early shoulders at GVAC

Like Tuesday’s chest routine, I started sets on the 2:00 today. Felt OK. Shoulder exercises take a little longer to find a rhythm, I believe.

  • warm up
    • bench
      • 2 x 12 @ 135 lbs on the 2:00
    • DB flys
      • 2 x 12 @ 25 lbs on the 2:00
        • good. Shoulders down and back, elbows up, pinkies up. Felt a goood chest stretch.
  • behind-the-neck press
    • 3 x 12 @ 65 lbs on the 2:00
    • 1 x 10 @ 75 on the 2:00
      • too heavy
    • 1 x 12 @ 65 on the 2:00
      • shoulders were spent
  • Arnold presses
    • 3 x 12 @ 20 on the 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 25 on the 2:00
    • 1 x 12 @ 30 on the 2:00
      • could have gone heavier. Try 5 sets at 25 or 30 lbs next time.
  • front raises
    • 3 x 12 @ 10 on the 2:00
    • 2 x 12 @ 15 on the 2:00
      • important to find rhythm on this exercise.

early shedding

Lifted chest at the shed this morning. Went extra light and fast – sets on the 2:00, 5 sets each exercise, 12 rep sets. Even sets between exercises were on the 2:00.

  • bench press
    • 5 x 12 @ 135 lbs, on the 2:00
      • really felt it in my chest
  • close-grip bench press
    • 1 x 8 @ 115
      • too heavy, not recovered from bench
    • 3 x 12 @ 95
      • easy, got recovered
    • 1 x 12 @ 105
      • good weight. Do 5 sets of this next time.
  • incline bench press
    • 5 x 12 @ 95
      • easy. Maybe do 105 next time.

J-Trizzle

I spent the Memorial Day weekend at Joshua Tree. It was good. The weather was unseasonably cool, making conditions unusually comfortable. It’s been like 12 years since I was in the park. The group was a bunch of trad climbers… and me. I don’t trad climb. Ever. I think it’s stupid. But whatever, I gave it another chance. And had fun in the sense that walks on the beach are fun. The trip in general was super rad cuz everyone I met was cool and the park is great.
There’s some runout routes at J-Tree. As a friend put it:

“Bachar and Long are assholes.” – Gary

On one hand, it was nice of them to put up these routes. On the other hand, redpointing is way harder when I’m crying. Had my cell phone been with me and had there been reception, which it wasn’t and there isn’t, I probably would have called my mommy in the middle of one 5.9. Three bolts in 50 feet of hell slab is pushing it.

Deb, Marcela, and me trad climbing. That’s right, TRAD climbing.

Reflections on a nugget.

Rad light.

GVAC first iron

Felt good. Went through this routine fast, and only did 3 exercises. Good little pump though. I’m a fan of going fast through light sets lately.

  • warm up
    • bench
      • 1 x 12 w/ bar
      • 2 x 12 @ 135 lbs
    • DB flys
      • 1 x 12 @ 30
      • 2 x 10 @ 40
        • this is kinda a lot of weight, but went fast and got a pump
  • behind-the-neck shoulder press
    • warm up
      • 1 x 12 w/ bar
      • 1 x 12 @ 65
      • 1 x 12 @ 75
    • work sets
      • 2 x 12 @ 85
        • intense. good pump

Finished the whole routine, including my rotator cuff exercises, in 45 minutes.