Day 1 – Lift 1
Today I begin the Husker. What is the Husker? Simply put, a nightmare of a workout.
The Husker is the brain child of Boyd Epley and Dr. William Kraemer. The workout's simple design has one prerogative – turn you into a fire hydrant of growth hormone. After years of playing Jekyll and Hyde with sets, reps, and percentages, the perfect elixir has been formulated. 1 minute and 20s to complete your set and rest, 3 sets of 10 reps of each exercise, 9 exercises, and 8 exposures over a 4 week period.
I have tackled this behemoth before. So why again? If it is that bad, why put myself through this agony? Am I a masochist? Ok maybe a little. I mean, what meatball isn’t?
The actual reason is my Graduate Assistant Tayler. Tayler wanted to add size. The Husker does that. Therefore Tayler must do the Husker. It is simple algebra. I watched him tackle the first exposure. Terrible flashbacks of my muscles filling with lactate and hydrogen anions chilled my spine. Empathy consumed me. No one should have to do this alone. No man should be left behind.
I can’t understate the importance of a great strength coach or a great training partner. We all have that voice that whispers “it is ok to go easy today.” As the weights get heavier, that voice gets louder. That’s where your partner in crime needs to kick that voice with his energy legs.
Lift 1 begins…
The first lift like a backhanded compliment. You are elated and then quickly demoralized. It’s explosive and fast. Then day 2 arrives and you crumble.
The hardest part of the lift is lunges. For some reason Tayler wanted to do walking lunges with a loaded barbell. I looked at him like that person that eats all the fortune cookies before you get a chance to open yours up and make it into some funny euphemism. What does that mean? It means I wanted to punch him in the head for not being considerate. I know what tomorrow will bring to my legs. Why would he want to do this? Oh well, his funeral.
The lift was great. Tayler and I are super pumped for the next exposure. In my mind I will become the Incredible Hulk. It feels only fitting that my closing statement from here on out should be turn green.
Side Note: From now on I will refer to this work out as Ragnarok. I am a Florida State Seminole. Calling my lift “The Husker” churns my stomach. I cannot do it. However, I feel it is important to pay respect to the brilliant strength coach’s before me. I am not messing with any elements of the workout. I am doing it precisely as it was originally designed.
Thought of the Day:
If we are not supposed to eat past 7, why is there a light in the fridge?