November 15, 2010

Training for being a motherf*cker

Nothing much has been happening poker-wize.  Still at 10NL.  Still a station.  I'm averaging about 2 good sessions for every bad one which lends itself quite nicely to breaking even, but I'm definitely moving in the right direction.

Anyway, the point of this blog is to talk about training and to share something I read a few weeks ago.  Around about this time last year I'd just hit new PRs for my squat (420lb), dead lift (440lb) and bench press (265lb) - nothing amazing but I was pretty pleased with it at the time.  It was certainly the strongest I've ever been although definitely not the healthiest.  I was actually pretty beat up from injuries but I was determined to press on until I no longer had a reason to.

So the last 12 months or so I've still been training but with no real purpose or goal.  No real reason.  The reason I trained so hard up until last year was to play football (thats American Football, in the UK - long story!) but I had to stop due to an injury.  With a bit of luck that's now behind me and I'm hoping to play again next season.  With that in mind I stepped my training up a level at the gym and it was going pretty well.

Then I read this, which was written by Jim Wendler:

"You admit that you are not strong enough (many of us feel this way but understand that it is an ongoing process and that THIS process is important). But please DO NOT be that guy who talks about where he holds his fat or how his legs or "obliques" are fattier than they should be. Where has our gender gone? 

What I would prescribe for you is to get rid of all these silly, pathetic and disgusting notions of what you think a man should look like and start over. I'm going to give everyone a huge hint here: no one gives a shit what you look like. Now I'm not saying being a fat slob doesn't raise some eyebrows in disgust, but if you kick as much ass as possible int the weight room and conditioning field AND start OWNING the fuck out of your given "sport" (you better start competing and making your training count), you will not only LOOK better but you will feel better. People are not attracted to vanity - they are attracted to confidence and passion. No one owns a room by the way they look; it's how they carry themselves.

There is so much more to this, but PLEASE don't talk about your love handles. Talk about your passions in life, talk about how your moved boulders, talk about the books you've read, talk about the world's you've changed. You have the passion for training, start making this shit count.

I know this is probably way off topic then what you wanted but I'm trying hard to get rid of all this bullshit that is plaguing SO MANY men, young men and boys. So in conclusion, I recommend this:

1. Stretch
2. Lift
3. Sprint

Do this all the time - no bulking, no cutting, no bullshit. Just training for being a motherfucker. Don't be that guy that takes shirtless photos of himself so other men can drool on them. That shit is a disgrace to every man that has done anything awesome in his life - while they were busy "doing" these shirtless 'tards were busy trying to look the part. Get off the bench and get on the field. "

The title was "Read this if you want a kick in the ass".  It was what I needed - and it worked - so I thought I'd pass it on incase anyone else was in need.

Posted By watch3r at 10:55 PM

4 Comments

4 Comments:

Mykill posted on November 15, 2010 at 23:18 PM

Deadpool061ir

Was rereading an old article from T-nation earlier and came across another Wendler golden moment.

"TM: Hill sprinting is like your go-to exercise, isn't it?

JW: I live by two mottos: One is, if in doubt, squat and run hills. So you walk into the gym and don't know what to do? Then squat and run hills. Have a shitty day at work and want to break someone's neck but aren't sure who's? Then squat and run hills.

The other motto is: Is what I'm doing awesome? If I ask myself that and the answer is no, then I don't do it.

So with conditioning, when faced with something like jogging on the treadmill, ask yourself first: is this awesome? When you see someone in the gym on a treadmill, do you go, "My God, that is so awesome!" No, you go, look at that poor dumb bastard, he probably just had a triple bypass or something. But hill sprinting? To me, that's awesome.

Of course, geeks like to bust my chops with questions like, "How do I even know if something is awesome or not?" My answer is, if you're so freaking unsure that you have to ask someone else for his or her opinion then the answer is it's probably not the least bit awesome.
"


n0whereman posted on November 16, 2010 at 03:56 AM

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How are your squat and DL #s identical? I feel like either you didn't squat deep enough or your DL needs work, but I'd kill for either of those numbers haha.


watch3r posted on November 16, 2010 at 07:11 AM

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That's awesome Mykill, I'd not seen that.

Sorry, squat should have read 420. I hardly ever DL but I worked on it pretty hard for a few months and and it caught up with my squat pretty quickly. My goal was 200kg (440) so once I hit it, I didn't really push it any further. It's weird but I dont really get the same satisfaction from deadlifting as a do from squatting.


Mykill posted on November 16, 2010 at 17:10 PM

Deadpool061ir

I'll take deadlifting over squatting any day! Though I feel much safer going heavier with DLs than I do with squatting.


 

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