Monday, January 31, 2005
Nice quote in the writup, though.
Dream Theater - Awake
Corrosion of Conformity - Wiseblood
Down - NOLA
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Monster Magnet - Powertrip
In the car
Cake - Pressure Chief
Mudvayne - The End of All Things to Come
Hatebreed - Perserverance
Slayer - God Hates Us All
Slipknot - Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
In the MP3 player (in the gym)
COC - Wiseblood
Down - NOLA
Just thought you should know. Plus, it embarrasses my wife.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Warmup: 5:30 treadmill
stretching, shoulder work
1x8 @ 95
2x3 @ 135
8x3 @ 185 3 grips, Speed awesome
1x3 @ 225
1x3 @ 245
1x3 @ 265 (lost speed)
1x1 @ 275
1x1 @ 285
Heavier sets were cake
3x5 @ 225
V grip pulldowns
1x12 @ 100
5x10 @ 70
Cardio: 20 mins treadmill, fat burn setting, 120 bpm, 1 mile, 140 cals. Woo.
10 mins stretching
Workout time 1:30
I think my bench is much higher than last tested. Need to try out my bench shirt.
Friday, January 28, 2005
5 mins treadmill, bw squats, dynamic stretching
15 sets of 2 @ 135, under 60 secs rest
HS hamstring curls
1x20 @ 45
3x10 @ 70
10 minutes of stretching
Total workout time: 55 minutes
Back felt OK.
Overall, good work.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Monday, January 24, 2005
Why we continue to spend tax money violating the Constitution to protect children (and or adults) from material deemed objectionable boggles my mind.
The porn in question apparently contains scenes of simulated rape and killing. I'd guess graphic. Certainly not something I want to watch, but who am I to tell YOU what you can watch? And who is the Federal Government, bound by the Constitution, to tell ANYONE?
So long as the participants in the film are willing participants and no crime was really committed or individual injured, I really just don't see the point. Do we need a national morality policy?
If so, I propose we examine the morality of incarcerating people who smoke pot and bombing sovereign nations who haven't attacked us. But that's just me.
Friday, January 21, 2005
The purpose of Indiana's marriage law is to encourage responsible procreation and the rearing of children in a stable environment, Barnes wrote in the 42-page decision. Because same-sex couples can't naturally reproduce, they don't need or deserve the same legal protection, even though the court acknowledged they can adopt or have children by assisted reproduction.
Granted, I don't live in Indiana, but what business is it of the state? Marriage is a simple contract between two parties, not some deal with the government to provide more subjects.
Does anyone take this stuff seriously? Does the cartoon video with this song also contain some sort of deviant message designed to transform schoolchildren into raging decorators and fasion designers with lisps?
Are any of these cartoons inappropriate for kids?
I'm suprised there is even such a thing as a 'Gay Alert'.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Then think about the behavior of the US Government with respect to the Constitution and individual rights.
Charge prisoners with a crime and give them a trial, or let them go. The fact that they are brown people is not enough.
Where is the outrage?
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Of course, no one will be able to get a comment out of the gun control supporters on this, and I'd be very suprised to see any action taken to repeal the law.
Monday, January 17, 2005
Did ultrasound on the hip today, and it does feel a little better. Still on 800mg of ibuprofin 3 times a day.
I got the Parisi video - good stuff. I'm going to do at least the stretching stuff every non training day (I might go outside and do the running).
This is extremely frustrating, to have an injury and not really be able to do anything to get better. I do need to refocus on getting in the gym every workout even if I can't squat or pull, to at least do some training.
Friday, January 14, 2005
To my pro war friends and family - I told you so.
50,000 dead people. For what? All because you got lied to, and didn't listen to those of us who don't trust the government to tell us the truth. (And then you RE-ELECTED HIM!?!)
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Yet the war party continues to say (with ever changing justification) that we did the right thing invading Iraq. They are just as wrong as those from the previous administration who argued the ends justified the means.
'The workd is better off without Saddam'. So lying about WMDs, misleading the public regarding terrorists, well, that's all OK.
Face it. We were wrong.
My favorite quote:
Public Health Minister Carolyn Bennett said she's concerned over possible violations of the Canada Health Act, the Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles reports. "I don't think it's an idle threat at all," she said on her way into a cabinet meeting. "I think that there is an ideology at play that has this idea that the private sector can do things that government can't."Can you believe it?!?! The evil private sector can do something government can't? Next they'll be saying the private sector can do things better!
I think they need to look at their tax bill, and include that in the 'cost' of healthcare, as well as the wait time for 'elective' procedures.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Sunday, January 9, 2005
Warmup - 3x20 front and side raises with 5 pound plates
2x20 @ 45
3x3 @ 135
9x3 @ 185, 3 grips
Speed awesome, felt great. The heavier sets were cake.
3x5 @ 225
4x12 @ 150
Face pull (lat pulley)
5x10 @ 70
Hammer curl superset with rope pressdowns
Cardio - 20 mins treadmill, about 3mph, random setting level 5.
There is absolutely no excuse for playing Britney Spears in a Powerhouse gym.
Friday, January 7, 2005
Overall, the workout went OK.
7 mins treadmill
2x20 squats w/ bar
Box Squat (Week 1 of rookie cycle from EFS Dynamic Squat manual)
15setsx2reps @ 135
Back bothered me a little
Seated Hammer Strength Leg curls
2x8 @ 90
Lots of stretching
Beck feels OK, very tight, I can feel the source is the SI joint.
Felt great to get back in the gym.
Thursday, January 6, 2005
It absolutley couldn't be that it just didn't look like a very good movie.
Wednesday is usually a Maximum Effort Bench Press day. Since that is generally not goign to be an issue with my back (SI joint, methinks), I was looking forward to getting in the gym and getting some good work done.
Alas, it was not to be.
I was a victim of an adware/spyware attack, and spent 45 minutes on the phone with my help desk, and then another hour waiting for my antivirus program to scan everything on my computer.
So I didn't get out of work until after 7pm, which was just too late (and too long a day) to then go to the gym. Today I'm going back to the chiro, so unless I' scramble out of work early (doubtful), today isn't going to work, either.
We'll try for a DE Squat workout Friday.
As an aisde, I'm going to get the Parisi Warmup DVD from Elite Fitness.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005
"In an accompanying editorial, Robert Eckel of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver says people need to realize that both "quality and quantity of the diet are important, and that sustained weight loss may be possible with the addition of physical activity and behavioral change strategies to a modest but persistent caloric restriction — the 'Low Fad' approach."
Eat less, move more.
Simple. Instead of watching infomercials and buying diet books, do a little reading on how the body works. What you'll find is there are some different methods of body recomposition that will work for different people with different goals, but it all comes down to:
Eat less. Move more.
My suggestion? Scrap it. At a minimum, let me opt out. Hell, you can keep all the money you've already got, just let me have the 12% of my income. I'll buy something, or I'll save it, regardless, it's not any business of the federal government what I do with it. I promise not to ask for anything when I retire. OK? Deal? I dont want to have 4% of it available to go into another retirement account of the government's choosing! If I want to buy a custom circus clown outfit, let me do it!
That, of course, isn't possible, because contrary to what everyone says about 'paying in' and 'getting out', Social Security is nothing more than redistribution of wealth from those who are working to those who are not. And it's a negative sum game, because there is a huge cost associated with the program, sucking those dollars out of my pocket, and putting them in the pockets of government employees and people who may or may not have planned properly for their own retirement (of course, it isn't their fault, since they had to pay SS for the generation before them).
Tuesday, January 4, 2005
My interest is cursory, I just happen to own a Jag. There are a couple of things I've noticed since Ford's involvement with the marque.
- Shared platforms: The X-Type is a Ford Contour (no longer sold in the states), the S-Type is a Lincoln LS.
- Sub par materials: Using Ford parts in a Jag is going to devalue the Jag, regardless of the quality of the parts.
- Price vs. Performance: The S-Type competes with the likes of the BMW 5 series and the Mercedes E class. There isn't really any comparison, though.
Don't get me wrong - I love my S-Type. I think the design sets the car apart from the herd, and no other car says 'I'm successful' quite as well as the Jag does. But from a drivers standpoint (as well as a perceived value standpoint), it can't keep up with the Germans, and neither can the X-Type. The reason I have a Jag is because it didn't hold it's value as well as a comparable German on the used car market (for less money spent, I got a car that says more money spent - go figure).
They are relying on the X and S for revenue, with the truly wonderful XJ and XK lines, which really do compete with the Germans in their classes, representing what Jag is all about. Unfortunately, the X and S (especialy the X) are devaluing the brand.
Ford - you can't compete with BMW for the Yuppie money - why try?
Sunday, January 2, 2005
Normally, Sunday is Dynamic Effort Bench day, but today I had too many things to try to get done around the house, and football to watch.
Tomorow is normally a Max Effort Squat/Dead day, but I have to go to court (as a victim/witness, not a defendant) and I have an appointment with my chiropractor.
Generally, the next month to six weeks is a rough one for regular gym goers, as there is the annual influx of resolutionists (90% of whom will give up after that time period). I'm getting more used to my new job and the freedom it allows me to manage my schedule, so I may play around with getting to the gym at times other than my usual after work (between 6 and 7 pm) time.
Expect to see my training log here. I may start getting my diet stuff in Fitday, if I do, I'll link to it.
By the way... not much cooler than having the top down on the annual ride up to visit my parents on January 1.