Mind tricks

Although we measure everything carefully in kg, it’s amazing how different everything feels from day to day, or even minute to minute. It’s always a competition between what you expect and what really happens. For instance, you look at large 10 kg plate and you think it might be difficult to move it. And then you pick it up and it feels light. Then you grab the next 10 kg plate, which has a smaller diameter and suddenly it feels like a brick. And it almost hurts. Does density really messes up with our minds?

Lately there haven’t been many interesting issues. Last time I was able to complete the Tabata training. I was slightly slower (only 7-8 squats per set) and my wrist hurt like hell, but I didn’t stop.

Today the front squats went smoothly and I even managed to do proper push ups. OK, sets of 4 instead of 5, but this is a major step forward.

Then I got to experience the trap bar for the first time and I can say that is one weird exercise. First of all, you have to make sure everything is aligned and your hands are in the right place, otherwise you end up rotating the bar instead of lifting it. Then, you have to maintain your back straight and balance the bar, or you’ll start kicking your butt and back.  And falling with that thing is not pretty. Anyway, minor details. The real problem is that somehow the grip feels very uncomfortable, even painful. The movement itself is something between a deadlift and a squat so it challenges all your muscles.

So all well and up to this point I was feeling rather confident. Which made me think I could try the barbell complex with a 20 kg bar. A proper bar, not the light one+weights, as I did before. What can I say… it’s been an epic disaster. After two sets I wanted to quit weight club, sit in the corner and cry. The guys didn’t let me walk away (thank you!!). I had to finish the sets although I was failing every two reps. By the end of it I couldn’t even lift the bar off the floor. Matt picked it up and rested it on my shoulders so I could finish the squats. I’ve thought about the difference between the two bars and the only reasonable explanation I could come up with was the grip. The light bar is thinner and feels more comfortable. With the olympic one I have problems from the very beginning, whilst doing the rows. My arms hurt after this exercise and the rest is just a struggle to ignore the pain. Normally, the only problem should be the overhead press, but this is not the case. However, the light bar feels too light so next time I’ll use it with a little bit of extra weight.

I will have bruises from today’s session starting with my clavicle, all across my chest and arms. Since I’m visiting my parents this weekend, a lot of explaining will be required.

My left deltoid hurts and I’m not sure if it’s from training or the vaccine I had yesterday. I’d go with both.


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