Random Thoughts (and Music Requests)

Random thoughts time: some fitness-related, some not. Bear with me.

1. Knee Update

Unfortunately, the news isn’t so good on this front. It’s not terrible, but this week has definitely been a step back from the previous 2-3 weeks. I can’t really explain why as I haven’t done anything differently, but in most things in life, progress is not linear and bumps in the road are part of the process. I see the doctor Monday for a follow-up, so that’s good.

In the meantime, I’ve been laying off it and have the past few days have gone back to just doing chin-ups and knee rehab. I do lots of rehab with a set of chin-ups in between just about every set of everything.

It’s not the most exciting routine (ok, that’s a huge understatement, it’s pretty freakin boring) but you do the best you can with what’s in front of you.

I’ve been doing a lot of foam rolling on my IT bands, and today I graduated from the foam roller to the PVC pipe. Yikes! I’ve done a lot of stuff in the gym that most people would consider to be quite painful, but this had me squirming. Wow. It’s going to take some getting used to…

On the chin-up front, I took a break from the super high volume I was doing and starting using some tempo work. Here is an example: 5 count up, pause, 5 count down.

It doesn’t take many reps of these to be very difficult, and that’s the point right now. I’m purposely making it more challenging so less volume is needed. I’ve gone from doing chin-ups 5-6 days a week to 3 days a week as well.

I’ll continue to keep you posted as I move forward.

2. Got Any Good Music For Me?

My computer crashed a few months back, deleting a bunch of my stuff in the process. It’s funny; I could deal with losing my files, but losing my music is rough. I have a lot of it still, but a lot of it is gone. Doh!

I’ve been building my list back up slowly, but I’m also looking for some new stuff.

That’s where you come in. Got any suggestions for me? I’m looking for training music.

To give you an idea of the kind of stuff I like, here is a post I wrote last year with a bunch of songs from my old training playlist.

Both songs and artists would be appreciated. Thanks.

Just one thing: no techno! I can’t stand techno. Seriously. Every song reminds me of “The Song That Never Ends.”

3. What I’m Reading

Well, I should really have said, what I’m soon to be reading.

I’m expecting two books in the mail in the next couple days and I can’t wait to dig into.

One if from TC Luoma called The Testosterone Principles 2: Manhood And Other Stuff, which if it’s anything like the first one, will be really good.

The other is a manual from Mike Robertson called Bulletproof Knees, which, given my current situation, is going to be very helpful.

As usual, I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve checked them out.

4. Strength and Conditioning Research

I’ve never liked the dollar store. It’s a great idea on paper, and as someone who loves a bargain I’d expect myself to like it, but I’ve just never found too many useful things in there, and when I do buy something it usually breaks right away.

That being said, this month Bret Contreras started a new service called Strength and Conditioning Research where he reviews around 50 research studies and journal articles and gives you a succinct synopsis. If you’re someone like me that likes to be informed but doesn’t enjoy going through journals, it’s great because he’s essentially doing the work for you, and for this month, it’s only a buck if you sign up this week. I think the price goes up to 10 bucks a month after the first month, but even that’s a steal.

In any case, I’ve been looking it over and I definitely recommend you check it now while the gettin’s good.

Bret wrote a more detailed blog post about it if you want to check that out here.

5. Food pics

Here are a few snapshots of my weekly grub.

Saturday brunch with gram (read about that here). Also, quick sidenote: I want to thank everyone that commented on that post. I’m going to share it with my grandmother this weekend and I know she’ll appreciate it.

This is a big omelette with eggs, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, spinach, feta, grilled tomato slices, and a blueberry muffin.

And my usual lunch at Chipotle.

Triple black beans, double/triple chicken, fajitas, mild salsa, and double guac.

Nom nom nom.

Ok, I just made myself hungry so that’s my cue to wrap things up and go get something to eat.

Thanks in advance for the music suggestions, and take care!

And as usual, any requests for blog post topics, just ask and I’ll do my best to accomodate.