In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I'm following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym...Read More
Strength Monday 03/19/12 (w/ Bonus Nom Nom)
In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon.
Introversion & Inversion
I’ve been known to exaggerate for dramatic and/or comedic affect, but it’s no exaggeration when I say that I spent both Saturday and Sunday on the couch in various states of reading, napping, and movie watching. I rivaled Smudge for weekend hours logged in a semi-conscious state. PaleoFX was a whooptastically good time — interspersed with moments of pure frexcitement — and as a mostly-introvert, I found it both exhilarating and exhausting. But it also totally kicked my ass in a way that only that much social interaction can. (I have lots to share with you about PaleoFX; look for my recap of my paleo celeb sightings, presentation takeaways, and photos tomorrow.)
Do you know if you’re an introvert or an extrovert? It can make a huge difference in how you manage (survive/enjoy) different situations and adventures. If you’re energized by interaction with others, you’re mostly an extrovert. If you need solitude to replenish your energy, you’re mostly an introvert.
I’m generally uninhibited, which confuses people and tricks them into thinking that I’m an extrovert: I have a “big personality,” I love people, I talk a lot, and I’m pretty brazen about public speaking and acting like a ding-dong even when others are watching. However, I can only emit that kind of energy for so long before I need to sit quietly and recharge — and that’s the calling card of the introvert.
So yeah, I spent two days lying low to counteract last week’s paleo mania, then this morning, I was ready to hit the gym this morning for some barbell time. I was feeling fired up by my limited-edition (already sold out), totally badass Nom Nom Paleo knee socks. Nothing says “deadlift day” like knee socks adorned with the name of one of my favorite people.
And those magic socks brought me extra strength! The last set of the day on the 5/3/1 program is always max reps, and I squeezed TEN 140# deadlifts off the floor this morning. I can only attribute it to the special powers of the socks. Then, ’cause I was feeling cocky, I did a handstand, too.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m feeling down about my weight and fitness right now, so sometimes I need to invert myself to remember how far I’ve come and to remind myself that there’s always a different perspective if we’re willing to take a look. (Handstands weren’t always my thing; read all about my terror and the day I finally go it.)
run around the parking lot (maybe 600m)
2X (10 air squats + 10 pushups + 10 rotations)
slow good mornings
65% of max = 5 reps @ 105#
75% of max = 5 reps @ 125#
85% of max = max reps @140#. I did 10.
65% of max = 5 reps @ 55#
75% of max = 5 reps @ 60#
85% of max = max reps @ 70#. I did 6.
15 renegade rows, 20# db
50 walking lunges
CASHOUT, FOR FUN
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Did you have training fun today?