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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#46 Postby Crystal » Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:30 pm

25 Nov 08-Tues
Yes, today this was me:
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Cardio session. 30 minutes on the eliptical, but changed it up to an interval workout instead of my usual "hill" program, then finished with 10 minutes on a rower.

Kind of had planned an upper body day, but my wrist is still buggin' a little so I'll see how it feels tomorrow :) That being said, total knuckle push-ups for the day is (so far but I highly doubt I'll do any more!) 235 :D

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#47 Postby I'm Your Man » Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:45 pm

Crystal wrote:total knuckle push-ups for the day is (so far but I highly doubt I'll do any more!) 235
damn, I can't do that many push-ups on my knuckles, it hurts after a few, I'm not used to it yet.
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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#48 Postby Crystal » Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:22 pm

I can only do knuckle push-ups, the regular ones hurt so much!

27 Nov 08 - Thurs Thanksgiving :D
30 minutes of cardio at home on a stationary bike. I've kinda been going out of my head the last two days getting ready for field work and working on school projects. I must say the stress plus not really knowing what the hell I'm really doing for my grad work have put me in an odd mood, sort of down lately (has killed my gym motivation, I've just been so tired!). I hope things clear up over the weekend :D

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#49 Postby robert » Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:42 pm

Hey Cardio Bunny :)

Just wanted to say hi.

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#50 Postby Crystal » Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:08 pm

Hi Robert! :D

1 Dec 2008 - Mon

Pistol Squats: 10 for a warm-up
Leg Press: 15 x 180 lbs, 12 x 230 lbs, 12 x 230 lbs, 12 x 230 lbs

LP Calf: 20 x 140 lbs, 15 x 140 lbs, 15 x 140 lbs

Hack-Slide LP: 10 x sled, 8 x 90 lbs, 10 x 90 lbs, 8 x 110 lbs

SLDL: 10 x 95 lbs, 8 x 135 lbs, 8 x 135 lbs

Incline Sit-Ups: 3 x 8 x 25 lb-plate

*stretching

I don't know what it was, but I was super flexible today! I was but a couple of centimeters from doing full splits, I haven't hit that since 2004-ish. Was really fun, wish I had had a camera to capture the moment :D

Otherwise, just got back from the field yesterday and had a great Thanksgiving eating tons of Tofurkey, stuffing, roasted veggies, sweet potatos, and apple pie with vanilla so delicious. I ate leftovers for days while I was gone, it was tasty! Is it just me or have tofurkeys gotten better over the last few years?

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#51 Postby Crystal » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:57 pm

2 Dec 08 - Tues

Bench: 10 x bar, 12 x 75 lbs, 12 x 80 lbs, 12 x 85 lbs, 10 x 90 lbs, 7 x 95 lbs (failed on 8)

Rope Tricep: 10 x 50 lbs, 3 x 10 x 70 lbs

Cable Crunches: 10 x 100 lbs, 10 x 120 lbs, 10 x 130 lbs

*stretching, abreviated for time

Bench felt weak today, but understandably since I skipped it last week. Wrist is still being super bothersome, but I kinda finished up benching anyway :oops: . Failed on my 8th rep at 95 lbs in a glorious fashion. I had my headphones on, and pretty loud. When I got stuck half-way up on this rep, I let out a bit of a yell. Didn't help and I had no spotter so I just sat up and put the bar down, looked up and saw that most people in the area were staring at me :oops: , guess my yell was a little loader than I thought :lol:

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#52 Postby bodybag » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:33 pm

Didn't some guy kill himself benching recently because the bar came down on his throat? :shock: Suicide by bench press. :(

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#53 Postby Crystal » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:26 pm

I hadn't heard, but its not a problem when you bench only as much as I do, and when you also bench over your chest and not your throat . . . :D

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#54 Postby bodybag » Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:34 am

Crystal wrote:I hadn't heard, but its not a problem when you bench only as much as I do, and when you also bench over your chest and not your throat . . . :D
Crystal, please get a spotter or use dumbells. I'll delete the links if the articles are to grusome.

Iowa Teenager Dies in Weight-Lifting Accident
Nov 14, 2008
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/34467699.html

Florida Boy Dies In Weightlifting Accident At Home
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http://www.local6.com/news/15857109/detail.html

Weightlifting accident kills boy in California
November 19, 2005
http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/ho ... 779278.php

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#55 Postby LocalBrada » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:04 pm

Yeah I use dumbs since they are easier to bail on as well as they build up coordination/stabilizing muscles.

As for the whole yelling thing... I am surprised someone didn't come over to lend a hand, especially since you're a female.
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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#56 Postby Crystal » Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:01 pm

@bodybag: I'm not trying to be a meanie, so read all this as if we are having a nice discussion over coffee :D . I'd still argue that I don't *need* a spotter. It would be nice, but:
-I get sick of hunting down a stranger every week who never seems to spot properly.
-I'm not a teenage boy (like all the articles you linked) so I'm not 1) new and 2) lifting ridiculous crushing-weights because I don't know any better.
-If I ever did start to choke, I workout in a gym and not by myself so people would come running. In fact they did this time, but most stopped in their tracks as soon as the saw me SIT UP because the weight is so light.

So yes, everyone should use a spotter and yes some day I might eat these words as I slowly suffocate (still don't see it happening), but will I for this sort of a workout? Probably not. When I'm doing one rep max attempts, or heavier weights then I always grab one. The next time you bench, put 95 pounds on the bar, bring it down to your chest, then sit up with it (as you guide the bar down your stomach so it doesn't drag), then you will know what I'm talking about! Its really not a problem :D . Thanks *steps off soapbox*

3 Dec 2008 - Wed
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And I just wanted to mention that this morning I finally made it back to the small farm animal sanctuary that is located out this way :D . I love this place and am going to start working there regularly (probably Fridays). It was so great to be back and even see some familiar faces, its been 4 years since I'd been there so I wasn't expecting to see quite so many, can't wait to get into it more!

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#57 Postby bodybag » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:03 pm

You're not a meanie, I was just concerned, and I don't drink coffee.

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#58 Postby Crystal » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:27 am

Over some nice herbal tea then? Or maybe vegan hot chocolate? :) I appreciate the concern, its nice to know you guys have my back if I do something stupid :D

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#59 Postby bodybag » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:34 am

Vegan hot chocolate has caffiene doesn't it. I don't consume caffeine. Ok, back to training. :boxer:

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Re: Crystal's Training Log of Doom

#60 Postby Crystal » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:11 pm

Okay then, over Vega shakes? Raw smoothies? :D

4 Dec 08 - Thur

DB Shoulder Press: 10 x 20s, 10 x 25s, 8 x 30s, 8 x 30s, 3 x 35s

DB Bent Rows: 3 x 10 x 20s

Lats: 10 x 110 lbs, 9 x 140 lbs, 8 x 140 lbs

DB Shrugs: 20 x 30s, 15 x 35s, 12 x 35s

*stretching

Shoulder presses were hard, on the last set I couldn't get the dumbbells to my shoulders without doing a little mini-clean :roll: . These "back" days are getting pretty disappointing - does anyone have some good ideas of how I can work my back really well without deadlifting?! Something easy on wrists and for someone who has trouble holding more than bodyweight right now. Any thoughts appreciated :)


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