So, just how does one prepare for the rigors of moving day (actually moving days…or even more appropriately, daze)? Well, if you’re an idgit like me, you do so by cranking-out a couple of tough-ass workouts in the days prior, just to be sure that you’re good & well zorched even before lifting that first dastardly-heavy armoire. What the hell was I thinking? Well, to put it simply, I wasn’t. Even as Meesus TTP and I sat through the signing process at Alamo Title Company, two thoughts ran through my mind. One was that I actually did have a positive net worth there for a while, during that short time I was out from under my last mortgage; the other was that, yes — quite possibly, ripping-off 12 sets of power snatches was no way to prepare for the following couple of day’s worth of toting around the assorted heavy and cumbersome accumulations of 45 years of wanton consumerism. My grandfather’s advice to me when I was a young lad (but already knew everything there was to know) — and which I promptly dismissed as the babblings of a madman — was to never own more than you could carry across the river; I’m sure his soul had a good laugh at my expense this weekend.
Wednesday’s session; Mike Mentzer HIT, anyone 🙂 I pulled-off this doozie at the Efficient Exercise downtown location:
Tru squat: (weight – 100, counter weight – 115, wide stance, 3rd pin, 4040 tempo*) 12, approx. 15 secs. rest, 10 – then immediately to:
Super-slow leg curl: 150 lbs x 10, approx. 15 secs. rest, 10 – 4040 tempo
Nautilus Pec Dec: 110 x 7 ( 4040 tempo), then immediately to:
Nautilus chest press/crunch: 150 x 12 ( 4040 tempo)
Nautilus pull-over: 200 x 10 (4020 tempo), then immediately to:
Strict reverse grip pull-ups: bodyweight x 6, 15 secs pause, 4 (5010 tempo)
Nautilus shoulder lateral raise: 160 x 10 (2040 tempo), then immediately to:
*X-Ccentric upright press: (no counter weight, no added weight) x 7 (4020 tempo)
Friday’s between-client power snatch session, Efficient Exercise Rosedale location:
And by the way, this one might not rank very high on the creative scale, but damn if it doesn’t reek of effective work!
power snatch: 115 x 7, 7; 135 x 7 sets of 3. 45-minute break, then: 135 x 5 sets of 3
*This is some of the the coolest, most inventive pieces of equipment (next to its kissing-cousin, the CZT line of equipment) that I’ve run across in all of my years in the iron game. Part free-weight, part machine — a true hybrid piece of weight training equipment. With the added bonus being that it looks downright medieval 🙂
The cool thing about this equipment — aside from fantastic leverages, biomechanical suitability and a fabulous strength-curve matching — is the ability for the trainer to apply precise amounts of positive and/or negative assistance to the trainee. Check-out the following couple of clips to get a feel for what I mean:
As you can see, there is no limit to to the way this piece of equipment can be utilized.
As is with the CZT, the X-Ccentric line of equipment is a fantastic addition to the weightroom arsenal.