Jim had a great little saying up on his site from a Q&A he did. Basically, training is for GO, not show. He has a family to protect, so he trains accordingly. I love little sayings like this, because they should always put things back into perspective. Even if you do powerlifting meets or strongman, or train in your basement.....your training should always be to make you a badder mother fucker. The motto's I constantly lean on are "Be strong...be in shape" and "your function should create your form". Jim's saying here is just another reflection of that. Train to be strong, do conditioning to be in shape, practice some form of self defense.
What the fuck do you think lift, run, bang really means? Strength, conditioning, fighting........
By golly my leg is getting better! I was able to do some movements today without a ton of pain! Yippee!!! First time in months. Obviously Wendy knows her shit, and I'm very lucky to have her to lean on when I get into a situation I can't fix myself. Which isn't often. But I think I'm going to try and get some videos with her once a month to address any questions or concerns you guys might have. When I do, I will give a heads up about it and you can send in any questions or videos about what you have going on.
Still won't be squatting 650 at the meet. Oh well, I guess 1800 will have to come another day. I'm not totally ruling it out. It will come down to how I feel backstage warming up. If 500 is flying off the handle with no pain, I may take 650 for a ride. But we'll see. It'll all come down to meet day and how much pain I'm in when I squat.
Summer is already upon us. My allergies are already kicking my ass, and we've already had some 87 degree days. I can only imagine the hell that is going to be unleashed on us this summer from the Devil's asshole.
So there was a place close to me that the wife and I used to visit. A little lounge that was really classy with couches and awesome bartenders.....and they closed. It's a shock to go to "your place" and realize it's been renamed and under new ownership. They took this place, which was very upscale and classy, and turned it into a god damn sports bar. Although I can't lie, their wings are the best I've EVER had. I mean by a fair margin too. And the bartender made me this red velvet cake martini that is now my new favorite drink. In fact, I drank them out of cake vodka. No kidding.
The last couple of weeks has been unreal hard for me personally. My mom had surgery and I had some other personal things going on, but I'm glad things have worked themselves out and shit is most definitely on the upswing. I have had time to do a lot of introspection about things and I'm making some positive changes in my life, and it's rubbing off on friends as well. Not only that, I've been able to help some other friends out that have been going through similar problems, and I think it's been beneficial to them as well.
I have in fact had a stomach bug. I have spent the last few days shitting my brains out (I KNOW you wanted to know that). So I'm going to take a few days off from training to try and recover. I am not sweating it at all. In fact, I'm a little crispy and could use a little rest. I never sweat this stuff anymore, because I've been training long enough to know that a little extra rest has never hurt anyone. In fact, you often come back stronger.
My wife wants to do a show after my meet, so I think she's going to end up talking me into doing a bodybuilding show to get ready for with her. I may do this. I'm on the fence about it right now, but I wouldn't mind doing a show for one of those "bucketlist" check off things. I would still never call myself a bodybuilder, even if I did it, but that's just me. I have never really viewed myself as a powerlifter either to be honest. Just more of a strength athlete or athlete overall. I wouldn't mind doing it, just to see if I could. I've never gotten truly shredded so I'm interested in seeing how I would fare in the process. My guess is I'd be around 210-215 in contest condition.
I'm stoked about all the movies coming out this summer. Especially the Avengers. I'm such a fucking nerd.
I'm going to watch the Girl with the dragon tattoo this weekend. I hear good things. I expect a movie boner. Anything less will be a disappointment.
I'm in the process of getting shirts done. I can't wait for em! I love the new design!
I got some mega million tickets. If I win, I will never post here again. Just kidding. This would become my new full time job. I've said all along, I do this because it's my passion, not because I have anything to sell. I'd still blog if a Zombie apocalypse happened.
Is it wrong that I WANT a Zombie apocalypse to happen? I think it is, but it seems fucking exciting.
I hope all you dudes and gals have a great weekend, and thanks again for all the support and comments you guys have for me. It really does make my day.
Do something worth talking about on Monday this weekend!
Just out of curiosity, what has Wendy been having you do? I've had recurrent pain in my left hip that has just come back, mainly seems to be triggered by squatting.ReplyDelete
Check the videos I posted just this past week. I also added in a standing 1 legged squat where I barely bend down, to work the rectus femoris.Delete
I have been having some deep pain in the area of my hip flexors, it "works itself out" as I warm up, but I have added in some glute work and the problem seems to be alleviating itself nicely. I honestly had no clue that my glute was the issue. Everything is connected....
If I win this lotto tonight, I will pay you to blog full time......
It's always nice to find out what the root cause of the issue is. It's almost never the area in pain that is actually what is causing the pain.Delete
And I will hold you to that!
Paul, I haven't seen the American version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" so I can't comment on it. I did see the original European one and can tell you that if the American version dissapoints the European version will not; dark and fucked up...the way it's supposed to be.ReplyDelete
Have a safe weekend and get better man! Your blog has become the site that I go to as soon as I get home from work. Thanks for taking the time to put this info up here, its invaluable to me.
I was thinking about the lottery today too. What would you do if you won? I would buy a large facility and open up my own dream gym with no bullshit equipment. Membership dues would mainly be to keep away non-serious people and maintain facility costs.ReplyDelete
Which version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are you going to see? The original or the American remake. Saw the former, and it was pretty brutal. Haven't yet seen the latter, though friends who saw both said each had different strengths.ReplyDelete
The American version with Daniel Craig.Delete
do the bb show paul, it'll make a great chapter in your new book.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear things are going better lately for you Paul. I would actually be interested to see you prep for a BB show. If nothing else it'd make for good info for your book.ReplyDelete
BTW, do you watch Game of Thrones? If not I think you'd like it.
I love GOT! I forgot to mention it in this one but I'm stoked for season 2.Delete
Not sure if you mentioned it yet but if you haven't seen Hunger Games I would check it out. I went to it with no expectations other than my gf said she liked the book, and as someone who rarely likes any new movies thought it was pretty good.ReplyDelete
Also, I just started doing the program you wrote about in the Getting Jacked series. I dont know if its the same as your other big and strong 15 but im liking it so far. The light days are great for working up a sweat and getting the blood flowing/feeling the pump. My lats havent been sore like this in forever after the light back day yesterday. Ill let you know when the PR's start flowing like wine.
As I've gotten older I find myself leaning towards drinks with flavor. I can't even drink a regular beer unless it has something "extra" in terms of taste. If vodka is your thing I once experimented with some whipped cream vodka and those small Starbucks frappacino bottles. Get some ice and blender and you got a good mix. Of course when I did this I was up all night because of all the caffeine so be mindful of the time when you drink it.
hey paul how was the dragon tattoo movieReplyDelete
Will watch it tonight more than likely. LAst night I was out with friends until 2 or so.Delete
Enjoy your rest.ReplyDelete
Not gonna lie... that is NOT what I thought the "bang" stood for.ReplyDelete