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.