day 2368 – beast kettlebells

what brentwood location needs is not one hundred and twenty one pound kettlebells, but simply ten pound bumper plates. in fact, they need to replace to whole set of bumper plates because it’s either nonexistent, missing, cracked or completely broken. i worked on heavy paused squats today and the weight didn’t feel like it was going to crush me. the same older gentleman i usually see there complimented on my squat form, gave me a few pointers hoping i could load the bar another ten pounds, and also tried to teach me how to low bar squat

day 2286 – baby steps

stepped foot into the gym or any sports facility for the first time since the freak incident last monday. i may seem crazy to many, but as long as i can limp, i wanted to do this. i didn’t do any lower body exercises, and everything i did was done seated or off the foot. i also didn’t use any barbell or any weights that i’m used to. i do see and feel progress but it’s slower than i’d like. i limped in with no expectation and left happy because it felt so good just to be back in any kind of action

day 1976 – eleiko platform

img_20200130_2040103655076142468907256.jpgi’m pleasantly shocked when i walked into city square steve nash to find two new sparking platforms with sets of bumper plates neatly lined up. i only wish brentwood would also replace some of their broken bumper plates. it’s unacceptable to not even have one full set of bumper plates in the whole gym. i stayed pretty patient for five months waiting for my shoulder to heal and now i’m itching to get back into olympic lifting. when not in motion, the ligament doesn’t bother me, but got to be extra careful and not go ham too quickly. i’ve wanted to refine my techniques and this might be the year to do it

day 1934 – hotel gym

i’m pleasantly surprised as i walked into my hotel gym to see a squat rack and bench rack. i immediately claimed the squat rack because i was afraid someone else would steal it from me. despite the ghetto equipment, the gym was very well equipped with the exception of lack of stretching mats and space. i had a leg day, not that hong kong isn’t already full of cardio from all the walking. it’s funny i’ve been lifting for over five years and could close my eyes and know the weights in imperial, but had much trouble converting the plates in kilograms

day 1894 – gym dates

keeping the gym going on through the thanksgiving long weekend. working mainly on my upper body push pull exercises. taken on a challenge with my friends to to get swole and make gains in the next ninety days. i’m pretty set on my goal to cut weight, improve body composition and make those abs more visible. this will be a big test of determination, but i can’t allow any limitations make me lose sight of any of my goals

day 1727 Рnash challenge 


picked up my gym goodie bag from winning the march nash challenge. it’s a big surprise because i never have the luck at any of these draws, contests or challenges. it’s a nice little gym bag with embroidered logo, perfect for one of the many sports i currently play. inside this gym bag were shaker bottle, a shirt, headphones, some protein bars, towel and coupons. i can definitely put them all to good use and keep going towards my fitness goals

day 1696 Рtreading 

img_20200130_2303583260435757429313083.jpgoriginally feeling pretty crummy after a day of work and taekwondo combo, and really didn’t feel like going to do any running. the perfect sign of gym rat when you autonomously drive and end up at the gym. since i was already there i might as well give it my best shot at completing today’s pre-planned workout. as i was running, i was confused why i even wanted to do this in the first place. i felt a weird appreciation for myself for having made it through the duration even when i did not want to. the size of the task wasn’t the focal point, but the fact i took on something that was challenging to me. i left the gym all smiles, but for sure feeling much better than i walked in

day 1602 – cleaning up

the day has come for i tried my first in a long time and it brought so much joy to my heart. what a great feeling it was to be able to power clean without any pain in the thumb, though not without some adjustments to protect it. though i must say that’s no indication my thumb is healed and ready for other things. it’s simply bettered to take on some vibrations as opposed to alarming spasms the last time i tried. it’s good to see my technique is still there. as i slowly make my way back to my routine work, i have no doubt my routine play will come back to me soon. it’s been much longer than anticipated, but soon i’ll be able to proudly stand tall for what i went through was nothing most people can compare to

day 1594 – new bar

i forgot to set my alarm but my body clock works well enough to wake me up at half past six so i was minimally late for work. there are days i just need to keep plug in the headphones and keep going and going; hopping from work on top of work. start off the week strong with lifting and be the first to use this newly unboxed olympic bar. getting back into my routines has sure left me sore for days and i can’t wait do it all over again to be sore for days again

day 1588 – gymery

img_20200203_144719984664445279447288.jpgthough not cleared for most activities i do, the surgeon has given me the okay to be here. my gear was ready and my bag was packed while i waited for his signal. it’s the first time in over two months i could legitmately be here in my happy place doing the happy things. a stupid setback happened due to my impatience and inability to stay put. i thought i was okay, i wanted to be okay, but only after exerting it did i find out it was still premature