I'm addicted to pain. Now that my legs aren't sore, I miss it. They were sore since Friday night. Here it is Tuesday, and it finally went away.
So I did a stupid upper body workout that I know is going to challenge me to handle a keyboard in the morning. On top of the basics--I did some extras--I can't do the superman roll (rolley thing in your hands along the floor, stand, bend at waist start with rolley thing in your hands at your feet, roll along floor until your body is straight parallel to floor, come back up.) so I held the position at several points along the way as long as I could. Here comes the pain.
We all have _something_. Some people listen to music. Some people do drugs. Alcohol. Beat their wives.
I do lactic acid.
This is becoming a seriously obsessive thing for me. Since I don't drink and weed makes me paranoid, this is it. This is my escape.
I dont know if that is pain. To me pain would be cutting a finger off.
Deep tissue muscle soreness for days is a special kind of pain.
Cutting your finger--that's acute. Lactic acid build-up and tiny muscle tears are arguably, more painful because it lasts longer. A lot longer.
Of course, if I was addicted to being punched in the face, I would have myself committed to an institution.
I like your addiction by the way. I am good with home workouts but can't make it to the gym. What do you think about a massive number of pushups as a good workout and how many?
I try handstands too, but after a while feels like you ripping apart your shoulder.
i thought small muscular tears cause the body to go into a tizzy and to rebuild those muscles. testosterone, etc.
on npr today, neurobiology of addiction (audio):
if you're really addicted, you'll need to keep higher and higher doses just to feel *normal*.
(she does look like trotsky.)
July 10th, 2007 11:25pm
Pavel recommends that you "Grease The Groove". Drop and do maybe 80% of your max say, 3-4 times a day. You'll still improve without overtraining.
It works for me. I don't always "max out" when I work out. It is a form of periodization where you cycle hard, easy, medium workouts for each body part.
Since pushups work your abs, lower back, chest, shoulders, you have to be careful if you are training those parts on other days--wait until the soreness goes away (if you are sore) before you tackle a heavy workout.
Anyway, my personal strategy is to do sets of 3-5 maybe 10-20 reps each on a harder day, and when I get tired, do mid-level difficulty on the pushups---on that 4th or 5th set, instead of doing straight pushups, spread your legs to distribute your weight to make it easier.
Try doing your feet elevated to make them harder sometimes. Try doing them with each hand on a block, etc.
Variety is the key to keep your body from adapting and therefore not improving.
During a recently bad bout of craziness, I started pulling my hair to self stim. I stopped as soon as I realized what I was doing-- I mean, even crazy, you have to have standards for yourself.
July 11th, 2007 12:08am
>> Try doing your feet elevated to make them harder sometimes. Try doing them with each hand on a block, etc. <<
The people at the gym have a DVD of this guy who advocates handstands, vertical pushups, all this gymnastics stuff done in an inverted position. Just insane.
You're right about elevated pushups -- get the feet on a bench and do 5-6 moderately slow reps several times in your circuit, and you'll be feeling it 36 hours later.
July 11th, 2007 8:07am
But I'll stick to booze.
July 11th, 2007 9:19am
if I train with normal weights, dumbbells, and so on, and go to my limit (ie whatever weight I can only do 6 to 8 reps with, after warmup sets), then keep doing those until I'm only doing 4 reps, I also feel it for about 3 days.
usually you do that on a muscle group once a week, so if you train 3 times a week, you have 3 different workouts.
so did you do the kettlebell thing yet shark?
July 11th, 2007 9:39am
I bought Pavel's kettlebell book and it isn't here yet.
The Pavel torture camp isn't until October. I have until the end of the month to put up the money. Haven't gotten it out of the bank yet. I really wish he had a deposit then pay the rest later plan.
Shit, thanks for the pushup tips. I'm gonna try that now. Although I generally found that shifting 12 tons of stone from the front of my house to the back of my house was a sufficient workout last week. I actually gained weight during the week, even though my waist got smaller. Also, now I have a goldfish pond, so it was a worthwhile workout all around.
Sure. I'm a font of knowledge on the subject. I'm the strongest woman I know.
I got Pavel's book today "Enter the Kettlebell: Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen" by Pavel
(note he doesn't put his last name in the author slot--geez loueez).
Anyway, there is some REALLY GOOD SHIT behind the hype machine that is Pavel. I have personal experience and years upon years of reading every book on bodybuilding and weight training available.
Ask me anything you want to know, I probably know pros/cons/anti/pro.
"The people at the gym have a DVD of this guy who advocates handstands, vertical pushups, all this gymnastics stuff done in an inverted position. Just insane. "
My brother was a gymnast in college and high school and he does those. He has an insane physique, too. I'm just not one of those acrobatic types. I am doing good with back bends and general stretching. Going upside-down, with all my weight above my head, to failure, sounds incredibly dangerous for the 40+ crowd :)