Poland 2012, #2

It’s been my second day at the baltic sea. What a great day. So here’s what I did today:

  1. Get out of bed, go for a run on the beach
  2. Have breakfast
  3. Hit the gym for a lifting session
  4. Go to the beach to bathe in the sun and swim in the baltic sea
  5. Have lunch
  6. Teach my younger cousin how to deadlift, do some pull-ups
  7. Have dinner

Sounds great, huh?

Since I’m usually on the warrior diet, eating three meals a day seems like a huge waste of time to me. I’m under the impression of eating all the time. My diet here pretty much revolves around dairy(including lots of milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese and whipped cream), fresh fish, carrots, pancakes and sweet cakes. Guess I’ll put on a pound or two during my stay here. Then on the other hand, I’m definately not passive.

Starting the day with a run is nice. I don’t usually run due to knee issues, but running in the soft sand is a compeltely different game. Breathing the sea breeze and feeling sand and little stones under my feet is a very pleasant experience. The effectiveness of fasted cardio may be a controversial topic. In any case, doing some sports before breakfast fires up metabolism and invigorates for the rest of the day.

After breakfast, I hit the gym. Met an MMA fighter and a boxer there who just happened to work out the same time I did. I’m actually in a deload phase, so what Jim Wendler, creator of the program I’m on, prescribes, is 3×5 at 50% of 1RM. Pretty easy. In fact, it’s so easy I’m having trouble sticking to it. Hence, I spiced things up a bit. As my first lifting session every week always is about the snatch and the clean, I stuck to that pattern. Starting out with only an empty olypic bar, I did a set of 5 snatches. After that, I just paused for as long as it took me to put a 1.25kg plate on every side of the bar and did another 5 reps. This procedure I repeated until I snatched 40kg x 5 on the last set. That makes 9 sets of snatches, for a total of 45 reps – even though intensity was pretty low, this accounts for a high volume in my book. Even more so since I repeated the whole procedure for the clean, therefore totalling 18 sets (90 reps) of O-style lifts. That’s probably not a true deload program, but then I’m eating and sleeping a lot, so I guess I’ll be fine.

Then, after relaxing at the beach for some time, I took my younger cousin to the gym and taught him how to deadlift. I really don’t see why so many people shy away from deadlifting – it took me around a half hour to teach a skinny boy with no prior experience whatsoever in strength training to perform one of the most functional exercises in existance. It’s really not that hard. Obviously, there’s certain people who just can’t deadlift for medical reasons. For the general public, however, deadlifting is a way to solve so many health related problems, it’s almost frightening. Bottom line – if you can’t learn to deadlift on your own, pay an instructor to teach you. Period.

Tomorrow, another great day awaits me. Of course, I’ll post if anything of relevance happens.
So long,

take care

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