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Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:26 am
by KPj
I've wanted one for a while but now i'm preparing for a competition I figured it was justified. I've done all my heaviest lifts with no belt for years.

Been trying to hold off on getting one for as long as possible. I've used a belt about twice in my life. I felt a good bit stronger on the squat but it screwed up my deadlift although I realise it'll just take some getting used to.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:00 am
by KenDowns
Leave it one notch looser on the deadlift. For squat you want to be unable to breathe, but for dead you want it a bit looser.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:07 am
by Dub
Completed the Swimming test today. Also now I'm almost a cerftified swimming teacher, I just didn't care to do the written exam and pay money to some union. But anyway.

The test was no warm-up, just jump into the pool, rescue-style swimming for 25m, dive 10m for length, free-style swimming for 15m. Then you had to dive three times to the bottom of the 4m pool. Twice to get a ring, once your partner, who dropped to the bottom. I had to dive four times in total, because I dropped the ring on my way up. Then you had to drag your buddy for 50m on water.

4 minutes and 10 seconds. I'm ok with that. Was hard as hell.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:01 am
by KPj
KenDowns wrote:Leave it one notch looser on the deadlift. For squat you want to be unable to breathe, but for dead you want it a bit looser.
Thanks! That's probably the simplest but best advice i've had on this. Also explains the issues I had when I tried a belt before. The guy I was training with told me to put it on tight and it felt great on the squat but in deadlift I felt it changed my form and encouraged me to round forward. Adjusting it one notch looser makes sense!

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:04 pm
by ephs
Dub wrote:Completed the Swimming test today. Also now I'm almost a cerftified swimming teacher, I just didn't care to do the written exam and pay money to some union. But anyway.

The test was no warm-up, just jump into the pool, rescue-style swimming for 25m, dive 10m for length, free-style swimming for 15m. Then you had to dive three times to the bottom of the 4m pool. Twice to get a ring, once your partner, who dropped to the bottom. I had to dive four times in total, because I dropped the ring on my way up. Then you had to drag your buddy for 50m on water.

4 minutes and 10 seconds. I'm ok with that. Was hard as hell.
congrats

Re: Random crap

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:43 am
by KenDowns
I've been lucky enough to see some spectacular meteors in my life, not during showers, but when I just happened to be looking up at the sky.

Once when I was 15 or so I was rolling newspapers in the cold pre-dawn morning and I saw a flash of light that seemed to rip the sky in half over maybe 30 degrees, all in a the barest fraction of a second.

So I don't normally go out at 1:00am to see a meteor shower, especially when its below freezing, but they said the Geminid would be a good one and I got no work tomorrow, so I figured I'd go see.

Nice! Saw three big "tumblers", meteors that last more than an eyeblink, cover a good distance, and actually slow down just before they wink out. Saw maybe a dozen of the eyeblink streakers.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:52 am
by Wouter
You can barely see any stars in Belgium due to the light pollution, makes me jealous of you.
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Re: Random crap

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:54 am
by Wouter
I got 5/3/1 second edition, I like it, it got a good amount of new information.
Definately gonna try the 5x/week squat template.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:23 pm
by Dub
Wouter wrote:You can barely see any stars in Belgium due to the light pollution, makes me jealous of you.
I got some northern lights in my backyard quite often, plus those stars too.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:19 am
by KenDowns
"Life is indeed terribly complicated?to a man who has lost his principles."
– G.K. Chesterton

GK Chesterton quoted in T-Nation? What is the world coming to?

Re: Random crap

Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:11 pm
by KenDowns
Went for my average-once-per-15-years checkup today and in defiance of all justice, fairness and karma I seem to be in pretty good health.

The doctor did mention that, if I were to fall dead of a heart attack on the way out after he told me I had all these in-the-norm measures, then he learned in medical school that he should turn me around so it looked like I was coming in.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:42 am
by Wouter
Dub wrote:
Wouter wrote:You can barely see any stars in Belgium due to the light pollution, makes me jealous of you.
I got some northern lights in my backyard quite often, plus those stars too.
Nice, I hope I'm going to see them at least once in my life.

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:55 am
by robertscott
Wouter wrote:
Dub wrote:
Wouter wrote:You can barely see any stars in Belgium due to the light pollution, makes me jealous of you.
I got some northern lights in my backyard quite often, plus those stars too.
Nice, I hope I'm going to see them at least once in my life.
you see them where I come from in winter. It's cool, kinda like fibre optic lights in the sky

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:06 pm
by Oscar_Actuary
3 days left ?

Re: Random crap

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:36 pm
by robertscott
Oscar_Actuary wrote:3 days left ?
until?