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140K Front Squat

Last night I hit 305 pounds, or roughly 140K, in the Front Squat.  I’m rather stoked about this since my current max Clean and Jerk is 110k.  I am hoping to hit 115k or even 120k in the clean and jerk by December 12 (we’ve got a contest then), and last nights Front Squat is a good indicator that I’m on track.

Speaking of Squats, off to the gym to do some more …


Portland Highland Games and the Price of Kilts.

Credit:  Portland Highland Games Association

Credit: Portland Highland Games Association

A couple of the guys on my Weightlifting Club and I are planning on competing this coming Saturday in the Portland Highland Games.  Should be  a rockin’ good time.  We’re all Newbies, so I’m planning on looking ridiculous … but what else is new?!  I have a new sport kilt to replace my old wool one (who wants to workout in wool?).  Should be great.

Highland Games is a rockin’ sport, but it certainly favors the big guys (like the dude in the picture).  None of us are that.  But, as Olympic Weightlifters we ARE explosive, strong, and athletic.  That should help.

By the way, with regard to my old wool kilt, I learned the reason why kilts cost as much as they do (often over $400) and I don’t see it as strange any longer.  I sewed my old kilt myself by hand.  It took a VERY long time.  Getting all the pleating right is no small task.  You wouldn’t think that sewing a “skirt” out of 12 yards of wool would be that big a deal, but it is!

My new kilt is a sport kilt, not wool but rayon (or some other fake fabric), and it isn’t as fancy nor is it hand made.  So it wasn’t too expensive (about $75).  I’ll keep my old one for “dressy” occasions, and use the new one for competing.

Buchanan Tartan

Buchanan Tartan

New Olympic Weightlifting Shoes

I’ve had my pair of VS Athletics for some time now.  They’ve been a good and sturdy shoe–surprising, considering how cheap they were.  But, it’s time to move on and try a new pair.  After some searching around, I’ve settle on a pair of Risto’s:

So Pretty

So Pretty

They’re still in the mail.  I’m excited!  I’ll keep you posted on how they feel.

EDIT:  it’s been a few weeks now and they are still on back order.  Been notified that I’ll need to wait another 3 weeks.  I’m OK with that, but I’d like to have them before the Oregon State Championships.

EDIT (2):  OK, I got ’em!  I wore them for the Oregon State Championships and they felt great (I got 3rd by the way).  I’ve been using them since and they are truly great shoes.  I’ll do a full write up in a new post soon.  But, if you’re looking for a pair of cool looking, and very well built, shoes, Risto’s are the real deal.

Lack of Sportsmanship at the Olympics: Ara Abrahamian

I’ moved this here from my PDX weightlifting blog.

I hate this kind of whiny bullshit:

“This will be my last match. I wanted to take gold, so I consider this Olympics a failure,” he said.

Ara Abrahamian, a Swedish 84k wrestler, threw down his bronze medal in protest and says he’s now going to quit the sport.

Wow. It’s just a sport, dude. Seriously. If there is one thing i can’t stand, it’s athletes (and coaches) who take their sport too seriously (remember all those yelling coaches in womens/girls gymnastics). Training hard and competing hard do not preclude smiling, being gracious, and taking it all in stride. It’s a huge naive mistake to not see the possibility of working at full force while still being happy. You don’t have to get angry to win. In fact, it’ll probably hurt you.

The other night, I heard a broadcaster berate one of the Japanese gymnasts for laughing at himself after he didn’t do so hot on one of his events. What did the broadcaster think this was? War? Were lives on the line? Did someone die I didn’t know about?

There are people in serious peril (right now) all over the world who would LOVE to get last place at the Olympics, or even last place at a local contest if it meant they could get the hell out of their current situation.

Life can get WAY worse. If you don’t keep that in mind ALWAYS than you are kidding yourself. The struggles of life are NOT relative. Crying because you are caught in traffic, or because you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped and trained for in the Olympics is WRONG. It’s morally wrong. A bit of disappointment is natural and reasonable, but outright anger and melodramatic antics are signs of ignorance and selfish arrogance.

If you aren’t in control of your emotions enough to be gracious, you have no business competing.

I love sports. I love the Olympics. But, it’s all just a game. That’s it. Period. It’s supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be inspiring, no matter how you place. Being a selfish asshole should disqualify you. They should take his medal away.

Swedish coach Leo Myllari said: “It’s all politics.”

Life is politics. Get over it.

Barry Bonds, Steroids, and Baseball

See my rant on Good Tithings.

Jesse Marunde, Great Strongman, Dead

Jesse Marunde, a great American Strongman, has died at the early age of 28.  He died on July 25th of a heart attack after a workout. He leaves behind a Wife and children.

No one yet knows what complications existed in his case that led to his death. Unlike so many Strongman competitors, he was fairly lean, and was very fit. Periodically in the world of sports, an athlete dies because of a previously undiagnosed heart condition or other ailment. Only time will tell what happened to Jesse.   An  autopsy  is  scheduled, but it will take potentially months to get the results.  I’ll keep you posted.

I wish his family the best.

Rest in Peace.

Below is aYoutube Tribute to Jesse:

Blogging Hiatus, and Getting Back To It

Well, I’ve just spend an unexpected week or so away from the blogosphere. Life got hectic, as it often can, and I ended up neglecting my daily posting duties to focus instead on my clients, the end of the term at school, and my fiance who just lost her uncle. It happens, but it brought to mind a certain reality for me. I had been posting “workouts of the day” and had made a commitment to doing that as a way of giving people some incentive to hit the gym and provide some framework for those who can’t afford a fitness coach.

But, rigidly sticking to a daily posting schedule is just not something I can do, as I am not a professional blogger and am loaded with a number of commitments (though I must admit to being addicted to the act of blogging). That said, I don’t want to leave people hanging who felt like the workouts a day were helpful. Instead I will periodically post a whole routine that one can follow for an extended period of time to achieve a certain goal.

And of course, I will blog on all the other topics I have always blogged on. Thank you for reading, and I hope it helps.