Yes, I have two weeks to get ready for class and I’ve already made quite a bit of progress. Course pages should go up tomorrow..(albeit in unpublished form)
Then again, this semester, anything can happen and happen quickly.
So, I have plenty to do. And most of what I can do I do not want to do.
And so, I browse the internet for stuff to buy, most…none (?) of which I really need…or even come close to needing.
Yes, that is my 6 foot, old DP 1 inch barbell. Yes, it dates from 1984.. I thought about upgrading it, but..the current new 1 inch barbells are not as good.
I’ve deadlifted 320-330 with this (I have four 44 lb plates..2 of which are shown here) and the 1 inch bars..the new ones, are rated at 250 lb.
Of course I do not need that much weight as I have a trap bar for deadlifting, which is rated at 500 lb. Given my best high handle pull right now is 314, I am in no danger of running out of capacity..at least anytime soon.
Ah, my Olympic bar..it was a cheap DP bar I bought back in 1984 from a sporting goods store. Yes, it has stayed outside..has a few rust spots here and there and some of the chrome…tiny bits..have chipped off. Yes, it has screws at the end….and the sleeves are a bit slick.
It’s capacity..not sure..but it came with 300 lb and it is probably rated at 500 or so. Again, no worries..it still does what I want it to, and I am not one who drops weights.
Bottom line: I am not strong enough to handle all of the stuff I own RIGHT NOW..even on the high handle trap deadlift. And it isn’t as if my bars are going to break. The only thing I lack is a bench that changes angles; I have a fixed one and a supported weight seat. And my squat rack is pretty flimsy and not that stable (fine for what I use it for though..which is for light shoulder presses)
I MIGHT relegate that for outside use for the pleasant summer days to do “presses off of the rack”
So about the only thing I could justify buying is a sturdier squat rack…which I could use my bench by attaching outward facing j-hooks. hmmm…
Ah…fun to think about.
BUT I have what I need to get strong RIGHT NOW. Here is Bob Peoples, the former world record holder in the dead lift and was slightly lighter than I am right now:
Obviously, he was unusually talented. But look:
Top image (first seen by me in Terry Todd’s book Inside Powerlifting ) he is deadlifting 725 lb with a 1 inch barbell and in the second image: he is deadlifting a heavy weight with a 1-inch barbell. Top photo: Then look at his gym; mine is space age by comparison. So I have plenty to get strong with right now…
Workout notes 3 mile treadmill walk (got tired..back a little stiff) then walk outside (ok, that felt great for the first mile…then ok for the next .5 miles then..achy toward the end). Couldn’t fool the body with the old “in and out”.
I am STILL not quite right with respect to endurance after last week’s shingles shot. …kind of like I recovered from a mild cold.