Instead of lifting with aggressive music playing in your headphones, try doing it to the sound of a baby monitor. I put Quincy down for her nap and usually wait til she’s quiet for a while. But sometimes if I’m in a hurry I just have to start lifting and hope she falls asleep. Otherwise I gotta go back upstairs, wash the chalk off my hands, and try to “reset” her.
What I prefer hearing through the monitor, in order:
1. Silence. However I have this irrational fear that the squealing sounds when I adjust the pins or the noise of clanging weights might somehow awaken her. Even though this is acoustically impossible, I swear it has happened several times.
2. The static that lasts for several minutes when the heat comes on.
3. Baby babble. She says the ABCs, or starts singing, counting, or talking to her stuffed animals/dollies. Very cute but not particularly conducive to heavy lifting.
4. The stuffed animals which make soothing sounds. Hearing “Elmo’s so sleepy…” in a narcoleptic, high-pitched voice, followed by a lullaby jingle, a hundred times in a row borders on torture.
5. Intermittent whimpers. “oh shit she’s waking up. oh okay good, she’s quiet. wait, there she goes again…” This leads to me just standing there staring at the monitor, holding my breath and getting nothing done.
6. Actual crying. You can’t lift during this. “Well maybe one more set…” “It sounds like she’s falling asleep…” “I at least gotta finish squatting…” Worst. Father. Ever.
7. Shrieking “Dad! Poop! Uh-oh!” I guess the only thing good about this one is that after I fix things, I can lift for a little while longer while I give her a chance to go back to sleep.
8. See number 7, but she’s just doing it to fuck with me.
odd/alarming noise (crash, ripping paper, demonic voices) followed by…
9. hysterical giggling
Weight: 170.0 money
Squat #16: …515×1
i wonder if the bar is so low on my back that it’s IPF illegal which is one bar width below the outside of your shoulder or some gibberish like that
also it’s funny is that now the higher pin heights which used to be the easier ones are now excruciatingly painful as that part of my back is not used to the pinching and chafing. hopefully it will improve
Deadlift off 1.5″ of mats: …365×1
Time: 48 minutes