Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?
I guess I’ll probably alienate a sizable portion of my readership by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s game. It’s not so much that I’m a Saints fan per se (Actually, I’m a Cowboys fan – so there goes the rest of my readership 🙂 ), but that I am a huge underdog fan. Anyway, aside from the game itself, I usually pay very little attention to the commercial hoopla and halftime show – and so it was last night – until I heard The Whos’ mid-montage version of Baba O’Riley (Teenage Wasteland). My ears perked, as every time I hear this tune I can’t help but to think of Cory Everson’s 1988 Ms. Olympia posing routine. This was in the day prior to women’s bodybuiling (on the professional level, at least) having become the freak show that it is currently. Cory displayed a physique on that evening that was (and still is, in my opinion) the epitome of feminine beauty. Athletically muscular, lean and graceful at 5′-9″ and 150-ish lbs (a weight most women of that height would totally freak-out about today), she brought down the house that evening with a posing routine set to The Whos’ now classic tune. If you ever get a chance to see this routine (and/or the pre judging), by all means, do so. I googled around a bit, but couldn’t run anything down (maybe it’s never been digitized?) – and that’s too bad. What a role model she was (and still is) for young, athletic women. And as always, I wonder: how would her physique have been affected for the better, had she been a full-on Paleo practitioner? I guess it’s up to someone of Corey’s genetic mold to pick up the torch and find out. Any female heptathaletes out there ready to give it a whirl and go full-on Paleo?
Today’s workout, done in a combo, “MetCon for Sprinters” fashion:
Barbell Muscle -ups –
95 x 5, 135 x 4, 145 x 3, 155 x 2, 2, 2
Straight-Bar (Pull-up bar) Muscle-Ups –
All sets of 3s
Ab wheel Roll-outs –
All sets of 6
So six total rounds here this morning – again done more so as a transition back into the gym. Each rep of each exercise was done in an explosive manner, with no grind reps. An ab wheel? You gotta be kidding me, right? Actually an ab wheel, used correctly, is a fantastic piece of equipment. You say you want to strengthen your “core”? A full ab wheel roll-out (allowing the knees to touch only as necessary to “self spot”) is a fabulous core stability exercise. Think “praying man” plank to the nth power. And make no mistake – strengthening the core is all about stability, not flexation (i.e., crunches, et al).
Still not sure yet where my emphasis will be over the next few weeks. Still feeling things out, waiting for something to emerge.