Pull Monday: More Improvements

1957895_10203370447241572_898808368_oAfter a disastrous deadlift session last Monday, I made sure I was prepared for tonight. I’ve been using melatonin and tryptophan to help me sleep, I’m still not touching any stimulants (and still missing coffee something chronic), also I carbed up today as I have a shipment of Granola and nut bars from the USA in my office. A large shipment. They go great with milk.

Yes, I’m still thriving on two litres of full cream milk (and now nut bars and other tasty shit) each day, in addition to my lunch. I went without milk for a week in July, just to see if there was any appreciable difference to my digestion or sinuses (I’ve been told too much dairy can thicken mucus and clog your airways) but there was none, so I didn’t give it any further consideration. However, I should mention that I’m using Fit Kitchen for my dinners now, and I highly recommend them to anyone as time poor as I am who also needs a guaranteed baseline of macros each day. I’ve been feeling pretty damn good lately, and with 300 grams of choice meat, with greens for dinner every night, it’s not a coincidence.

So I pulled 250 kilos for a total of twelve reps tonight, all belt less. Very happy my right leg behaved. I could feel the tension around the tear and was conscious of it with each repetition. But it held up, and I completed my programming. The glute-ham raises would have torn it more though, so they were definitely out tonight (and I just love to do those don’t I) but some reasonable work was done across the board. I’m even considering adding a deltoid movement in at the end of this routine, since it’s much like a row itself.

^Some of my greatest hits. The Deadlift is my favourite event.

Another brief comment on grip strength, because one of the Genesis PTs was curious about the purpose of my axle and Fat Gripz; at every opportunity I see, I will test my grip strength. I pick up 25 kilogram bumper plates between my fingers and carry them for as long as i can. I pull my deadlifts double overhand up until I can no longer complete the reps that way, and I switch my right to underhand. Being a Strongman isn’t simply about being proficient at events or lifts, it’s about being strong in every conceivable way, to get you ready for the punishment of competition. A strongman with a weak grip isn’t a strongman.

Deadlifts
70 kgs x 5
120 kgs x 5
170 kgs x 3
220 kgs x 1
250 kgs x 3s x 4r no belt PR

Overhand BB bent over rows
100 kgs x 8
120 kgs x 8
125 kgs x 5

Seated rows
left: 77 kgs x 5, 73 kgs x 5, 68 kgs x 5
right: 77 kgs x 5, 73 kgs x 5, 68 kgs x 5

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