Well, since the old crowd is here updating, I'll report in. I've haven't been checking in too much, because we no longer have unlimited internet. Our station network got so bad, and the satellite system so out-of-date that it was going to cost about US$50K to replace each, and no one here was prepared to pay like that, even divided 15 or so ways. Meanwhile, the cellular services had gotten 3G into our area, and that is faster than the old network had become. For the average users on the station, they would spend less than what used to be their share of the VSAT and network costs to use the amount of bandwidth that they had been using, so it was a no-brainer. Sadly, for the few of us who were the heaviest internet users, our cost for the cellular data service would be more, if we were to keep using like we used to.
I'm still lifting. I'm distance-training with Jason Nunn, who used to be active here. I met him last Spring in Indianapolis. I was able to train in his gym for 4 great sessions, and then he has been programming and advising me via email since then. He didn't like the relatively heavy, low-volume approach I'd been using (probably a big contributor to all the aches and pains I'd been having), so he has me on a fairly light, higher-volume routine. He has me doing a lot of mobility work, then a "big lift" alternating with a complimentary lighter lift, than a triple set of accessory work done 5x10. He's gotten me to do a bunch of lifts that I have long known I should be doing, but I didn't do out of laziness, enui, contrariness or ignorance. I do 4 workouts alternating upper and lower emphasis. Big lifts are bench, front squat, chins, deadlift variations (RDLs or rack pulls). I haven't deadlifted from the floor since before I started working with Jason, but I hope to again. This years birthday (61) was the first time in several years that I haven't set a PR in something. But that's OK. I'd rather have some likelihood of still lifting at 71, than to try to impress myself with numbers.
Jason's place was really great. He occupies the corner of one of those indoor soccer arenas, so he gets the space real cheap. He trains small groups of 3 to 5 clients. They go out on the parking lot for stuff like prowlers, and into the soccer arena (when there aren't any games) for sprints, etc. He's well-equipped, but everything has the feeling of rough and tumble, not fancy. It looks a lot like he got his equipment used from lots of different sources, which is what he did. He's got some great, hard-working clients a few of whom I met. The place has a real up-beat, positive atmosphere, as you'd expect with Jason. His wife works part time (she's also got an academic background in strength and conditioning) and they have one employed trainer. It was a great experience to get to be there, even for just 4 sessions. He does his strongman training (both his own workouts and he coaches some other strongman competitors), in a barn somewhere at a different location.
Jason will be competing in the amateur strongman competition at the Arnold this weekend. I don't know if it will be on some obscure cable channel, but there should be some updates on line.
Sorry to ramble on for so long. Nice to seen most of the crowd together again.
Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.--Francis Chan