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Back and leg day combo… 04.18.14

Ring pull downs 8@90x3
Back Squat 5@135x3
Deadlifts 8@135, 10@135, 20@135, 15@135
Seated row wide grip 8@90x3
Front squat 5@95x3
Lawnmower 8@35x3

Tired, headache, tired, still half asleep, did I mention being tired? All just b.s. excuses… None of that today!

Have a great Friday everyone!

Prying my eyes open this morning…

Sooooo tired…

surge-to-new-levels:

Women New to Lifting: Men Are Clueless Too
*New blog specifically for women getting started out there and no this isn’t another “you won’t get bulky campaign”. 
Visit for More: surgetonewlevels.com
Times have changed and more women are breaking the stereotype to pursue strength training yet too many are still holding back from starting or continuing. A lot of times this comes from the fear of being judged, intimidated, or simply just not knowing where to start.
To add to this it doesn’t help that a lot of women new to lifting think men “naturally” know what to do which can be discouraging. I’m here to tell women that most men DO NOT know what they are doing in the gym so there is no reason to worry. In fact, nearly all men have gone through the same feelings and emotions at the start of their journey and more are still going through it now than they let on to believe.
Now as experienced lifters we’ve all seen it in the gym. A girl interested and new to lifting recruits a regular guy to “personally train” her and the guy has absolutely no idea what he is doing yet pretends to.
There are two things happening in this scenario you should note:
1. The girl has made the mistake of assuming that just because a guy is a guy, that he automatically knows how to lift. After all, every guy should know how to do “manly” things like lifting right?
2. The guy has also made the mistake of taking this poor girl and wasting her time or even risking injury because he wants to fit this stereotype. I mean, if he were to admit that he didn’t know how to lift that would make him less of a man right?
In this case it is clear to see what the two stereotypes are and how they can interact with each other in the gym. Yet if one as a woman learns to look beyond the stereotype and continues to pursue lifting it is easy to see that a lot of things aren’t what they originally seem.
After a while you realize:
That guy leg pressing? He’s not actually strong; he just stacked all of those plates on for show. The other one at the rack squatting? He’s not doing it right even though he is walking around giving everyone advice. The one deadlifting? He’s actually not lifting very much but the bumper plates make it look more than it seems.
BOOM! A few months in and it’s easy to find that the stereotypes aren’t anything more than exactly just that, stereotypes. So no, men don’t naturally know how to lift. In fact starting out they can be just as insecure as women and have similar fears of being judged and intimidated by some of the other lifters in the gym.
At the end of the day it’s not the gender that you should hold to be important but the level of experience of a lifter and guess what? That experience only comes with time so you may as well get started and keep going because woman or not, everyone is dealing with the same things.

-Surge New Levels

surge-to-new-levels:

Women New to Lifting: Men Are Clueless Too

*New blog specifically for women getting started out there and no this isn’t another “you won’t get bulky campaign”. 

Visit for More: surgetonewlevels.com

Times have changed and more women are breaking the stereotype to pursue strength training yet too many are still holding back from starting or continuing. A lot of times this comes from the fear of being judged, intimidated, or simply just not knowing where to start.

To add to this it doesn’t help that a lot of women new to lifting think men “naturally” know what to do which can be discouraging. I’m here to tell women that most men DO NOT know what they are doing in the gym so there is no reason to worry. In fact, nearly all men have gone through the same feelings and emotions at the start of their journey and more are still going through it now than they let on to believe.

Now as experienced lifters we’ve all seen it in the gym. A girl interested and new to lifting recruits a regular guy to “personally train” her and the guy has absolutely no idea what he is doing yet pretends to.

There are two things happening in this scenario you should note:

1. The girl has made the mistake of assuming that just because a guy is a guy, that he automatically knows how to lift. After all, every guy should know how to do “manly” things like lifting right?

2. The guy has also made the mistake of taking this poor girl and wasting her time or even risking injury because he wants to fit this stereotype. I mean, if he were to admit that he didn’t know how to lift that would make him less of a man right?

In this case it is clear to see what the two stereotypes are and how they can interact with each other in the gym. Yet if one as a woman learns to look beyond the stereotype and continues to pursue lifting it is easy to see that a lot of things aren’t what they originally seem.

After a while you realize:

That guy leg pressing? He’s not actually strong; he just stacked all of those plates on for show. The other one at the rack squatting? He’s not doing it right even though he is walking around giving everyone advice. The one deadlifting? He’s actually not lifting very much but the bumper plates make it look more than it seems.

BOOM! A few months in and it’s easy to find that the stereotypes aren’t anything more than exactly just that, stereotypes. So no, men don’t naturally know how to lift. In fact starting out they can be just as insecure as women and have similar fears of being judged and intimidated by some of the other lifters in the gym.

At the end of the day it’s not the gender that you should hold to be important but the level of experience of a lifter and guess what? That experience only comes with time so you may as well get started and keep going because woman or not, everyone is dealing with the same things.

-Surge New Levels

Up 3 pounds and down one more hole on the belt! 

The c2change extra challenge for April, the Ab Complex must be helping.

Thanks workhard-noexcuses

Up 3 pounds and down one more hole on the belt!

The c2change extra challenge for April, the Ab Complex must be helping.

Thanks workhard-noexcuses

Pedal strapped to foot, foot is not near the bike… REALLY!

Mile 1.59…pedal no longer attached to bike crank, threads stripped, need new crank or have to take it to work to weld it… Son of a …..

Guess the road bike will be out this weekend…

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geographi:

there’s more… :)

Some days you just have to get out and breath fresh air… for your own sanity…

geographi:

there’s more… :)

Some days you just have to get out and breath fresh air… for your own sanity…

And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.

Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars (via saintgermain-xo)

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Picked up a win tonight!

Takes us to 5-1… We lost last week in the game I missed.

Only two lines tonight and most of us played last night… lil tired…