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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/29/2008

whats up folks, i am sure if you have been reading my blogs you have also been reading the comments that have been made by the resident “hater” sofletes.  if you have not figured it out he is actually a friend of mine. in fact he is one of my best friends, and probably the only person i know that is capable of killing a man with only one hand.  he is a “recon marine”  which i believe is the marines equivalent of a navy seal ( i am sure that he is going to be mad that i compared the two…as he is surely much more bad ass than a seal)  any way, meatstick is the only way to characterize this guy, however he is also a training genius.  in fact if he were still in the Chesterton area he would be training me along side mike duquette.
so in the last couple of weeks i have put on some serious muscle, i have my bench back up over 300lbs, my squats however are not making as much progress.   i am still capable of moving over 350lbs from the squat but it is hard to make any real gains there since i do not have a workout partner in the weight room.  it is easy to get someone to spt you on the bench but not too many people want to stand behind you and mount you from behind while you grunt out squats…at least i know i would not be itching to do that for someone i do not know.

anyway back to the task at hand, it has become evident that i am bulking up pretty quick, i gave my marine buddy a call.  what is my next step?  i asked.  we talked about it for a while and decided it was time for a “300″ style weight training program.  a little hesitant i brought what he sent me this morning to mike (the personal trainer).  am i ready for this yet?. . .mike took one look at the workout and said “can you send me a copy of this tomorrow?”  if you are ready for this i think it is absolutely the best thing for you..and the decision was made, no more low rep power movements, it is time to start stripping all this access fat off of my increasingly “thick” physique.

i started with mike, ladder drills, circuit and we finished up with the theraband…i made the mistake of telling him about a drill i was thinking about creating.  we came to the conclusion that we would call it “resisted bear crawls” , where mike throws the theraband around my body and resists as i bear crawl sprint from one end of the squash court to the other, pair that up with the other drill i made the mistake of telling mike about, “stance resistance”.  this is the face-off mans equivalent of a hitting the sled in football, only we again use the theraband while i explode from about 5 feet away from the wall, out of a face off stance. i am reaching for a spot that is 30 degrees to my right and 5 feet in front of me..  i am to get back in my stance promptly and as soon as i get back in my stance he blows the whistle again(sets of 10 three times as fast as we can do it)…this is usually the last thing we do, and it always crushes me.

i was pumped to try the new workout, since “day 1″ was the equivalent of what i did yesterday in the gym i started with “day 2″…everything on these workouts is a superset with lower weights and high reps, in some cases it is a “tri set”, but that was not today.  today was chest and some explosive movements followed by some sprints..i hate sprints.

anyway, i have to tell you about this one thing that my buddy calls “man makers” …i told you he was a meat stick.  this is where i took a 40lb dumbbell in each hand, did a push up with them in hand, when you get to the “up position” you are to bring one dumbbell up while keeping your body locked in the same position.(like a bent over row),  you do that for 10 reps on each side, superset it with what is basically a elbow to knee squat jump, and repeat it five times…needless to say this crushed me…finished up with some sprints and some dry heaving and i was on my way home for dinner…sweet

one more day is over…i am starting to feel like some real progress is being made…i cant wait to see how i feel in two more weeks after i really get into this high rep workout!

oh yeah, i hope all of you are fortunate enough to get the nfl network. . .the superbowl coverage is sick…i am growing more and more confident that the g-men will be coming out of this game with a win and a big ass ring!…i think i will send them a letter and request to buy my own ring, as i am definitely a part of this team…i deserve a ring d***it!

until next time, im going to go and eat some lightning. . .shannon (my wife) is having a hard time finding recipes for it but she is coming along!

jb   a.k.a.  humbledbythepigsuitcomment

Originally posted on LaxSpot on  02/05/2008

Whats up everyone?  Sorry I havent checked in in a while but I have been super busy for the last two weeks.  I wanted to start by congratulating all of the Giants fans out there.  Eventhough I said the Patriots were going to win, I was cheering for the Giants on Sunday.  The amazing thing about the game is that it is going to go down as the greates Super Bowl ever and the greatest play ever….Manning almost sacked, somehow getting out of it and throwing a 40 yard pass to Tyree (who?) who catches it with one hand and a helmet.  I am an Eli fan, I have actually drafted him the last two years in fantasy, but I didnt feel that he deserved the MVP, granted, he had a great game, but how about the D-line?  Justin Tuck and Osi Umanyoria (sp?) played awesome.

Ok, enough of the Super Bowl and on to everything else.  Last week was a tough one for me…I got moved down to the practice squad with the Titans (hopefully only a two week move), which I am really bummed about and we lost a tough game on Thursday night in our opener in The Garden.  Friday I had court in NYC for a workmens comp issue that I am dealing with from when I hurt my knee last year and after walking through the rain and catching the subway to Brooklyn, my court date gets postponed to April.  Eventually this will all get taken care of and I will be a whole lot happier.

On to the Titans…big week this week for the team.  We are now standing at 1-3 with a double header this weekend.  The team heads out Thursday night to Minnesota to face the Swarm who are sitting at 4-0 on Friday night.  I am not sure if they will fly out late Friday or early Saturday to head back to NY, but I will be there Saturday to meet up with the team.  Saturday will be film and rest in preperation to face off agains the Buffalo Bandits on Sunday.  After losing a tough one to these guys only 3 weeks ago, it will be nice to get a chance at redemption.

I will check in again next week, when the Titans are back to .500 at 3-3 after a great weekend of victories.

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