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Mah mussles, let me not show you them - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 19th, 2012

10:24 am - Mah mussles, let me not show you them

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I like presents. Also, Dr Wheel is awesome. <3

In other news, I bought a Kindle. Last year after expressing an interest in readers I was given a second-hand Kobo by the lovely caycos, which helped me get used to the idea and decide whether I would use one or not. It was fantastic, but I always had trouble with the desktop app that Kobo required being incompatible with something else in my system*, and each time I tried to buy and download a book, I'd have issues. This weekend the issues led to much cussing and still no book and in the end I was all "There has to be an easier way."

There was. It arrived this morning. Within 15 minutes I had it set up, had got a book, it'd been delivered through the Wi-Fis and I could start reading. ROCK! Also yay for having set aside a bit of 'pin money' to be able to actually do this. I consider it a present to myself for doing well in Drug Policy and nearly finishing my degree. Yup. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Meanwhile I passed the Kobo, which works perfectly fine, on to pombagira whose own one had malfunctioned. I love being able to make gadgets do the rounds like that. ;-)


So you know how using a personal trainer is a) a bit wanky and b) supposedly useful in inspiring you to greater heights?

Turns out that works both ways. Apparently DoomBoy is now determined to learn to do a handstand. He's been practicing with his mates. He can already press to handstand against a wall because hello fitness trainer, but his form is worse than mine, flexibility nonexistent and he also suffers from the same difficulty opening his shoulders as I do. Which makes me feel better, and also turns it into something of a competition - who will get there first?

On Tuesday (training day) we started with the same weight I finished on the previous session. So that's 45kg to lift over my head, military press style. Three times. Then another three, and another three and another three and wow I've never seen myself go that shade of purple before. Then the same weight with tricep presses, four more sets of three. Then a thing that I don't know the name for that involves lying on my back with a 12-14kg weight in my hands, and moving it from straight-arms-vertical to straight-arms-horizontal behind my head and back, without moving torso at all. The cool part is he explains which muscles are coming into play and which are supporting and how that will help me be able to push my own weight off the ground in the Future Time. Which makes it easier to take the fact that I can't do it yet.

Also, he told me not to do weights the day before training day, and to give myself two days to recover before doing them afterwards. I'm having some trouble with this, because while I'm lifting what to me is right on the line of what I'm capable of (to the point where I wouldn't try it without a spotter), I'm only doing it a few times. My arms hurt the next day, but I've spent my entire life with hurty arms from overdoing stuff, and one thing you learn shearing sheep is that yeah, it hurts but you just keep going. The next day, and the next day, and the next. So to me, the idea of taking recovery time after straining myself for half an hour feels like wimping out.

Here's where it becomes a dilemma. I have a professional who I pay money to advise me on how to get stronger, telling me to rest. I have a lifetime's experience of just getting on with it and ignoring the pain and achieving my goals while not suffering unduly because of it, telling me to go hard or go home. Yesterday I did a pump class, and upped the weights I've been using, and was fine (OHAI new shade of purple!). But I don't know anything about strength training and resting and how all that works. I feel like I should just keep doing harder and harder stuff, but maybe that's not the right way to do it.

Does anyone know the reasoning behind resting between doing hard stuff in terms of getting stronger? I know, I could ask DoomBoy, but I didn't think to on Tuesday, and there are some very smart and more experienced cookies on here who probably know anyway.

I haven't told him I want to learn Cyr Wheel yet. O.o


This course has a lot of reading. Last night I read about strain theory (which I'm already familiar with), new deviance theory (which is a constructivist theory related to labelling and symbolic interactionism that is very interesting IMO), and Marxist criminology which makes me pull out a big fat yawn and wish that Marx wasn't such a one-trick pony. Yes yes, it's relevant, but OMG Blame Capitalism For Everything Ever is so tedious to keep reading about. Yes Karl, we know. Can you please get out of my theory now?

I guess the bottom line from having now read comparative descriptions of a number of theories is that they are all relevant in their way but they all have drawbacks, and I can see how none gives a definitive explanation for crime, and in many cases more than one theory applied together might be more appropriate to use in analysis - and that really, which theory or combination of theories fits best is going to vary from situation to situation. I think this means I'm not a classicist, eh?

Also, a lot of these theories were developed before women were acknowledged as people, and they are phrased accordingly. Women are almost entirely erased from the discussions - "Classicism assumes that all men are rational actors..." well that's nice for them, what about the women? Etc. Yes I realise they are a product of their time but it grates, and also makes me realise how far we've come. Much of the modern writing I have to read for school doesn't suffer from this problem, which is nice, just saying.

* My desktop is set up for gaming. It's not hugely modded or anything, but it does have some funky drivers and whatnot to help it be optimised for killing dragons and sexing aliens, not for applications that allow you to download DRM-loaded thingies. Pretty much all I use it for these days is gaming and writing essays. Everything else happens on mobile devices or at work.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 18th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Do you have any problem with experimenting on yourself? I'm guessing not.

So you've done physical stuff your way, with just getting on with it, and you know how it feels and what the results are. Why don't you try it DoomBoy's way for a while and see if that works better?

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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Haha true. It's not as if there's a time limit on this.

Well there is: before he can do it. ;-D
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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Just to make things more complicated, I'm not trying to build muscle. I'm expressly trying to get stronger without adding any more weight, otherwise those who have to pick me up and throw me around might moan too much.

Also, if I'm pressing to handstand I don't really want to add 5kg of muscle to the weight I have to press. ;-)

Having said that, I can see how recovery makes sense for increasing the amount you can lift next time you try. With sheep, it's more about endurance - the sheep don't really get heavier, you just try to do more of them. I need to increase the 'weight of the sheep' so to speak, by 20kg - so fresh muscles will increase the size of each incremental gain.

As for training to failure, I seem to be doing that most times I do it - mostly because if I can do X thing with X weight, I need to know if I can do it with X+1 weight. So far it hasn't done me any harm but it does make me feel pretty noodly.

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From:tatjna
Date:July 18th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Based on my shaky ability to lift my lunch fork on Tuesday, I suspect I'm working everything. And yes, DoomBoy is all about explaining why I have to do this seemingly-opposite thing to help with my one-eyed goal. He used big words for the names of the muscles and I nod, smile and agree.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 19th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
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I would avoid the 1 rep thing, and aim for 4.

To me 1 rep is too close to the extreme limit of ability and invites the possibility of doing oneself serious harm. 4 means you can definitely lift the wieght, just not many times.

I would also rest when they say rest, because I used to do 15 pull ups everyday because I wanted to get better, but I was overtraining and wasn't making any progress. Then a switched things around, giving my arms a rest and started being able to do more pullups in a set.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
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Chances are if I'm using this newfound strength to do impressive press-to-handstands on anyone who'll let me *cough*, I'll need to be able to do more than one before I collapse anyway, right?

So if I want to be able to do say four in a session of acro and I weigh 60kg, to make it look easy I should be able to do 5 at 65 kg in training.

Or that's how I figure, anyway.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
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Of what? My purple face? My complete inability to actually lift 60kg over my head, even for one rep? The veins on my neck bugging out?

When I'm doing something that's actually impressive, I'll post pics. Although, it's about time I did some more for my stretching record. I'll make sure I dress more appropriately this time.

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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)

I'm just gonna leave this here

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What I found when looking for a suitable gif to respond with:

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From:plantgirl
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)

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That is...

Wow.

I'm just gonna sit here & wonder at the world.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)

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I think it's from a more innocent age. But.. I dunno. My dad did horsie really well but he would have had conniptions if I tried to put a saddle on him. o.O
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)

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Right you are then, BRB scoring some steroids...

Also, that guy looks like a WoW character. And if I looked like that you'd never meet my eyes again.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)

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PS I bet he gives good horsie.
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From:labelleizzy
Date:July 19th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
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if I'm doing my maths right, 60 kg is more than 125 lbs. my spouse was pleased to note I could easily lift #40. So that you're even close to lifting that impresses the fuck outta me.

p.s. feel free to dress inappropriately. More fun for the rest of us!

=P
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
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60kg is about 130 pounds I think. At the moment I'm able to lift 45kg which is about (um, maths, 2.25 pounds to a kilo, um) 100 pounds? Ish?

When you put it like that it sounds way more impressive! ;-) But it's still only 2/3 of what I need to be doing...
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From:plantgirl
Date:July 19th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
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What Happy said - if you are trying to get stronger, it's the resting period *after* exertion during which muscle grows. The pain indicates lots of small tears in the muscle. It's the repairs of those tears that build new muscle (ie, add strength). Without rest, there is not repair.
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From:meathiel
Date:July 19th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
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I love my Kindle - never thought I would and actually only bought it to use when travelling ... but I use it a lot more now. Only problem was setting it up - I got it for Xmas - as I didn't have wireless ... *sigh*
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From:tatjna
Date:July 19th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
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Argh to having a new toy and not being able to use it straight away.. but yeah, I'm pretty happy with it so far.
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From:meathiel
Date:July 19th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
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You should have seen me on Dec 25th ... I was seriously thinking about who of my friends I could visit on Xmas Day ... hehe ... But I managed to get MY wifi going in the end! *lol*
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From:labelleizzy
Date:July 19th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
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oh, may I please steal that icon? my mom gave me that decorative plate for christmas yonks ago and Frederick looks just like my Otterkitty!

pretty pretty please?
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From:meathiel
Date:July 19th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Okay ... ;-)
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