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A few weeks ago my husband made me watch Legend of Korra with him, and it turns out it is pretty fantastic and I'm super getting into it. She really reminds me of the Buffy. Young and headstrong, fish out of water, one of the few of her kind, has to run around fighting big bads while also finding her own identity. So she is the inspiration for this challenge as I attempt to master the four elements.

 

1. Earth – Strength and Power

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Goal: Continue linear progression (5x3) weight training 2x a week, plus Strongman Saturdays

 

2. Air – Cardiovascular Endurance

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Goal: Jog/run a total of 6 miles a week, walk at least 26 miles a week

 

3. Water – Flexibility and Recovery

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Goal: Complete a 30+ minute Daily Burn mobility or yoga workout at least 3x a week

 

4. Fire - Nutrition

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Goal: Eat at least 100g protein 5 days a week, stay under 2000 calorie goal 5 days a week

 

I am competing in a Tough Mudder on May 2nd, and a Strongman competition on June 6th. My measurement of achievement will be successfully completing the entire TM course and getting a score in every event at the SM comp. 

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I thought the title said bartender.

Either way, solid goals.

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Okay new challenge thread is up! I'll be posting over there for a while.

 

One final recap of this weekend's Strongman Saturday.

 

1. We did a clean and press medley:

 

Keg 60lb twice

Log 70lb twice

axlebar 68b clean and press away

 

My first run through I had trouble transitioning, and I only got one Axlebar press before the 60 seconds ran out. The second time through was much smoother, I got 5 reps before the buzzer.

 

2. We did 1RM deadlifts from 18", increasing weights to last person standing. I hit 265lb! I tried the 285 but couldn't budge it. I was also pretty exhausted by that point.

 

3. Yoke! I've never done a yoke before so I was super excited to try it. Empty it weighs 181lb, which felt light on my back. I was able to move it with 270lb 50 feet no problem. When I tried jumping up to 360lb though I had issues. At first I couldn't even pick it up. I practiced my lifting technique over and over and finally was able to stand up with 360, but I couldn't walk with it.

The medley was:

181lb Yoke 50ft, 162lb prowler 50ft back.

270lb Yoke 50 ft, 231lb prowler 50ft back.

I think you have the same avatar/profile pic as StillWaters and that really confused me for a second.

But this is why I come here! The awesome strong(wo)man stuff.  You're a bad ass and are doing a good job of making me look weak (it really doesn't take too much effort).  I did 370# on the yoke a couple of Fridays ago and it was such a bitch.

 

And great job with the 18" pulls...again...bad. ass.

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Hey Everyone! Yeah I didn't think about bartender - but now I see it too.

 

 

 

Woohoo! PR pulls!  Congrats! 

Thanks Max!

 

 

I think you have the same avatar/profile pic as StillWaters and that really confused me for a second.

But this is why I come here! The awesome strong(wo)man stuff.  You're a bad ass and are doing a good job of making me look weak (it really doesn't take too much effort).  I did 370# on the yoke a couple of Fridays ago and it was such a bitch.

 

And great job with the 18" pulls...again...bad. ass.

 

 

Thank you so much mattyboy! 

 

 

Glad I am not alone on the "bartender" misread. I was thinking I have issues.

 

Awesome goals! What are the events for June 6?

 

 

The events are: (weights are for my 160+ division)

 

1. Keg Toss for Height: 25lb

2. Viking Press: 145lb, max reps in 60 seconds

3. Car Deadlift: weight TBD

4. Keg Loading: 140lb 60" / 160lb 54" / 180lb 48"

5. Log C&P: Last person standing format, starting at 70lb w/ 10lb jumps

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky." - Michael Scott.

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Week 1 Recap:

 

1. Earth - Strength and Power

I only had time for 2 weights sessions this week, and there was no Strongman training this Saturday :( Workouts were nothing special, between the two days I did squats, bench press, OHP, DL, pull-ups, dips, and some barbell curls for vanity. There are no tests at school this upcoming week, so getting in my workouts shouldn't be a problem. And this Saturday (the 25th) for Strongman we are going to be training events!

 

I also completed 2 short bodyweight workouts with my husband. He downloaded an app that prompts you to do different exercises while a GLaDOS style voice yells at you. 

 

2.  Air - Cardiovascular Endurance

Okay I fell short on this big time. I didn't end up going on any runs at all. But I did walk a total of 35.29 miles. My goal is to beat that number for week 2.

 

3. Water - Flexibility and Recovery

After this post I'm going to do a yoga workout and that will be my fourth for the week!

 

4. Fire - Nutrition

I do a good job of getting over 100g protein I believe 6 of 7 days, and the 7th was still in the high 80s. I did a bad job of counting total calories this week, I would often keep up until dinnertime and then slack off. I likely went over 2000 calories at least 3 days. My focus in week 2 will be to tighten this up. Even if I'm not making great snacking choices I still want to accurately record.

 

We ate at Texas Roadhouse yesterday. Getting a beer, a sirloin steak medium-rare, and a loaded sweet potato is just my favorite meal on the planet. I'm sure I looked like this while eating:

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Today's workout:

 

High Bar Squats

45x10, 65x5, 85x5, 105x5, 115x2, 125x2, 135x1x5 (30 sec rest between), 105x5x3

These were tough. I have red marks on my delts to prove it.

 

BB Lunges

I underestimated how hard these would be after squats. I grabbed the 15lb DB, got through about 6 on each side and was dying. I finished them out with bodyweight 12x3

 

Calf Raises 60lb, 20x3

 

OHP

45x10, 55x10, 65x10, 75x9 (PR for reps!)

drop set 75x4, 70x4, 65x4

 

Dips 

100lb assistance x 10

88lb assistance 10x3

 

DB lateral Raises 7.5lb 12x3

 

Excited for Deadlift Wednesday!

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky." - Michael Scott.

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The events are: (weights are for my 160+ division)

 

1. Keg Toss for Height: 25lb

2. Viking Press: 145lb, max reps in 60 seconds

3. Car Deadlift: weight TBD

4. Keg Loading: 140lb 60" / 160lb 54" / 180lb 48"

5. Log C&P: Last person standing format, starting at 70lb w/ 10lb jumps

 

Holy badass events! That is an awesome list!  Based on the lifts you are doing now, it looks like you should be able to rock these. Good luck!

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I'm a newbie lifter so this might be an obvious question but what grip is that and why do you use it?

 

It's a mixed grip that a lot of lifters use when deadlifting.  It usually allows for the lifter to be able to pull more weight as opposed to a double overhand grip.

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Yes what Matty said! When training I try to use double overhand (regular grip) for as many reps as possible. I used to have to switch over at 135lb. Now I can do a few reps at 155 before having to switch. Using double overhand as much as possible is great for grip strength, and a strong grip carries over to many other movements and activities!

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Today's workout was pretty bro-tastic, almost all upper body.

 

1. Deadlifts

135x3, 155x3, 175x3, 195x1x3 (30 sec rest between reps), 205x1x3 (1 minute rest between), 215x1x3 (1-1.5 min rest between)

225x1

225 failed attempt, no lockout. At this point I had to readjust my stuff and where I was in the gym, because it was getting busier and I lost my momentum. I tried another attempt and it barley went past my knees.

215x1, 205x1, 135x5

 

2. Seated Rows 50lb, 15x3

 

3. Lat Pulldowns 60x10, 50x10, 50x12x2

At this point I tore a callous. I (seriously) thought about stopping, but instead decided to create a makeshift paper towel bandaid (like TP on a shaving knick) and kept going.

 

4. Shrugs with 45lb plates, 15x3

 

5. DB Curls

15lb, 10x3

12.5lb x 10

 

I also walked ove 5 miles today, did some foam roller-ing, and came in at 2,010 calories and an embarrassing 89g of protein. I almost feel like it would be worth another 120 calories to get another 25g of protein in...

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I'd go for the protein. It's worth it. Awesome workout. How's the callous?

 

I ended up going to bed because I was sleepy, but I had a iced coffee/ whey protein shake for breakfast the next day!

Callous is much better, it should be healed enough to hopefully not interfere with strongman saturday! Tomorrow we will be practicing:

1. Overhead Yoke Carry - WHAT? I've never heard of this, should be interesting.

2. Keg Loading - this will be my first opportunity to try this with the implements / weights I'll be using at the comp

3. Log C&P - last person standing. 2 weeks ago we did 70lb for reps, so it will be interesting to see my max. Normally my 1RM push press is around 105lb, so my goal is to match that.

 

Happy Friday everyone! Go be awesome!

 

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