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Notes toward athleticism
It's my brother Evan's birthday!

Most of the readers of this blog won't be interested in entries like this one, I'm assuming. Working out is such a self-interested thing; I suspect our culture insinuates traces of narcissism and solipsism into the activity (if taken far enough). So be it.

I haven't been playing basketball very well. I think this may have something to do with having less flexibility. I've not been stretching enough, if at all. I usually stretch my back before I play pickup basketball on campus, but no more. I watched some NBA-quality guys balling at the rec last night, Hassan Adams among them. G-d, they are freaks of nature. This dude looked like he was 6'7'', 260, and he knew how to get position under the basket. Another guy appeared to float as he ran down the court dribbling, then made a layup off the top of the glass, releasing the ball at about 11 feet, it appeared. He did this to avoid a block--somebody's hand was 11 feet high.

I'm thinking about being more limber and stronger at the same time because I read this article, where a trainer explains how he trains K-1-type fighters to be extremely limber, compact, and very strong all at the same time. He suggests getting deadlift and squat max lifts at 2.5 times body weight, and bench 2 times bodyweight. I think these are good standards for what I'd consider someone being "really strong." Since I'm 6'2'', 205, this means I need to bench about 400 (my current "chart" max hovers around 300 lbs) and deadlift and squat 500. My chart maxes on these are around 400 on both. I use good lifting form, so I should be able to increase my lifts 25% on bench and 20% on squat and deadlift with some effort and time.

I read about the clean and jerk also. I might start doing that lift. The other Olympic lifts never tripped my trigger, but I haven't tried the c & j.

I had my second day of work at GNC. Working there will be fun, and it'll make me even more of a workout phreak, I'm betting. It may goad me to being certified as a personal trainer. Jess my wife says I should be a professor and personal trainer -- I'd suggested being "an adjunct professor and a personal trainer," but she corrected me.

This weekend I'd like to go mountain biking. Tucson's good for that.
 
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