1st of March. First day of spring. Looking out my 18th floor office window, it certainly looks it. Sun is shining, air is crisply clear, London looks good. The old geriatric certainly scrubs up well as soon as the sun comes out.
Today is also the first day of Swedish blog project Blogg100 2014, where more than 500 people have committed to writing a blog post every day for 100 days in a row. Me being one of them. Not sure what will come out of it, but that’s the charm I guess.
So. I’ll be writing about my still ongoing training, with the purpose of rehabilitating my still aching shoulder. This ongoing project, now going on almost exactly a year, is a source of great frustration in my life. Slowly, slowly my shoulder seems to get less achy and moany though.
A while back I promised my physio to not do anything involving hanging from a bar or lifting weights over my head. Which effectively cuts out most things that go on regularly in a CrossFit gym.
What I have done, rather than stop weight training completely, is starting a strength program which now is on it’s third month or so. All based around back squats and front squats, I mix it up with core training and loads of mobility for the shoulders.
As weights started getting heavier for my squats, I could feel my knees complaining a bit, so I decided to invest in a pair of knee sleeves. My power lifter friend Bex recommended the weight lifter knee sleeves from SBD (Squat Bench Deadlift - what a great name for a company) pictured above so I got a pair. They are awesome. Just the right support, nice and warm, designed by weight lifters for weight lifters. Immediate love affair.
Next week I hope to smash my PB for the front squat (which I set last week at 82.5kg…), getting to 85kg. After that I’ll give the strength program a rest for a week and do other things, and then I intend to drop the weight down to 75kg and resume the program again. Focusing more on good form and ingraining a solid movement pattern than pushing heavy weigths all the time.
The goal is then to get to a 100kg back squat and a 90kg front squat. That would be awesome.

1st of March. First day of spring. Looking out my 18th floor office window, it certainly looks it. Sun is shining, air is crisply clear, London looks good. The old geriatric certainly scrubs up well as soon as the sun comes out.

Today is also the first day of Swedish blog project Blogg100 2014, where more than 500 people have committed to writing a blog post every day for 100 days in a row. Me being one of them. Not sure what will come out of it, but that’s the charm I guess.

So. I’ll be writing about my still ongoing training, with the purpose of rehabilitating my still aching shoulder. This ongoing project, now going on almost exactly a year, is a source of great frustration in my life. Slowly, slowly my shoulder seems to get less achy and moany though.

A while back I promised my physio to not do anything involving hanging from a bar or lifting weights over my head. Which effectively cuts out most things that go on regularly in a CrossFit gym.

What I have done, rather than stop weight training completely, is starting a strength program which now is on it’s third month or so. All based around back squats and front squats, I mix it up with core training and loads of mobility for the shoulders.

As weights started getting heavier for my squats, I could feel my knees complaining a bit, so I decided to invest in a pair of knee sleeves. My power lifter friend Bex recommended the weight lifter knee sleeves from SBD (Squat Bench Deadlift - what a great name for a company) pictured above so I got a pair. They are awesome. Just the right support, nice and warm, designed by weight lifters for weight lifters. Immediate love affair.

Next week I hope to smash my PB for the front squat (which I set last week at 82.5kg…), getting to 85kg. After that I’ll give the strength program a rest for a week and do other things, and then I intend to drop the weight down to 75kg and resume the program again. Focusing more on good form and ingraining a solid movement pattern than pushing heavy weigths all the time.

The goal is then to get to a 100kg back squat and a 90kg front squat. That would be awesome.

Advice for sinners: superglue your soul on Flickr.
Advice for sinners: superglue your soul. Found while browsing reviews for Reebok Nano 2.0.

Advice for sinners: superglue your soul on Flickr.

Advice for sinners: superglue your soul. Found while browsing reviews for Reebok Nano 2.0.

One of the many reasons why #kettlebells ALWAYS are swung towards a wall. Preferably with nobody between you and said wall. #crossfit #equipment  (Taken with Instagram at Crossfit London (New Blackboard Gym))

One of the many reasons why #kettlebells ALWAYS are swung towards a wall. Preferably with nobody between you and said wall. #crossfit #equipment (Taken with Instagram at Crossfit London (New Blackboard Gym))

Who needs expensive equipment, really?

powerandpotential:

Dying.

(Source: consultingasshole, via liftheavyshit-and-kickass)

Wow, that was quick! Ordered these gymnastic grips for pull ups yesterday (from Again Faster UK)… First impression good, wondering a bit about the distance the material causes between the outer fingers and the inner… 
Especially on Wendy’s much smaller hands, where it really looks like the leather strip could do with some tapering where it meets the outer fingers.
Will give these a go on Sunday!

Wow, that was quick! Ordered these gymnastic grips for pull ups yesterday (from Again Faster UK)… First impression good, wondering a bit about the distance the material causes between the outer fingers and the inner… 

Especially on Wendy’s much smaller hands, where it really looks like the leather strip could do with some tapering where it meets the outer fingers.

Will give these a go on Sunday!

Right! Contacted Again Faster in the US and was told they have just launched a UK dsitributor. Ordered these gymnastic grips from there, and found lots of other exciting stuff on their website as well.
Check it out: Again Faster UK

Right! Contacted Again Faster in the US and was told they have just launched a UK dsitributor. Ordered these gymnastic grips from there, and found lots of other exciting stuff on their website as well.

Check it out: Again Faster UK

Going to try to order these, to protect my hands when doing loads of bar work.

UPDATE: Turns out these guys have a UK reseller! Again Faster UK