27 July 2014
Forgot to post Smolov from yesterday.
90 x 9 x 4
55 x 9 x 4
Squats were killer. I have a 95 x 7 x 5 tomorrow. Looking forward to some serious DOMS after that. And to finally lifting over 100 for working sets on Thursday.
Note: need to improve warm ups. Gonna try taking all the weight off the bar and just going 45 for a 5 or 6, then light stretching. Legs didn’t feel tight at all, just fatigued in sets 3 and 4 yesterday. Gonna see if lightening the warmup load might help combat that.
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.
Squats make knees stronger. Squats make athletes better. Squats are good for kids, teenagers, adults, elderly people, and anybody else who can perform them correctly. Squats are a functional expression of human skeletal and muscular anatomy, and the human body is designed to do them. The squat is the way that tens of thousands of years of evolution has adapted the bipedal human body to lower itself to the ground. It is the position in which half the population of South Asia spends the afternoon. And when done weighted, it is the best exercise in existence for strength, power, coordination, joint integrity, bone density, confidence, discipline, intelligence, and charm.
Is it just me, or does the discourse in the powerlifting and bodybuilding community have the same effect on lifters’ perception of “strong” or “jacked” that photoshopping or airbrushing has on womens’ perception of beauty?
Here’s a newsflash: for the general public, a 225 bench and 315 squat are pretty darn strong for a male, and a 95 bench and 185 squat are pretty darn strong for a female.
Pick a commercial gym at random. You’ll find MAYBE 3-5 people who lift those weights out of hundreds of total members.
Sure, most of them aren’t training for pure strength, but I’d wager that if they were, most of them would still fall short of those standards.
-Greg Nuckols (via FB)
While I applaud the notion that strong and jacked in the popular vernacular are affected this way by the discourses in the PL and BB communities, I dislike the assertion that the difference between a strong male and a strong female is apparently 130 pounds.
Destroy the notion that your sex determines whether or not your lifts earn you the title “strong”.
And fuck the idea that for most women, training for pure strength would still not be enough for them to reach even half of what is apparently “pretty darn strong” for most men.