Rick Hussey of Big Iron Gym passed away this past week. I'm not a gear whore nor do I appreciate or like geared lifting, however Rick made sure his guys got strong without gear as well and used some very basic, proven training methods up there. So I always appreciated the things he did. He will be missed throughout the powerlifting community.
The 'Reem tore through the K-1 tourney. That guy is pretty much unstoppable at whatever it is he decides he wants to do. And he's a self made guy. He's not a guy that was tearing through MMA at the beginning of his career. He's gotten better throughout it. I really don't care about the roid accusations. Everyone from Sonnen to Carwin to Sherk uses. I don't care. It doesn't bother me and never has. When Wandy was tearing through Pride I loved it. I didn't care or give two shits whether or not the guy was juicing. Good for him, and bad for people who look down on guys who will do anything to compete at the pinnacle of their sport. Especially when you are entertained by it. It's not like guys can just take shit, then not train or show up for camp or do all of the things required to still be the best. If anything, I have found that guys that use are usually the hardest workers and most dedicated to their craft. That's because they will do anything to be the best. It's the naturally gifted that tend to be the laziest it seems.
Fly Like a G6 - Worst fucking song I've ever heard and easily the worst song of 2010. For me, possibly all time. For the life of my I can't figure out how or why people will to listen/buy this shit.
Hot cocoa mixed in with coffee = delight
Playoffs are here. Suck it Raiders, Broncos, and Vikings. I also hate the Falcons but somehow they ended up as the #1 seed in the NFC. I don't think they will make it to the big dance however. And the playoff seeding has to change. I don't care what anyone says. You should never be blessed with a home playoff game with a losing record. This is just absurd. And people can say it's knee jerk, but it's not. We've had plenty of years where teams with 10-6 and 11-5 records sat at home while 8-8 teams made it in. That's stupid and ridiculous. This is a simply solution. You need to win your division with a better than .500 record. If you are 8-8 or worse and a division winner, you do not qualify for the playoffs and a team from another division that would have been the last wild card slot, and everyone that was below that division winner moves up one. Easy.
I have been thinking lately about trying some strongman stuff. Just for a change of pace and fun. Strongman kind of incorporates strength in with endurance (well, the WSM stuff does) which is really more of my cup of tea. We'll see. I think it would be fun.
Back in movie watching mode again! Some quick reviews.......
The Town - Awesome. See it.
The Story of Anvil - Very well done, and very depressing if you are a music guy. Depressing if you aren't too. God bless those guys.
Inception - Finally saw it. Wasn't as good as everyone made it out to be, and didn't need to watch it 10 times, but it was incredible solid and worth a watch.
Some interesting discussion I've had this week on muscular development vs strength. Matt Kroc touched on this a few weeks back as well. Look, if you want to get bigger, get bigger. You need to decide if that is the goal. If it is, you can't be a powerlifter first. Powerlifting is NOT the best way to get as big as you can get. It's just not. I've done every style of training you can think of, and good ol bodybuilding wins out on the hypertrophy front. There is a reason that bodybuilders train the way that they do. Training to failure in a medium rep range as heavy as you can wins. Period. This isn't even a discussion anymore. If you want to get big really fast, that's the best path. Conversation over. If you want to get as strong as you can in the 1 rep max mold, lots of singles, doubles, triples, and some 5's will work. However you aren't going to get a lot bigger training this way. Especially in comparison to the other way. Food is still the main driver. However if you are training low rep for power and strength and eating a shit load, you're just going to get fat as hell. Training high rep/high intensity/high frequency will get you the biggest in the fastest possibly manner. Training the big 3 once per week with low reps is not the best way to get as huge as possible. So remember what you are training for. With that said, training for strength will give you SOME size, and training for growth will give you some maximal strength. Doing 1 for the other isn't optimal however. So train accordingly.
Those of you who don't spank your kids...shame on you bitches. Is there anything worse than spoiled rotten ass kid running around in a store, talking shit to his parents, acting like a complete ass hat? No, and it's your fault. Spankings go a long ways. And don't argue, you won't convince me otherwise.
I wrote a novel two years ago. Am now working on part II. I love to write (duh) and I have had all of these stories in my head since I was a kid. My wife, bless her, talked me into writing the first one a few years ago and it was the best thing I ever did for myself. It's been a great outlet for me.
I am getting my first tat. I'm not sure when, but it's going to happen. It will be big too. If I'm going to get a tat, I'm not getting no little shit that no one can see. I am thinking on my forehead. I'm kidding. Something across the shoulder/back/chest wrap around region.
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I'm really toying with this shirt idea. To sell some t-shirts but I want to get something cool done. I will wait until I can pour more time into it.
I think I'm more beat up overall right now than I've ever been. It's not because of anything I've done wrong really, it just comes with the territory. I have plantar fascitis which just jumped up on me. I didn't increase my running suddenly or anything like that. I blew out my adductor on a squat day where I felt just fine. My elbow tendinitis has been going on for years. So.....I can't run....can't squat or pull heavy.....can't press. That pretty much covers the training bases. Agitated? Yes. Depressed? No. I will rehab the adductor, as I have many times. I am being good to my elbow because I want to bench 450 in the next year, and being stupid won't let that happen. I have dealt with plantar fascitis before, so I know with some rest it will eventually go away. Don't let these kinds of things ruin your everyday life. Anytime you have a pendulum swing in one direction, it swings just as hard back the other way. I have found this to be true over and over again. So I don't sweat it that much.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe new years!