Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Weightlifting updates

So with my purple belt test being delayed due to the holiday I took the weekend off from Jiujitsu to move 3000lbs of cinder blocks from one side of my house to the other in order to prepare for mortaring my barns foundation. I also hit the weights nice and hard. I'm using relatively low weights at the moment because my goals are a little different right now than they were previously. I'm repping 120 on the bench, 130 on deadlift, and 55 on rows. Very simple exercises but they are designed to complement the movements that I've found I need more strength in when rolling. They also have some vanity application as I'm doing a bit of lifting for appearance as well. I'm working my way up to 5 sets of 10 with 120 on the bench and I'm at 6/6/6/5/5 right now. Deadlifts is 3x10 and the rows are 3x5 each arm. Lifting feels really good and my bodyweight is slowly creeping back up from the low of 139 that I hit last week to 144 last night (Though back to 141.5 this morning) and I'm intaking a ton of protein through the day. I've decided that the cinder block moving makes a great grip strength exercise, so since I've got some blocks left over I'm going to set a few up in my other field and spend some time every day just picking a couple of them up and moving them to the other side of the field. First competition is rapidly approaching and I feel a little bit odd about it. I haven't done any comps this in a while and I'm looking forward to this one a lot. Hopefully I'll have my BJJHQ Rashguard by then.

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