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Raptron's Spandex Season Begins

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Hi, I'm Raptron. I do stuff like gymnastics, lifting weights, drinking cocktails, making cakes, running around sometimes... and I HAVE A POWERLIFTING MEET ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13. 

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So I guess this conveniently scheduled challenge will be all about that. I've got a SINGLET to wear and a place to wear it -- though I do want to alter it and/or buy a new one because the one I used for my last powerlifting meet is too tight on my thighs. Oh, so very tight on my thighs. 

 

What am I going to do about it? 

 

1. Do workouts

2. Do pec mobilization

 

"And season?", you ask. "What season?" Well our new gymnastics team leotards also just arrived and the first meet there is December 8 (unless we go to some Virginia Tech meet, but ha). THE SEASON OF SPANDEX. Plus, Halloween's also coming up and there's usually spandex involved... I don't know. I can't think of a theme.

 

Or other goals.

 

But I'm here! 

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1 minute ago, Mad Hatter said:

Just me or does everything in this challenge sound like a euphemism?

Don't go looking for singlet gifs or it gets much more explicit. :tongue:

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23 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Just me or does everything in this challenge sound like a euphemism?

 

Considering who's challenge it is, it's not a big reach.

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1 minute ago, Grumble said:

  Considering who's challenge it is, it's not a big reach.

Great point, clearly it's not me then with a mind in the gutter.

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Spandex season!!!!

 

I have a dance comp on the 13th (with my same-sex partner) so we're twinning on spandex-required events! Though I'll be significantly more covered, and with brown paint on my skin instead of chalk.

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17 hours ago, raptron said:

I can't think of a theme.

Spandex sounds like a great theme

 

Or did you mean a theme for your Halloween costume?  In which case... It still could be :D 

 

Edit: I just checked google to see if spandex and Halloween do in fact actually mix and holy heck I had no idea... :o

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Welcome along for the ride, folks.

 

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My zero week had...

M: heavy squat and bench triples <-- barely eked out 265# for 3 on squats (but booyah)

T: gymnastics practice

W: D&D and rest

Th: heavy deadlift and OHP triples <-- I made a quick form fix on my deadlifts and they got 500x easier again, yay!  

F: "light" squats and bench triples <-- Right hip was being a bother, so I went lighter on my squats than prescribed

S: gymnastics practice

S: beach day and rest

 

Very solid week, I think! I'm just under 4 weeks out from my competition (at the end of this challenge) and it should be pretty smooth sailing except for the fact that I'm going to be traveling from 9/25-10/4... :tongue: I've scouted out some gym locations in the various cities I'm visiting and will get at least TWO lifting workouts in while abroad. I'm leaning toward bringing my belt with me... I'm only bringing a backpack so it would be taking up a good amount of space/room but there is no guarantee that the gyms will have a spare belt in my size. And it'd be silly to limit my workouts so much before the meet. 

 

This week I might try to squeeze in 4 lifting workouts, depending on how my body feels. 

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1 hour ago, CourtnieMarie said:

can you wear the belt under clothes so it doesn't take up space in your bag? ....only half kidding.

 

That's not what what they mean by lap belt.

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22 hours ago, CourtnieMarie said:

can you wear the belt under clothes so it doesn't take up space in your bag? ....only half kidding.

Hahah. I mean, it doesn't actually take up TOOOOO much space (because you can put things in the "hole" area). I'll do some packing tests...

 

1 minute ago, AgentsSka said:

Raptron!

 

Hi.  I miss you.

I MISS YOU TOO!

 

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HELLO ALL: HERE IS A FREE FLEXIBILITY RESOURCE I JUST GOT TODAY.

It's gymnastics focused, but relevant for folks working on splits and overhead mobility. 

It's interesting to see the overlap/various with some of the circus resources. :) You may want to download it now if you are interested because I'm not sure how long it'll be hosted on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9b20kpo9i0venm/10 Minute Shoulder and Flexibility Circuits_v2.pdf

 

Day 1.1

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I lifted on Monday. My RIGHT adductor is being a bother, but it worked out okay for my lifting plan for the day. I wanted to go a bit heavier on deads but my legs said no, so I listened. I also ate a bunch of pad thai and went to bed early. I'm hoping that sleeping more will help sort out some of my body woes.

 

Plan for the week:

T - rest + stretch/mobility session at home + prep some nice chicken and rice for the week

W - doubles squat + bench + go out to dinner 

Th - haircut + gymnastics

F - doubles deadlift + ohp

S - gymnastics

S - lighter doubles squat + bench (MAYBE) + go jacket shopping + pick up some european outlet adapters 

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On 9/18/2018 at 7:23 PM, raptron said:

HELLO ALL: HERE IS A FREE FLEXIBILITY RESOURCE I JUST GOT TODAY.

It's gymnastics focused, but relevant for folks working on splits and overhead mobility. 

 It's interesting to see the overlap/various with some of the circus resources. :) You may want to download it now if you are interested because I'm not sure how long it'll be hosted on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9b20kpo9i0venm/10 Minute Shoulder and Flexibility Circuits_v2.pdf

Looks very good, thanks! :) Except for the super sports specific stuff like the jumps I think this is very relevant for most people that want to improve their flexibility.

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On 9/18/2018 at 6:23 PM, raptron said:

HELLO ALL: HERE IS A FREE FLEXIBILITY RESOURCE I JUST GOT TODAY.

It's gymnastics focused, but relevant for folks working on splits and overhead mobility. 

It's interesting to see the overlap/various with some of the circus resources. :) You may want to download it now if you are interested because I'm not sure how long it'll be hosted on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9b20kpo9i0venm/10 Minute Shoulder and Flexibility Circuits_v2.pdf

 

Awesome thanks for sharing! I recognised a few Cirque Physio drills and some GMB stuff too.

That bit was very interesting to read:

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Control – Passive stretching and soft tissue care alone tends to not cause newly
gained flexibility to show up in gymnastics skills. Control work (also known as
“active flexibility” helps bridge this gap.

 

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9 minutes ago, @mu said:

 

Awesome thanks for sharing! I recognised a few Cirque Physio drills and some GMB stuff too.

 That bit was very interesting to read:

9 minutes ago, @mu said:

Control – Passive stretching and soft tissue care alone tends to not cause newly
gained flexibility to show up in gymnastics skills. Control work (also known as
 “active flexibility” helps bridge this gap.

 

I think it's a little similar with strength - sometimes it takes a little while or extra work to be able to apply raw strength gains to skills. For example in climbing if someone trains explosive pull ups or whatever it doesn't always translate straight away to climbing more explosively without additional mindful practice.

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