USAWA Record Day results over the weekend


I did the Lift For Leroy II Record Day at Eric Todd’s gym in Turney, Missouri on Saturday.  Enjoyed the drive in the Mustang (1.5 hours one-way) and got to spend time with some people that I really like for about 4 hours.

I volunteered to do loading duties and after the Postal Competition was concluded, a bunch of the lifters did their Record Day lifts.  I will do a write-up on some of the record day lifts I saw from the other lifters, because there was a lot of impressive lifting going on all around me.

I only had 2 modest goals for the Record Day.

  • Deadlift 300+lbs double overhand (sumo) on the axle.
  • Deadlift 304lbs on the Middle Fingers Deadlift.

Both are usually well within my capability.  I missed the MFDL because I decided not to do a warmup and instead attempt 315lbs.  It only came up about 2″ before I put it back down because I felt my left middle finger skin starting to rip.  I got it set down before it ripped though, so I wasn’t upset about missing the lift.  Especially considering the bar I chose was nowhere near as grippy and sharp as the one that the Dino Gym uses for its MFDL competition.

I warmed up on the axle, because until then I had only done loading duties and was feeling pretty stiff in the knees and lower back.  Eric’s monster solid axle weighs 75lbs empty.  So I had to keep that in mind when I was warming up.

My bodyweight was 237lbs clothed.  I knew I wasn’t going to be light enough for the 105kg (231lb) class, so I didn’t care to shed some clothes for the weigh-in.

Wore my awesome cat print Vans.  Pretty sure that’s why the weights felt so light on the axle.

  • 165×1
  • 255×1 felt empty
  • 305×1 went up at almost power clean speed
  • 325×1 fast pull and could’ve held it for a while
  • 335 to kneecaps and right hand

Decent lifting for me on the axle.  335 would’ve gone if I had given it another attempt, but I didn’t mind.  My right hand cramped right after starting the pull and I had to drop it from the kneecaps.

Considering I haven’t done much axle pulling this year (maybe 6 workouts with the thumb wrapped around, and 8 (?) without thumbs, this was a decent result.  I only needed 300lbs for the age 40 record in the 242lb weight class.  If I continue training axle next year regularly, I’ll go for the age 45 record in the double overhand axle deadlift near my normal weight class.

As I was saying goodbye and walking out the door, I passed the 2″ vertical bar and it called to me.  Eric encouraged me to make a few pulls on that.  So I took a quick warmup and then pulled 208 lefty for a record in that age and weight class.  Took 188 as a warmup and it felt very light.  208 felt pretty light lefty too.  I told Eric I probably had around 240lbs in me that day.  Righty I got the down call, but it slipped at the last second, so no lift.  I could’ve tried a few more lifts on both hands but I wanted to get home.

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WIDE pinching


This is a small hollow concrete block out in my yard.  I like how wide it was and you can see I was barely able to fit my middle and ring fingers over the edge to assist my thumb in pinching it.  Weight was only 14 pounds.  But obviously the width was the hardest thing about it.  Not really the weight.  The concrete edges were very sharp too.

 

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Charlie loves pi(e)


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Watch “Slo Mo 225lb Index Fingers Deadlift” on YouTube


This lift is from Saturday’s USAWA Grip Champs at the Dino Gym. I tore a big chunk of skin on this lift and super glued it back in place for the drive home. 

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Comparing Metabolic Response to Hard-Start VO2max Intervals — Spare Cycles


This week I want to look at VO2 and SmO2 response to one of my favourite VO2max workout protocol. We will see how systemic metabolism responds to hard-start VO2max intervals. The experiments were fascinating and I’ll try to give some recommendations to dial in your own individual workout prescription. Hard-Start Intervals The principle of the […]

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Chess with Tiny Overlord


It’s been too long since I last played chess with Josie. She did not have the patience for it even 6 months ago. Today she did very well. 

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Tiny Overlord sleeping with the dogs

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Tiny Overlord builds a gingerbread house


We bought the gingerbread house at Target and then decorated it with lots of candy. 

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Teaching Tiny Overlord to ride a bike


Yeah, I look like a circus bear on this tiny bicycle. 

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