Both the gyms I go to with bumper plates were closed today so I found myself, yet again, in a globo gym. When I walked into the 24 Hour Fitness that was nearby, I was told by the girl at the desk
“You have a Sport Club Membership. This is a Super Sport Gym.”
“OoohKAY,” I said, and was about to walk about, but she went on to say
“You can work out here today, but keep in mind that you’ll need to upgrade your membership to include our class of clubs if you want to come back to a club of this category.”
Everyone front squat with 135lbs after I was done front squatting, as if to say, “I can do them too,” and I couldn’t have been less impressed. One guy did it in the squat machine where the bar moves back and forth while supported by mobile Smith Machine-like supports. This also happened when I finished power cleaning on hex plates, when I moved on to front squats the guy next to me started doing sets of 10 from the hang with 95lbs.
After I was done benching, I looked for a place to do RDLs. Both squat racks were taken. I asked one of the dudes if he was using what looked like a spare bar in his rack, and he said he was going back and forth between them. I said oohKAY and decided to use one of the unoccupied bench racks to deadlift in front of. He came back a moment later and offered, “If you like you’re more than welcome to work in with me on deadlifts.”
Not really comfortable with that level of interaction with another person, I said, “Nah I think I’m good, it doesn’t look like I’m going to go as heavy as you are.”
“Oh, I’m actually about to work back down.”
“Alright, thanks,” I said, and I proceeded to exceed the weight he used to deadlift with and completed 3 sets of RDLs with the bar I had already loaded and didn’t make eye contact with him again.
Today’s MopeWOD: accept an offer of interaction, but ultimately don’t participate in the interaction.
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I feel that people have been squatting 500+ pounds for decades without ridiculously gay mobs and $40 pieces of plastic.
You’re right, we should also have stopped developing better cars after the 1930s since people got around just fine in those cya.
Aside from mobbing, do you have any prehab moves you really like? I had some pretty janky elbow pain that I figured out was a result of all the torque my elbow was enduring from bench, chins, and my high elbow high bar set up. I never found a mob that helped much but it seems like reverse curls did the trick.
I don’t have a lot of faith in most “prehab” movements since I did a lot of shoulder bullshit (YTWL rows and various rotator cuff exercises) when mine were inflamed and I lacked essential ROM and they didn’t make any real change. I do notice that when I don’t do some kind of scapular retraction, I have to spend more time maintaining my shoulder mobility, so I try to devote at least two sessions a week to barbell rows. I should probably do more scapular depression stuff too i.e. pull ups initiated with scapular depression.
My friend just posted this joke on his blog, you should’ve written it. http://thelizardman.posterous.com/a-duck-walks-into-a-bar
I thought you were a proponent of squatting with toes forward; in the video, your BW squat stance looks to be slightly pointed out.
in a fight between Mehdi and yourself, who do you think would win?
Kelly doesn’t necessarily recommend toes completely forward, he discusses an ideal range of 0-10 degrees that helps maintain the foot structure from collapsing which subsequently helps avoid valgus knees which can occur more readily if the toes are too wide. Justin has discussed the possibility that how far forward your toes point may be limited by your current mobility, so if your ankles, knees, and hips aren’t ideal, toes completely forward may not be as beneficial as working within your capacity. Are you the same Broseph who posts on the main site?
BRB dickhead posters criticize mobbing on a site called “MopeilityWOD” but won’t say anything when Justin discusses it bet you guys feel real fuckin big picking on a suicidal sex worker don’t you.
Love in Supple Places – Part 1
“Ok guys, I think that’s it. Thanks for coming”. We each say our good-byes, exchange phone numbers, email addresses etc. I close the door and take a sigh of relief. What a long day. But a successful one. I cant believe I pulled it off.
The first Mopeilitywod seminar went off without a hitch. Well, I dunno if you could really call it a seminar. I had put a notice on the site that I’d be hosting a barbeque at Mopeility S&C and we could all lift and mob together. And 11 people came! It may not have been a big group, but even a guy from 2 hours away showed up. It was nice to meet everyone. The food was good and so were the stories we shared.
“Now…..” I say to myself, looking around at the mess from the days festivities. “I guess I better get started cleaning up”.
I considered just c+ping this as the post for today.
justin lazermann writes:
Bryillient, what are you benching these days? and how many lubs would you be willing to lose on your squat if you could add the same amount of lubs to your bench?
I’ve done 250lbs x 4 in the past two weeks. I wouldn’t sacrifice anything off the squat for the bench, because it wouldn’t make a fucking difference.
Hip capsular issues. How the fkcu do you release that damn soft tissue? WTF do you do with hip internal rotation range of motion deficits when that shit just won’t release, or ART provides only temporary relief?
I, too, can’t really hit anterior hip capsule very well. Closest I’ve gotten is sartorius/TFL/rectus femoris with a PVC pipe. Something to consider is to work on whatever you can above and below the point of interest. I don’t seem to derive much benefit from hitting psoas or iliopsoas, but I do feel and see change when I work on my glutes and the aforementioned TFL/rectus femoris/sartorious area. I’ve also noticed benefit in rolling my low back on a PVC pipe, which I actually haven’t done in like four years. Recently I’ve added a simple hip internal rotation stretch for my left hip (which has been a problem area in the past) on top of the usual couch stretch, and it’s been pretty productive for both knee and hip flexion while squatting – which was surprising – and my split jerk (which is the reason I started doing it).
Bear, how much do you deadlift right now? I think I may have surpassed you in a lift finally.
I’ve deadlifted once since August of this year (did RDLs and SLDLs instead) and pulled 405lbs x 3 with a hook grip.
I’d be surprised if you haven’t surpassed me in a lot of lifts. I’ve only recently come back to near-PR levels in my squat and press, lifting 410lbs x 3 and 170lbs x 3 respectively. My bench has gone downhill pretty far, early this year I tripled 275lbs and maybe even 280lbs and for sure doubled 285lbs, I could probably do 270 or 275 for 1 at best now. The only thing I’ve legitimately PRed recently are my snatch (the week before the AO, did 247lbs for a +2lbs PR) and the barbell row (250lbs x 5, though this is debatable since the distance the bar travels is hard to quantify if you use any degree of hip extension in the movement at all).