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Do or do not. There is no try.

May 12, 2010

Kicking ass and training consistently – and with some balance – will do wonders for both your body and your mind. Get rid of all the meaningless crap in your life and your training. Get rid of the things that bleed your energy in the weight room and in life – Jim Wendler

Why two J.W. quotes in a row?  Cause the dude is a frickin badass,  I love his workouts (his mentality in general) and because he’s right.

We eschew the unneccessary in diet and exercise here at PBB, and Wendler does the same.  Simple concepts – like, “do what works, F*&$ what doesn’t,” are what guide us through the never-ending deluge of Calvin Klein ads telling us what a man looks like or the avalanche of ridiculous magazines advertised for women that feature ONLY photoshoppped women.

Here at PBB, we will redefine fitness in our own terms, get down to low bodyfat percentages and increase our PR’s every month (week?) at the gym or on the track/hill/wherever.  We will do it for health, for self-confidence, to keep up with the kids or to reclaim lost glory.  What we will not do is lower ourselves to fad diets and workouts aimed at folks who will be lead in any direction a shiny commercial points them.  We understand that there is no shortcut.  There is work.

While eating Primal/paleo et al is absolutely delicious, each day we fight the societal pressures to “eat our whole grains” and to run on treadmills.  We know, through tedious research and a belief in the burden of proof when our health is on the line, that we are on the right path.  It is in light of these truths we know that only through consistent work can real progress be made.  We know that it may take longer than “6 weeks to ripped abs,” but it is in that knowledge that peace can be found.  It is my belief that you can be A LOT closer to ripped abs in 6 weeks if you keep your head down and push as hard as you can.  Can some people get there in 6 weeks?  Maybe, but if you do, the odds that you only needed “the ONE move you’re not doing, keeping you from 6 pack abs,” or that you need to “cut these 3 foods for a rock-hard beach body” are infinitesimally small.

“Working out.”  Part of the word “work” implies a tedious task, but that’s really a connotation spread by those who aren’t currently earning a living at their vocation.  When you have a passion for what you “do,” can you really call it “work” in the traditional sense?  I love the feeling of improvement every time I go to the gym.  When improvement stalls, my enjoyment stalls only briefly, because immediately afterward I start contemplating how I can improve performance again.  I dissect what I did wrong leading up to the session: too much food?  Not enough?  How did my blood-sugar feel?  Was it grip strength?  Mobility?  Too much booze last night?  Was the fiance there?  I look for those trends in the data of my life and make adjustments from there.  Like how I outlined I was trying a BCAA supplement before working out based on some recovery issues.  Then I break down form, lifting technique, tempo, rest periods, etc.

The take-home message here is this: Find peace in the grind of a Max Effort Deadlift, a Crossfit metcon or Tabata Sprints.  Find contentment in knowing you acheive something everyday.  That you are one step closer to your goal.  Then, do it again.

The Workout

  1. Z-Health Neural Warmup
  2. Interval Sprints (Bike)
    • 10 sec sprints/20 sec rest – 12 sprints (6 minutes total work)
  3. Pushups (tired)
    • 35.5 (died*), 12.5 (died*)
  4. Contrast Shower – 1 min hot/1 min cold x 2

*Important to note that I did not pause.  I went until I literally failed at pushing myself off the ground, despite (potentially) awful form.

The Food

Meal 1 – 10:45a

  • 6 eggs (Cooked in bacon grease only from uncured, nitrite-free bacon)
  • 4 slices bacon (uncured, nitrite-free ONLY)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

As of 3:37p, I am legitimately not hungry.

Meal 2 – 8p

Bacon Meatloaf

Wow… You eat a LOT of bacon.  Aren’t you worried about all that arterycloggingsaturatedfat?  hahahahahaha. hahaha.  Sorry.  No, I’m not.  Uncured Pig fat (Organic and nitrite-free, of course) should be considered a health food on par with the two apples each day that’ll “keep the doctor away.”  Also, it has the same fatty acid profile as the fat in your assNo joke.  Consider the fact, when you’re on a diet, you’re sustaining on… wait for it… pure lard… IN THE FORM OF YOUR OWN FAT.  Sorry (that I’m not sorry) for the caps.

Via con Dios!

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