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By gzt (Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 11:08:44 AM EST) gzt, jerks, packing, moving, the dream of gerontius (all tags)
I was doing clean and jerks this morning and, as is most convenient, dropping the weights. Now, mind you, I wasn't dropping the barbell from full extension, I was slowing it down and let it go at about knee height. It's a lot less stressful to everything involved than dropping the barbell to your shoulders, dropping it to your hips, and then putting it down. However, one of the personal trainers came by and said, "You can't drop the weights here at $NEW_GYM, but you can at $OLD_GYM." I was like, drat. Denied. But I'm fine with it. I'll just have to do my heavy clean and jerks and snatches at $OLD_GYM instead. Or something. If you're going heavy, after all, you need to have the option of missing, and missing means dropping with those.

Future mother-in-law coming to town today. My parents will be in tomorrow. We need to figure out something to do. I guess the orchestra in Grant Park is free. They're playing some Arvo Part! And some other northern composers I haven't heard of! OMG I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS AND IT IS PLAYING ON FRIDAY THERE. I'll be busy, though. Maybe. Or maybe not. AAAH. Or maybe Saturday? It's playing on Saturday, too. I JUST HAVE TO THINK ABOUT MUSIC THAT IS AWESOME AND I HAVE A FREE ORCHESTRA PLAY IT FOR ME.

I'm living in a decrepit hovel and sleeping on the floor for the next two months.

I gave up on taking the tire off myself after a few minutes of struggling and called AAA. They came out and got it done within 45 minutes. It was, however, after the place I would've gotten the tires repaired at closed. I'll do it after work. This is all so inconvenient.

I cut my squat sets short because my knees were caving in. Perhaps I should've just backed off to a weight I could maintain proper form with. Well, whatever, it's just one day. After the squats, my shoulder felt a bit pained, it didn't go away during the bench presses, but it sorted itself out after the jerks. I didn't end up jerking more than I benched because of the puritanical restrictions against dropping.

Sleeping on the floor is working better. Like not eating, after a couple days you start to get used to it. I also got a little bit more padding. I don't know how much of a difference that made. My parents are coming to town, they're bringing my sleeping bag. All that should make it all work rather well. It's an efficient solution when you're low on space and don't really need a bed.

Tonight's agenda:

  1. pick up trousers from cleaners.
  2. drop car off to get tire fixed.
  3. finish packing books, sort clothes, bag/wash clothes to give to clothing drive, pack some clothes.
  4. finish gutting old computers, dispose of remnants.
  5. finish packing all the assorted nonsense.
I essentially want all of the packing done tonight. Tomorrow morning, I'll get my car and move some stuff. Then my parents will come and we can move the furniture (they have a bigger vehicle, see).
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dropping weights.. by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 12:42:02 PM EST
usually depends on a few things: the trainers working, how much noise you're actually making and if anyone is complaining.

Now, I don't like folks who drop/bang weights on the machines, because it's cheating -- you didn't control the weight for the eccentric phase of the lift. And it stresses out the machine (breaks pulleys etc)

If you can't put the 80lb dumbells you're doing fly's with down with out dropping them, perhaps you should use a lighter weight. Again, control what you're doing.

But one area that gets a pass is olympic lifting.. IF you are using rubber bumper plates, not metal plates (as you should.) And you should also be on an olympic lifting box..

oh yeah, bumper plates on a platform. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 12:45:07 PM EST
It's a very nice platform with very nice bumper plates and a very nice Olympic bar. It's a university gym and a lot of the athletes train there, so they have the good stuff. But the other gym is the only one where you're able to drop your jerks.

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And I'd be at $OLD_GYM... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 12:57:42 PM EST
...because it's 2 blocks closer and has the same equipment, but it opens at 7 and closes at 7 during the summer and I want to be in at 6am. It's also not air-conditioned. I think more of the athletes go there and I usually see somebody cleaning, if not snatching, some absurd weights, whereas $NEW_GYM doesn't seem to have that scene.

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so, wait .. by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 01:04:02 PM EST
they've got the rubber bumper plates, you're on the box, and you can't drop your weight ? What's up with that ? What's the point of the platform, guys.. geeze..

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lookin' good by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 01:39:21 PM EST
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