Updates and Stuff


So I’ve disappeared for quite a while, and that’s my bad.

I hit this kind of mental rut about powerlifting and it carried into a physical rut. I wasn’t making gains, I was struggling on weights that were below my 5-rep max; I’m not sure if it is because my gym doesn’t have any kind of central air and it’s been in the 90 degree temps for’ever, or other chaotic events happening in my life.

I have noticed some small changes in my body form. I’m not getting smaller (sadly), my clothes are fitting funny (also very sad); but my back fat is slowly going away, my legs are looking better than ever, and my arms are showing some sort of definition now. Perhaps all this heavy weight lifting is paying off.

Also, Pokemon Go is all the rage at the moment. It’s making me actively go outside into the heat and search for virtual animals, lol. My Bae is also very into it, and we’re on competing teams, it’s starting to get crazy with how competitive we are against each other. She is always be one or two levels ahead of me. *angrily shakes fists in the air*


Chalk It Up


I forgot to mention it but I am deadlifting in the 140lb. range, and instead of using the combo under/over hand-grip, I decided to chalk up my hands and try it. And while it’s so basic sounding, I was really hyped about using the chalk.

AND the chalk helped out a lot. A little bit goes a long way.


Breaks And To Never Have Them Again


I went on a 5-day long trip to New York City, and took a break from 3-workout sessions. Last night was my first night back at the gym since my trip and it was brutal, I can’t even. I’m not sure if I can survive taking such a long time off from the weights again. I was so close to triple digits in weights for bench press but I failed my sets. Hopefully, I can regain my muscles after a week, but we’ll see.

But I will say that my trip was fun!

One of my better shots of Manhattan #nyc #manhattan #canon #6d #photographer #vacation

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Mother’s Day 2016


Happy Mother’s Day to all of those who read my blog!

I don’t have much to say other than I hope you all enjoyed spending time with your mother, and family.

I am a bad child and didn’t really get my mom anything so my Babe put some flowers to give to my mom.  I’m so lucky!

Breakin’ Necks



Well, actually, the only neck I’m breaking is my own.

Who the hell strains the muscle in their neck while foam rolling?

The answer would be: this moron right here.

And also, who strains their tricep while working on triceps?

The answer is also: this moron right here.





I helped The Babe move from the old location to the new location last weekend and it totally wiped me out. My deadlifting skill and form were very useful for picking up boxes and putting them down.

Two-In-One Update


The third session of the week wasn’t really anything new in terms of movements, I only learned that my wrist mobility sucks (see previous entry). Oh, and shoulder blasts are savage; one rep was actually a combination of 24 different movements but at least my shoulders will look really nice come summer time.

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Third Session



The fourth session was a combination of two new movements: the Front Squat and Romanian Deadlift.

I surprisingly did not struggle much with the front squat, I’m unsure if I built up all the muscles required to do a front squat due to all the regular squats I had done for the previous 6 weeks, or if I am just better balanced for a front squat. I’m not complaining though! I just have really bad wrist mobility for holding the bar up, but it was easily solved by relaxing my fingers and using just two fingers from each hand to balance the bar with weight on my delts and neck; very uncomfortable on the neck because I’ve never had anything pressed up against it before but hopefully it’s because I’m not used to it rather than me doing the movement incorrectly.

I have done Romanian Deadlifts before the session at some point in time, months ago, but for some reason I couldn’t feel anything in my hamstrings, just my lowerback, and I couldn’t figure out how to correct it and load the muscles correctly; I’ll have to mess around with it with just a PVC pole some time this week before my next RDL session.

My hamstrings are weak that I couldn’t pull myself up on the Glute-Ham raise (BodyBuilding.com Link) so I had have my exercise modified to do banded hamstring curls, or something like that.

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Fourth Session