Blocky

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  1. Blocky

    Blocky is Knee Deep in the Dead

    My gym music is now a weird mix of Original Doom, Doom remakes, a little bit of the terran music from Starcraft, a little from Halos 1- 4
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    Deckard studies the Skeleton King

    I have done a ton of different variations on my lifts over the last few years. I tend to break it down as 1 step variations ansd 2 step variations (occasionally 3 step but not very often), with the concept being that a 1 step variation is pretty similiar to the competition lift and only changes 1 thing. For example: going from high bar squatting to low bar squatting or flat shoes versus oly shoes. 2 step and 3 step variations get less and less specific the more shit you change. So most of the variation for my main lifts would be 1 step variations, but you can get wackier with accessory work. My favourite variations for my main lifts: Squat (my comp lift is low bar with oly shoes) - safety squat bar - box squat (+/- safety squat bar) - using chains Bench - closegrip bench (this has done the most for my progress) - floor press - chains DL (my comp lift is conventional) - Sumo - Conv or sumo off blocks or deficits Using pauses or doing tempo work has never felt right to me, but is also an option.
  3. Blocky

    Blocky is Knee Deep in the Dead

    I iz doing a bachelors degree of dietetics. Going back to full time study after a 20yr break has been... rough...
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    Blocky is Knee Deep in the Dead

    If you want to get on the Doom train, there are a ton of emulators out there. I'm using one called chocolate doom and it has support for dual analogue controls.
  5. Blocky

    Blocky is Knee Deep in the Dead

    Doom has aged pretty well all things considered. But now I feel old... my original game came on the 3 inch disks. CDs were not yet a thing.
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    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    Challenge Wrap up: GOALS No STR goals - still running a moderate intensity program and not expecting any PRs to fall. Don't re-destroy my adductor: +1 CON for a working leg at the end of the challenge. Follow the program without going off book: +1 CON, +1 WIS Submit all my assessments: +1 WIS Do well on those assessments: +1 INT for each good result RESULTS +1 CON for having an undamaged adductor +1 CON / +1 WIS for following the program (this is harder than you would think) +1 WIS for remembering to submit all my assessments (nearly forgot to submit 1) +1 INT for doing pretty dang good on assessments. Everything was above 80% with 1 at 90% and 1 exam at 100%. I'm pretty happy with the result. I'm still settling into a university routine and constantly get sidetracked by other things (having personal training clients at random times does make it hard to stick to a schedule). The only thing I could have done better (even though it wasn't a goal per se) is remembering to do some Russian practice. Also pretty happy with the adductor rehab. I'm taking it a lot slower than I usually would but it seems to be paying off. If I had to give it a score I would say I'm around 70% of the way there. Still get some random aches and pains but it's feeling more stable and I no longer have the constant fear of it ripping apart again.
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    Blocky is Knee Deep in the Dead

    Week 0 - Monday Beating the hell out of demons: Squat: 80kg x 5, 85kg x 5, 90kg x 5, 95kg x 5, 90kg x 5, 85kg x 5, 5. Sumo Block Pull: I meant to go for 165kg, but misloaded one side and pulled 167.5kg... So I said fuck it and went for (what turned out to be) an easy 170kg. Then triples at 145kg. Leg Press: 4 x 8 at 160kg. Back ext: 3 x Max at body weight (19, 16, 15). Out thinking the Spidermind: I'm going to be up late tonight bashing together a chem report (I need the tutor to look it over tomorrow). I have started putting my chem notes together and doing the practice questions. Scorecard: Punch the cyberdemon in the nuggets: 1/5 (I'm counting the DL today as pushing past my comfort zone) Look as good as the pig demon: 0/5 (I've eaten erratically today) Talk to the Imps: 0/5 No progress Outhink the spidermind: - Battleplans (study notes): 0/1 - Moar battleplans (organise schedule): 0/1 - Study demon biology: 0/1 (close but needs some work).
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    Blocky is Knee Deep in the Dead

    I've been getting back to playing the 1993 version of DOOM. This was the first game I ever had on my first decent PC (it was ground breaking... it had more than a 4 colours). I've been powering through my training sessions recently with a remake of the original doom soundtrack (find the youtube here, download link in description). I will be focussing on: Doom on PC (1993) Doom II on PC (1994) The Doom novels (Massive caveat: there are 4 books. The first one is cool, basically a walkthrough of Doom from a first person perspective. Book 2 covers Doom II but is slightly less good. Books 3 and 4 completely shit the bed. If you see these books in the wild... please set them on fire). I will not be discussing (due to ignorance or lack of interest... or in the case of the film, outright hatred): Newer versions of Doom. The stupid film. Here iz goalz: Be strong enough to punch a Cyberdemon in the beanbag: I want to start pushing the intensity a little bit more than I have been. I'm getting a bit complacent with the lower intensity/higher volumes. So I want to make a concious effort to do something harder) at least once per week (and it's ok if it's on a safe assistance exercise if that's what it takes). +1 STR / week. +1 STR for any PR/rep PR. Look as good good as the Pinkies: The pink pig demons are pretty fucking ugly, but there ARE built like brick shithouses. Again, I'm getting complacent with my weight. It's not getting out of hand, but I'm just not actively thinking about it as much as I should be. So... I want to make some better decisions (remembering to weigh in, better food choices, planning meals in advance). +1 CON/+1 WIS for every 2 better decisions, +1 CON for every kg lost. Decipher the Imp's gibberish: I'm also gettinga bit slack with my languaging... using university work to pretend that I don't need to do it. So, I shall try to do 1 extra hour per week (not cramming on the day I do my lessons). +1 INT for every 60mins outside of lesson days. Be brainier than the giant Spiderbrain: Ugh... Lot's of things to unpack here. I need to: Get all my study notes in order (exams in 3 weeks): +1 INT, Organise a study schedule (ie: actually read the stupid notes): +1 WIS, Get my book ready for an open book biology exam: +1 INT. I'll jazz this challenge up with pictures and whatnot when I find the time...
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    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    Week 4 - Sat Training: Neutral grip Bench: I realised fucked up last week when I said that this variation was close to my normal bench - I forgot that the swiss bar is 10kg lighter than a BB. So it's a little under. Did singles at 100kg (RPE 8) and 105 (RPE 9), then 3's at 90kg. Pendlay Row: 5's at 85kg. Bench vs 10kg bands: 8's at 70kg + 10kg at lockout. Seated rows, bench dips, curls and facepulls. Decent training session with minimal shoulder pain. Win! Brainy Stuff: Still assignmenting... I have 3 submitted, 1 at 20% (Due in 2 weeks), 1 @ 10% (Also due in 2 weeks). Also have 3 weeks until the exams. Did Russian today, wasn't too bad. Some of it seems to be sticking.
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    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    Week 4 - Fri Training: SSB squats: 5's at 85kg. Still hard, still feels weird but depth was on point. Beltless DL: 1 at 155kg, 5's at 125kg (seriously undershot my RPE here - I was expecting this to be close to an RPE 8, but it was under 7) Leg press and back extensions. I monkeyed around with my DL setup and tightness and noticed 2 things: my back feels generally more stressed/worked... BUT the area around my SI joint feels just fine. I'll see how it goes in the morning, but I might just keep doing the same things for a few weeks to let it settle down. Brainy Stuff: Still assignmenting... I have 3 submitted, 1 at 20% (Due in 2 weeks), 1 @ 10% (Also due in 2 weeks). Also have 3 weeks until the exams.
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    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    Hooray for small miracles!
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    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    It's all my own nonsense... A mixture of conjugate, RPE based stuff and other shit I've learned over the years. I just can't stand the thought of letting someone else have direct control over one of the most important things in my life. It may not be perfect, but everytime I screw something up with programming, I definitely learn from it.
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    Blocky does moderately difficult things...

    Week 4 - Wed Training: Bench off 2 boards: singles at 120kg (RPE 8), 125kg (RPE 8.5) and 130kg (RPE 9), then many 5's at 100kg. No shoulder pain using the boards. Pendlay rows: many triples at 90kg. 3s Pause Squat: 60kg for many triples. Just trying to get used to the bottom position - that's the bit for me that sucks with the adductor issue. Pushups: 6 x 10. Pullups: many 5's Accessories: rope pushdowns, hammer curls and facepulls. Brainy Stuff: Still assignmenting... I have 2 submitted, 1 at 95% (Due Fri), 2 @ 10% (still have some time for these). Also have 3 weeks until the exams.
  14. I have no interesting goals this time around, just need to keep doing what I'm doing. My focus will be spread pretty wide with lots of little goals. GOALS No STR goals - still running a moderate intensity program and not expecting any PRs to fall. Don't re-destroy my adductor: +1 CON for a working leg at the end of the challenge. Follow the program without going off book: +1 CON, +1 WIS Submit all my assessments: +1 WIS Do well on those assessments: +1 INT for each good result