Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lions and Tigers and SQUATS, oh my!

I just devoured perhaps the most delicious concoction known to man.


This takes food porn to a whole new level, folks.


This was a delicious 3 block meal that I can't wait to eat again! I added baked chicken breast, avocado hummus and bell pepper slices to round out the meal. 


It's amazing how satiated I feel when I'm in the Zone. And how much more energy I have!

I sailed through today's workout. 

EMOM 10:
2 power clean + 2 jerks @ 60% (95#)

Then this sweet little nugget of a metcon:


Rx for the snatches were 55 for men and 35 for women. And because I still had some left in the tank, and I read an awesome and motivating post from LBEB yesterday ... 
This is nothing new, it has been said before, it is simply a revelation I had last week based on observations of mine. I am in no way a highly successful athlete, but I am observant of those who are.
What is something that I have noticed all highly successful strength athletes have in common? Hard work, dedication, diet, etc. are all good answers, but that's not what I had in mind. Instead, what I have seen is that all highly successful strength athletes do things that most people say you "shouldn't do". For example, deadlifting heavy 2-3x a week, squatting an ungodly number of sets multiple times a week, eating Mcdonalds after lifting, and eating other things that are supposed to kill you.

Every interview I have read and watched about successful athletes involves them stating that most of what they do is contrary to what is pushed by most lifters and coaches. This isn't to say that you should never listen to coaches and you should have bad form simply because you are told to have good form. Instead, I am basically saying that most successful athletes didn't get to where they are by deadlifting 3x5 once a week simply because a book told them to. Fear of overtraining and hard work is pervasive throughout the lifting world, and a fear of trying new things and taking occasional risks seems to hold a lot of people back, in my opinion.

No two athletes will respond identically to the same program, and a good athlete will begin to understand that things need to be altered to fit the user for the greatest results.

In closing, one final trait I have seen in highly successful lifters is this: You have to be a little coo coo for cocoa puffs to get to the top.

Every interview I have read and watched about successful athletes involves them stating that most of what they do is contrary to what is pushed by most lifters and coaches. This isn't to say that you should never listen to coaches and you should have bad form simply because you are told to have good form. Instead, I am basically saying that most successful athletes didn't get to where they are by deadlifting 3x5 once a week simply because a book told them to. Fear of overtraining and hard work is pervasive throughout the lifting world, and a fear of trying new things and taking occasional risks seems to hold a lot of people back, in my opinion.
No two athletes will respond identically to the same program, and a good athlete will begin to understand that things need to be altered to fit the user for the greatest results.
In closing, one final trait I have seen in highly successful lifters is this: You have to be a little coo coo for cocoa puffs to get to the top.
I decided to get my squat on some more (my bar from the EMOM was still out, so I just used it). 

20 back squats, unbroken
20 front squats, unbroken
20 alternating forward barbell lunges

all at 95#. 

Those front squats were rough. But damn, I love me some front squats.


Werd!

Tomorrow is a rest day - due to school, employment, and well, life. Just means instead of resting Thursday like I usually do, I'll switch it to tomorrow. 

1. Do you plan your rest days?
2. What's your favorite squat?
3. What did you have for dinner?

10 comments:

  1. I like kettebell squats. Enjoyed some egg/avocado muffins with tomatoes and pesto, and kohlrabi. Rest days are wednesdays and Saturdays.
    Do you recommend a separate strength program to supplement WODS? I'm pretty lean and want some added muscle/strength. I'm looking into 5/3/1 or Bill Starr 5x5.

    Love your blog! You've inspired me to eat well and eat MORE.. Plan on purchasing your diet plans soon!

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  2. That meal looks incredible. I made some little zucchini/sweet potato pancake type things with grilled chicken for dinner. Delicious!!

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  3. Oh man, avocado baked eggs sound AWESOME.

    I don't plan my rest days, I just factor in the days that life gets in the way as rest days.

    I want to like front squats more but they kill my wrists, for sure. I think back squat wins.

    Rotisserie chicken and eggplant. And champagne, because it was Tuesday.

    Random question: what bag do you carry for school? Do you have to double up your gym bag and school bag, or no?

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  4. I plan my rest days, but probably shouldn't lol there are some days that I need one and wait until the planned one. Just started doing back squats on Monday, was so sore on Tuesday, I will be back to doing them next week :)

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  5. I plan my rest days, probably shouldn't though lol. There was so many times last semester I didn't feel like getting up to workout, but would because it wasn't my planned day to rest. Started doing back squats on Monday, was extremely sore on Tuesday, I will be doing these babies again next week :)

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  6. i LOVE eggs and avocado.. I usually just fry eggs and cut up avocado - the one time I made the egg inside the avocado it was after work and I fell asleep and the eggs ended up tasting like plastic... we had leftover meatloaf and an apple with almond butter... I love squats! I did 50 OHS and 50 front squats @ 65lbs on monday...

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  7. I don't even like eggs (except scrambled), but that pic is making me drool a little!
    Loving the extra squat workout. If you haven't already done it, bet you'd love "Manion" (hero WOD). 7 RFT, 400m run, 29 back squats @95#. I did a scaled version (4RFT @75#) on Monday & my legs are telling me about it! LOL

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  8. HI LOVE!
    Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration! Just one thing.. could you PLEEAASE fix a translation thing on your blog? I'm swedish but understand most if it, but some things are pretty hard. Thanks. :)

    THEN I wonder, what does it mean when it's like (95#) or 14#? Don't understand. :P

    Hugs, M

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  9. I love eggs and avocado! I usually just fry eggs and cut up avocado - I tried to make the eggs in the avocado but it was after I had worked all night and fell asleep and the eggs came out like plastic!! I'll have to try again..

    I love squats!! They're my favorite - gotta work my booty and legs!

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  10. I've tried to make eggs in an avocado like that and it was a huge fail. Haha:)
    Maybe this is lame, but I really like goblet squats. Although there's nothing like getting under some heavy weight for a back squat!
    Slow cooker garlic chicken with smashed sweet potatoes here tonight. Maybe a glass of wine as well!

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