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  1. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Yesterday's log: Bench Press: 1x6x80kg + 1x7x77,5kg + 1x7x72,5kg Could've been better, but I'd rather not complain Chin-ups: 1x4xBW+15kg + 1x7xBW+7,5 + 1x8xBW Absolute shit, I felt very tired from the start Anti-pronation exercise: 1x8x20kg Increased rep number, it's getting quite challenging! Single leg calf raises (bodyweight) I've been experimenting with these since my PT told me I need more strength in the ankles. I try to make the movement as slow and controlled as possible. Extremely difficult to keep the balance Ankle mobility Still huge discrepancy between left and right
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    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Deadlift: 1x6x132,5kg + 1x7x120kg Chin-ups: 4xAMRAP (10-8-8-7) Dead hangs: 2 sets 1m10s ; 1m10s
  3. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Yesterday's log: Squat: 1x7x112,5kg + 1x9x102,5kg + 1x10x92,5kg + 1x11x85kg The 7th rep of my first set turned into a modified good morning, so I didn't attempt more. I managed to increase numbers in the following ones, though. Bent Over Row: 1x8x60kg + 1x8x57,5kg + 1x9x55kg Dead hangs: 3 sets 1m40s ; 1m20s ; 1m10s Anti-pronation exercise: 2x5x20kg Ankle mobilization The PT worked, but I still feel some restrictions on my right ankle. There's hope, though One arm dead hangs: 1 set Tried this just for fun, but managed to last 20 seconds per arm! Left side feels odd in the shoulder, though. ---- This morning I feel my lower back aching a bit (quadratus lomborum, probably), as a result of my almost failed rep in the first set of squats. Not good, because this weekend I've my shiatsu training.
  4. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Yesterday’s workout: Chin-ups: 1x7xBW+15kg + 1x8xBW+7,5 + 1x9xBW Bench Press: 1x5x80kg + 1x6x77,5kg + 1x7x72,5kg Anti-pronation exercise: 1x5x20kg Plank: 1min Dead hang: 1m30s Wall pec minor stretch ——— As I’m writing this it’s 6:50am. I woke up at 5:30 because at 6:00 I had an appointment with a skilled physiotherapist. He treats people with deep massage techniques and he was the one who cured my pubagy, years ago. I went there and asked him to take a look on my right ankle. He said it has adhesions and proceeds to massage it, occasionally sliding a wooden spoon on the font of my ankle. Unpleasant to say the least, but not the worst thing he has done on me. I feel better already, but I’ll come back a week from now for a second treatment that should fix my ankle for good. He said to keep training and loading it, because it’s weak. He suggested cord jumps and I’m definitely gonna do it as a warmup from now on. He also said stretching is not enough: I need to load it and strengthen it.
  5. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Yesterday's log: Deadlift: 1x5x132,5kg + 1x7x120kg Was tired since the beginning, afterwards I got almost sleepy Chin-ups: 4xAMRAP (8-8-8-7) Sub-optimal performance, here Dead hangs: 2 sets 1m10s ; 1m Ankle mobility Last time I was positively surprised, this time I'm disappointed. My right ankle really has “something” in the front, which hinders its ability to flex properly.
  6. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    I'm not sure wether I prepare it properly though. I need practice with the chasen, I think: the foam I make isn't as dense ad I'd like it to be.
  7. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    So do you suggest not to experiment with tongue position? I should add that my main issue is a mandible that makes a clicking noise and in the past got even “blocked” one time. I also noticed my jaw's default position is slightly tilted on my left, almost certainly because I've always slept with an arm under the right side of my face. ----- Today I felt sick in my bowels, but I managed to have a decent stretching session: Partner HF stretch Hamstrings stretch Neck&jaw sequence Scalenes stretch Partner shoulder pushdown stretch Partner HF stretch - round 2 Still not feeling all that great, maybe I caught a virus — I hope not.
  8. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Oh boy I'm gonna have DOMS tomorrow Squat: 1x7x112,5kg + 1x8x102,5kg + 1x9x92,5kg + 1x10x85kg Hit proper depth and felt every rep. I ended up exhausted Bent Over Row: 1x6x60kg + 1x7x57,5kg + 1x8x55kg Dead hangs: 2 sets 1m30s ; 60s Ankle mobility Single leg squat: 3x5 ----- I'm experimenting with tongue positioning, trying what apparently is known as “mewing” (maybe I'll open a thread about it). Basically it all comes down in trying to make the tongue rest completely on the palate as a default position. Why am I truing this? Well, I recall @Craig saying something about the important of tongue position with regard to posture and balance. On top of that, I have TMJ and I've been told by my dentist my mandible is slightly too large for my maxilla to close in a proper way. If only I could manage to increase my maxilla's size a little bit it'd be great…I think. ---- Weird thing happening during my sitting meditations. Probably due to my increase in muscle size, I feel a pressure on my left side, right over the hip. That side has always beed bigger (I have a LLD), but know I can feel the difference. Obviously it's annoying.
  9. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    It's a powdered tea and the set comes with a chasen, so I believe it's true matcha! I don't usually have issues drinking coffee with an empty stomach, but I only have espressos when I'm in Italy. Maybe a cup of mathca is stronger in caffeine, or maybe I felt sick also for other chemicals found in it.
  10. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Bench Press: 1x8x77,5kg + 1x8x75kg + 1x9x70kg Numbers are looking good Chin-ups: 1x4xBW+15kg + 1x6xBW+7,5 + 1x8xBW Shitty performance, I felt tired right from the start Anti-pronation exercise: 1x5x20kg Single Leg Squats: 3x5xBW Solid sets! It's time to increase the reps! Ankle mobility Something is slowly changing, I'm almost able to perform what resembles a squat
  11. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Update: drinking matcha during a fast is not a good idea. Nausea and vomit for me, today.
  12. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Happy new year, folks! I've few entries to make today. ---- Friday I was too busy, so I skipped my squat day (shameful, I know), but I compensated by spending the whole Saturday on ski slopes! Second season in a row, after a stop of roughly six years. Interestingly, despite my increase strength, I found skiing was an intense enough activity to drain my energy and leave me with painful muscles. I never get serious DOMs from lifting, but I do from skiing. Other things I got were an aching lower back (skiing off-track can be bumpy) and discomfort in my left knee. ----- Monday: back on training hard, last session of 2018. Deadlift: 1x4x132,5(+20)kg + 1x6x120(+20)kg Shitty numbers conclude a shitty year. My legs were shaking during the last rep of my heaviest set, most definitely because I didn't stretch my HF the day before (quads were overly engaged). On the bright side, DL healed my aching back. Chin-ups: 4xAMRAP (11-8-8-7) Dead hangs: 2 sets 1m10s + 1m ------ On New Year's Even I ate A LOT, so today I'm gonna fast until dinner. Oh and I'll drink a lot of tea! @Nathando you remember our chat about caffeine and theanine content in tea? My girlfriend gifted my with a Matcha set, on Christmas. I've always liked the taste, but I've never really been a consumer, but now that I'm drinking it daily I have to say it's amazing! The theanine content is so high I can feel my body relax as a result! Not only that: the relatively high caffeine content brings a good quality of alertness to my mind! It's wonderful for both meditation and yoga nidra (in fact zen monks drink matcha a lot).
  13. jaja

    Shaping the body; adjusting the mind

    Chin-ups: 1x5xBW+15kg + 1x8xBW+7,5 + 1x8xBW First set a bit weaker, but number went up in the following ones Bench Press: 1x7x77,5kg + 1x8x75kg + 1x9x70kg Back to the old bench, 'cause it feels way better on my back. The numbers are showing my body likes it better. I'll try to instruct better my spotters, to compensate the non adjustable bar position. Anti-pronation exercise: 1x5x20kg SLS: 1x5xBW Felt more confident than last week, but the movement was still shaky. My stiff ankle is definitely a hindrance, here. Ankle mobility
  14. I’m sorry for your injury! Hope it’ll heal fast! Merry Christmas, supple people!
  15. I've tried FiveFingers and Vivobarefoot. Both would work fine, but Vibram's FiveFingers are superior IMHO. Squats and deadlifts could actually help, but Kit is way more knowledgeable than me. ---- I have APT, so I know as a fact that your hip flexors are tight AF. Find a heavy partner and stretch them weekly. If you can't, search on Vimeo for Liv's “Slow Flow” program: there's an excellent solo stretch there.
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