Workout of the Day for Wednesday 12/02/09
10 Power Cleans (135/95)
20 Push Ups
8 Power Cleans
18 Push Ups
6 Power Cleans
16 Push Ups
4 Power Cleans
14 Push Ups
2 Power Cleans
12 Push Ups
Plenty of time will be spent going over clean technique before progressing through the workout. The workout will not be timed but each rep must be flawless for it to count. Think of this as a skill training day. Clean weight selection can be modified up or down during the workout. Go for unbroken sets.
From a blog I read – Truth Observed. Good lesson about life.
“How I Need my Gastrocnemius!” by Del Tackett
“…I thought someone had kicked me in the calf…or maybe hit me with a baseball bat. But what in the world would someone be doing with a baseball bat out on the football field?
Unfortunately, the “hit” was also accompanied by a loud “pop”. That isn’t a good sign…or sound.
Then I went down…and looked around. No one was there. When I tried to get up, there was a very distinct feeling in my calf. The English word is “PAIN!”
So, here’s the bottom line. The big muscle in the upper part of the calf is called the “gastrocnemius”. It actually has two major portions, medial & lateral. Running up between them is the plantaris tendon.
I tore them.
Now, before you start thinking nasty thoughts about why I was even out there playing football in the first place, you should know that this happens to even great professional athletes, like Albert Pujois. So, it has nothing to do with age or ineptness or whatever else you are thinking. I am actually in pretty good shape…or at least I was.
So, I spent Thanksgiving with my leg up, icing it and trying to keep the swelling down… I was somewhere just below worthless.
It has now been 5 days and I’m still worthless. I certainly can’t walk on it. And, in fact, I think it hurts more today than ever. (Am I a wimp, or what?) My leg is discolored–something close to an unmentionable yellow. My ankle is black & blue. And I can’t do much at all.
But more than that, it is amazing to me when I realize how just one muscle and tendon can end up disrupting your whole life.
How true, though. Little things can become major barriers and obstacles that can hinder us.
Is there a relationship in your life that needs to be mended?
Is there bitterness needing to be resolved?
Is there a task that has been hanging around your neck that you just keep putting off?
Or a phone call? Or a letter? Or a visit?
Sometimes those nagging obstacles aren’t that hard to deal with. We just need to act.
I wish mine were easy to resolve. I know some of yours aren’t either. But doing nothing will only insure that it will never go away or, may possibly even get worse. That’s especially true of bitterness.
So, the best thing to do is just do it.”
The fitness application should be obvious. If you have something holding you back. Address it. If could involve going to a higher level by attacking a weakness like basic strength, fundamental mechanics, or power & intensity. Or, it could be more serious, like letting an injury rest and heal properly, or maybe a visit to a physical therapist or a naturopathic doctor. Address the weakness, don’t ignore it, don’t put it off. The whole system will be more fit if you address the obstacle.