The dilemma I face is that my goals in regards to my physical world are in conflict, big surprise.
Jujitsu and Strongman stunts are sprints, as it were and the training and use of particular muscle types are in contradiction to what my running goals are.
But right now my main goal and focus is qualifying for the Boston Marathon, which is ironic because I started running to improve my cardio and lose weight to improve my jujitsu.
Ah the woes of a polyglot.
Running to Boston
Yesterday at 8:38am · Atlanta, GA · Just got back from
first run since last weekend's epic Bourbon Chase, felt great and had my best pace this year, Boston here I come
I'm not your typical runner to be sure.
So many of my runner friends enjoy the routine running gives them. More people than not, do well with routines. I need to learn to embrace it more. I suffer so much from lack of consistency on so many levels
I will commit to 3 runs a week, a speed work-out, a medium run and a long run.
I might do more. I might supplement it with bike work-outs.
But at the very, very least I will run 3 times a week and that is more than I have ever committed to.
I plan to conquer several fitness milestones this year.
I've tried this one before, got up to almost 50 or somewhere close to that, hurt my shoulder, got frustrated and well that was that.
I'm going to take my time this go around.
My base is not where it was then, so it will take even longer. I was able to do 23 push-ups for the initial test.
The work-out is 3 times a week and only takes around 15 maybe 20 minutes.
Slow and Steady as they say.
I have been fascinated with the "Strongman" for ages. I possess a natural amount of raw strength. I always have. I don't look like it. I realized my particular talent years ago in jujitsu. Physically speaking, I'm not much to look at. I have a decent physique but I've never had bulging muscles or ripped abs, but when I wrestle with guys who are ripped and have washboard abs, I more hold my own. I've had very famous instructors, legends in the field say that I was the strongest person in the class much to the dismay of the muscle heads. Another gym owner, fellow jujitsu player, called it "retard strong" and "old man strength".
I think a lot of it goes back to decades of moving furniture and odd stuff, the demands of set dressing. I was hired on one show because, "He can lift and move a refrigerator by himself, without a dolly"
I'm curious how it will go if I train regularly to lift heavy things.
With everything going on, I'm going to be realistic, or at least semi-realistic and aim to do just one intense resistance training work-out a week. It'll be in the 1 1/2 to 2 hour range. But just one day a week.
That seems doable.
So very much of a circus strongman's bag of tricks rely on super-strong hands and forearms. Nail bending, tearing decks of cards and phone books, bending wrenches and frying pans and the classic Thomas Inch dumbbell are all reliant and based on superior hand and forearm strength.
With that in mind, I'm training with that level of specificity. I even bought an electronic hand dynamometer to chart my progress; Grip Test 6-26-2015
57.9 Kg Rt Hand; 52.0 Kg Lft Hand
Yesterday, I thought I would start with a 15 minute warm-up of juggling and then polish off a grip session as well as doing a forearm workout. I did around an hour of grip training in addition to the juggling warm-up and was spent. I didn't have it in me to hit my forearms.
I started out with trying to lift my shot loadable dumbell that looks like it belongs in a circus show, which it pretty much does. It's based on the legendary Thomas Inch dumbbell, which weighs in at 172 pounds and was "unlifitable" by most besides Thomas Inch. It's very thick handle is what made the feat so difficult. Mine weighs in at a little over 92 pounds and I can barely get it off the ground. So I spent 10-15 minutes just trying to get it off the ground. I did better with my weaker left side because my elbow is still suffering from being hyperextended in jujitsu over a month ago.
I then moved onto the grippers and "handxband" and finished things off working with my Ugly Rubber kit, (equipment designed to practice card tearing).
Forearm training will have to wait.
I'll leave with a couple of videos from the creator of Ugly Rubber and probably the most famous circus-type Strongman around these days, Dennis Rogers.
Yes, it's cheesy, but it is based on vaudeville-style acts.