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PB Saturday

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Last year began doing regular mock meets to see where I am. Just squat, bench press, and deadlift. At first it was once a month. Then as it became more difficult to improve on the numbers, the length between the meets was extended. I did 10 of these meets last year. I haven’t done it in two months. Yesterday was my first test this year.

The training up to yesterday hadn’t been perfect. I got sick and injured. Just recovered from Achilles tendonitis. The work schedule was heavy so I was unable to get home early and train as much as I would have I liked.

However, that’s life. That’s just the way it is. You have to deal with it with what you got.

Before the session I had some cake, milk, and peanut butter, followed by some whey and pre workout. Then I proceeded to hit each lift I attempted, which was something rare. None of the attempts were easy, and that’s the way it’s ought to be. I hit all three squats (138.5 kg PB), all three benches (102.5), and all two deadlifts (145). I skipped the last deadlift attempt because I ran out of plates and it wasn’t easy to secure the dumbbell plates to the barbell.

So it was a great day of lifting. The improvements are small but steady. Now time to kick back a little and rest up. Tomorrow is another beginning of a new training phase. This strength journey goes on.


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January 31, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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Friday on the road

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Friday’s are nice. They give you hope. After a long work week, when your energy is low, Friday comes and tells you the weekend is just around the corner. It’s time to relax. Time to kick back and enjoy what you enjoy. Time to take care of yourself. Time to recharge for the coming week.

Some Friday’s are better than others. Yesterday was not one of them. I spent 2:15 hours on the road to get back to Bangkok, then another 40 minutes to get home. In the morning I was in the road for 2 hours. So the total of five hours was spent in traffic today. Five hours of my life I’ll never get back. I was drained when I got home. That’s life in the city.

That’s the past though. It’s over with. Today is Saturday and I got to spend a good amount of time in the gym (I will write about it tomorrow). In the afternoon, Nan and I got to have nice meals together. Good times.



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January 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

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Iron doesn’t care

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When the day is long and you want a release, lifting heavy weight can be the answer.

The barbell never lies. It’s not complicated. You don’t need to think deep to figure it out. It’s just iron that always weighs the same. You can add plates to it to make it weigh more. You can’t cheat. To lift 50 kg, your body must be able to lift 50 kg. You can’t fake it. Nobody can decide if you are a 50 kg lifter or not. It’s only decided in the gym. The truth is between you and the iron.


The bar sits there in the gym. It doesn’t care if you come to lift it or not. It’s indifferent. You are the one who lifts.

Sometimes you push, sometimes you pull. Either way you fight gravity. The gravity works with the barbell to make your muscles stronger and grow. They also help you take out some stress. Physical exertion tends to do that. But the gravity and the iron can’t do their job if you decide to not go to the gym. If you decide to sit in front of your computer all day at work and then come home and sit in front of the TV all evening, they can’t do anything about that. But they don’t care. The gravity and the bar continue to exist. But do you care? If you care to get stronger, you better go pick up the iron.

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January 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm

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Lift everyday

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The rare winter seems to already be over after 4 days. Life is back to normal. Sweat is back.

If you want to be good at something, do it everyday. Make it part of your day like eating, brushing, and sleeping. You want to get strong? Lift as if your life depends on it. Don’t get distracted by other things, or you won’t get anywhere.

When you are hungry you only think of food because you need it to survive. When you are starving, nothing else but food seems important. If you have been under water for a long time, only air matters and you will do anything to reach the surface as fast as you can. If you seek food or air with such one tracked mind, you will damn sure get it. If all you want to do is be successful at something, and develop a training habit for it, you’ll be successful at it.

You want to be strong? Lift everyday. Be smart about it. Don’t beat yourself to the ground everyday. Rotate light and heavy days and let your body recover.

Right now I’m busy as hell but lifting is still my top priority. If it’s time to lift, everything else has to wait.

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January 28, 2016 at 7:04 pm

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Your journey is yours

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Don’t compare your life to others. The road you are on is unique. The combination of your knowledge and experience cannot be found in anybody else. The goals you set and the struggles that build your characters are what set you apart.

The journey is shared by some people at some moments. But you began your journey alone and in the end you will be on your own.

Use this journey to satisfy yourself and nobody else. Don’t make yourself sad by external factors. Don’t be angry by things outside your control. Don’t apologize for being you. This is your journey and yours alone.

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January 27, 2016 at 7:02 pm

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Winter in Bangkok

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It’s freezing in Bangkok, making most things besides taking a shower more pleasant. It’s crazy weather. Last week it was still hot and humid. Now people are wearing sweaters and scarves.

I must admit this weather agrees with me. No air conditioning is needed in office and at home. Less mosquitoes. People seem to be less in a rush. I feel more productive.

Today session included squat and overhead press. No sweat which is a nice change. When it’s hot it’s quite unpleasant in the gym. Under the weather like this I can stay in there for hours. The lifts themselves are not too heavy today. This is supposed to be an easy week before I test my maxes this weekend.

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January 26, 2016 at 9:37 pm

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Before dying

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Death is the common destination for everyone. Don’t worry about it. The end is natural. Death is part of being.

Before you were born, you did not exist. The world was there and lots of stuff were going on in it. After you die, the world will continue to exist. Your life spans a very short time with respect to the universe’s age. Your death is imminent. Everyone’s as well. Just think of the end as something as common as a breath you take. Each day about 150,000 lives on the earth end. That’s 100 per minute. A normal person breathes about 12-20 times per minute. Breathing happens all the time; death does even more often.

Soon you will be dead. Before you get there, though, what would you like to do? Find that thing and pursue it. What are you here for, on this earth? If you aren’t having fun doing something, drop it and find something else to do. The end is near and its getting nearer every breath you take. Don’t waste your time.

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January 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm

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