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I don’t consider myself strong. I am fit, but I am not strong. Hopefully this is evident by my picture that I have included. I cannot bench press more than 200 pounds. I can only do maybe 10 consecutive pull-ups without stopping. Of course my numbers will keep improving the longer I train, but eventually they will plateau. I don’t have a problem with this. This is because of my goals. As a college athlete, I want to be fast, agile, flexible, and strong enough. I don’t need big muscles like a bodybuilder. Let me say that again in case it was not clear: I am not trying to get big. I’m six feet tall and I weigh about 180 lbs, and I don’t think I would ever want to go much higher than 195. In fact, if I got too big, it would be a detriment. With huge muscles you lose things like flexibility.
With these goals in mind, I follow a regimen designed by the trainer at my college. I go to the gym 4 times a week: 2 days mostly focused on upper body exercises, and 2 days mostly focused on lower body exercises. On top of this, I do conditioning 3 times a week(I usually combine a conditioning day with an upper body day). All of my conditioning is based on HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. You can read up on HIIT to learn more about the science behind it, but most trainers agree that it is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise. Starting HIIT when I got to college was a huge change. I ran cross-country in high school so my idea of conditioning was long, slower paced runs(pretty much the opposite of HIIT). Now, I usually run repeats of shuttle runs or sprints at shorter distances(nothing more than 800 meters).
So that’s it for my goals and how I train. It’s what works for me. One of the biggest things to realize is that everyone has individual fitness goals and needs, and that what works for me or you will not necessarily work for somebody else. I will leave you now with a little story about from when I went to the gym about to weeks ago.
It was a leg day for me, specifically front squats. My gym only has one squat rack, so you either have to wait for somebody to finish or work in with somebody else. This day there was an absolutely huge guy doing back squats. This guy was probably 5 foot 8, and he looked like he weighed at least 230(I later found out he was a former bodybuilder). He was squatting 405, sets of 5. I asked him if he was almost done, and he said that he had 5 or 6 more sets, but that I could work in I wanted. I asked him if he was sure, giving him a chance to reconsider, because working in would have had us repeatedly racking and re-racking several plates(I was doing a progression from 135 up to 255). He insisted I work in, saying he needed the break between his sets. So I did. This guy kept watching my form when I was working, and then after I finished my set at 225, he struck up conversation. He said something along the lines of, “You know, what you’re doing is very impressive. I wouldn’t be able to do all the sets you’re doing right now.” Needless to say, I was pretty surprised, but he explained that he didn’t have enough flexibility to front squat as much as I was doing. This really gave me a feeling of validation about my fitness goals.
After reading about this new blogging concept of Sett for a new style of blogging platform, I decided to give it a try. That try was remarkably short because:
Sett has potential but has not done itself any favours by opening up to users too early. For now I intend to continue with Wordpress as my primary blogging platform for my Christian writings and my tumblr blog for other stuff. I will look back later (if I remember) to see if things improve here, I hope they do; I like the idea. Unfortunately others who have a similar experience to mine might not bother to check back at all.
I will be adding this post to my tumblr blog, Jim's Jottings.
It all boils down to three words:
After upgrading to the developer preview 4 I found that my mac mini does not boot with the external screen attached on the HDMI port. It starts booting and then the WindowServer crashes (no warning or anything) and the display presents the spinning symbol on the grey background forever and ever.
Just in case you are having the same problem - apparently, and according to this link - you can unplug the external screen and let it boot, connecting after more or less 2 minutes (or whatever time your mac takes to boot). After that it should recognize the screen as usual.
Hello! I just joined Sett. I'm not sure if I'm blind or not, but I can't see the gear icon to customize my blog.
Except, the name of my community is a generated name and I don't seem to be able to find a way to change it. Am I really stuck with this name?
So hi there! I'm new to SETT. I scan video game box covers obsessively!
Last week, I had another of my lovely coffee dates with my two mentors. We decided to try a new cafe and our new selection was LOUD. So through shouts and huh?'s I learned about a wildly enlightening concept: dayenu.
Florence, one of my mentors, is Jewish and as I was telling her about plans for my blog (more on that later), she responded, "Oh, so you're talking about dayenu?" This is where the "huh?" came in.
Florence continued by saying that dayenu is a Hebrew term that literally translates to "it would be enough." I'm not Jewish so I'm not going to expand too much, but the translation itself was enough to set my wheels turning.
Dayenu, in a word, encompasses the feeling I have been processing and formulating for the past year. The idea is this: No matter what happens today, it would be enough. If you have beer with a friend, it would be enough. If someone compliments you, it would be enough. If you spend today alone, it would be enough. Whatever it is, it's enough.
In dayenu, Florence gave me a word, albeit not from my own cultural tradition, to express my inexpressible.
Det er en sidssygt dejlig dag, hvor alting lugter af brændt solcreme, grill og sommerhormoner. En skidevarm julidag, solen varmer min myrepattede krop efter en længere svømmetur ved Svanemøllen.Vi sidder på en bådebro og får pusten og varmen, og kan ikke undgå at overhøre samtalen fra de gutter der ligger og tanner sixpacks ved siden af.
"Vi fandt de her megabillige hoteller i Las Vegas, kun 500kr per nat!""Wow, ja, det er virkelig billigt!""Ja mand, det var ovenikøbet med eget casino og egen natklub og alt det der."Billigt fik en helt ny betydning for mig lige der. Måske er der nogle dele af min virkelighed som selvbetitlet fattig studerende og iværksætter, der ganske enkelt ikke stemmer overens med den virkelighed resten af klientellet på Svanemøllen går og rusker i. Hvis du mener at 500kr for en overnatning er ok, så er du nok havnet på den falske blog. Denne her handler om at skyde papegøjen uden at slagte sparegrisen (Fik jeg sagt at jeg ikke spiser dyr?).Hvis en ferie på et hotel hvor du ikke engang behøver bevæge dig ud på gaden for at blive stimuleret lyder som bomben, så skal du nok også glemme at du nogensinde har været her. De sidste fire år har jeg været på fem forskellige længere rejser af 6-12 ugers varighed. Imens har jeg ikke haft en månedlig indkomst højere end 10.000kr udbetalt, typisk halvdelen eller mindre. Jeg kommer ikke fra en velforbundet ambassadør familie eller noget der ligner. Jeg har bare fundet adskillige måder at bøje reglerne og omgås de forestillinger vi har om hvordan man rejser, holder ferie og arbejder.Min rejse- og økonomifilosofi har taget mig hele verden rundt, introduceret mig for vilde oplevelser, fantastiske mennesker, færdigheder og erfaringer der bliver siddende, lige indtil jeg ryger i kisten. På Filthy Camel vil jeg skrive om hvordan man tager røven på systemet og lever stort, selvom man ikke har en krone. Jeg snakker om rejser, hverdag, træning, mad, studier, iværksætteri, forhold og alt muligt andet. Jeg håber du har lyst til at følge med og deltage i diskussionerne her på siden!