Friday, January 27, 2012

Odd Moment

So I checked the old blogger today and noticed that I got like 80 pageviews last night.  Which is about 77 page views more than I've gotten on any other night...

Me thinks something is afoot...

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Deadlift 5RM


Completed this a little too soon after dinner and almost revisited my chicken, still made it though.  I love seeing this number go up.


Squat 3x5
Press 3x5

Squats 255# (reset after failing in 265#)
Press 105# (reset cuz my stupid ass hasn't done them in forever!)

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Went for 3x5 Back Squats @265#

2 Good sets and failed the 3rd rep of the last set.  Failed hard, dropped the bar over my head with a nice loud bang...

Plus side I didn't injure myself...wasn't too happy about it.  Just a bad set up really, didn't focus and let my mind drift...being sloppy.  Either way, I'll reset to 255 and progress 5# per session, should be repping 315 within a few months, NBD.

Sunday's gonna be a rest day me thinks...Monday I head back to work at 3am.  Love my job.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Not feelin it today.


Power Clean 5x3

This is what happen when you don't do your LP on power cleans for months.  You get weak at them.  I can pull 415# for a dead but only Clean 130 for 3...gahhh.  There is an obvious line between strength and power and I need to work more on the latter. (Without sacrificing the other)

CFFB posted a DWOD today but I may have to come up with my own for equipment sake.

Here's some info from the Interwebz on Strength vs. Power training:

Peak Performance UK: Strength or Power, Which One Matters Most...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

1-19-12 CFFB

5 Rounds 2 x 133% BW Back Squat
30yd Sprint
Rest 1-2 min

For me the weight was 265 (Approx 133% of 200) Fastest rounds (4th/5th) were 35 seconds.  There was transition time between Squatting and going to the street but not too bad.


Bench 3x5
Lowered weights to reinforce new technique learned from Westside Barbell (Pinch Scap/Spread Bar...etc.)

Finished w/ 5-5-5 Pullups and 10-10-12 Dips

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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AN interesting and funny read for rest day. This guys blog says it a colorful way. Colorful meaning he swears a lot a uses random naked chicks...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1-17-12 CF Football Day ONE

SWOD - Deadlift 5RM

135 x 5
225 x 5
315 x 3
335 x 5


8 x 1/2 Gassers On the minute
all between 20-22 Sec
Followed by 100 Evil Wheels (Made it to 30 before painful)

I used barbell rollouts for evil wheels.  Either way their painfull, probably be just as painful tomorrow

Monday, January 16, 2012


Good Mornings

Romanian Dead Lift
3X5 @ 185

Didn't really plan to workout today but I threw in these assistance movements for good measure.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Last week's Workouts

I haven't been posting to my log as I should...I'll try to remember this.


Up to 1RM Front Squat
135 x 5
155 x 5
165 x 5
185 x 3
205 x 1
215 x 1
230 x 1

3-3-3-3-3 Back Squat

2011 Wrap Up

Quite an interesting year.  I actually don't recall what I was doing for New Years, or if I made any resolutions.  I know that I was preparing to travel to Spain for 6 months as my "deployment".  I also weighed 240 pounds, mostly fat, failed an AF PT Assessment and as far as strength went, Squatted nothing, Deadlifted Nada, Benched crap, did no pull ups, but ran a respectable (for a 240# fatass) 12:30 1.5 mile. Here's a good before pic.
End of 2010
I left for Spain with a plan to return fitter than I had begun the year, this would be no easy task considering I was going to SPAIN...  I was armed with nothing, no knowledge of S&C programs, so knowledge of lifting period.  The first video I saw of a push jerk looked like an incredibly dangerous lift because your feet come off the floor!

When I arrived I began the usual workouts...running...thats it.  After a few days I checked out the base gym, pretty small not a lot going on, they had a rower, which was intriguing.  A few weeks later I was looking around and found the CrossFit site.  After some research I jumped on the message boards and began reading, not just posts but linked studies and athlete blogs, etc.  I ordered my copy of Starting Strength and read that thing F2B.  After most of the research I concluded that I would not be able to Cardio my ass down to 200#, and that with my build and genetic makeup I had 2 choices, fat or strong.  So I took my new-found knowledge and hit the iron.  I found out pretty quick how weak I was, but I kept at it.  The nice thing about being a being a Noob at lifting is the gains come real fast.  I still ran regularly and even completed a series of 5Ks in April.  I started running repeats, 5 x 400, 10 x 100, etc.. and became a HUGE fan of rowing. (Still am) By my 30th birthday I had already begun seeing results and the guys I was deployed with noticed as well.  My DL had gone from nothing to 335#, most of my strength numbers were getting up to respectable levels.  I hit up a 550 lap challenge in the pool and for the first time I was able to hit the beach without a T-shirt.  I remember having my first non-farmer tan, it was pretty cool. Sidenote, the beaches in Spain are LEGIT!, I highly recommend Cadiz or Conil de la Frontera.
Sunset in Cadiz, sittin at a Bar

By the time I left Spain I was 210 pounds and much fitter (read: better looking) than when I had arrived, My Dead lift was 405# and I was Squatting 245 for 5x3.  42 days later I had to reaccomplish my AF PT test and scored my first excellent score...ever.  I continued progress after returning home and became a regular visitor to the base gym here.  Ending the year I squatted 315# and pulled 415#, I also bench 210#, but have never really been a regular bencher, which is something I plan to work on in 2012. Here's a quick Before/After to show some progress.

On the way to the airpot in Jan/Driving in LA in Aug
At the end of the year I took most of my saved money, Christmas money, and pooled some resources to put together my own garage gym, which has yet to be named...

The only things I'm lookin for now are some Oly Lifting shoes, and a used keg.

Plans for 2012? I'm glad you asked...

500# Deadlift
415# Squat
250# C&J
200# Snatch
315# Bench
200# Press
 In that order, pretty much.

I also plan on making a career change to a new and better job, I've already made my promtion to E6 (another 2011 accomplishment) which opened up opportunities to crosstrain into a new field.

Fingers crossed...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Holy hell its been awhile since I've blogged anything, working on a 2011 wrap-up, should be legit...