Wednesday, February 23, 2011

sick, work and a general bad attitude.

I have trained some, but not enough. Spent a good part of last week in Portland, got to train at Team Quest again. Spent most of this week down with the flu. Did squat some yesterday for the first time in a long time.
More of that to come.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grown @$$ man.

I've talked about this before, but getting older doesn't mean that you have to fall into the same pitfalls that your parents did simply because you're the same age. If treated properly your body should feel pretty dang good at 30, 35 and on up (I'm not yet qualified to say how good 'on up' should feel, stay tuned to this blog for updates).
Conversely this is not permission to shirk responsibilities. Shirking responsibilities has consequences. Please do not complain to me how 'unfair' it is when those consequences come to call.
Exercising into adulthood is about the 5 P's:
Planning: When you were 19 you could just go in and hammer out set after set, you didn't need to manage your time. Now time is limited, as is your recovery. Get in execute the plan, and get out. If what you're doing isn't working, change the plan.
Preparation: warm the hell up. Foam roll, get some mobility work, and get a little sweat before you get under heavy iron. Old age is the accumulation of injuries. Prevent aging by: not getting injured and treating the injuries you have.
Parlay: Negotiate. Make sure that those to whom you are responsible (boss, wife, husband, kids.. whomever) share your vision on the importance of exercise, and talk to them. Negotiate times that are for you to go play/exercise.
Priorities: I would love to train with a local wrestling club, I would love to go to a judo school and work on my gi throws, these are not a priority right now. So they get back-burnered for lifting and BJJ. When I lift I generally do 3-4 movements, I would love to do 5-6, but I have time for 3 so I prioritize the best most important movements for me.
Play: it's gotta be fun. Exercise should not be a grind unless it is a short term preparation for some sort of competition. Once it gets to be not fun, change it. Do something different. Nothing will make you seem younger than throwing yourself into an activity with an utter disregard for yourself.

Go play.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

In which I hand in my man card..

Hear me out. The wife and I try to balance our T.V. schedule so that neither of us has to suffer too much during our (fairly limited) T.V. time. One of the shows that she likes is the new 90210. Being a good husband, I read, write to you folks, or surf the internet while it's on and I do end up catching bits of the dialog. One of the characters had a throw-away line last week:
"You think my chest is getting too big?"
That was from one male character to another.
Completely through me for a loop.
Seriously? What high school male has ever said that?
Are the people who produce that show unhappy with the idea that they can only cause body image issues in their female viewers, and are now trying to get all the collateral damage they can?
Here's the part where I turn in my man card:
There is no way that character would have that sentiment. He's by the standards of the show the poor kid. I remember being that age, and killing myself in the gym for every ounce of muscle mass I could get. Muscle mass, and athletic ability are outward displays of power that cannot be bought. "The poor kid" in that group should be trying to get as big and strong as possible (especially since he's the token jock in the group).
High school males from Kansas do not worry that their chest is too big, they may have insecurities, but its always about appearing weak.
It makes me wonder are they out of touch, or am I?
Maybe it has gotten this bad.
I certainly hope not.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog day.

It's February 2. Groundhog day.. do you know where your groundhog is? Wait.. don't answer that.
News and such.
The Friday fun group was sorta revived.
I offered up 2 days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) of conditioning for the 6 weeks leading up to the pan-ams.. for free. No one showed. Disappointing, but whatever less work for me. If no one shows on Thursday I'm canceling the whole thing.

I signed up for the perform better 1 day seminar here in Seattle on April 2. Should be interesting. Martin Rooney and the Cosgroves will be speaking.

My training has been going well. I'm taking today off mostly due to laundry issues (didn't a gi dry before I left for work this morning).
That's really it.