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Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:41 am
by pdellorto
Yeah, it was a lot of fun. Once the weigh-in, worries, and long waits wondering where and when I'd actually compete were all taken care of. The matches were good. I'm disappointed I didn't sink the armbar I wanted or finish the choke I had, but I entered just to see how my training was going. I was vastly improved over June, and I feel good about my chances in further competition.

Plus I almost nailed the guy who schooled me in June, which was fun.

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:02 pm
by Jungledoc
pdellorto wrote: AM: Shoveling.

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Rest day.



There's some serious dissonance here. Hmmmm...

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:56 pm
by pdellorto
You guys in PNG just don't know how to take it easy I guess. :wink:

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:13 pm
by Jungledoc
If we only had some snow to shovel, we could figure it out!

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:08 pm
by Proper Knob
Let me be the first to offer my congratulations. I remember when i first squatted 2 plates, it felt good.

Your next mission, should you choose to accept it Peter, two plates for a 3RM.

Posted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:24 pm
by pdellorto
Thank you. It was awesome. I shook my coach John Impallomeni's hand. I thanked my other spotters later. That was amazing. 225 was a "before I die" kind of goal and now, yeah, I want to get 225 for 2. Or 230 for 1. Or ditch the belt on my earlier singles. Just as long as it's progress.

I'm still psyched. I tried to explain it to my gf but it was hard. Finally I said, "I did this (mimicking a back squat) with TWO of you on my back." :)

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:22 pm
by Jungledoc
pdellorto wrote:I'm still psyched. I tried to explain it to my gf but it was hard. Finally I said, "I did this (mimicking a back squat) with TWO of you on my back." :)
You're dating someone who doesn't know what a back squat is? I'm shocked!

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:24 pm
by Jungledoc
pdellorto wrote:Notes: I hate circuits. Well, not really hate. But they sure suck. I knew this one was coming for two weeks. I told my coach in all seriousness to lie to me until the day of the circuit. I don't want to know it's coming, just surprise me with it.
And YOU pay THEM money!

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:58 am
by pdellorto
Jungledoc wrote:You're dating someone who doesn't know what a back squat is? I'm shocked!
Heck, I'm dating someone who might not know what a barbell is. :wink:

And I love her for it!
Jungledoc wrote:And YOU pay THEM money!
I get results. Sometimes I just hate the anticipation of how I get them. :grin:

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:05 pm
by Jason Nunn
Digging the yoke walks! I really believe it helped my squat as well. Stuart McGill actually did some research a while back for the NSCA on the yoke walk and other strongman man events and the impact on the core musculature. Interesting stuff.

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:21 pm
by pdellorto
Thanks. Yeah, I really feel like they help me in so many ways:

- psychologically, anything I squat is light. The plates alone without the yoke outweigh my 1RM squat.

- my strength goes up

- I have to crush my scapula together and really squeeze the bar across my back to keep it in place, which helps me stay in proper squat form.

- my abs and lower back get a heck of a workout.

- they're fun.

I really love them. I'm glad my coach has been having me do them. Great stuff.

Any suggestions on form or technique on those? Obviously if I get better at them I can load them up more or rest less between them, which will help me a lot.

Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:39 pm
by Jason Nunn
I love them as well. It's one of the best core workouts you'll get.

As far as tips, keep your stance narrow (hip width) this may be tough to get used to, but your speed will improve immensly. Also, invest in knee sleeves (if you don't already). My knees tend to fall into valgus collapse when I'm fatigued by a long heavy run. This will provide a bit more stability.

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:51 am
by pdellorto
Thanks for the tips. I might not go for the knee wraps, since my goal isn't improving my yoke walk per se. If I ever get a pair though I'll wear them when I walk!

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Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:07 pm
by Jungledoc
pdellorto wrote:Sandbag - zercher hold a sandbag with a green band around it stretching out to the rack. Step back and then clinch-crunch obliquely down. Hard to crunch this way without bending over, but if you do that the band and bag pull you down. So your abs really fire hard to keep you in this movement. 6 each side sucked the breath out of me, especially because my HR was still up from the tire.
I'm having trouble picturing this. I tried Googling it, but didn't find anything that looked close. Do you know of a video?

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Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:10 am
by pdellorto
Jungledoc wrote:
pdellorto wrote:Sandbag - zercher hold a sandbag with a green band around it stretching out to the rack. Step back and then clinch-crunch obliquely down. Hard to crunch this way without bending over, but if you do that the band and bag pull you down. So your abs really fire hard to keep you in this movement. 6 each side sucked the breath out of me, especially because my HR was still up from the tire.
I'm having trouble picturing this. I tried Googling it, but didn't find anything that looked close. Do you know of a video?
I'll have to make one or get my coach to film me doing it . . . I can't find one either. I know it's a Jim "Smitty" Smith creation though.