park area, but after 5 minutes we realized that was way too much space, and halved it.  About 5 minutes later we halved it again, because we were all getting pretty tired from constant running.  It's always amazing to me how much successful, genuine parkour is related to endurance training.  You can drill all the moves you want 80,000 times, but it doesn't matter if you can't sustain constant activity for more than a few minutes.

Cooldown

After tag we stretched to cool down, but we sort of hurriedly because the wind was so cold.  I'm still feeling tight, so I'll have to warm up later tonight and finish stretching out.  I would recommend everyone else at the session to do the same.  :)

All-in-all, it was a really, really fun 2 hours.  I'm exhausted and starving, and I love it.  ;D

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #126 on: December 22, 2008, 02:06:22 PM »
Looks like you have been training, I am looking forward to the things I will be learning from you bro.
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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #127 on: December 22, 2008, 02:13:07 PM »
12/21/08 - Travelling home
12/22/08

Pretty crappy day in the gym today.

Weight: 165lbs. Note: I forgot to weigh myself beforehand, so this is my weight after.  I didn't sweat very much and drank a lot of water, so I think it's more or less accurate

Warmup
Body Squat - 15x3
Push Up - 10x3
Pull Up - 6x3
Sampson Stretch - 2 each side x3

Workout
Squat
(45x5)x3
135x5
205x4 Note: Spaced out because I was thinking about how much heavier this seemed than normal, and accidentally did an extra rep.  Turns out, I puts 35# plates on instead of my usual 25# plates, so it WAS heavier than normal.
225x3
-------
265x5
265x4 Fail
245x5 Note: My knees felt a little tender today for some reason.  I think it was because I wasn't visualizing "the chain" pulling my butt up like I usually do, which caused me to push more with my quads and less with my posterior chain.  This could also account for why the sets went so poorly.

Bench Press
(25s x5)x2
35s x5
45s x3
55s x2
-------
70s x4 Fail  Note: What the hell?  Am I actually getting WORSE on the bench?
65s x5
65s x4 Fail

Deadlift
(135x5)x2
205x5
225x3
275x2
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305x5  (1.85x BW, new relative PR) Note: Backed off the weight a little today to work on form and energy throughout all the reps, but I'm also glad I did because my other lifts were so poor.  Also, I did straight grip for as long as I could, which was until the first rep of my work set.  After this, I pronated (or is it supinated?) one side for two reps, then the other side for the final two reps.  The bar was really wonky, and felt pretty slick.

Today wasn't a very good day.  I don't know if it was because I was lifting on a different schedule than normal, if it was because I around different equipment, or if I'm getting into high enough weight ranges that I need to take another week off.  Any advice?

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #128 on: December 22, 2008, 02:13:35 PM »
Looks like you have been training, I am looking forward to the things I will be learning from you bro.

Oh my God I'm going to shit my pants I'm so excited!  Two weeks!

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #129 on: December 26, 2008, 11:16:26 PM »
12/23/08 - Night of drunken, zombie-slaying ninja revelry with friends.  I have now officially played beer pong.
12/24/08 - Day of mostly sleeping.  I slept too late to make it to the gym, which closed at 2:00pm.
12/25/08 - Merry Christmas!
12/26/08

After three solid days of sloth and revelry, I decided to stop fooling around.  Today after I left Family Christmas Gathering 3 of 4, I noticed that the exposure to lots of questionable food and no real activity for the past days has left me feeling fat and nasty.  That said...

Warmup
Monkey Walking - 5:00 minutes Note: I made a point to try and warm up my arms more this time, since last time it didn't work so well.  I leaned well forward a lot, did a lot of push up movments, etc., and I felt it a lot more.  Also, I did some rolling.

Workout
Handstand Work - 15:00 minutes  Note: I was breathing pretty hard after this, and it felt wonderful!  I only managed to hold a handstand for 4-5 seconds tops, but I'm making slow progress, so that's what's important.

*Rock Band Break*  My little brother was playing, and I wanted to give him some company.  I tried to be as energetic as possible. :P

Handstand Work - 3:00 minutes Note: Just to warm back up a little.

Cooldown
Stretch - 30:00 minutes


Over the course of the next several days I'd like to spend a nice percentage of them practicing parkour-related movement.  I know that at least one (hopefully two) days will be spent lifting, then in a week's time I'll be in Hawaii, ready to work out with Ozzi and the gang!  In the meantime, I want to get back in touch with the reason why I've started this path of physical fitness, and I'm looking forward to it.

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #130 on: December 30, 2008, 01:29:18 PM »
12/27/08 - Nothing
12/28/08 - Nothing
12/29/08 - Nothing
12/30/08

I took it easy today, but it went much better than last Tuesday.  Like I mentioned last time, Wednesday didn't work out.  I had intended to work out yesterday, but time slipped away from me, so I did it today instead.

Weight: 165 Note: I'd like to get this weight to settle somewhere.  Is a 5# fluctuation that big of a deal?  I think I'll set a goal for a consistent 170.

Warmup

For two rounds:
Body Squat - 15
Push up - 10
Pull Up - 6
Sampson Stretch - 2 each side

Workout

Squat
(45x5)x2
135x5
185x3
225x2
-------
(255x5)x3 (1.55x BW) New Relative PR Note: Eh, I guess stronger is stronger.

Bench Press
(25s x5)x2
35s x5
40s x3
50s x2
-------
(65s x5)x3 (0.39x BW)  Note: These relatively easy, but I still don't feel like I could handle the 70s.  Should I be doing lighter warm up sets?

Power Clean
(45x5)x5
65x5
85x3
95x2
-------
125x5
120x5
115x5 Note: I felt like I couldn't explode at 125, but listening to my records rather than my body and bumped it down just 5#.  Tried 120 and felt about the same way, so I bumped it down another 5#, and felt better about the last set.

Cooldown

Nothing yet.  I'm going to have to warm back up and stretch later tonight.

I think this will be the last time I'm able to lift before I go to Hawaii.  The goal is to find time for parkour every day, but my girlfriend is coming with me, and she has to do exercises for track every day, so at the very least I'll work out with her every day.  Add that to the fact that I'm not going to be further than a mile away from a beach for 12 days, and I'm not so much worried about my fitness. Maybe my strength a little, but setbacks can be dealt with. :)

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #131 on: January 03, 2009, 11:35:33 PM »
12/31/08 -Nothing
1/01/09 - Nothing
1/02/09 - Nothing
1/03/09

Warmup/Workout

Body Squat
15x3

Push Up
10x3

Burpees
5x3

QM - 5:00 minutes, as varied as possible, including as many parts of the body as I could.


It wasn't much, but I've been dying to exercise lately, and just haven't been doing it.  I'm in Hawaii until the 15th, so I'm sure between the beach, hiking, etc. I'll have plenty of exercise.
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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #132 on: January 05, 2009, 05:34:29 PM »
1/04/09

Morning: Hike Diamond Head.  The hike itself wasn't too hard, but it was exercise, and what a view!  Definitely a cool place, it reminded me a whole lot of Far Cry.


Afternoon: Training with Hawaii PK.

What a day!  Oh, man was it great!  Big thanks to Ozzi and the rest at Hawaii PK for showing me a great afternoon!

I don't remember everything that we did, but I know that we did upper and lower body conditioning for at least an hour, and it wrecked my shit.  The lower body was mostly plyo stuff and QM, and it made me realize how pathetic my explosive power is.  I'm definitely coming at my training from a new perspective now.

After conditioning we did parkour for about 30 minutes at this one really cool spot with benches, tables, and trees, and I had a blast.  Before long I had to leave to meet up with my school group to see an aquarium, and although it sucked leaving so soon, I still had a great time with everyone.  Mahalo, guys!

Evening: I couldn't catch a bus from UH, so I ended up walking 1.5ish miles back to Waikiki to meet my group for the aquarium.

1/05/09

Morning: Snorkle in Hanauma Bay for about an hour.  It was really touristy, but it was super beautiful and I got some really cool pictures with an underwater disposable.  I was swimming with fish I've only ever seen in an aquarium!  Awesome.

Misc. walking for the rest of the day.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 05:36:47 PM by Eli Kurtz »

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #133 on: January 17, 2009, 11:00:15 AM »
1/06/09 - 1/05/09 - Hawaii vacation.  Lots of hiking, swimming, etc.

I'm back!  I'm excited to start lifting again on Tuesday, and also to get back into some parkour movements sooner than that.  My gash on my left shin is now just a big scar, which is great, and all other systems are go!

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #134 on: January 17, 2009, 11:01:31 AM »
Welcome back.
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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #135 on: January 27, 2009, 04:33:35 PM »
So maaaybe I'm a slacker and maaaybe I haven't done any sort of exercise until tonight.  This is my "get back into the swing of things" workout.

Warmup
Body Squat - 15x3
Push Up - 10x3
Pull Up - 6x3
Sampson Stretch - 2 each side x2

Workout
Squat
(45x5)x2
135x5
185x3
205x2
-------
(235x5)x2 Note: I felt like if I pushed myself much harder on this one I was going to hurl, so I decided to stop at 2 sets.

Bench Press
(20s x5)x2
30s x5
40s x3
50s x2
-------
(60s x5)x3 Note: I didn't know how much my bench would have dropped off, so this started out as a test weight.  It ended up being just under my comfortable target weight, so I practiced lifting more explosively.

Deadlift
(135x5)x2
185x5
225x3
245x2
-------
265x5 Note: This was good, but not as much as I could have done.  I'm still glad I didn't do any more, though, because my form went to crap on the last rep.  I felt my back bending a little, and my grip almost faltered as I was lowering it.

Cooldown
Stretch - 15:00 minutes

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #136 on: January 27, 2009, 05:28:45 PM »
Congrats on your triumphant return.

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #137 on: January 27, 2009, 06:53:31 PM »
Thank you, kind sir.

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #138 on: January 29, 2009, 04:44:54 PM »
1/29/09

Wow, have I been sore for the past two days.  It's nice getting back into it!

Warmup
Body Squat - 15x2
Push Up - 10x2
Pull Up - 6x2
Sampson Stretch - 2 each side x2

Workout
Squat
(45x5)2
135x5
185x3
205x2
-------
(235x5)x3  Note: It was easy this time.  New PR, here I come.

Press
(45x5)2
65x5
85x3
95x2
-------
105x3
(95x5)2 Note: Failed the first set, bumped the weight back down and it was a little easier than I wanted.

Power Clean
(45x5)2
65x5
85x3
95x2
-------
(115x5)x3  PR tied Note: This was easy as pie.  I'm starting to like the Power Clean more and more.

Cooldown
Stretch - 15:00 minutes

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Re: No limits, only plateaus - Eli's Training Journal
« Reply #139 on: February 03, 2009, 05:25:58 PM »
2/3/09

Today I focused on lifting with explosion and power.  I feel like my lifts are always what I would call "slow strength," and I definitely don't want that.

Weight: 168 lbs.

Warmup
Body Squat - 15x2
Push Up - 10x2
Pull Up - 6x2
Sampson Stretch - 2 each side x2

Workout
Squat
(45x5)2
135x5
185x3
205x2
-------
(245x5)3

Bench
(20s x5)x2
35s x5
45s x3
55s x2
-------
(65s x5)3 Note: I was going to go for increments of 10 and finish with 70s, but I could find one of the 30s, so I did this instead.  I feel like it was a good decision, because I really struggled on the very last rep.  I had to squirm and I felt my right lat helping me out, so I think it was actually a failure.

Deadlift
(135x5)2
185x5
225x3
255x2
-------
285x5 Note: I had to hurry because a bunch of athletes needed the rack, and this was by far the fastest I've ever done a work set for deadlift.  It took about 12 seconds, and it felt great.

Cooldown
Stretch - 15:00 minutes

Today was a really good day.  I was focused the whole time, and I was under a little bit of a time constraint, so I managed to get warmed up, worked out, and cooled down in 50 minutes, which is an easy 20-30 minutes faster than my normal workouts.  It was sweet.