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  1. Saturday/Sunday, Inland NW Champs Meet Results

    by , April 6th, 2014 at 10:07 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I had a great time in Moscow this weekend. I was a bit unsure about how I would perform based on my recent lack of swimming very much on a consistent basis. I proved otherwise that you don't need to swim a lot to swim well in competitions. It's mostly based on how much you want to swim well when the gun goes off! And a bit of toughness as well to get through the hard stuff, even when your body tells you it can't be done!
    I did do a shavedown for this meet, just for the heck of it to see what happens, plus I wore my Finis Hydrospeed suit that I purchased for the Indy 2013 Nationals last year. Just maybe...everything worked out well...

    Saturday:

    1000 Free - 11:00.43
    27.99 / 31.78
    32.73 / 32.74 (2:04)
    33.08 / 33.22
    33.22 / 33.15
    33.34 / 33.52 (5:24) <--this was a season best 500 time as well
    33.89 / 33.57
    34.10 / 34.23
    33.99 / 34.61
    33.68 / 33.54
    32.82 / 31.23
    I got out really quick, almost without knowing it. I settled down pretty well, but then the hurt train got me after the 600 point. I was able to recover to finish strong, mainly because I was watching the clock and doing the math...figured I may get under 11:00, and did my best to do so, but a bit short.

    200 Free - 1:56.05
    27.21 / 29.77 / 30.12 / 28.95
    This was a phenominal race for me. It happened about 30 minutes after I got out of the 1000, and I had a racer 2 lanes over from me: 24 year old Matt Edde, who has given me some recent battles in the 100/200/400/500 Frees at recent meets. Every time I tried to accelerate and dust him, I'd look over on the next turn, and he was RIGHT THERE!! I couldn't leave him like I used to be able to, but as it turns out, we both did excellent!
    This time was just 1.4 seconds slower than what I did at Indy last year, when I was training full time, with a full taper as well.

    200 Free Relay - went 2nd, split a 23.72
    Wow! I do have a bit of speed in there!!
    Tom (36 yrs) led off 24.4
    James (36 yrs) 23.72
    Bill (67 yrs) 28.9 <-- I was most surprised by this split!
    Rick (60 yrs) 31.8

    200 IM - 2:13.30
    27.41 / 35.01 / 39.35 / 31.53
    This was fun. I was stroke for stroke with another guy for the first 100, but he didn't have the breaststroke skillz to hang after that. I ended up sucking a little wind on the final 50 to home, but I was happy with the overall result.

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    Sunday:

    1650 Free - 18:49.45 (Not quite superstardom, but still very acceptable)
    29.34 / 32.85
    34.07 / 34.46
    35.23 / 34.72
    35.75 / 34.61
    35.49 / 35.26 (5:40ish)
    35.29 / 35.06
    35.06 / 35.18
    35.20 / 32.86
    33.95 / 33.96
    34.40 / 34.75 (11:25ish)
    34.40 / 34.60
    34.70 / 34.75
    34.75 / 34.98
    34.36 / 34.35
    33.76 / 33.87
    33.27 / 32.72
    31.45

    As this swim was WAYYYYY too early in the morning for my body (9:15am), I really wasn't even consciously awake at the time we dove in. I decided I'd swim alongside Pat Lee next to me (who was a 19:48 entry time - he finished 19:18).
    The first 100 of the race I just had fun playing off the walls, SDKing for about 8 big kicks off each wall, just staying nice and relaxed. Afterward, Pat said he hoped I wasn't going to be doing that the whole way!! I guess SDKing can be a psychological advantage to your competition in events like this!
    Well, I let Pat take the lead, and I basically swam right off his hip (almost through the laneline) for the 1st half of the race. At the 700/750 it felt like he was fading a bit, so I decided to make my move and get the race going (the bolded split). I ended up going 6 seconds faster than my other swim this season, so that was nice.

    50 Back in the 200 Medley Relay: 30.13
    SDK'ed for as much legal distance as I could, but still a far cry from some 50-something female swimmer on the east coast!

    200 Fly - 2:50.67***
    I did this as 8 x Broken 25s!
    There were only two of us in the event, and I wasn't feeling like trying to kill myself on this race. I already have a 2:11 in the books for the season, and I have another shot at it in Federal Way at the NW Zone meet next Saturday. So I decided to swim "with" the other swimmer in the heat with me, waiting until he'd gone through the turn and began the next length. And I got beat too by 0.3 seconds!! He thanked me for swimming alongside him, saying it helped him keep going strong.

    500 Free - 5:15.80 (WOW!!!!!!!!!)
    28.29 / 31.46
    32.17 / 32.25
    32.15 / 32.02
    32.20 / 32.22
    31.98 / 31.06
    This was just great!! Only about 5 seconds slower than my best masters time that I did last year at Indy Nationals. My middle 300 was split very very consistent too. I honestly don't know where this swim came from, because I was basically a zombie getting up onto the blocks. I guess it's the "I don't give a $#!+" attitude I had beforehand that helped.

    Maybe I'll have to continue working on my house more, doing lots of overtime at work, and try adding some new outdoor gardening/landscaping/other springtime projects to my resume!!! Cut the swimming out, and just do the meets!!


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    Now I have the NW Zone SCY Champs meet to worry about next Saturday over in Federal Way. I signed up on the last day (Friday), as did a bunch of others from my LMSC. Maybe we'll even have some relays for fun!!!
    I'm signed up for:
    400 IM - 4:49.00 entry
    200 Fly - 2:15.00 entry
    50 Free - 27.10 entry (swimming it as 50 Fly)
    100 IM - 1:02.10 entry
    1000 Free - 11:05.00 entry

    Now to see if I can keep the success going 6 days from now!
  2. 4|5|14 scm

    10 x 25 free on 2:00 DFS
    10 x 25 free/kick on 2:00 DFS
    15 x 10 DFS and glide on 0:30
    10 easy dives

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    Updated April 6th, 2014 at 11:01 PM by __steve__

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  3. Week 79 - Saturday

    by , April 5th, 2014 at 04:21 PM (After a long rest)
    I woke a little later than normal but with still plenty of time to grab a Saturday treat of coffe and an energy bar before I swam. I felt stiff again this morning but loosened up after the warm up and had one of the best main sets.

    Warm up
    800 swim with snorkel on 12 minutes

    Main set
    4x(3x50 holding 30s on 45, 100 AFAP on 2mins, 2x50 kick on 50)
    5x200 swum aerobically with snorkel on 2:50
    12x25 holding 200 pace on 30

    Warm down
    250 easy

    Total 4000scy

    I held the 30s to my feet on the 50s throughout and then really went for the 100s. My times were 53,52,51,51. I tried working the kick but was coming in on 40s. The 100s from a push I think we're my best times as a master. I was stoked. On the 25s at 200 pace I was holding 13s to my feet.

    Overall a really tough week of training but a very successful and fun week.

    After practice a group of us did weights. We did three rounds with each round consisting of 10,8,6 reps by round, and done as moderate,max,fail by round in terms of weight. I did bench press, inclined bench press, military press, seated row hands inside, seated rown hands outside, lat pull down hands inside, lat pull down hands outside, lower back incline. I was beat after this workout.

    Its now down to three months until we start our taper for masters world championships in Montreal.
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  4. 4|4|14 SCM on 20 seconds rest

    ultra short warmup as 16 x 25 with 20 seconds rest

    14 x 15m fast / 10m easy with 20 sec rest (10 sec sprint /10 sec easy on 40's)

    16 x 25 flutter kick on 20 sec rest
    • 23-28

    16 x 25 HUDKF with fins on 20 sec rest

    200 easy

    Updated April 5th, 2014 at 08:41 PM by __steve__

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  5. Taper in 86 degree bath water

    by , April 5th, 2014 at 12:27 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Very hot today at the Y.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@1:00 free w/bouy holding 42
    8x25@:45 fly scull
    200 back kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:45 breast pull w/zoomers
    200 breast kick
    200 1 arm fly drill
    10x50@1:00 back holding 49
    6x50 from block 15m sprint
    200 free

    Total 3500 yards
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  6. Week 79 - Friday

    by , April 4th, 2014 at 11:06 PM (After a long rest)
    I was still very tired this morning but had a good nights sleep.

    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel
    10x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    8x100 with snorkel on 1.30 swum drill swim by 50
    6x(2x50 kick AFAP with fins on 50, 25 underwater on 40, 25 AFAP no breath)
    100 easy
    4x(100 free on 1min, 75 IM no free on 55, 50 back on 40, 25 free AFAP on 40)
    200 easy
    16x25 on 25 holding 500 pace

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 4500scy

    The 50s with fins I was holding 28-29s and on the AFAP 25 I held 10-11s. The 100-75-50-25 was really hard and I was touch and turn upto the 50 and then got about 25 seconds rest before going again. I was holding 58s on the 100s, 53-54 on the IM, 32 on the 50 and 12s on the 25s. On the 16x25 I was holding 14s to my feet. Despite being physically tired throughout todays workout I felt strong.
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  7. Taper Workout for my LMSC Champs meet:

    by , April 4th, 2014 at 05:50 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Here it is:

    Warmup / get the heartrate going:
    Changed the two drive belts on my car, one for the alternator and the A/C, the other for the power steering and water pump. The first of the two was about to dump me out along the highway this weekend had I not noticed the problem yesterday. Luckily I have the time and skills to get them done.

    After that, keep it going with a moderate main set:
    Went to the '83 Toyota pickup that's been up on jackstands for a couple days, and got the brake cylinder changed that had burst on the rear right wheel. Also got the brake lines purged and everything back and running, as well as changing the snow tires back to regular tires. I had these on from my last trip to Seattle when I got snowed it at the Kirkland masters meet.

    Not bad, two cars in one morning, and a grand total spent of $55. $35 for the belts, $12 for the brake cylinder, and $8 for the brake fluid. Not bad for a do-it-yourself guy. Way better than going to a mechanic, which I've still yet to do.

    Cooldown:
    A day of work from 2:30-11:00pm or so. At least the plant is on a 'shutdown shift', meaning they're ending production for the week, so we'll only run the stuff about 1/2 the day, then change a few bearings or other things, plus tear down the plant for the cleanup crew later tonight.

    What a hell of a taper day!!! I did get in 1,200 yards yesterday morning, which is plenty.
    LMSC Champs this weekend, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 200 IM on Saturday, 1650, 200 Fly, 500 Free on Sunday.

    I also signed up for the PNA Champs/NW Zone Champs today (final day to sign up). I found out yesterday that I won't be working on Saturday next week (the 12th), so I went for it!!
    400 IM, 200 Fly, 50 Fly(in the 50 Free event), 100 IM, 1000 Free
  8. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-04/07/2013

    by , April 4th, 2014 at 02:20 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Taper workout
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    2 X 100 1:40

    1 X 400 choice
    Rest :20 @ 200--fins optional

    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 x 100 swim

    4 X 75 1:20
    75 perfect stroke/25 fast

    6 x 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks--sprint 20 yards

    CHOICE OF FOLLOWING SETS: PICK ONE

    Sprint/Middle distance:
    10 x 50 1:20
    odd: perfect stroke
    even: descend 2-4-6-8-10 to fast

    OR

    Distance:
    14 X 50 1:00
    odd: perfect stroke
    even: race pace (1000 or 1650)

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  9. Week 2 of Taper - LCM and NO fly set

    by , April 4th, 2014 at 09:15 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today was just nice and easy with a few sprints. Did not feel bad but did not feel good either.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@2:15 back went 2:01, 2:02, 2:02, 2:02, 1:59 not good
    2x200@4:00 free w/snorkle & bouy rt shoulder clicking a little during recovery portion so working on adjusting stroke to get rid of issue a more fly like recovery seems to work better
    400 free kick w/zoomers
    8x50@1:15 IM order 15m sprints from push then EZ free to end
    200 free EZ

    Total 2700 meters
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  10. Week 79 - Thursday

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 07:32 PM (After a long rest)
    I was very tired this morning and still stiff. I am guessing my stiffness is partly this past weekend and mostly yesterdays workout. Today we did a long warmup and then some pace work. We did a lot of yardage in a shorter amount of time than usual today.

    Warm up
    3x(2x200 on 2.40 with snorkel, 3x100 on 1.30 swum 25 drill, 25 free, 25 kick, 25 free)

    Main sets
    12x100 on 1.05
    16x50 on 1 min, odd 50s 1 through 8 at 500 pace and 9-16 200 pace, even 50s perfect stroke

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 4300scy

    I hurt more than I should have in the warmup and never really got loose. Despite the 12x100s hurting pretty bad I finally loosened up and held 1.01-1.02 throughout. The odd 50's at 500 pace i was holding 28 mids to a touch, and on the 50's at 200 pace I was holding 26-27's to the touch.
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  11. Workout 04/03/14: evening

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 07:26 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Spent the morning with Emma and her continuing dental saga. She had five extractions and bone grafts in prep for four implants. Please pray for her recovery and pain to be small, and for the rest of the plan to work out as the dentist has suggested. We're believing that God will take care of all the details, especially the financial part.

    Quick swim before my college class tonight:
    200 Fr/200 Bk/200 IM drill
    2 x (with dorkel)
    - 100 kick
    - 150 pull
    16 x 25 on :30
    - odds easy Fr, evens = FAST IMO
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1600 yds/30 min)
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    More or less just trying to finish last night's workout since I have not been making time for the pool as of late.
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  12. Thursday, April 3, 2014

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 05:39 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY @FMAC
    77 Sunny, humidity 65%, 81 water

    Although I have not blogged my workouts this last month, I have been swimming. About three sessions per week I have been doing all freestyle workouts as some variation of what I did today:

    Warmup
    200 REV IM
    400 FR as 4(25RALA, 25CU, 25 DPS, 25 Strong)

    *Set 1*
    400 FR tempo DPS as 16x25 on :30
    *17s/16s, RI...
    12x50 FR on :50
    *34s/33s, RI...
    3(4x50 FR on :50, 2x100 FR on 1:40) w/snorkel
    *50s-34s/33s/32, 100s-1:09s to 1:07s,
    ---1:00
    2(200 FR on 3:00, 2x100 FR on 1:40, 4x50 FR on :50) w/buoy, agility paddles, tube
    *2:23, 1:09/1:08, 34/33/33/32, 2:20, 1:08/1:08, 34/33/32/31
    ---1:00
    3(200 FR on 2:40, 2x100 on 1:20) w/fins
    *200s/2:08-2:06, 100s/1:03-1:02, 50s/30-28
    ---:30 rest
    10x100 FR Steady on 1:30 w/snorkel, agility paddles, fins
    *1:01-:59

    Warm Down
    10x50 FR DPS on 1:00, *37-35
    100 IM EZ

    Comments
    When swimming without equipment, target pace is 1650 goal time of :35/50 or better. Main emphasis is about 5000 yards of approximate race pace effort for OW 5K swim. Sometimes I will do some straight FR swims of 40 to 90 min and for the structured sets I keep the repeats mostly between 25 to 150 yards. 200s will be included more often when/if I am able to hold 200s at/or under 1650 pace with :40 to :50 rest.

    To keep maintaining some speed and feel for the strokes I do workouts like this one two times weekly on alternate days, or a weekend session.

    Warm up
    400 REV IM
    16X25 MF on HR, front/back UW SDK

    *Set 1*
    10x75 FR Hypoxic as 85%/90%/95% on HR rest
    ---100 BK
    3(3x50 FR on 1:00, 1:00 rest) desc 1-3 *32s-29s
    ---100 BR
    12x25 FR on :50 99% w/fins *11s-10s
    ---100 BK
    4-6x25 FR Hypoxic-0 85% HR rest *12s
    ---400 IM Kick

    *Set 2*
    6x125 IM with Fly last length 85% HR rest
    ---50 FR
    6x75 Fly/Bk/Br 95%/85%/95% - 85%/95%/85% HR rest
    ---50 FR
    8x25 IM order Hypoxic-1/0 HR rest
    ---50 FR
    1x100 IM timed *1:10 (on a good day)
    ---400 FR with snorkel-paddles-buoy-tube

    *Set 3*
    5(4x25 FR on 1:00) Hypoxic-1 90%+ *12s
    ---50 BK
    4(2x50 FR on :40, 1:00) *32s-30s
    ---50BK
    4(8x25 FR on :30, :30) *14s-13s
    ---50 BK
    2x50 Free 99% HR rest *27/27
    ---50 BK
    16x25 MF, HR rest, UW SDK front & back

    Warm Down
    200 IM EZ
    100 IM EZ

    Comments:
    More often this workout is harder and takes more recovery than the 5K set.

    Updated April 3rd, 2014 at 05:48 PM by fdtotten

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  13. 04|03|14 LCM

    WARMUP
    500 various, F, S

    SET I
    50 free fast for time, S
    • 32 flat, pushed

    450 easy various, S, F

    SET II
    50 FK for time, S (50 easy)
    • 44 mid PB

    4 x 50 FK on 1:30, S
    • 1:06, 1:12, 1:14, 1:08

    SET III
    40 x 20M free on 0:30 [push off + 2 sprint strokes and flip (~10m out), easy kick back]

    Another awsome day outside, was feeling motivated so I drove the extra 10 min to the LCM pool to make an attempt on a FK50. I took freestyle kicks instead of dolpin kicks off the wall for the 50FK (for time), which are faster for me. It was accomplished without board and with snorkel, and it did hurt near the end.

    Updated April 3rd, 2014 at 05:38 PM by __steve__

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  14. Thursday, April 3

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 03:24 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swam around 1300. Did a couple forward starts with 100 pace SDKs working on gliding before kicking. Did a couple free flip turns with 9-10 SDKs, as I'm hoping to do in 50 free. Driving down to VA tonight after Lil Fort's track meet.

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    Zones psych sheets, timeline, results: http://www.patriotmasters.org/ColoniesZone2014.htm
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  15. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-04/04/2013

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 01:23 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    Taper workout
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00

    1 X 600
    Break :20 @ 200's
    Fins optional

    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 100 swim

    4 X 50 1:20
    descend 1-4--#4 @ 100%

    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks--sprint 20 yards

    $$$ RACE PACE SWIMS $$$
    1 X 50 blocks
    1 X 100 easy
    1 X 50 blocks
    4 x 50 easy swim down
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  16. Wed 4/2/14

    Had a late work appointment so I missed part of practice. They had added some chemicals to the pool and all of the fumes where on top of the water making it tough to breathe on the fast stuff. Thanks! #swimmerproblems.

    Hopped in late for this....
    900 kick with fins done as
    -50 on side
    -50 BK blast
    -50 dolphin on back
    -50 BK blast
    -50 on side
    -50 back cruise

    100 swim

    4 x 200 pull @ base descend

    100 swim

    4 x through
    200 non free cruise
    r/30
    4 x 50 free sprint @ 45
    r/60

    Hot tub warm down

    In and out.
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  17. Week 2 Taper almost done - and an evil day today

    by , April 3rd, 2014 at 08:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    That old breaststroke came back today. My knee is feelling better than it has in a while.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    8x25@:40 breast pull w/zoomers
    8x25@:40 breast accordian drill w/snorkle
    8x25@:40 breast scull w/snorkle barely made these
    500 breast kick w/br fins
    8x50 from block 15m sprints IM order
    300 free EZ

    Total 2800 yards
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  18. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:30-6:30am

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Warmup
    500 Free
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20 (held 1:11-1:12s)
    6 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00
    (1600/1600)

    10 x 50 Fly 1 arm drill w/ short fins (5 long SDKs off each wall)
    last one Fly swim cruise (went :31)
    (500/2100)

    125 Free Pull @ 1:30
    100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    125 Free Pull @ 1:30
    100 Free Pull @ 1:30
    50 scull EZ
    (500/2600)

    500 Flutter Kick w/ board

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    3100 Yards


    I just checked out SwimPhone for my champs meet this weekend. 55 people entered, and only 2 lucky souls in the 200 Fly. Me and someone else. I wonder who's going to be with me. At least it'll be 2 of us suffering our way through the race!!
  19. Workout 04/02/14: evening

    by , April 2nd, 2014 at 10:13 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Yesterday I was treated to an eight hour Interal Audit at work, with low staffing, on the first of the month, which happened to be April 1st. Boo.

    Quick workout tonight:

    200 Fr/200 Bk
    8 X 50 kick on :55
    - 4 Fr, 4 Bk
    4 X 100 on 1:25
    4 X 50 BK on :50 Quarter's Strong
    4 X 50 FR on :50 b/c
    100 loosen
    Solo/Rec/1700 yds/30min)
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  20. 04|02|14 SCM

    Gosh, this SCM pool is sooo tough to motivate myself in. Nonswimmer poolmates, cloudy water, my overusage of it (perhaps 280+ times a year). But it's convienient.

    WARMUP
    20 x 25 free, S on 0:30
    • 20's

    DRILL/KICK
    15 x 50 on 1:00 as 25 drill / 25 kick, F
    • drill was one arm fist on a BR, L, R, BL air schedule / easy kick on back




    Drylands
    Snatches with added band resistance (jump kit) 4 x 4 reps

    • proped barbell about 14" off ground on starting position to keep back happy
    • worked up to 4 bands and 85lbs

    pushups with added band resistance 4 x 10 reps

    Updated April 2nd, 2014 at 10:15 PM by __steve__

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