Wednesday, April 4, 2012


I love my new gym. It's clean, bright, well-equipped, and has great staff. I've been there for a week now, and am totally glad I signed up. So far I've done all three days of Nia Shanks' workout and one running session. I really should be running more but I've been busy with work and writing and haven't figured out how to work the running in with my weight training. Tonight I'll be going after work, I think I'll be doing Day 1 again (focusing on deadlifts) but I might run, too. We'll see.

If you're wondering what deadlifts are, and want to see the strongest man on the planet (as of 2009, anyway) deadlift 1,008 lb (about 3 minutes in), watch THIS:

If you're a nerd like me and want to know the physics of how things work in addition to doing things with perfect form, watch THIS:

The deadlift works the posterior chain: the low back, the glutes, and the hamstrings. Of course, I'll never be anywhere close to deadlifting (you lift a dead weight from the floor, hence the name), but I'm gonna do my best to eventually get to a place where I can lift twice my weight - that's a 1 rep max, of course. For now,I'll stick with the lighter weights and make sure my form is perfect.


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  2. I love your focus and your goals. I know with those strengths you will achieve that deadlift. :)

  3. Well, 2nd night doing "real" deadlifts (as opposed to single leg dumbbell deads), and I pulled 110 x 2. I probably could have done at least one more rep, but felt a twinge in my lower back on the 2nd rep and decided to back off the weights. Want to make sure my form is perfect - don't want to hurt myself!