day 1128 – cracked

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i am sad my phone took a hard fall. it’s like it had a bone fracture except it doesn’t grow back together in six weeks. the day didn’t go well – not feeling good, didn’t make my lifts and not being productive. maybe the turn of the calendar signifies summer vacation is through and competition training schedule is set to start up next week. the pressure is really starting to hit me now that offseason is over. offseason training was good because i got a chance to focus on new things and not worry about coaching, cutting and activity restrictions. the grind will soon begin, am i prepared??

day 1122 – harrison getaway

IMG-20170919-WA0014getting out of the city and having a weekend getaway, just the two of us. it’s a good opportunity to give us a break from our everyday routine even though we still do much of the same things on our vacation like hit the gym, play tennis, swimming and be active. we do, however, have the luxury of relaxing in the resort and spa. spent the night in the water trying to heal our bodies in the therapeutic pool

day 1120 – try, try, try again

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snatching is one of the harder lifts i have come across, but that makes me want to get it that much more. practicing them can be frustrating at times because i give up too easily and fail to lock out. i wasn’t satisfied with the many failed attempts and low success rate so i was determined to keep going until i finally got it. by the end of it, i must have made at least thirty attempts. my back took a hard hit from the barbell, but rewatching my videos motivate me. there’s no better feeling than not giving up to succeed in something i wanted

day 1113 – olympic fever

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in the midst of summer olympics happening in rio, i am also getting my share of action – olympic lifts. a little correction and a lot of practice goes a long way. i am slowly but surely getting better and smoother with my clean and jerks. i’m pleased my clean and jerks have improved vastly since i first picked it up, need to work twice as hard on my snatches so it will eventually catch up. a pretty good way to start off hump day before dealing with various pressing issues and projects with deadlines

day 1108 – the feels

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had one tough workout session but feeling darn good about everything i accomplished, even though i may or may not have my legs tomorrow. it had everything from working on squats, to trying something new, to improving my snatches. the ecstatic feeling that i once again matched my personal record box jump height, with more certainty than before. spending quality time and finishing off the friday night chilling with mo, doing whatever it may be makes my day complete

day 1104 – catching on

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monday workout consisted of a lot of barbell and practicing my technique. continuing to put work in; snatching with better coordination and form today, but must remain patient with these lifts and make sure i break all the bad habits. i am a big believer in staying reserved because good technique goes a long way. finished off the night with a softball game. i can’t tell if things hurt, are tired or sore, but it’s not a bad way to start off the week

day 1101 – snatched

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pushing it hard at the gym this morning and not letting my cold get to me. after a long session, i came out looking like i was abused but it was all worth it because i was working on a lot and a lot of cleans. despite my throbbing headache, i am stoked since i had just done my first ever barbell snatch. although it is still very raw and still have a lot of mechanics to work on, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. i’ll stay persistent and keep working on it; it’s only a matter of time before it gets better and become second nature

day 1097 – get grinding

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getting my statutory holiday grind on bright and early, so early the gym is practically empty. checking in to the gym and checking my form for all techniques. keep an open mind to all critcism for everything; that’s the only way i’ll learn and the only way i’ll get better. it’s always important to stay focused and humble and see where the journey takes me. feeling good after a workout and ready to put in the work for a strong august to recreate my dreams and reestablish myself

day 1094 – recondition

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getting up is what happens after falling down. restarting today is the best choice because focusing on my journey and devoting more time on myself is vital to a healthier and happier me. going into the gym and lifting usually makes my day better. today was no different as i surprisingly upped my deadlift numbers. i learned that i can’t do everything alone; sometimes opening up and turning to others helps me better manage my stress. my journey is not going to be easy, but i look forward to improving and picking up a few new things every step of the way

day 1080 – antidote

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yesterday was a forgettable day, but today is a new day and i can’t stay down for long. the unwanted things that went through my head was erased by a much needed workout. going all in and straight for all the heavy lifts today; exhausting my body is my most effective stress reliever. this has really become a therapeutic activity for me because my mind wanders less when i am physically engaged. all i want to focus on correcting what’s wrong and strive to be better