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“Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.†

― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

In my personal quest to do a challenge as each class, learning different aspects and views of fitness as I go, this challenge will be my warrior challenge. I hope to live up to the standards of the guild and carry their lessons forward with me.

 

 

Quest 1

"Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied." 

- Alexander the Great's Chief Physician

I know very little about barbell strength training, and wish to remedy that. Funny story, i was trying to do squats when I first started getting in shape about a year ago, and they were pretty underwhelming because I was (I think these are the right words) cleaning, jerking, then lowering the weight behind my head onto my back to do squats, and couldn't really get enough weight to make progress in squats. So anyway, quest: Read Starting Strength Cover to Cover.

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Quest 2

“The Warrior knows that no man is an island. He cannot fight alone; whatever his plan, he depends on other people. He needs to discuss his strategy, to ask for help, and, in moments of relaxation, to have someone with whom he can sit by the fire, someone he can regale with tales of battle.†

― Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

Throughout the challenge I'm going to be seeking feedback from others, generally in the form sections on my form, as especially with my knee still healing, my focus this challenge is going to be far more on building the habits and proper form that will lead to long term strength, than on actually building much strength. Quest: Post form check videos every ~2 weeks.

 

 

Quest 3

"To wage war, you need first of all money; second, you need money, and third, you also need money"

– Prince Montecuccoli

To be warriors my wife and I bought a bunch of weights and a used bench and are in the process of building a power rack and platform in the garage (I'll link this when I post up the plans in the garage gym thread to see if people have any input). This all costs money, and to free up money for it, we're going to do a no buying things challenge. We're obviously still going to buy food, and we have a few things figured out ahead of time that are still okay, but no other purchases. 

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Quest 4

"‎The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.â€

― Bruce Lee

I've always had tons of trouble focusing on the task at hand, especially when I'm not chugging caffeinated drinks. Then when time gets tight, I get super focused and get things done. I need to be able to do this on command better. It's not even the normal things that distract people trying to work, sometimes it's even that I'm trying to do something that isn't work and I get distracted thinking about or alt-tabbing over and doing some work. Sometimes it's our work chat distracting me, sometimes it's the family, sometimes it's email. Anyway, I have developed plans to help this that would be a bit much to list out, but I've enacted some of them, and am going to step up the focus game a bit each week.

 

 

Quest 5

"The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to conquer"

- Arnold Schwarzenegger

11 months ago I basically realized I was probably going to get diabetes soon, and even if I wasn't in any immediate danger of dying, my body had declined over the years of being ignored and it was no longer able to carry me through life how I wanted to live it or to be the father I wanted to be. I started eating all paleo, biking to work, doing strength training, hiking more often, playing Ultimate again, and sleeping more. I dropped 50 lbs pretty quickly and then slowly over the last 9 months or so have been building strength and muscle while keeping about the same weight. May 12th will be my 1 year anniversary and I'd like to try and do what I can between then and now to push myself and do all I can in a year. After that I'll have to set some new long term goals, but I'd like to drop down to 180 in the next month. Quest: Drop from 187 to 180

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Motivation:

“Be the hero of your children’s story. Never let them believe for a minute that honor, courage and doing what is right is only reserved for other fathers and mothers.†

― Shannon L. Alder

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Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Team NF Warriors unite :D

 

For your purchases goal, I found that the following helped:

a) Buying everything other than food online

B) Not walking into Target. Because I walk in looking for shampoo and walk out spending $150 on "necessities"

 

Also, because I never turn down the ability for a spaceballs reference:

“There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
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yeah, our normal grocery store doesn't even have the section with pots and pans and such that most have, so that helps, and walmart actually has a lot of things in place to give me incentives not to ever walk into the store despite it being basically across the street. There's a target maybe 1.5 miles from here that I haven't been into yet in the year and a half I've lived here.

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Going to edit my first post once i have things all figured out but one SMART goal that I hope to have done just a week or so into the challenge:

 

Read Starting Strength cover to cover:

 

Make it through 6 weeks without buying anything that doesn't go through an as of yet unfinalized approval process.

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Well, sort of before the challenge really started, but down 2 pounds since making the goals yesterday.

 

One of the things I've really struggled with if you want to call it that, was trying to lose a few more pounds of bodyfat while also putting on some muscle mass, as one can't really do both at the same time very well. What was working pretty well to put on muscle without really gaining weight, and even losing it slowly was eating quite a bit on my harder workout days, then substantially less, and fewer carbs on my off days. But with the PLP60, it got to where there weren't really off days. Like, my off day one day last week was: 64 pullups, 64 lunges, 64 pushups, and a pretty grueling 3.5 miles of tier 4 scrambling (basically 4/5ths of the way through the gray area between hiking and real rock climbing). You just can't do that, run a calorie deficit, and then do your harder workout the next day without doing more harm than good.

 

So, with my PLP60 ending tomorrow, I'm looking forward to having actual genuine rest days where i do things like go for a walk, or even a hike or bike ride, but not on top of a just "less" strength training. I think this will let me try and get just enough food on my off days to get a decent chunk of protein, a lot of veggies, and run a bigger calorie deficit those days than I do a surplus on lifting days.

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Into the deadlift section in Starting Strength.

 

Haven't bought anything other than food.

 

Focus has been so/so. Good at times, probably better than average, but definitely a lot of room for improvement still.

 

I start tomorrow with barbell training. Mostly trying to establish roughly how much weight I'll be starting with in each lift by working my way up progressively from the bar, but trying to get up to something reasonable this week, rather than doing 5lbs a week. Can't really do squats with any real weight until i get the rack built so hoping to actually get that built this weekend. Hoping to get a couple form videos out of that.

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Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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I'm looking forward to seeing some pics of your rack

If we only had an HR department to complain to...

 

Anyway, things are going well on the challenge. No missed workouts, though until I actually get the rack built, can't really get the bar onto my back correctly with much of any weight safely. Shannon and I have been watching each other and working on form mostly so far. Without the rack built, I'm going super conservative on weight (my spotter can almost bench the bar, so need to make sure I'm pretty careful to stay within what I can do.

 

So far we've been doing the Academy barbell lvl 1 workout.

 

3x5 Deadlifts at 225 were pretty easy, so going to go up 10lbs each time from there for a while see how that goes.

5x5 Squats I don't trust myself enough with much weight, a sketchy knee, and no rack, so just doing the bar for now until i can count on a rack catching the bar.

5x5 Benching 140. I could do a bit more, but as my spotter can't quite bench the bar, have to be a little conservative. Aiming to go up 5lbs each time on that.

5x5 Push presses with 95lbs (i think), can probably go up 5lbs each time with that for a while.

 

I have a lot of good eating days, then one day I'll get a little carried away. Need to improve keeping my rest day calories down a little. Down a pound or two, but could be doing more without causing any problems.

 

Need to try and bust through a good chunk of Starting Strength this weekend. If I'm not done by time I do my "visiting cities where I might move" trip in a few weeks, should crank through it on that.

 

Focus was a lot better before the topic of moving came up again, and I definitely spent too much time this week looking at houses and city info online. Next 2 weeks need to be some serious focus time.

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Oh, my upcoming trip has a thread, in case anyone want to contribute info on a few of the Appalachian cities we're considering for our move.

 

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/64506-road-trip-through-the-appalachians/

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

Battlelog

Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Oh yeah, and haven't bought anything other than food. Oh, i guess we bought new rubber dish washing gloves for my wife, but necessary cleaning supplies are definitely not what we're avoiding buying here.

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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^She cannot work in the HR department.

 

Late finding this. Looking forward to seeing your rack as well. You're looking to move, is the rack going to be disassembleable (is that a word?) and coming with you?

 

edit: oh wow, broke 11,000 posts.

Massrandir, Barkûn, Swolórin, The Whey Pilgrim
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Challenges: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 34 35 36 39 41 42 45 46 47 48 49 Current Challenge
"No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. " ~ Socrates
"Friends don't let friends squat high." ~ Chad Wesley Smith
"It's a dangerous business, Brodo, squatting to the floor. You step into the rack, and if you don't keep your form, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~ Gainsdalf

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Yeah, she's basically 1/2 of the HR department as I see it, if we had departments.

 

Depending on where we move, I'm probably going to take it and reuse most of it, even if some parts need to be redone. We're probably not moving till the fall or winter though, so we decided we didn't want to wait that long. If anything though, we've spent far too much time researching potential cities rather than actually building this rack. Who knows though, some of the places we're looking at are cheap and small enough where paying for a gym might be cheaper than building one again, especially if it's one of the scenarios where we are likely to move again within a couple years.

 

Went up to 245 for my dead lifts yesterday, and felt like my legs and back could do a lot more, but my hands can't hold onto it. After some reading and discussion, going to try doing 1  working set double overhand, 1 with a turned left, and 1 with a turned right, and see how that goes. Once I build my platform, I'll be a lot less afraid of dropping the bar (currently it would drop onto my nice garage floor and probably break it) and may try to do 2 or even 3 of the sets double overhand. My grip strength is pretty decent from doing ~2500 pullups last challenge (PLP60 plus some extras early on to help me stay awake while working on projects) so may be able to go heavier once i'm less afraid. If I can keep doing 10lbs more each time, I'll be getting another 2 45s as a reward for this challenge too since I only have another 85 lbs of weight. I was pretty sore in the hamstrings and glutes today, something that hasn't been true so far before today.

 

Did 14 miles on the bike today in the process of visiting the DMV. The DMV also provided me with ample opportunity to get up to 60% in Starting Strength. Definitely excited to work Power Cleans into my workout at some point, as it seems they'll be directly helping with jumping and accelerating while playing Ultimate once I feel my ACL is up to it (up to playing Ultimate, have felt 0 twinges from it while lifting).

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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What squat form are you using (low bar/high bar)? High bar is better for direct carryover to atheltics, while low bar lets you lift the most weight.

Massrandir, Barkûn, Swolórin, The Whey Pilgrim
500 / 330 / 625
Challenges: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 34 35 36 39 41 42 45 46 47 48 49 Current Challenge
"No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. " ~ Socrates
"Friends don't let friends squat high." ~ Chad Wesley Smith
"It's a dangerous business, Brodo, squatting to the floor. You step into the rack, and if you don't keep your form, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~ Gainsdalf

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Currently I'm just doing the bar for squats and without much weight and a rack have been having trouble getting even that into a good low back position. That was my intent mostly just based on the fact that most of my knowledge comes from reading Starting Strength and that's what he recommends. May give high bar squats a try for the athletic benefits.

Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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Many people find high bar more comfortable. Some find it hurts their traps due to less surface area for the shelf. I used to be one of the later until I got more meat up there. I still don't feel as strong with high bar as I do with low bar, but low bar screws up my elbows, so I do a "mid bar" position between the two. I guess the point I'm trying to make is to experiment over time and find what works best for you.

Massrandir, Barkûn, Swolórin, The Whey Pilgrim
500 / 330 / 625
Challenges: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 34 35 36 39 41 42 45 46 47 48 49 Current Challenge
"No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. " ~ Socrates
"Friends don't let friends squat high." ~ Chad Wesley Smith
"It's a dangerous business, Brodo, squatting to the floor. You step into the rack, and if you don't keep your form, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~ Gainsdalf

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All this talk about squats makes me really want to give it a try. I've only ever done squats with dumbells.

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Cha 6 | Con 14 | Dex 10 | Sta 17 | Str 11 | Wis 11

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Goal 1: Eat right 6 times/week

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Goal 2: Workout 4 times/week

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Goal 3: Sleep an average of 7 hours/night

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Life Quest: write music

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Many people find high bar more comfortable. Some find it hurts their traps due to less surface area for the shelf. I used to be one of the later until I got more meat up there. I still don't feel as strong with high bar as I do with low bar, but low bar screws up my elbows, so I do a "mid bar" position between the two. I guess the point I'm trying to make is to experiment over time and find what works best for you.

I'm with you with this. LBBS hurts my elbows and shoulders. Does it get any better?

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I'm with you with this. LBBS hurts my elbows and shoulders. Does it get any better?

 

I believe it's a mobility thing more than anything else. I don't know if it gets any ebtter. It didn't no matter what I tried, but has gone away sinc switching to mid-bar. It comes back every time I try low barring again to add a few lb onto my squat.

Massrandir, Barkûn, Swolórin, The Whey Pilgrim
500 / 330 / 625
Challenges: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 34 35 36 39 41 42 45 46 47 48 49 Current Challenge
"No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. " ~ Socrates
"Friends don't let friends squat high." ~ Chad Wesley Smith
"It's a dangerous business, Brodo, squatting to the floor. You step into the rack, and if you don't keep your form, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~ Gainsdalf

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I believe it's a mobility thing more than anything else. I don't know if it gets any ebtter. It didn't no matter what I tried, but has gone away sinc switching to mid-bar. It comes back every time I try low barring again to add a few lb onto my squat.

OK. I widened my grip considerably and it left for the most part. Just worrying about when the weight gets heavier
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Went up to 255 on my DL today. I had previously been feeling pretty shaky about my grip strength and was planning on doing 1 set double overhand, then mixed grip for my last 2 sets. My first pull with a mixed grip was laughable, as in that made the lift so much easier i would need to add a considerable amount more weight. I finished out my sets all double overhand other than that 1 mixed pull. I think for now I'm going to just keep going up 10 lbs each time, maybe 15 or 20 if I'm feeling chipper and see how long my double overhand grip can keep up. Torn though, i could do 1 set double overhand as like a grip strength working set, then add more weight and do 2 sets mixed grip. Hmm...

 

I have basically been a focus pro for the last few days, which is good because I have a ton of work to get done between now and next thursday when I leave for a trip. Some has to be done before I leave and some will just make my trip vastly more relaxing if it is done before I leave. I did take a break and whip up a quick stand up desk. Working sitting down for 12-15 hours a day is just terrible, and my chair's padding is wearing out. If we weren't moving soon, I'd get a new chair, since I am still going to sit at times, but seems dumb before the move.

 

Along the lines of both our focus goal and our not spending goal, my wife and I have been doing some reading and some action on the raw amount of stuff in our house. We've sorted books/movies into get rid of, keep, read/watch then get rid of, and wait and see how far we're moving piles. She especially has started cleaning out her closet a bit and we've been gathering up useless things that aren't hugely sentimental, aren't especially pretty, and take up space. While the move is still pretty far off, there's a lot of travelling between then and now, so need to get a start so we don't just end up moving all the same crap to a new house.

 

We bought our first non-food thing yesterday: a dog cable thing so that our friend's without a fence tight enough or tall enough to restrain watch our dog can watch her while we're away. 0 regrets on that purchase: it was considered, useful, and only $20 when the alternative was paying $150 to take her with us on our scouting trip.

 

Up to 68% in Starting Strength. My attempts to do a few power cleans today at the end of my workout were pretty terrible. I don't seem to be able to get my elbows up high enough. Need to work on a bit of flexibility and a wider grip. Doing power cleans after deadlifts isn't making it easier either, but it was just to try and do the form a bit with it fresh in my mind.

 

Next 2 workouts I'm going to record and post up in the form check section. Conveniently, we just ran into some stuff with work where I needed photoshop and decided there was enough value in the rest of the Creative Cloud to get the whole thing, so I have premier to edit up the videos so they're not mad long. I doubt I'll get time to do that before we leave, but can edit them while we're travelling and post them when I get a chance.

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Level 4 Lycan Warrior

Challenges: 4-Warrior, 3-Assassin, 2-Adventurer, 1-Recruit

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Go ahead and laugh all you want to, I got my philosophy and I trust it like the ground. That's why my philosophy keeps me walking when I'm falling down -Ben Fold's Five "Philosophy"

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When doing sets that I can manage at least 1 rep overhand, I typically do them until I can't overhand anymroe, then switch to mixed grip for the rest of the sets. Eventually as you keep increasing weight, it'll beomce using overhand for warm-ups and mixed grip for your entire working sets and even some warm-ups.

Massrandir, Barkûn, Swolórin, The Whey Pilgrim
500 / 330 / 625
Challenges: 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 34 35 36 39 41 42 45 46 47 48 49 Current Challenge
"No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. " ~ Socrates
"Friends don't let friends squat high." ~ Chad Wesley Smith
"It's a dangerous business, Brodo, squatting to the floor. You step into the rack, and if you don't keep your form, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~ Gainsdalf

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