Archive for April, 2010

I’ve Been Naughty

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I spend some time hanging out on the Crossfit message boards, reading posts to learn more, asking and answering questions. The typical message board stuff.

This morning I posted a link to a blog post by Robb Wolf. Of course posting links to Robb Wolf’s site on the CF boards is a no-no, just like posting links to Starting Strength, so I used bit.ly to post the link. Now all of my posts have to undergo moderator approval before showing up.

Their boards, their rules, just find it amusing.

Moderate Muslims?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Read this blog from the L.A. Times then remember this, there are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate in Islam.

Looks Like The Seahawks Didn’t Blow It

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This year’s NFL draft is done and in my opinion, and many others, the Seattle Seahawks did well. Picked up a much needed tackle in  Russell Okung and help in their secondary with the selection of Earl Thomas. Seattle had many areas that needed addressing and Pete Carroll and company did a great job of filling those needs.

Even int he later rounds they got some good picks. Golden Tate gives them some help in the receiving corps, and more defensive picks in later rounds. Add in some trades for running backs and the only area they really didn’t address was a quarterback of the future. If Matt Hasselbeck stays healthy, which Okung should help in making sure he does, then this may not have needed addressing in the draft.

Looking forward to the start of the season, go Seahawks!

Fore!

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

President Bush while in office was often criticized for going golfing. The Main Stream Media (MSM) would let go in a chorus “How can the president go golfing when there is (insert crisis of the day here) going on?” While President Bush was in office we heard this from the MSM a total of 24 times over years.

Now we have President Obama in office. Doesn’t seem to be much of a golfer, the MSM hasn’t said peep about President Obama golfing. However President Obama within his first year of office has already been golfing 32 times. Housing crisis, financial crisis, Middle east crisis, those ca wait while the glorious one golfs. Hard for the MSM to criticize someone when their lips are planted firmly on their ass.

I don’t have an issue with the President golfing. Anything that is a true emergency would come to his attention and I’m sure he’ll act upon it instead of finishing up his 18 holes. This just once again shows what hypocrites we have in the “fourth branch” of government.

Getting the Government We Deserve

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Going to hell in a hand basket is my second though on Rep. Hank Johnson’s comment about Guam tipping over if morepeople go there.

Do we really deserve idiots like this making decisions for us? Which begs the question, who are the idiots electing the idiots?

Getting Under the Bar

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Back in my teens and early 20’s I used to lift weights. By lifting weights I mean I did bench press and arm curls. Never bothered with squats, dead lifts, or other types of lifts. So you can say I never really lifted weights. Now I’m 45 and doing lifting, presses, squats, dead lifts, bench press, more squats, etc. Why at 45 do something like this?

The why in a nutshell is I want to improve my strength, which means I want to get stronger. I’m not looking to be a powerlifter or do any type of competition, this is to address in area of my fitness where I’ve noticed a weakness (no pun intended). So I went and got a copy of Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore, read through it, and decided to hit it. Here are some observations.

First, not in my 20’s anymore (duh). Currently I can’t bench press as much as I did 20+ years ago. No big surprise, muscles ain’t going to stay big and strong by themselves. Nor is my recovery time as good as it used to be. I knew this one just from simple injuries like spraining an ankle. My body needs more time to recover.

Second, like all goals I need to keep mine realistic. This goes right in hand with my first observation. As Mark Rippetoe said:

“Testosterone levels peak in our mid-twenties, hold relatively steady for another decade, and then begin to fall like women’s clothes at the kinds of parties we don’t get invited to any more.”

My strength will go up, just not as fast as it would have in my 20’s. This means I’ve been tweaking my programming. I’ll still be increasing the weights on the lifts every workout, just not as much as I was hoping to increase them.

Last reason is I want to make sure I’m functional into my old age. My son will argue I’m already old but I can still kick his butt. As we get older we do tend to get weaker. I can handle losing how much I can max for a squat, but as long as I can still squat with weight on my back then life should be doing pretty good.

So for now I’ll keep following the principles outlined in Starting Strength, maybe later after linear progression has stopped I’ll look at going to the 5-3-1 program. Plus I’ll still keep up my Crossfit style High Intensity Interval Training. You are never too old to start.