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Maximus the Merciful

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Many of you know about the ruthless ex-Stasi agent I call my personal trainer (although he could be Russian Spetsnaz, Croatian Ustachi, or a Chechen Rebel.... he's basically a Communist, a chameleon...he is evil, he has no soul....but he is a damn good trainer....I hate him, but we work out together 3x/week no matter what!)

Well today was my favorite of all our lift days....heavy legs! We do it about every 10-12 days, because I need that much time in between to recover. I focus on the complex moves...squats and deadlifts, then add in some assistance exercises like leg extensions and hamstring curls. Then I work on back by doing pullups (overhand grip on the bar), chinups (underhand grip on the bar), rows, etc.

I went on a business trip last week and only did cardio and some basic ST with some cruddy dumbbells in the hotel gym. Anyway, my excuse for today is that I got out of my rhythm of lifting for a few days.

So today we started off with squats and I got in 4 sets of 4 at 260 lbs, feeling pretty good, but I had to work for it. Trainer guy gave me an assist on the 4th squat of sets 3 & 4. Nonetheless, it was a PR, but we'll stay there for a few weeks until I can smoothly get 4 sets of 5.

Then I tackled the deadlift, determined to get 4 sets of 5....but I only got 3 sets of 4 and once again really worked for them. But I also had my first failure.

On my second set, I pulled the bar off the ground about 2 inches....then dropped it right back on the floor.

My first deadlift failure! What to do!

Trainer guy looks up me with this sh*t-eating grin, "Yor furst vailure!" (Your first failure!)

"What, are you happy I failed you miserable Commie?"

"Ve all doo eet...dis is just yor furst" (We all do it....this is just your first)

Or did he say worst?

Then he comes at me with, "Dry again (Try again). Vit so much vate (with so much weight), only tink about da vurst pool (only think about the first pull). Get eet oaf da grount, (get it off the ground), don't tink about da tird or vort reps (don't think about the 3rd or 4th reps)"

"Or we can lighten da load some?"

What, did I hear him right, did he say "we can lighten the load some"....who the hell are you and what did you do with my trainer.

I look him in the eye, "What, so all of a sudden you're Maximus the Merciful....I suppose if you lighten it up, I'll just have to do 10-15 reps right?"

"Uv gors!" (Of course!)

So I went back, got my mind straight, thought about nothing but lifting that bar off the ground just one time.....and up it went, smooth and by the numbers. I did a second rep....wobbled through a third rep....pulled with everything I had for a 4th....then set the bar down.

A third set was a repeat of the second, 4 reps and back on the ground went the bar.

But I felt good....yeah, I had my first failure...and it was humbling....but it wasn't the was more a mental battle than a physical took getting mind and body to work together, taking nothing for granted.

In the end, did I feel like Gladiator?

Hmmm....actually a lot more like Braveheart!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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    Love it!

    And be careful...I'm half Croatian!

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    1800 days ago
    Oh my stars! I knew I read GRIT on your sparkpage.. then I read this and I know it!! You, my brother, have true grit!! Lord, it's such a mental game.. and congrats on the PR!! That is just awesome!! Funny how everything training program is different.. my coach? He says "eeevey die ess leg die" (every day is leg day).. except he has no accent so it really is "every day is leg day".. ROFL..

    GREAT blog!!
    Your new friend
    1803 days ago

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    1807 days ago
    You sound fierce with your training! Which is fantastic! You must be doing something right if recovery for legs is 1.5 weeks! Nicely done!!

    1807 days ago
    LOVE IT!
    1807 days ago
    When you told us you would be moving I immediately thought of your trainer... you will have to find a good one, once you settled in the new place! You are doing great - congrats many times for all that sweat and sore muscles!
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    1807 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2013 3:10:08 AM
    Damn that reverse psychology, it gets us every time!

    "Or we could lighten the weights" indeed!

    You'd best hope Stasi Guy never reads your blogs or you could be facing some "heavy" repercussions!
    1807 days ago
    could i pl borrow your trainer!!!!???
    I am totally new to all this and i could do with some help:)
    u r totally inspiring!!! emoticon
    1807 days ago
    Love it! He sounds like the perfect trainer. Because of course, who wants to lighten the weights?! Exactly. No one.
    1807 days ago
    AWESOME - failure is nothing to worry about -just put your head on straight and do it again. I actually like the failures, because it makes me get my head on straight and sets my determination level higher. Weird motivation, huh?

    Glad you have your trainer. He sounds awesome!

    1807 days ago
  • PROT358
    Congratulations on your achievements. Failing is just part of the process. And I'd love to hear more blogs about this trainer. He sounds very colorful! ;)
    1807 days ago
    I love your trainer. :)

    I feel like I can lift a lot heavier, but I'm adding slowly and trying to maintain my form. I have the rest of my life to lift heavy, and I'm in no rush. I don't want to hurt my back again (though I hurt it while I was weak and then fell). But I typically add 5 lbs to the bar every time I deadlift. That's only 5% now - I can probably do more.

    Great job on the deadlifts! My next goal is 135. Big Girl Plates.
    1807 days ago
    That was hilarious - thanks for sharing! Sounds like he has a wicked sense of humor, too. :) Uv gors!!
    1807 days ago
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