I built this website with 2 objectives in mind.
1) To learn what is it like to run a daily blog
2) To try and discover what can be added to the fitness community that has not already been done
As it turns out, both of those were extremely hard tasks. Writing daily is super fun… Until life gets in the way. Then, you feel like Sisyphus constantly pushing a boulder up a hill. When I was doing RAGNAROK with Taylor there were days that I was tired, I had worked 13 hours, and I just could not make sentences make sense. I would pine over trying to say something clever or unique and the words just wouldn’t come.
Over the last year, I have dwelled on that last remark. I have contemplated how to make this website meaningful without becoming Sisyphean. Hence, the lack of writing. That was until recently when something was said to me that made me stop and think for a bit.
“Dan, you don’t always know the answer, but you always know where the answer is.”
That statement made something click. My strength in the strength and conditioning world might just be my random stream of consciousness. It acts as a Swiss army knife yielding information from a research article or book that I had stored away in the abyss of my brain.
COWABUNGA! This is how I will best use the website. I will mini blog my meathead orientated stream of consciousness about training and its application. Hopefully, this sparks larger questions and allows me to post some better training tools.
In addition, I promise to pepper in some training blogs, keep up the thoughts of the day, and write some poetry from time to time.
Thought of the day:
You must be odd to be number one.
Last year was undoubtedly defined by the Ragnarok workout.
That being said...
It is time to up the ante.
It is time to take it to the next level
It is time, for the MANTATHLON!!!
This was created by Martin Rooney and you can see the original article by clicking here.
What is the MANTATHLON?
It is a timed test of upper body strength. You have 20 minutes to complete up to 20 reps in each event.
Bodyweight Bench Press for Reps
Bodyweight Chin-ups for Reps
Half-Bodyweight Overhead Press for Reps
1.25 Bodyweight Dips for Reps
Half-Bodyweight Barbell Curl for Reps
You must weigh yourself before you begin
Once the clock starts it does not stop
The events must be performed in order
Form must be perfect for a rep to count (no quarter reps awarded)
If you rack it, or let go before achieving 20 reps, the event is over
Any reps after 20 min do not count
If you didn’t film it, it didn’t happen
0-10 – Low Man on totem pole
10-20 – Skinny Man or Man Boobs
20-30 – Average Man
30-40 – Wing Man
40-50 – Door Man
50-60 – Athletic Man
60-70 – He Man
70-80 – Super Man
80-90 – Mega Man
90-100 – Man of War
So where do I stack up?
My best is a score of 56 at a bodyweight of 260.
What is the best I have ever seen?
96. It was wildy impressive to watch and he only missed the last 4 curls.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is the defintition of tragic.
***It is important to note that Seth is half bear.
Have you figured out where am I going with this?
My 2017 goal is to get 100.
I desperately want to complain about how much I hate upper body workouts for a full calendar year.
Thought of the Day:
Spider-Man invented the selfie.
After copious amounts of yardwork and travel, I am sore in places I didn't know I had. But, today ends in a "y" and that means I have to squat.
That being said, I also needed a kick in the pants.
Enter The White Rhino
His name is Stan Efferding and he just flat out gets me jacked to train.
And there you have it people...
The best just want it more.
Train like a savage.
The bar is loaded... Shut Up and Squat.
Thought of the Day:
Tomorrow (04 / Aug / 2016) is 2^2 / 2^3 / 2^4.
Today my squat was fueled by The Prophets of Rage. Who are they you ask? They are a super group consisting of Rage Against the Machine's bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk, with Public Enemy's Chuck D and DJ Lord and Cypress Hill's B-Real.
I jammed. I squatted. It was awesome. Their formation couldn’t have come at a better time. Some loud voices in a sea of confusing political riptides. With the RNC and DNC coming to a close, I couldn’t be more lost. Thank goodness John Oliver and his writing staff can clear it all up for me. I was once told that a true comedian can make light of the most serious of situations. The Last Week Tonight crew has that mantra embroidered on a pillow.
And if that wasn't enough to make you laugh... The internet continues to provide.
Thought of the day:
A pregnant woman is literally a bodybuilder.
Finally! Life has offered me some consistency. My squat everyday aspirations were quite futile during the move to the north. But alas, I have settled in, I have some semblance of a routine, and most importantly, I am squatting.
I have decided to go back to my old ways. Essentially, both to look like a superhero as well as lift like one. I know this will take time, but just as the stream carves out the valley, I too will chisel away at my new physique.
My new goals include:
1) Train consistently
2) Lose weight
3) Add upper body muscle mass
The first goal is my biggest priority. I have made a plan and now I need to stick to it. I once read a Jerry Seinfeld article about his secret to being such a successful comedian. He had a huge calendar that he would put Xs on each day he wrote. He said "After a few days you'll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You'll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain."
That will be my approach. Except in place of Xs, I will draw HULKs.
Thought of the day:
How I Met Your Mother was the world’s longest TED talk.