lysistrata

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Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 29 2015
03:48 (UTC)
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I wish I could find the article for you.  I did assisted pull ups when I was going to the gym a couple years ago and never really seemed to make progress there either.  I think a lot of what you're developing with a pull up is the CNS activity and the assisted pull up doesn't really push that.  Negatives do, especially when you fight every inch down.

The race is scheduled for June 12.  It was an expensive entry so I'll do it even if I run/walk it, but I sure would like to be able to go for a PR!

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 29 2015
02:25 (UTC)
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I taped up and ran the trails tonight.  It wasn't much of a showing, no more than 3 miles tops (I forgot my watch) and I stopped to walk in a couple of places, but when I did run, my pace was good, and I got over one good hill before the calf started objecting.  I can't really say whether the tape helped but I'm not all that confident I put it on right.  

Fitness Please help me get rid of cellulite and get fit May 28 2015
22:21 (UTC)
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Please read this link.  Cellulite is not abnormal, it is not a moral failing, it is completely and entirely normal and you will drive yourself insane demonizing it.  I will absolutely encourage you to build your muscle and yes, as your muscle gets bigger your cellulite will become less visible, but hopefully by the time your muscle is that developed you've realized that it takes an enormous badass to build muscle like that and enormous badasses don't give a **** if they have visible cellulite.

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 28 2015
17:59 (UTC)
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Original Post by 1952edelweiss:

Original Post by lysistrata:

*PR* tonight! I finally hit a pull up from a neutral grip. And then I did it two more times to be sure. Had a great workout after that! I did hang snatches, a hang clean and power jerk complex, and full snatches. The complex I even did a set at 75 pounds.

Nice! Both on the pull-ups and complexes :)

I had to look up what a neutral grip was and came across this article that has a lot of info on chin-up and pull-up progression: http://bretcontreras.com/how-to-increase-your -chin-ups/

 

Thanks!  :D  That was a great article.  I dream of the day when I can start thinking in terms of sets of pull ups, rather than ... maybe string two in a row?  I can't even find the program I read that I roughly followed to finally be able to do a single chin up, but it really worked for me.  Basically it was just very progressive; there were lots of dead hangs; then there were lots of negatives and holds; then there were lots of short pulls from the bottom; finally there was an attempt.  I think it was once you could do each stage for 30 seconds, you would progress to the next.  What I'm finding now is that since I trained on one of those bars that goes in your door frame, it's really skinny and I didn't develop the grip strength to do it in my power rack, which is much wider.  So I'm not exactly starting over but I'm definitely nowhere near being able to do in my power rack what I can do on my chin up bar.

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 28 2015
16:59 (UTC)
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Original Post by oldguysrule:

Original Post by lysistrata:

*PR* tonight! I finally hit a pull up from a neutral grip. And then I did it two more times to be sure. Had a great workout after that! I did hang snatches, a hang clean and power jerk complex, and full snatches. The complex I even did a set at 75 pounds.

Is your "neutral grip" the same as what I call "hammer grip?" i.e. 90 degrees, or half way between chinups and pullups. I like that grip, because it reduces stress on the elbow joint, and allows for a higher pull (larger range of motion).

Yes, exactly!  I treat it mentally as a pullup because it engages so much more of the back than the chinup, especially with a high pull.  Last night was just chin over the bar but chest to the bar is coming!  (And then maybe the muscle up ... because why not dream big??)

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 28 2015
04:18 (UTC)
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*PR* tonight! I finally hit a pull up from a neutral grip. And then I did it two more times to be sure. Had a great workout after that! I did hang snatches, a hang clean and power jerk complex, and full snatches. The complex I even did a set at 75 pounds.
Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 27 2015
03:55 (UTC)
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I'm just not a fan of the treadmill either.  If there's absolutely no other option available I still might not use it.

Edelweis, at this point a lot of it is trial and error and just working backward from my max lifts.  My overhead squat is really limited by my form, so I'm trying to use as much weight as I can reliably handle.  Since the complexes are fatiguing I'm aiming for about 60-70% of my max lifts.  So for the squat complex I was at about 55 pounds and for the DL complex I did 65.  Keeping the weight that low means I'm not going to build any raw strength in my legs but it should help me develop the flexibility and the muscle memory to start increasing the lifts ... and then I'll start drilling raw strength so I can load up my reps.  :)

The Lounge 2015 Gardening thread May 26 2015
19:36 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by nebi-hime:

Im confused by Kev's picture. You need to cover the dirt with fabric, then make holes in them for the plants?

Many people put fabric over their garden and cut holes for plants so they don't have to weed. I don't use that method. I like to putter in the garden which includes using the hand cultivator to stir up the dirt and remove weeds. Some people don't like to do that as much.

I'd add that the fabric is very common when you're growing on an industrial scale like, apparently, Kevin.  ;)

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 26 2015
19:18 (UTC)
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Got some weights in last night after spending most of the day at the office and in the garden.  There's still some heavy work to do in the yard like turning the compost, but most of the big stuff is done for now.  Relief!  So for last night I decided to do complexes.  I did a snatch balace - OH squat complex and a DL - power clean complex, and then did chin-up negative - plank complexes to close.  Simple but felt great.  This morning I got up and ran the 3.5 mile lake loop.  I can't say I exactly had pain but I definitely started feeling the calf about a mile in and it's feeling a little sore now, so I think I'll give the tape a try next time.  I'm not too badly deconditioned but I'm ready to start kicking it up a notch and this lingering discomfort is really discouraging.

The Lounge 2015 Gardening thread May 26 2015
19:13 (UTC)
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Nice, Kevin!  You are going to be drowning in produce this year.  Moving all that soil was a heckuva workout.

The Lounge 2015 Gardening thread May 26 2015
02:50 (UTC)
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I got the first good haul of the year today!  First I thinned out the lettuce and had tons of baby greens for lunch.  Then I had to dig up some potatoes to make room to plant the peppers, harvested four big broccoli stalks, and pinched off the basil, and that became a potato peanut curry for dinner.  I've even got some early raspberries that weren't quite ready to pick today but will be in a couple days.

Besides the peppers, I also planted a couple rows of sweet onions and a few new asparagus starts for next year.  My cabbages never really took, so I'll probably start some seeds in containers to transplant.  Besides the food garden, I got tons of grass and weeds cleared out of the ornamental bed, got a few sedums planted, did lots of pruning on the haguro nashiki and the forsythia, got the dahlias caged, got the milkweed tied up, and pulled a bunch of morning glory.  The garden is really looking pretty awesome right now!  We're rich with peonies and calla lilies, the coreopsis just bloomed, and we're about to get milkweed blooms too.

The Lounge 2015 Gardening thread May 23 2015
23:32 (UTC)
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Original Post by spoiled_candy:

What do you think of this...
Straw bale garden

That seems to me like it would require a lot of fertilizer.

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 23 2015
23:29 (UTC)
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Congrats Metmom!  You hung in there.  *\/*

Crazi, your dancing sounds amazing.  It would take a LOT for me to be brave enough to do that!

After 2 weeks and 2 days off the trails I got out and did 3.7 miles this morning.  No problems with the calf so I think I'm clear start doing base miles again.  I might try tape if it seems a little tender but today it was fine.  It's only three weeks to my race so I can't do anything crazy!

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 22 2015
06:06 (UTC)
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Edelweiss - dead hangs all the way!

Trial finally ended today and I got myself back in the weight room tonight. After testing the calf - almost as good as new! - I decided to do a ton of reps of snatch balances and see where the weight was challenging but doable. That seemed.to be around 50 pounds, but I did work up to it. Other than that I did some chin up and pull up practice, some box jumps and some front squats. I'm probably OK to run now so I might go out after work tomorrow.
The Lounge Does anyone else with long hair have to... May 21 2015
19:34 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

I usually roll my stray hairs up into a little spider-looking wad that end up on the shower floor.  I'm sure my husband is thrilled by that.

I throw the ball over the top of the shower and try to hit the garbage can.  Sometimes I miss, and sometimes it rolls beside the toilet or under the vanity or somewhere and I forget about it.  Even when I hit the can sometimes I find it on the floor later because the dog goes snacking in the garbage and spits out the hair.

The Lounge The Joys of apartment living in Toronto May 21 2015
16:39 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

You know, water mains can break whether you live in a house, apartment, condo, or grass hut.

It's usually not up to the homeowner or apartment management to fix a water main break - that's going to be the city or whatever level of government runs the water system.

And water main breaks aren't the only thing that can cause you to lose water either. Sometimes they have to make repairs that necessitate turning off the water.

I once had a car accident which involved hitting a fire hydrant which hadn't been properly maintained, and the work crew couldn't find the mechanism to turn the water off at the hydrant, so the town's water tower was entirely drained. Happened in the middle of the day, when some people were in the middle of showering, some in the middle of doing laundry... Safe to say that I became that town's bete noir in that moment.  But we never suspect that we might turn the faucet and no water will come out, yet sometimes it happens.

I keep a couple dozen gallons of water in the back of my pantry in case of such a water shortage. I didn't buy them all at once because I was too lazy to carry them all (and not sure they'd all fit in my car either). I would just buy two every time I went to the grocery store until I had a good amount. Probably most people keep at least several gallons on hand, I would think. Or they might have a water cooler with 5-gallon jugs...

Hopefully things will seem more felicitous once the water main break is fully repaired.

#waterprivilege

The Lounge 2015 Gardening thread May 20 2015
15:20 (UTC)
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Rhubarb can take a lot of abuse.  It will also do much better if it's periodically divided - it'll continue to produce if left alone, but often the stalks will get skinny. 

A lot of the seeds I put in about a month ago still haven't sprouted.  I think the soil might not be getting wet enough on the surface for direct seeding since we transferred to drip irrigation.  On the other extreme, I'm within a week of harvesting broccoli from my early transplants.  There are about twenty plants so we'll be eating a lot of broccoli for a while!

Fitness May 2015! Fitness Group All Are Welcome May 20 2015
05:11 (UTC)
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Damn, Kev, those are some sweet gainz!

This week is brutal so far. Might get yoga in tomorrow, might catch up on sleep ...
The Lounge Why wasn?t he charged with terrorism? May 18 2015
22:04 (UTC)
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Original Post by santonacci:

It appears they only charged him with "interstate communication of threats."  Even if not fitting the legal requirements for "terrorism", why wouldn't there be charges involving a conspiracy to commit murder, or something like that?

No, that is what he pleaded to.  The article does not say what he was originally charged with, or address any of the number of reasons why a plea to interstate communication of threats might be a reasonable outcome in light of the evidence, possible defenses, etc.

The Lounge Why wasn?t he charged with terrorism? May 18 2015
21:19 (UTC)
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Probably because it doesn't fit the statutory definition

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