Training - Bodybuilding - Nutrition - Motivation
who read last week's newsletter deserves the honorary davedraper.com
Plead Award, reserved for those few individuals who display the
outstanding characteristics needed to slug one's way through the
thicker struggles of life. The Plead Award (acronym) recognizes
perseverance, loyalty, endurance, aggressiveness and discipline
-- rare qualities indeed, yet common among Bombers.
is another word for beg, which is what most readers did as they
sought the end of the endless e-manuscript.
there goes my development of the intricacies of Level 2 concentration,
the resulting healthy neural-pathway excitement and its primary
enlargement of the till-now illusive Endorphin-X Factor and natural
retina-focus hormonal enhancement, which inevitably determines unprecedented
exerted anabolic action (technically XAA, also known as the Big
Rush) in the once palm-size, now 30-pound rats scientists are currently
working on in underground labs. Silly stuff, really. There's more
to life than big muscles.
here's a grim dilemma with which we've all been faced, on-going
training disruption. An IronOnline member writes:
building a house in another community so I have let my Y membership
lapse. I move into my new home (with a sufficient gym in the basement)
in late June. All I have to work out with until then is an incline/flat/decline
bench and a set of dumbbells from five to 50 pounds in five-pound
increments. My lifts are well into the 350-pound range and with
these dumbbells I'm doomed to low-weight, high-rep workouts. Does
this mean I'm doomed to lose strength and size, too? Thanks, Lon"
for you, Lon. You are awake and living the American Dream... with
a gym in the basement. Insatiable!
it's not clear if you're building the house personally or having
it built as you wait in limbo. The former delivers a maximum of
stress and requires lots of time and hard physical work. I've endured
similar projects in building several gyms in the past years and
yielded my commitment to their significance. They were hands-on
grueling, yet I bore up well under the forfeiture of regular workouts.
That is to say, I stayed in shape and enjoyed the strength and capability
my training afforded me. I put my body to use, a most fulfilling
secret is during the 12-week bouts I worked vigorously (workout
replacement) and ate extraordinarily well. It was the old Igloo
routine, with tuna, prepared lean burgers and red potatoes in Tupperware,
crunchy vegetables, cottage cheese and protein shakes -- a veritable
Styrofoam kitchen in tow. The careful eating regimen reminded me
of my former (original) life and served to maintain the order and
discipline I'd come to respect and rely on every day. I caught a
light workout when I occasionally hyperventilated from withdrawal
and always kept my eye on the premise -- the honorable profession
of building another iron and steel gym -- to replace the depression
of training absence.
recall wanting to seriously scream a few dozen times: wall's erected
in the wrong place; you need another staircase; the sewer line's
corroded and six feet deep; the inspector said you must redo the
entire electrical system and the landlord refuses to talk about
the leaks - not in the lease. Having understood the ventures from
the onset and undertaking the commitment like an adult (yeah, right),
internal conflict and stress were minimized.
not, in times like these, neglect faith, hope and prayer.
if you are standing anxiously on the construction site and observing
the men in hard hats, you are safe, yet not exactly immune to worries
and woes. The delays and the vanishing bucks will do you in if you're
not tough -- the American Dream can take on the appearance of the
American Nightmare. Be strong, bundle up and enjoy the weather;
lightening and thunder are powerful and momentous, the rain feels
good in suitable gear and we need the water. Remember, the sunshine
is always there... just beyond the silver lining.
that bench and those dumbbells and invest them with respect and
affection. Arrange three 60-minute workouts a week to engage in
attentive and precise exercise. Upon first consideration, I would
outline two routines that compliment each other, then alternate
them. Agree, as you have with the house building and training pause,
that this must be done and done well. Disappointment, disagreement,
reluctance and attitudes of similar description are destructive
and will chew you up. Spit them out as you would French fries and
this: crunches and leg raises three times a week on off days; catch
three 15-minute cardio sessions as a treat, and embrace those one-hour
dumbbell workouts like a long lost friends. Add dips and chins to
your repertoire and you're covered. You won't lose size or strength
worth measuring and you'll gain a new training perspective, which
one only learns while under pressure and improvised circumstances.
Locate a gym for single-day workouts (every three weeks, when you
get the urge) and wallow in heavy bench, squat and deadlift sessions.
These are to be for fun and a contribution to your health -- so
don't do anything silly, sonny.
week, if interest prevails, I'll list the variety of exercises you
can squeeze out of the limited equipment and outline two routines
that will do the job.
above the clouds, endure the turbulence, avoid the storm and seek
always your destination... Dave
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