Archive for the ‘Rest’ Category

June 23, 2012 – Rest Day – I finally saw Prometheus.  I would give it a 6.5 out of 10. The story is disjointed but it was visually stunning and it was beautifully put together. It’s no Alien or Aliens but it was entertaining. Suzy and I also learned a new game called Mafia at my buddy Ish’s place (Hi Ish) which was a lot of fun. Its basically a 20 minute murder mystery where you get to lie or try to figure out who is telling lies with a big group of people. Good times.

June 24, 2012 – Active “Rest” – A bunch of us from CFG bought a Groupon for a Dragon Boat racing lesson. Tony, Santi, Leo, William, Martha, Suzy and I headed out to FIU North were we learned the basics about Dragon Boat racing from a team that is based up there. There were about 16 people total in the boat. The mechanics of the paddling were interesting in that, ideally, almost all of the power should be generated by using your core.  Just as in most of the major lifts we do, power comes from the core/hips/midline and not from the extremities. There should be very little arm or shoulder pull. It was a little bit tricky to get used to but we more or less figured it out.  I think our teachers were impressed by how quickly we all caught on to it and the power we were able to generate as a group. There were plenty of invites to come back again and practice with them. It was a pretty good workout too. Going hard for a few minutes is no joke.


Rest Day

I read a post on the Catalyst Athletics blog by Matt Foreman that had some important reminders/points about my nemesis the Jerk.

Most applicable to me was:

“You have to remember that jerking is a leg lift, not an upper body lift. When people see the jerk being performed, their first thought is that the arms are ramming the bar overhead. Actually, the power of the legs is the main factor in successful jerking. The arms obviously have a role in it because they extend and lock the bar overhead. But that bar comes off the shoulders because of the explosiveness and accuracy of the dip-drive phase. This is why it’s possible to clean and jerk heavy weights without having buckets of upper body strength.”

I think I will be going for my 1RM Back Squat on Thursday in preparation for starting the Burgener Program next week. We’ll see how it goes.

June 15, 2012

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Rest

Rest Day:

Attack of the D.O.M.S.

This is what happens when you squat a lot for two days in a row after two weeks of not squatting.

June 11-12, 2012

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Rest
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I hobbled around all Monday. Playing in tournaments completely sucks the life out of me. Not only am I physically drained I am mentally drained. Zero energy. I usually spend the following Monday in a zombie like state. I wonder if this can be combated  by doing a better job with nutrition/refueling during the event but I think it just may be the nature of the beast. I doubled my fish oil intake because I heard that would help combat inflamation and the general trashiness muscles were feeling.

I took Tuesday off as well. Legs felt better and I probably could have worked out but I decided to err on the side of caution. I didn’t want to drag ass through a workout and besides Eric and Stacey invited Suzy and I to Marlins-Red Sox game and to watch the Heat game. Failure by both of the Miami teams but good times nonetheless.

June 8, 2012

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Rest


Suzy and I drove up to Gville. It rained a lot on the way up. I’m pretty sure that sitting in a car for 5-6 hours is not the best way to prep you legs for a weekend of sprinting. Oh well.

June 6, 2012

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Rest
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Went to Marlins-Mets game. We lost 2-1. Ballz. The best part of the evening was discovering the “side of lechon” dish in the the Taste of Miami section of the park. At $6 it might be the best paleoish deal in the park. I will definitely be back there.