- So the latest drama in strongman is that Roizo grip shirts have been banned from USS Nationals. For those of you unfamiliar with what a gripshirt is, it's a t-shirt with a sticky design on the front that makes loading stones easier in strongman, since now the stone won't slide down your shirt. Apparently the owner of the company has been taking people’s money and not delivering the product, so the chair of USS made it such that his gear was no longer allowed. Basically an attempt to force his hand. And people of course got upset and said “We just became powerlifting; now only certain companies are banned, just like the IPF”. Newsflash; we became powerlifting once someone made a grip shirt.
- And on the above, people don’t seem to understand the power of the dollar. It’s why the shirt ban happened in the first place; to take money away from the guy selling grip shirts. And hey, guess what; you get to vote with your dollar too. If you don’t like the USS decision, don’t compete in their contest. What?! Perish the thought.
- Let me rant even more; “It’s unfair; these shirts aren’t cheap! Now I have to buy another.” So here’s the thing; the Roizo one cost like $60, which yeah, isn’t cheap…but f**k me if you’re buying it you GOTTA have some extra cash laying around. Look, I have a home gym that probably has like $4,000 in it at this point, and even I don’t have a damn grip shirt because I can’t justify the cost of it. If I find an extra $60 laying around, it’s going to go to something else instead, because I’m going to get more out of my money that way. If you’re at the point that you’ve bought a grip shirt, you either have such an excess of funds that it’s a drop in the bucket, you already OWN everything else you’ve ever needed to own so that money wasn’t going to go anywhere else, OR you made a poor financial decision to start with and should probably just get better instead of trying to fix the problem by throwing money at it. Heck, I got a $5 Iron Maiden tanktop at Hot Topic that has a big graphic on it that is pretty sticky; try that.
...that guy COULD possibly be a strongman competitor
- Naming exercises after lifters was cute until we started naming exercises after lifters that the lifters themselves never actually used. The Z-press anyone?
- Bought and read Jon Anderson’s “Deep Water” book. It’s only $10 for a kindle copy, and that’s about the right price. A LOT of the book is basically the co-author hero worshipping Jon, but the routine in there looks solid, the diet is stupid easy to follow, and some of the stories of Jon’s training are pretty awesome. Well worth adding to your library.
- After buying an Airdyne, I have found my favorite use for it is to fill up the remainder of the minute on EMOM workouts with the airdyne. Great “active rest” cardio.
- On the above, I’ve been coming up with some brutal EMOM workouts. I’ve started combining events and conditioning by doing a circuit of 2-4 events, doing a new event each minute and airdyne in between. Something like, stones for doubles on minute 1, powerstairs for triples minute 2, and sandbag carry for minute 3. I’ll run it for a half hour and just be absolutely brutalized by the time it is done.
- Still no complaints with my Titan products; once they arrive that is. Definitely get your money’s worth, just have to be willing to go the extra mile when it comes to talking with the company.
- I am starting to think “skinny-fat” can’t be solved because it’s an unnatural state of being brought on by an unnatural state of living and eating. Or perhaps that means the only solution is also an unnatural one?
- What a bizarre insult to say that someone bigger and stronger than you trains, lives and eats sub-optimally. Isn’t this only an accusation of yourself for not investing enough effort?
- One of youtube’s suggested videos for me was some 700k viewed video from AlphaDestiny. Who?
- And people will read the above and say to me “Well who the hell are you?” I’m also no one. That’s the point. No one should listen to me when you can listen to a million more qualified people out there. But I’ll say the difference between me and other nobodies is that I’m nobody for free.
Notice how these people get paid to make videos; not to lift?
- “I only have access to”, “I don’t have access to”, man, I had no idea so many people were posting online from prison. Wait, that can’t be true, because inmates are supposed to be pretty jacked.
- Everyone is in a race to determine what can’t work, and so few seem interesting in figuring out what can.
- “Sumo is a natural pulling position; just look at strongman with stones” He genius, how the hell am I going to pick up a stone if my shins are in the way? And notice how those same strongman competitors have their feet as closer together as they possibly can while allowing the stone between their feet?
- And no, that’s not a dig on sumo; that’s a dig on being stupid. If you like sumo, quit justifying it and just do it.
- I immediately doubt anyone that tells me they can calculate training volume as a number.
Notice how THIS was the big strong dude in the movie?
- With everyone so concerned about overtraining, I’m surprised HIT hasn’t made a big comeback. Probably because you still have to work hard with HIT.
- My time with 5/3/1 really seems to have laid down a solid foundation to tap into with more intense training. I’ve since transitioned to some sort of bastard child of my own creation, and I’m seeing some crazy growth in short order. However, my current training approach seems far less sustainable, while 5/3/1 felt like something that could be run indefinitely. Being a little older has given me the maturity to appreciate both for what they are.
- The people who care the most about bodybuilding aren’t bodybuilders, about powerlifting aren’t powerlifters, about strongman aren’t strongman, and EVERY non-crossfitter seems to have an opinion on crossfit.
- “I can’t figure out what to do for conditioning”, no, you can’t figure out a way to do it without it sucking. Quit trying to outthink the pain and just go suffer it.