Thursday, December 21, 2006

Suck it Up, Buttercup!

Sometimes, life doesn't always work out the way you'd like it. Forget all the positive self-talk, mental projection, reticular activating system stuff. Let's face it, sometimes you have to deal with pain, grief, anger, whatever. Many times, these things stand in the way of what you really want. Last night was one of these times for me. I had every excuse in the world not to train and I almost didn't. But, I did. Afterwards, I felt much better, not in particular because I was closer to achieving my weightlifting goals.

Tuesday, 12.20.06

A. Power Clean from below the knee: 65%/2 x10 sets; 60s rest
107kg/2 x10 sets;
These took a little while to get into, but I finished very strong. A lot of mind wrestling going on.

B. Back Squat: Series (135kg/3, 145kg/3, 155/3) x2; 3 minutes rest.
These felt very good--lighter than Sunday's session, even though I was 5kg heavier on each set. Roared out of the bottom position.

*Side note: It's easy to get lost in the past instead of enjoying the moment. The "pre-Z me" would have lamented about only squatting 155kg for 2 triples based on past performances--performances from almost a decade ago. The new me is just enjoying be able to do something I love again.

C. Presses: Snatch grip, behind the neck: 45kg/4 x 4 sets; rest, as needed.
These were just designed to be light--just a pressing movement. Should be a nice pump primer for the next training session which includes heavy presses.

My squatting is going surprisingly well. This cycle is going to be an interim cycle: pre- and intra- England--two weeks of taking it easy after the last high volume cycle. It's quite possible that in about another 4-6 weeks, I'll squat 200kg again, based on current numbers and RPEs. Then it'll be time to push the front squat up to 200kg.

The Snatch and Clean are also going very well. I'm training from different starting positions that I couldn't get into before. This makes training fun. In the new year, I'm going to start getting under the bar more. I need to still work more on the left arm: hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder.

Off to England tomorrow night to visit my parents for Christmas. The gym there has a full set of bumpers (2x50kg!). I just hope there open on Sunday so I can train. No worries, there's always pistols and the old plastic DP set in the attic I got as a kid.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

absofreakinglutely. there is nothing like a really heavy weight that you havent lifted before to force you to "man up" and get 'er dun. Or realize that when the time came you jsut didnt have what it takes.

and I'm not talking about trying and failing but not really giving it your all.thats what counts.

and as I wrote ny new favorite quote about last week ;
"challenges done build character, they reveal it."
love that.

good stuff as usual geoff.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the correct quote
"challenges don't build character,they reveal it."

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah have a safe trip/

2:58 PM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...


Yeah, that's a GREAT quote. I just can't believe how good I feel not only while training, but about training. It's been a LONGGG time.

Happy Holidays to you and yours my friend.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Franz Snideman said...

Good stuff as usual Geoff. Have a great trip and Merry Christmas!

2:44 PM  

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