day 2525 – statutory lift

rarely do i have anything special on canada day. this year it’s even more boring than any other because of covid and the rainy weather. the highlight of my day was going into apex for a lift. i’m really happy to be trying snatches again and even happier that everything felt manageable. my knee does hurt when i stomp too hard or at lockout, but didn’t hinder me from getting into catching position. june was a really rough month for all things including injuries, lifting, tricking, family and people. i hope to put june behind me and start off july on the right foot

day 2520 – farmer’s tan

fridays has all my weakest lifts simply because it’s all upper body. the usual consists of bench press, curls, skullcrushers and delt raise. bench press has been making headway in the recent weeks. i’m consistently using the green plates as my working set and hit the century mark with a spotter. i’m glad my workout partner pushed me to do weights i wouldn’t have otherwise tried. the last set of bench press was a killer drop set to finish off my arms. just as i’m about to curl, my friend joked around and i’m reminded of my horrible farmer’s tan

day 2518 – box squats

i knew going in, that today’s lift was going to be difficult no matter what i do. i couldn’t do conventional squats without a proper working knee so modified it to box squats. box squatting an empty would be a win. it felt comfortable after a couple of warm up sets so started adding a few weights which soon became the green plates. pretty happy that the knee is progressing to the point where i could load some weight and bend as low as parallel

day 2516 – zoom meeting

i was just happy to be back training and almost forgot about my taekwondo zoom meeting in the evening. deadlifts in the morning garage session felt heavy, but one eighty five still felt minimally manageable. my knee is still in a great discomfort so being able to do any movement is already a win. i wonder if there’s still hope of making my two plate one rep max goal next week to salvage a completely disappointing june. i had to be very cautious with how my body felt at tricking, but being able to do any made me feel better and i have no regrets

day 2499 – pixel nation

morning lift is how i normally start each day since covid. it’s pixel nation with generations two, three and four lined up in my garage gym. today is considered my push pull day with my two main lifts being bench and row. working on my weakest of the four big lifts, the bench press, and it’s good i have a spotter. i need to learn to keep pushing and not change my form even when the weight feels heavy

day 2481 – garage view

starting the week off strong with a monday morning lift with two boys in the garage gym. today’s workout consisted of deadlifts, tempo squats, rows and delt raises. five by five deadlifts with one hundred and sixty five pounds is not too shabby. found myself being productive in the afternoon by doing some taekwondo planning, class scheduling and email drafting. all the private lessons are good to go and all required communications sent out. it’s probably a good thing i’m starting to do some work again

day 2460 – ghetto lift

we couldn’t sprint on the fields with the rain coming down, so we opted to do our first group lifting session in my ghetto garage gym. i only had fifty seven kilos to work with; i feel bad that it’s not enough for the guys to get what they need. i guess it’s enough for their first day back on lifting. we did some deadlifts, overhead press, rows, curls and even back squats with ghetto human rack. i’m going to be sore from all the curls i’ve missed in last decade or more

day 2458 – bake cookies

felt quite lethargic from the moment i woke up this morning. i cut my lifting session short because i was running really low on gas. i only completed my cleans and front squat complex plus the row and good morning superset. i felt super bored in the afternoon so popped the cookie dough made by my friend. i shared the freshly baked white chocolate walnut cookies with my parents and ate the remaining three

day 2275 – blackout matcha

can’t say i didn’t see the office power outage coming after having the many wind warnings. sure enough the power went out in the afternoon and the big boss sent everyone out early. since flightclub also experienced the blackout, i had a different kind of friday; i hungout at richmond centre, had matcha at tsujiri, hit up the gym for some spontaneous snatches and then went for a dumpling dinner. the long matcha craving was finally met

day 2239 – clean and jerk

third and final week of analyzing my clean and jerk to pinpoint where the weak point of the lift lies. in the previous two sessions, i was restricted to use only what i could strict press. i was given the green light today to test out what’s the heaviest i could safely clean and jerk. my initial thought was i wouldn’t be disappointed if i could reach forty kilograms. i kept adding the minis bit by bit and surprised myself with a fifty two kilogram max. maybe i should have set the bar a little lower but that would be selling myself short