I don’t know if I’m developing adult-onset autism, or I’m just a sociopath, but I had this interaction today…
First, quick backstory for new readers: The little gray man is the guy who I yelled at for being passive-aggressive and asking me “So what, do you live at the gym?” Crossfit Chris is the guy who squats 135×3 with excellent form and expensive shoes.
I saw LGM enter the gym, so I was glad that I was wrapping up my workout, and I headed to the locker room, studiously avoiding eye contact. But then, LGM was there taking a piss at one of two urinals. Why, guy? You just started working out. Why couldn’t you just pee before your workout like every other normal human? Now because of the way the place is laid out I could either stand there awkwardly, retreat, or go ahead and use the other one. I chose to piss next to him. CC walked by and saw me and struck up a conversation. I don’t mind talking while I pee, either to fellow pee-rs or kibitzers. Though, I understand that a lot of guys are uncomfortable with this, so I never strike up a conversation myself with someone who’s peeing. LGM finished and went to wash his hands. I guess the following conversation was colored by the fact that I knew he was listening and judging.
LGM (possible thoughts): Is this Ruiner guy really an aggro meathead loser? Or does that fact that he’s friendly with almost everyone else mean that there’s something wrong with me?
CC: So, are you guys training heavy again today?
Me: What do you mean “you guys?”
CC: Don’t you always train with a buddy?
Me: No. I train alone. … The other people are just…there.
IDK, maybe he confused me with Andy and George who train together and both look like me.
Today’s Cherb Report: Emma was there without the other members of team Lone Star Barbell (Andy and George). I considered mentioning that I saw pictures of her in her underwear on instagram #12weekTransformation #Paleo #strongHer, but decided that this would be awkward. She approached me: “You squat sumo, right?”
She was trying to squat “sumo”, like she used to a few months before the meet, and wanted me to check her form. “Sumo” referring to squats grated my nerves unreasonably, but I explained to her, that yes, I had a wide stance, like her boyfriend. But unlike deadlift, where 99% of people either pull sumo with a wide stance, or conventional, there is a lot of gray area in squatting, your foot position doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition between almost touching the rack or touching your heels together.
Checked her form. It was good, except she needs Chucks for this, not a heeled shoe (she was wearing like a pink weightlifting shoe that is not actually a weightlifting shoe, but they started to give as she pushed her feet out). Also told her that unlike a high-bar squat where you go down and then you come up, when you squat low-bar aka sumo you have to be a lot better judge of parallel bc going too low will just get you stuck in a hole with 80% of your max (trust me). Finally said not to worry that they were a little harder than she expected because they work an entirely different set of muscles/skills than the kind of squats she was doing for the last 2 months.
Weight: 189 (-1.8)
Manta Ray Squat: 45×5, 135×4, 225×3, 315, 335, 345, 355, 360; 265x10x3
BTN Press: 45×6, 95×3, 115×2, 135×2, 145, 155, 160; 120x5x3
Sumo+Average Band: 9 sets, all PRs, up to 300 off a 1″ deficit. Thinking about ordering the next size up in bands.
Chinups: 5×4 all slow and pulled my chest to the bar, feel the burn ah
Neck Harness: 25×20 got away from doing this for a while but I forgot how much I enjoy having a big neck, though really, not doing them for 2 months didn’t seem to hurt any when i see pics of my yoke. I was up to IDK 65×10 or something before but I figured start back easy, it’s my fucking spine.