ahhh workout logs – boring and uneventful. For a while I was throwing them away as I diligently logged my progress on here, now I guess i gotta save like 2 weeks worth bc the sheer tedium of typing them in is too much.
fine: at the Y, squatting like 385 for doubles, then benching 315 for singles and doubles, then working up to speed pulls with 390 or something. Then a few days off as I set up my home gym, or really waiting for it to arrive – just the thought of driving somewhere to work out is now literally painful; and once it came, I set it up in a few hours.
Then here worked up to a 415 squat single, benched 330 but lifted my butt, deadlifted like 385 because i don’t have enough bumpers+35s and too lazy to load on lots of 45s.
i weigh about 165. yesterday I worked out twice. I may be able to low bar squat again. I taped my workout today. Will post vid maybe tomorrow.
HSilman or others, what do you want to know about the stuff I bought? I was going to do a comprehensive review of everything but … nah. However I will if you ask. Everything’s generally good.
The $300 titan “CROSSFIT SQUAT BENCH DEADLIFT POWER OLYMPIC CROSSFIT” rack (that’s pretty much the name of it – it’s apparently named after powerful internet SEO keywords) is sweet. You do need certain wrenches which I can now advise on (and Celica could always have)
The $125 CAP OB-86B barbell is good – I ordered another. It’s a little dark, and my garage is dark, so it’s hard to see the knurling or the lines. I did make a mark in the very center of the bar with a gold marker so I could be straight.
It’s funny that the rack and the barbells are budget but they are both a lot better than anything I have used in a commercial gym. I think Fatman predicted this.
The bumper plates I got are good but I coulda saved like $15 (total) if I’d ordered them from the company instead of Amazon. My bad.
The spring collars and weight tree are good. I may have to get another weight tree.
The flooring from the tractor supply company is awesome.
The Adidas bench is very good and low to the ground for short-legged types like myself.
Okay the one shitty thing was some of the weights. One of the 45s (gray CAP, no grips) is bent like a record that was left out in the sun. Will try to return it if feasible. Another one weighs 43 (UPS weighed it right – they’d marked the wt on the package) Haven’t weighed anything else; kinda don’t want to know. I don’t know if the black CAP ones from Walmart (35s and down) are actually better or if I was just unlucky but I would NOT order gray CAP weights from Amazon ever again.
Been reading Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich. I’m about halfway through. No spoilers please. ha. Some things I noticed/learned:
- Hitler totally clowned Roosevelt in speeches. Like reading a letter from FDR in a speech to the Reichstag line by line, then mocking each line while they laughed at him. The letter was pretty naive TBH, like “Please promise you won’t invade the following countries…”
- I always knew Chamberlain was a pussy. I always knew that he let the Czechs & others get fucked up. And I knew that if he or the French had the balls they could have stopped Hitler much more easily at any time between 1933-1938. But I didn’t realize this do-nothing attitude basically drove Russia to take their chances with Germany. Which then led to Hitler invading Poland, etc.
- The author (William Shirer – you can google him – he was an american journalist who lived in Germany for years before and during the war) tends to repeatedly describe people the same way. For example, Goering is “the fat field marshal”, Ribbentrop is stupid/arrogant, Hindenberg is/was “ancient”. He’s called Goering fat at least 8 times so far. It reminds me of Beowulf where they’ll say “stout-hearted Beowulf” or something similar to make the meter correct.