My favorite twitter follows

I’ve excluded most who I would consider to be “follow because they are friends” accounts.

Transgender athletes debate

One of the more contentious debates that I see are those about allowing “male to female” transgender to compete in female divisions.

What I find astonishing is that are are some who have very loud voices who honestly do not understand what a statistical advantage biological males have.

Let’s look at weight lifting.

This female lifter is Olympic caliber and she recently clean and jerked 300+ lb in practice. Yes, that is stronger than the vast majority of gym-bros and would be respectable for, say, a D3 lineman.

Pretty impressive! But look at how a top male weightlifter handles that amount of weight:

Yes, I know, more than most, how heavy that is: (handles are 4 inches higher than a neutral grip; some trap bars have 8 inch handles). I busted my gut to get this to my waist.

That shoulder…

The minor injuries that are hardest to heal up from..for me, are those that aren’t super painful but can be made worse with overuse. My piriformis and shoulder are like that.

I was going to lift on the porch today; it turns out that my shoulder is not ready for “workout level” shoulder presses with dumbbells; getting them from the racked position to overhead is just too painful.

pull ups: singles, set of 10, lots of sets of 5 (50 reps); ok

incline presses: 10 x 116, 7 x 126, 2 sets of 5 x 134 (actually went ok)

rows: 3 sets of 10 x 134

Supported shoulder presses: 10 x 94, 7 x 104, 10 x 94

curls: 3 sets of 10: 50, 52, 52.

This took a while as I moved weights back and forth.