Saturday, August 25, 2012

Am I Hypersensitive or are You Just Weak Privileged?

A few days ago we had some friends over to our house for dinner, followed up with some smores for dessert. I'm carb backloading. Don't judge my diet. After all the eating some pleasant conversation started up. First talking about politics, the economy, then social issues; when I brought up some challenges I face as a swole person. 

This is where the conversation veered left into oncoming traffic and collided with an 18 wheeler hauling an M1 Abrams Tank, and so quickly vanished onlookers would question whether or not it ever existed.

I spoke about Swole Acceptance. I brought up how the swole are faced with many transgressions; stereotypes, objectification, and swolestation to name a few. That's when one of our female guests stopped me, looked into my eyes and said vehemently,

"So you're trying to tell me that because you have muscles you now have just as hard a life as I do being a woman?"  

I responded with,

"When was the last time a stranger in public looked you up and down then demanded that you remove your shirt so he can see your breasts?"

Proud in her retort, she exclaimed, "NEVER!" 

"Exactly." Was all I said. 

Her gazed looked inward for a few moments and I saw her shame. They left soon afterwards. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Swole Log 4: GZCL Program results.

After eight weeks of doing the program I designed, detailed here, I've decided it would be a good idea to post the results of my labor. 

Now the tl;dr of this program is that it is squat centric. I put my deadlift of the back burner. Ok, I put my deadlift on my neighbor's back burner, for that is how infrequently I did it. However, to say that it is only squat centric would be silly, as any individual can modify it to where the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday sessions are bench press, or over head press; with Tuesday and Thursday being squat and deadlift. 

I'm not sure how it would work out doing this program 3x per week with deadlifts though. That may result in some serious snapping shit up in your back.

Now for the meat of the the blog. My results. 

My best squat prior was 390. Here's my new max of 415. 


My old PR on bench was 290. However I haven't even come close to that number since. This is due to some serious elbow pain I have had; which I believe was cause by a shitty squat grip. Here's what I consider my new max, which as a slight pause (something that 290 definitely didn't have.) 

285x1


My best overhead press was 180. I now have 185. 


As for the deadlift... yeah, about that. It's not as good as my best performance of 500x2. But I did get a 495 sumo pull. I don't have a video but I assure you it was a grinder. I'm not happy with it, but I'll accept it since I hadn't deadlifted more than 365 for just a few reps for about 10 weeks total of training. It's not as great, but it's acceptable. 

I also followed those sumo pulls with some conventional ones and worked up to a 420x2. Also not bad for rarely pulling. 

So how do I rate this program?

Awesome. That's how I rate it. I rate it an eleventeen out of ten. I loved squatting 3x per week and the way I was pressing worked excellent. My elbows are no longer hurting when I press and my lifts that weren't the main focus of effort, pressing and deadlifting, stayed around the same neck of the woods they were in, if not going up just a bit. 

Just for fun, some other nonsense I did during the last eight weeks.



So even though I was squatting for no more than three reps for my main work sets on most days, it is clear that didn't hinder my ability to go 90% Blenderate in the squat rack. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Living Swole


Recently a member of the Swole Acceptance online community, by the name of El_Jimmer made these bad boys: 


Putting that on got me thinking. What does it mean to Live Swole?

I believe that living swole is more about developing yourself, as a whole unit; mind, body, and spirit,  than simply just building muscle and developing strength.

Being swole is a statement. You build your body in a way so that it is noticed, and sure sometimes bad things happen from this attention; but if you're living swole you possess the strength, both physical and mental, to persevere. Only by trudging the hard path will you become hard.

In your victories people will be inspired. Maybe they will also choose to Live Swole.

The greatest reason to Live Swole is that maybe because of your size or your confident attitude someone will approach you, and using your swole mind which you've developed just as well as your traps, you could engage them in excellent conversation. Thereby challenging the stigma that the swole are with brawn but without brain.

I'm wearing this to proclaim my lifestyle choice for the whole world to see. That I am a swole man, living my life's dream, and I'm proud of it.

If you would like to purchase yourself a Live Swole bracelet you can contact El_Jimmer at liveswole@gmail.com

Stay Strong. Live Swole.