Weekly Review: Thumb, Press PR, How Women Should Train, No Power Rack, Lift Preparation, Knee Pain Cure & Push-Ups for Women

September 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

Do not drop Olympic bar on your thumb

So this week I somehow managed to injure myself on Monday by changing (actually, removing) a 45lbs plate off the Olympic bar.

Somehow the bar slipped out of  my right hand, and the edge of the bar slammed down directly into the cuticle of my thumb, cutting it up and causing a bloody mess.

The thumb is fine, although I probably won't be able to use a "hook grip" during power cleans.

Finally A New PR!

I set a new PR (personal record) on the overhead press. Pressed 215lbs, which beats my old record of 214.5lbs. It's only a 0.5lb difference, but I'll take it.

Also, I'm at a body weight of around 189lbs, about 5lbs lighter than I was during my previous PR a few months ago. Not too shabby.

Anyways, a few things worth reading:

Stuff To Read

  1. Marianne from myomytv.com rants about how women should train. I agree!
  2. If don't have access to a power cage or squat rack, here's what you can do
  3. Lifting really heavy weights is hard, and that's why most people don't do it. 70's Big shows you how you can prepare before the lift, and how to aggressively attack the rep
  4. Knee pain? Try this: http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/693/The_VMO_Solution.aspx
  5. Women can (and should!) do full push ups: http://saptstrength.com/2011/09/16/some-female-pushup-goodness/

John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


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