Tuesday, May 18, 2010


  1. StuLu | May 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    These pictures reveal a great deal about the Paleo Potluck. Of primary importance is the fact that there are 3 men and 47 women.

    Add to this the fact that I am now finding out that beer is a Paleo staple and, by golly, I think I am sold on this potluck thing! So much so that I am even tempted to host the next one. (I don’t have to actually cook or anything do I?)

    StuLu-A Paleo Romantic

  2. Erez | May 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hot on the heals of Saturday’s potluck, some potentially good news: http://www.wbur.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/0518_meat.pdf

    “Conclusions—Consumption of processed meats, but not red meats, is associated with higher incidence of CHD [coronary heart disease] and diabetes mellitus. These results highlight the need for better understanding of potential mechanisms of effects and for particular focus on processed meats for dietary and policy recommendations.”

  3. Mrs. F | May 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

    The following is an impressive video of a female powerlifter hitting some really big numbers. Note that she is not using a bench shirt for assistance, so that 210 bench lift is all her. I can’t tell on the squat or deadlift if she is wearing a support brief, but it looks like she is. (You will notice that she does not do an oly depth squat, but it was judged legal by whoever was reffing this meet. Oly depth is not required, just below parallel. It is also hardest to judge this from the front. I would say her depth is borderline, but we don’t have any other angle on it.) The brief gives her support in the bottom of the squat, and probably just gives some additional abdominal help in the deadlift. A 425 deadlift is something I’d take any day of the week.


    • tbferg | May 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

      It looks like she does a little bounce halfway through the deadlift. Is that standard in powerlifting?

  4. Mrs. F | May 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    What she does is legal. The bar cannot travel back down once it begins its ascent, and you cannot “rest” the bar on your thighs to help get the lift up (but it can touch, of course). This is called hitching. I think it is actually a really great deadlift- she never took her back out of the strongest position.

    Here is an example of hitching:


  5. coach | May 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Borja G.: 185-195-205-215x-215x-lbs., 19, 12
    Ralph A.: 185-195-205-215-220x-lbs., 10, 10
    Mike D.: 175-185-190-195x-x-lbs., 18, 14
    Paul M.: 135-140-145x-135-135-lbs., 3, 1
    Tamra F.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs., 7 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives, jump-stretch pull-up, red)
    Ted K.: 135-140-145x-135-135-lbs., 16, 15
    Derek B.: 135-135-135-135-135-lbs., 15, 3
    Kris C.: 115-125x-120-120x-115-lbs., 8, 6
    Beth F.: 90-100-100-100-100-lbs., 20 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch pull-up, red)
    Amy D.: 85-90-95x-90-90-lbs., 47, 2 (sub: pushup)
    Terry H.: 105-105-105-105-105-lbs., 16, 10
    Keena S.: 85-90-90-90-85-lbs., 17 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Sara S.: 70-70-70-70-70-lbs., 18, 12 (sub: pushup, jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Sean M.: 225x-205-205-205-205-lbs., 12, 10
    Jeremy N.: 245-255x-250-245-245-lbs., 17, 11
    Neil A.: 32, 18
    Guy F.: 175-185-195x-195-205-lbs., 4, 11
    Rob K.: 165-175-185x-180x-165-lbs., 58, 32
    Adam C.: 165-175-185x-180-180x-lbs., 30, 26
    Ivy F.: 155-165x-155-160-165-lbs., 9 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives)
    Josh M.: 165-170-175x-170x-155-lbs., 28, 28
    Sidra C.: 165-170x-165x-160x-145-lbs., 7, 10
    Stuart W.: 155-165-170x-165x-155-lbs., 21, 15
    Mayra C.: 105-110-110-110-110-lbs., 3 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives)
    Jessica H.: 95-105-110-115-120x-lbs., 20 (sub: no pull-up)
    Jen M.: 95-105-110x-105-105-lbs., 2 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives)
    Jessy C.: 95-100x-100x-90-90-lbs., 3 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives)
    Katie M.: 80-85-80-80-80-80-lbs., 13 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives, jump-stretch pull-up, red)
    Charles H.: 205-215-220x-210-210x-lbs., 30, 27
    Joe P.: 265-265-265-265-265-lbs., 29, 17
    John S.: 155-155-155-155-155-lbs., 23, 14
    Roselena R.: 135-145-155x-150x-145-lbs., 17 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives, bodyrow)
    Joseph P.: 165-175-175-175-175-lbs., 35, 30 (sub: pushup, bodyrow)
    Johnny A.: 135-145-155-165-175-lbs., 13 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch pull-up, red)
    Kevin C.: 135-140-145-145-145-lbs., 11, 14
    David S.: 125-135-135-140-145-lbs., 20, 14
    Brian T.: 120-125-130-135x-135-lbs., 8, 28
    Bill G.: 135-125-125-125-125-lbs., 45, 15 (sub: 15x pushup, 5x pull-up)
    Jeff W.: 165-170-175-180-185-lbs., 11, 12
    Jim M.: 115-115-105-105-105-lbs., 7 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives)
    Dave R.: 245-260x-260x-250x-235-lbs., 27, 24
    Linda K.: 55-60-60-60-65-lbs., 19, 9 (sub: pushup, jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Glenn C.: 175-185-195-195-200-lbs., 5, 1 (1 round), 15 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives, jump-stretch pull-up, red; 2 rounds)
    Erez Y.: 115-120-125x-125x-x-lbs., 33, 31 (sub: shoulder press)
    Marco M.: 155-165-175-185-185x-lbs., 19, 13
    David C.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs., 36, 12 (sub: pushup, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Joe F.: 155-165-175-180x-170-lbs., 30, 23
    Adam H.: 165-175-180x-180x-165-lbs., 7, 12
    Lisa C.: 80x-75-75-75-80x-lbs., 11 (sub: shoulder press, 5x ring dip negatives, jump-stretch strict pull-up, red)
    Christy P.: 185-190-195x-x-x-lbs., 42, 23
    StuLu: 135-155x-145-145-145-lbs., 16, 14
    Sara D.: 80-85-95-100-105x-lbs., 18 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives, jump-stretch strict pull-up, red)
    Tyler P.: 145-150-155-155-155-lbs., 8 (sub: 5x ring dip negatives, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Thomas M.: 135-140x-140-140x-125-lbs., 21, 19
    Chad F.: 125-130-135-135-135-lbs., 22, 4
    Meghan M.: 185-200-210x-210x-200x-lbs., 24, 9
    Antonio G.: 200-215x-215-220-225x-lbs., 31, 23
    Ricky B.: 175-180-185-190-195x-lbs., 26, 18
    Wayne C.: 155-165-170x-170x-155-lbs., 28, 17
    Sakar P.: 175-195-205-205-205-lbs., 15, 9
    Steve D.: 155-155-155-155-155-lbs., 33, 36 (sub: pushup, strict bodyrow)
    Susanna B.: 135-145-150-155-155x-lbs., 16, 18 (sub: incline pushup, strict bodyrow)
    Teal B.: 135-145-150x-140-140-lbs., 12 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Jerry C.: 105-115-125-135-135-lbs., 14 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
    Leota B.: 85-90-90-90-90-lbs., 14 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Syed Q.: 85-95-105-115-125-lbs., 15, 8
    Ryan B.: 55-60-60-60-60-lbs., 20, 12 (sub: pushup, jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
    Jenn J.: 85-95-100-100-105x-lbs., 8 (sub: 5x jump support, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)

  6. StuLu | May 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm


    John today gave me the best advice I have ever had in regards to Front Squats. And no, it had nothing to do with camo shorts.

    My struggles with this movement have been squarely placed upon my fingers and wrists. I was not getting my elbows up and not properly placing the bar on my upper shoulders. The end result was failure as the two aforementioned body parts were giving out in a scream of agony not heard since I first listened to “Total Eclipse of The Heart” on the radio.

    The advice given, rather than approach the elbows-up advice/routine, which means nothing when you have the flexility of metal piping (that’s me!) is to use two fingers to hold as you press the bar into one’s throat. For men it is an easy application, feel pressure on the Adam’s apple and you are golden. For women: you’ll figure it out. It worked, and within an instance I went from writhing pain in my fingers and wrist to that “aha” moment of wanting more. It’s kind of like learning that women love foreplay.

    I am sure that John will write a disclaimer here saying that in no way does he endorse a Michael Hutchence style of self-strangulation when front squatting…but I can tell you that indeed it works!

    StuLu-The wrist is a terrible thing to waste.

  7. ralswang | May 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    John and BK thank you for pushing me to a new comfort zone.
    Great partner this morning. Thank you Borja and Mike D.
    Mike way to push through and get that third rep for PR!!!
    Borja great to motivate each other to push to a new comfort zone.


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