2.28.2012 Training

Decided to go strictly 5/3/1 for a few cycles until I’m 100% sure the hamstring is healed. This will allow me to get quite a bit of work in while testing (but not pushing) it. The numbers I’m using for this are as follows.

Squat – 405
Bench – 275
Deadlift – 405

These are really light numbers and that’s the point. Getting acclimated to the weights again for 2 cycles until I start pushing the numbers up. I fully expect to hit some decent raw numbers this year while getting my bf% down and getting under 300 for the first time in 5 years. I’ll be including a weekend day to do things like tire flipping, sledgehammer work, db farmer’s walks, stones (if they have them), and other strongman cardio work.

The April meet is out unless I go raw and just decide to hit some new numbers for 5/3/1. The hamstring set me back a month so I’m looking for something in the summer. That being said, here’s my pathetic log from last night.

Dynamic warmups

Squat:
bar x 10
95×5
135×5
185×5
225×5
260×5
305×5
add belt
345×5 – Could have probably done 10 here but didn’t since I was making sure the hamstring would hold up. Weight felt light and I was exploding out of the hole. Good signs!

Seated hamstring curl:
3×10

10 minutes stretching

Hammer strength low row:
3×10 – light

KB swings
20kgx10
20kgx12
20kgx10 – tapped the kb handle with both hands at the top. Don’t ask… saw it on a movie and it looks cool lol

So, right after the hamstring curls I started cramping like a madman. Decided to take it easy for a few minutes, laid down in the squat rack, and put my feet on the upright posts to stretch. Gradually worked my way in until my legs were almost perpendicular to the ground. This gave the ham hocks a good stretch and I was able to continue.

Had to go into the “crossfit” room to do the KB swings. There were people in there using the tire so I wasn’t able to get a hold of that. It’s a huge tire but looks like it only weighs about 200-300lbs.

All in all, it was a good night. I fell asleep by 11pm, woke up around 6:30, and was wide awake. I finally got some quality rest and I feel amazing today. God bless you, squats. 🙂

Strange dreams?!?

I went to bed early last night due to only getting 3hrs sleep the night before. I woke up around midnight, completely rattled, because of a dream I had. Not exactly sure what it means, but it went something like this…

I was at the beach with friends/family for some R&R. I’m in the water, reading a book, when I notice that the waves start getting bigger. Walking closer to the beach, I look back and see that they are getting close to 20 feet in height. I yell at everyone to look behind them and the waves start crashing into us. Being the diesel guy that I am, the waves didn’t throw me off balance or move me :). Looking up to the sky I see the darkest storm clouds ever.

I finally get out of the water and look behind me. Lightning hits the water about 50ft from where I was standing. As the lightning dissipates, a water spout forms and starts coming toward us. I thought that was pretty cool until I see something that scared the crap out of me. Remember the movie “Leprechaun”? Yeah, that little fella decided to pay us a visit, and jumped out of the water spout. There was something strange about him, though. He had Freddy Kruger’s claws on one hand.

*side note* I used to have nightmares about Freddy all the time...for years.

I run to my car, yelling at everyone to get in. Leprechaun Kruger was hacking and slashing everyone. I’m sitting in the car, waiting for my brother to get in, when the little fella magically appears at my passenger side door.

That’s when I woke up.

Going to do some dream analysis and see what comes up. If any of you have a clue as to what specific things in dreams mean, let me know.