day 2505 – dream barbell

i’ve been dreaming of getting my own olympic barbell in the last little while and it finally came true. i’ve been checking online and visiting fitness depot every so often, but all i hear is everything i wanted were out of stock. i made a trip to fitness depot without high hopes, but turns out there’s one left from this week’s shipment. now just waiting on the bumper plates to go back in stock and my garage gym will be complete

day 2495 – two hundred bound

how much difference two weeks of consistent deadlifting has made. prior to covid, i haven’t deadlifted for a few years. at the beginning of april, i was working with about one plate worth of weights. two weeks ago, i tried two hundred pounds the moment i brought two extra plates home and only managed to pull it an inch off the floor. fast forward two weeks, i surprised myself and did it for three reps. the form could still improve, but i’m pulling safely and not risking any injury. i owe it to my training partners for correcting my form and giving me that extra push. i’m looking forward to making it back to my two plate club soon

day 2483 – deadlift surprises

if you asked me three weeks ago when i started doing deadlifts after a couple years, i would not have expected to pull much over one plate. i was just trying to get my deadlift technique back, and was hovering around the one hundred twenty five mark. ever since i picked up the extra plate, we’ve been lifting much heavier. definitely felt super good after pulling one ninety five for three reps, which is thirty pounds shy of my all time personal record. i’m hoping i can match my two plate personal best before quarantine ends

day 2479 – squamish drive

i was pretty bummed out the weather cancelled my tennis plans. instead of sitting around wasting my saturday, my friend and i decided to take a road trip up to squamish to pick up the plates another friend offered to lend me. it was a long drizzly drive, but it was nice to take shadow out for what might possibly be my last road trip with him. we got home and couldn’t wait to put the weights to good use – a one rep max kind of session. from the get go, i said i would be satisfied being able to deadlift one hundred and eighty five but i went on to attempt a twenty hundred and five which was a no go

day 2429 – garage equipment

at apex for a private session working on my clean and jerks . the clean feels fine, but that jerk still feels somewhat disconnected, but still worked up to match my heaviest fifty-two kilos. the coach graciously lent me a set of equipment i could practice at home during this covid time. i get a men’s bar, and some lighter weights to practice safely. loading and unloading all that was a workout of its own

day 2251 – overhead lifts

starting october strong lifting at apex. i like taking videos during training so i can review and analyze them, also a good way to track progress. worked through the waves for both snatches and clean and jerks, both feeling pretty good. snatch wave up to thirty eight kilos and clean and jerk wave up to forty nine kilos while only failing one of each is considered an improvement. the new coach helping out at apex is also an olympic lifter so i’m looking forward to getting double the amount of feedback

day 2230 – squatting game

i laid off my clean and squat workout regime ever since i had to prepare for my test, so i thought i’d take whatever i could muster. i started with cleans but it didn’t feel strong with my sore hip flexors felt sore, i decided to cut it short and be spontaneous with the weights. i did back squats for doubles all the way up to one forty five – where i thought i’d stop. spontaneous and curious, i kept going for singles and increased it by 2.5 pounds as i felt okay. had there been a spotter, i would’ve gone for a second rep

day 2200 – morning nash

probably shouldn’t be working out doing the things i did, but i’m stubborn about it and it was worth trying. i took it down a notch for the cleans but even then it was giving my back problems. at that point, i was content with meeting the same squat weight as last week. this will be a weird week because my olympic lifting is temporarily switched thursday to give my back extra two days. was also suppose to have softball practice in the afternoon but got rained out. instead, i joined my family for dimsum, something my stomach is not too crazy about

day 2146 – rusty snatches

second apex workout since returning and i’m still trying really hard to get back to proper snatching. i’ll be the first to admit i’m pretty disappointed in the missed snatches that shouldn’t be missed. when the lifts appear to start out wrong, i give up on it far too early and clearly don’t try hard enough to save them. i was told off for doing so and smartened up after that. at least i made up for the lackluster lifts with some better back squats

day 1226 – car ironing

imageimg_20200204_2142034165295790209916393.jpgthinking about car tires all day because of expected snowfall in the city and the new tire regulations up sea to sky highway. good thing both problems are resolved. one, by stacking some plates in my trunk to the add weight to my car. it might not be much, but should still make it more grounded and a bit less susceptible to skidding. the second, confirmed that my mom’s car tire meets the regulations to get up whistler