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Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

There once was a song, I’m sure you’re all familiar with it. The verse went something like, “What once was lost, now is found.” Such is my life as a fan of film. The once was, a man who loved to explore the filmscape in search of random treasures, treading through the mire of filth that once happens upon in such a search, and enjoying every smelly kernel of the trip. That film fan was lost though. He became swamped, overwhelmed with the act of keeping up and worrying about things he shouldn’t, such of fans and stats. Said man took a hiatus; he left to find himself, to locate that fan that once lay within him that he celebrated daily. The hunt took some time, but that film fan of old, now is found. The film fan stumbled upon a time where he could once again sit and enjoy a movie because the poster looked cool, of the cast impressive. He apologized to his circle of friends, hoped they would welcome him back and maybe he settled back in, things would go back to the way they once were. Let’s hope the reunion goes better for our intrepid film fan than it did for Yul Perkins in “Hit & Run”.

In my time away, I’d seen trailers for “Hit & Run”. It looked weird; I mean, it featured Bradley Cooper in White Man Dreads! That’s certainly an attention grabber. It also had a cast that caught my eye. I’ve long been fan of Kristen Bell since her days on “Veronica Mars” and Dax Sheppard’s always been hilarious. Knowing that they are real life ‘life partners’ as well, the idea of them working together on screen was a draw. The plot seemed odd enough to be something different, Dax Sheppard plays a former getaway driver who is in witness protection after ratting out is former gang, then falls in love with Kristen Bell in is newly adopted town. Her job situation lands her an interview in L.A., the very town that Dax is sworn to stay out of for his own safety. Thankfully, the contrived setup and stellar supporting cast combined to make a road movie that was at the same time hilarious, rather engrossing and a bit action packed. Really, it all fit together to make a really good story.

As I said, I’ve always found Dax Sheppard to be a solid actor. He’s proven his comedy chops in flicks like “Idiocracy” and he’s proven his more dramatic side on TV’s “Parenthood”. Here in “Hit & Run” he manages to put together a solid character that has a few facets to it. You know he’s done something wrong, yet you still find yourself cheering for him throughout the film. At times, you feel sorry for him and at others, you’re confident he’s going to win the day. He makes a character that’s easy for we the viewers to connect with, which is essential for this type of film. Kristen Bell plays well off of Sheppard. She’s sweet and innocent and you can understand where her frustrations come from when they arrive. You’re engaged throughout her and Sheppard’s ups and downs. Despite Bell’s solid performance though, you find yourself sticking with the film for Sheppard. Seeing as he directed the film, in addition to starring in it, it’s nice to see him stand out so well.

While the main plot of “Hit and Run” was its solid and true story telling, what made this movie so enjoyable for me was the supporting cast. With out this crew, the hilarity of the movie would not rank so high. Tom Arnold, believe it or not, is a scene stealer. His moments are all over the top, but honestly, what would you expect from Tom? Watching him ghost ride his mini van while discharging his fire arm was enough to bring out some loud laughter. When you find out after this fact that he’s actually a US Marshall? Even better. There are some other stalwarts that show up here, such as Kristen Chenowith and Sean Hayes, all of which are great in the short scenes they show up for, helping to round out the movie quite well. Seeing Bradley Cooper play against his stereo type was a nice change. Though his performance was nothing particularly mind blowing, it was a nice change from Mr. Hunky Leading man.

In the end? “Hit & Run” was easy to dismiss form the trailers alone, and I don’t think it fared very well in the box office. The marketing push was short, so I’m not surprised if most readers hear about it and say, “Oh, I remember that flick, Bradley Cooper in dreads…” Thanks to Neflix streaming though, you can go back and give it a watch and I think you’ll find it well worth your time.

So for now, your long lost film blogger bids you a fond adieu. He can’t really say if he’s back full time, or even regularly. He can say that he’s starting to feel his oats once again and that the time away has done him well. The landscape of movie geekdom looks mysterious and new once again, instead of stale and frustrating as it once was. If you’re feeling froggy, he’ll be happy to have your company on the journey once again.

Monday, August 12th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

I’ve decided to play around with making some game video casts. Not sure where the idea’s going yet, but I figure why not! I play a lot of video games and I make a lot of podcasts…it all seems pretty logical! This first game, Super House of Dead Ninja’s is a lot of fun and I talked about it here on CF last week, so I figured it would make a good test subject to see if I had all the ins and outs of Fraps figured out!

More to come? Probably! I still don’t have a name or anything picked out and as of yet, I don’t even know if I’ll post them at BGH or Cinema Fromage, so stay tuned. You can always find out what’s going on with them on twitter by checking me out @CaseyBGH or on Steam http://steamcommunity.com/id/CinemaFromage/.

Find the free version of SHoDN at Adult Swim Games: http://games.adultswim.com/super-house-of-dead-ninjas-action-online-game.html

Find out more on Megadev and their Projects: http://megadev.tumblr.com/

Find SHoDN on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/224820/

Coming up Next: The Swapper

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

I know I’ve been saying I’m going to start doing more blog posts here on health, fitness and my journey but…the day job has been crazy this month and it leaves no brain power for writing! But here I am at any rate. Along with burning brain cycles at work, I’ve also been doing a lot of reading to try and figure out how to change up my weight lifting routine since I’ve been going 13 weeks on the current one.

So far, I haven’t found a definite plan that I want to dive into. There are so many different weight lifting programs out there and a lot of them over lap with each other. It can be pretty overwhelming. At the same time, I’m starting to realize that I may not need as much of a program that lays everything out for me anymore. I’ve been doing this enough, I’m starting to get a good sense on what I need to work on on my own, which leads me off to finding even more specialized lifts, then I get even more overwhelmed, and I keep doing the same thing! So, I came up with a compromise.

For the past 13 weeks, I’ve been doing more of body building/hypertrophy type program because I had zero muscle definition before and I figure if I’m going to be skinny, I might as well look good when I get there! This involves doing lower weights at higher reps (10-15 reps) and isn’t bad. I’ve really been missing the base building lifts though, which is heavier weight for lower reps. Seeing as I haven’t been able to find a particular program that’s really grabbed my attention, I decided I’ll combine the two! There are roughly 4 core lifts that are the basis for the Strength Program, that get used in the hypertrophy programs as well. Those are Bench Press, Over Head Press, Barbell Squats and Deadlifts. My compromise that I started incorporating this week is to go back to high weight and low reps on these lifts, and stick with the low weight and high reps on all the other accessory stuff. I won’t be doing Deadlifts still, because those run too much of a risk of hurting my back. I may incorporate rack pulls though, which is sort of…the upper range of motion of a deadlift. The biggest change here, is that I will be going BACK to Squats. I’m going to try to at least.

My biggest focus fitness wise is running, because I love it and it helps center me as far as anxiety and nervous energy goes. I stopped doing leg lifts back when I started this last program because i was starting to have problems with leg recovery from the lifting and the running. It’s hard to run 30 miles a week when your legs are still fried 5 days later. Plus, my legs are already pretty big from the 6 months of Starting Strength where you do squats 3 days a week, not to mention from 10 years of carrying my 351lbs around daily. That is to say, I’m not at risk of looking like a broseph who does upper body only. Fridays are normally rest days, so I will start doing squats on Thursdays, hoping that my legs have recovered enough for long runs on Saturdays. This will take some experimentation, but we’ll get there!

I miss doing barbell squats. They make you feel pretty powerful when you’re moving nearly 300 lbs without too many issues. Plus, they’re a whole body lift since you use muscles throughout your core to help as well. Really…they’re pretty great and good for runners as well.

So, here’s what my program should start looking like now:

Mondays:
Barbell Bench Press:
135 lb x 5 reps (+67 pts)
155 lb x 5 reps (+77 pts)
185 lb x 5 reps (+94 pts)
205 lb x 5 reps (+108 pts)
205 lb x 5 reps (+108 pts)
205 lb x 5 reps (+108 pts)
225 lb x 1 reps (+68 pts)
Barbell Incline Bench Press:
135 lb x 12 reps (+81 pts)
135 lb x 9 reps (+78 pts)
135 lb x 7 reps (+74 pts)
135 lb x 10 reps (+79 pts)
Decline Barbell Bench Press:
100 lb x 12 reps (+43 pts)
100 lb x 7 reps (+39 pts)
100 lb x 5 reps (+35 pts)
Machine Chest Fly (Pec Deck):
160 lb x 12 reps (+23 pts)
160 lb x 12 reps (+23 pts)
160 lb x 11 reps (+23 pts)
Machine Dips:
180 lb x 10 reps (+26 pts)
180 lb x 10 reps (+26 pts)
180 lb x 10 reps (+26 pts)
Weighted Decline Sit-Up:
10 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)
10 lb x 15 reps (+22 pts)

Tuesdays:
rkout for 1,483 pts Jun 25, 2013
Pull-Up:
3 reps (+54 pts)
2 reps (+40 pts)
2 reps (+40 pts)
2 reps (+40 pts)
Its not many, but its all me!
Lat Pulldown:
140 lb x 12 reps (+30 pts)
140 lb x 12 reps (+30 pts)
140 lb x 12 reps (+30 pts)
Seated Cable Row:
80 lb x 12 reps (+29 pts)
80 lb x 12 reps (+29 pts)
80 lb x 12 reps (+29 pts)
Wide-Grip Pulldown Behind The Neck:
120 lb x 12 reps (+36 pts)
120 lb x 12 reps (+36 pts)
120 lb x 10 reps (+35 pts)
Ab Crunch Machine:
90 lb x 15 reps (+15 pts)
90 lb x 15 reps (+15 pts)
90 lb x 12 reps (+14 pts)
Dumbbell Side Bend:
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
45 lb x 12 reps (+32 pts)
Hanging Bent Leg Raise:
12 reps (+5 pts)
12 reps (+5 pts)
12 reps (+5 pts)
12 reps (+5 pts)
12 reps (+5 pts)
T-Bar Row:
90 lb x 12 reps (+33 pts)
90 lb x 12 reps (+33 pts)
90 lb x 12 reps (+33 pts)
90 lb x 12 reps (+33 pts)

Thursdays:

Barbell Squats:

Rack Pulls:

Side Lateral Raise:
25 lb x 12 reps (+9 pts)
25 lb x 12 reps (+9 pts)
25 lb x 12 reps (+9 pts)
Machine Chest Fly (Pec Deck):
160 lb x 12 reps (+23 pts)
160 lb x 10 reps (+23 pts)
145 lb x 11 reps (+21 pts)
Barbell Shrug:
185 lb x 12 reps (+41 pts)
185 lb x 12 reps (+41 pts)
185 lb x 12 reps (+41 pts)
Barbell Shrug Behind The Back:
185 lb x 12 reps (+27 pts)
185 lb x 12 reps (+27 pts)
185 lb x 12 reps (+27 pts)
Triceps Pushdown:
80 lb x 12 reps (+13 pts)
80 lb x 11 reps (+13 pts)
80 lb x 10 reps (+13 pts)
Barbell Curl:
70 lb x 10 reps (+18 pts)
70 lb x 9 reps (+18 pts)
70 lb x 6 reps (+17 pts)
Standing Military Press:
95 lb x 12 reps (+91 pts)
95 lb x 12 reps (+91 pts)
95 lb x 10 reps (+89 pts)

This is still up in the air mind you, so it could change up. Thursdays are generally pretty heavy on shoulder and arm stuff, so the arm stuff may get bumped to Fridays to cut down on Thursday time at the gym.

So , that’s that! It’s been a good week success wise. I hit 236 lbs this week, which is exciting! Plus, I can officially do unassisted pull-ups, which is even more exciting! Plus, I plan on posting my month mileage after Saturday’s long run which is promising to be pretty damn exciting, to me at any rate!

So long, and thanks for all the Fish!

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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

This week, my health coach was out and had to miss our last group meeting for this session. In her stead, I was told I’d be running the group in her absence! (Note that I wasn’t asked!) Everybody expected me to talk about running, but I went a different direction and decided to spend today’s meeting sharing the various sites and apps that I’ve used along my journey! So, I figured I’d go ahead and share that list here for you all as well!

Enjoy!

Learn to Run:
Couch to 5K – http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml
Zombies Run 5k Training – https://www.zombiesrungame.com/
Hal Higdon Training Plans – http://www.halhigdon.com/training/
GPS Tracking:
Run Keeper – http://www.runkeeper.com
Endomondo – http://www.endomondo.com
Nike+ – http://www.nikeplus.com
Strava – http://www.strava.com/
Exercise Tracking:
Fitocracy – http://www.fitocracy.com
JeFit – http://www.jefit.com/
Google Docs – http://docs.google.com
Exercise Training:
EXRX.net – http://exrx.net/
Livestrong.com – http://www.livestrong.com
Starting Strength Wiki – http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ:The_Lifts
Brain Over Brawn – http://brainoverbrawn.com/ (body weight exercises)
Stumptuous – http://www.stumptuous.com/workout-6 (Female Centric fitness blog, good dumbbell program)
Entertainment:
Spotify – http://www.spotify.com
Pandora – http://www.pandora.com
Audible – http://www.audible.com
Jog.fm – http://www.jog.fm
Calorie and Weight Tracking:
My Fitness Pal – http://www.myfitnesspal.com
Physics Diet – http://www.physicsdiet.com
Sparkpeople – http://www.sparkpeople.com/
The Daily Plate – http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/
Recipes and Food Info:
Nutritionix – http://www.nutritionix.com/
Sparkpeople – http://www.sparkpeople.com/

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Thursday 4/11/2013

One good thing about things being crazy at work? The week blazes by super fast!

Today was a taxing day on the old ‘bod’, in that I had to go physical therapy for the knee, then hit the gym for back day, then ran a bit on the elliptical to round it out. I’ll sleep good tonight! The therapy is coming along well, adding new stuff every week. My hips are getting stronger, I still have no ass (according to my wife) and i’m probably going to be looking for alternatives for squats for awhile to help things heal up. (I’m already doing leg press, and will be continuing to do so!)

We started the next round of our weight loss group today, which was cool to see the friends I’ve made in there, as well as the new faces from the last education class. I’m up a good 6 pound from where I was when we left off, but I know it’s due to my vacation excess, which is a decision I made consciously, and not mindlessly. So, I gotta live with the consequences. The diet’s been on track this week though, so it’s all good and those 6 pounds will come off soon enough.

For a nice aside, I ran into a trainer at the gym I haven’t seen for a good month. he asked how the weight loss was coming, to which I was honest about. His response was, ‘well, it’s obvious you’re still dropping body fat, look how hard your chest is getting?’

Which is cool.

Gooch2k2 Tracked a Workout for 545 pts Today
Elliptical Trainer:
- 0:12:00
- http://runkeeper.com/user/CinemaFromage/activity/166395006
Pull-Up:
- 10 reps || assisted || 115 lb
- 10 reps || assisted || 115 lb
- 9 reps || assisted || 115 lb
- 10 reps || assisted || 115 lb
Bent Over Barbell Row:
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
Lat Pulldown:
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 12 reps
Seated Cable Row:
- 42.5 lb x 12 reps
- 42.5 lb x 12 reps
- 42.5 lb x 12 reps
Wide-Grip Pulldown Behind The Neck:
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 12 reps
Weighted Decline Sit-Up:
- 10 lb x 15 reps
- 10 lb x 15 reps
- 10 lb x 10 reps

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Tuesday, April 09th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Tuesday 4/9/2013

Here’s another update. Weights went well, felt good to hit the elliptical after lifting!

In other news, the ‘hell week’ from work that I thought was over? It’s still going. Thanks to horrible vendor support, I’m having to cancel my third physical therapy appointment for my knee today. This shit’s never going to get healed.

Gooch2k2 Tracked a Workout for 793 pts Today
Elliptical Trainer:
- 0:27:30 || Easy
- http://runkeeper.com/user/CinemaFromage/activity/165548827
Barbell Incline Bench Press:
- 125 lb x 12 reps
- 125 lb x 12 reps
- 125 lb x 12 reps
- 125 lb x 10 reps
Barbell Bench Press:
- 135 lb x 12 reps
- 135 lb x 12 reps
- 135 lb x 10 reps
Machine Chest Fly (Pec Deck):
- 85 lb x 15 reps
- 85 lb x 15 reps
- 85 lb x 15 reps
Dips – Chest Version:
- 15 reps || assisted || 115 lb
- 13 reps || assisted || 115 lb
Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise:
- 50 lb x 12 reps
- 50 lb x 12 reps
- 50 lb x 12 reps
fito2sa

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Monday, April 08th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Monday 4/8/2013

I’m back! I know, you all probably didn’t know I left, but hey it was a short vacation, I made the most of it!

Today, I’m struggling. It’s all a mental struggle, but I’m struggling all the same. Over my 5 day vacation, I ate like crap, which is my own fault. But with the hell that has been my job here as of late, I needed a few days not thinking. I did manage to lift in those 5 days and I did manage to hike a good 6-7 miles total during that time! But I still ate like crap. Which leaves me on this Monday feeling flat and bloated and all around like I set myself back. Of course I’m up a few pounds but in reality, it’s not disastrous and well,we’re going to get back on track as of now.

And I did get back on track! Diet’s tight today, workout was solid and I got some cardio in, so that’s good too.

I’m struggling with my lifting as well. My knee’s doing good, though I still get twinges in it from time to time, and I’m still doing physical therapy for it too. That’s not setting me off so much. The thing I’m having problems with is this switch to a new lifting program. I loved Starting Strength. I loved it a lot. But, I’d been doing it since September, which in lifting terms, is too long. So, I’m trying out this new program, and it’s a good program…I’m just not in the groove yet. This leaves me feeling out of sorts and maybe like I’m not lifting enough (since it’s all isolation) and just not quite where I was in general. However, I’m being realistic about it I know it takes time for anything to become comfortable and this will get there soon too, I’m sure. Tacking on an extra 20 minutes of cardio today helped a lot to erase that feeling of not doing enough, so I think I’m on to something.

Gooch2k2 Tracked a Workout for 923 pts Today
Elliptical Trainer:
- 0:20:00 || Easy
- http://runkeeper.com/user/CinemaFromage/activity/165307437
Leg Extensions:
- 50 lb x 15 reps
- 50 lb x 15 reps
- 50 lb x 15 reps
- 50 lb x 15 reps
Barbell Squat:
- 145 lb x 12 reps
- 145 lb x 12 reps
- 145 lb x 12 reps
- 145 lb x 12 reps
Leg Press:
- 230 lb x 12 reps
- 230 lb x 12 reps
- 230 lb x 12 reps
Lying Leg Curls:
- 95 lb x 12 reps
- 95 lb x 12 reps
- 95 lb x 12 reps
- 95 lb x 12 reps
Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift:
- 145 lb x 12 reps
- 145 lb x 12 reps
- 145 lb x 10 reps
Weighted Decline Sit-Up:
- 10 lb x 15 reps
- 10 lb x 15 reps
- 10 lb x 10 reps

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Tuesday, April 02nd, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Tuesday 4/2/2013

The week from hell draws to a close, though it bumped my schedule by a day before it died! No worries though, because I got chest and back in today and I don’t have to work for the next 5 days! Huzzah!

The knee is doing better, still sore now and then, but better all the same. I’m still doing PT twice a week and they’re working on my butt, cause….my butt’s pretty weak. That’s okay though, it’ll improve! I’ve still been logging some miles running, which has been fantastic with the warm up, and the only thing keeping me sane in this crazy ass period here at work.

On my mini-vacation, I still plan on running AND…I’ve already made plans to visit my parents gym when we’re visiting them at the end of the week, so let’s get this train back on the rails!

Weight’s up by 2 pounds, at 248 but that’s due to stress and me trying to not go crazy with stress on the weekends and indulging a bit. It’ll buff out though.

Gooch2k2 Tracked a Workout for 1,096 pts Today
Barbell Incline Bench Press:
- 115 lb x 5 reps
- 125 lb x 12 reps
- 125 lb x 12 reps
- 125 lb x 12 reps
- 125 lb x 11 reps
Barbell Bench Press:
- 125 lb x 10 reps
- 125 lb x 10 reps
- 125 lb x 10 reps
Machine Chest Fly (Pec Deck):
- 100 lb x 15 reps
- 100 lb x 15 reps
- 100 lb x 15 reps
Dips – Chest Version:
- 10 reps || assisted || 100 lb
- 15 reps || assisted || 115 lb
Pull-Up:
- 10 reps || assisted || 115 lb
- 6 reps || assisted || 115 lb
- 5 reps || assisted || 115 lb
Bent Over Barbell Row:
- 100 lb x 12 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
Lat Pulldown:
- 100 lb x 10 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
- 100 lb x 10 reps
Seated Cable Row:
- 42.5 lb x 10 reps
- 42.5 lb x 10 reps
- 42.5 lb x 10 reps
Wide-Grip Pulldown Behind The Neck:
- 70 lb x 15 reps
- 70 lb x 15 reps
- 70 lb x 15 reps
Weighted Decline Sit-Up:
- 10 lb x 15 reps
- 10 lb x 10 reps
- 10 lb x 7 reps
fito2sa

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Wednesday 3/20/2013

Day two of the new four day split! Like I had predicted, I was pretty sore this morning after the first day of the new program, despite if I thought I was working hard or not. It was a good kind of sore, (i’ve actually come to look forward to DOMS, in my mind, it means you worked hard!) so it’s all gravy. Mmm gravy. Today’s workout was all shoulders and tri’s. I felt the burn a little more during the workout this time but by the time I was done, I had some serious T Rex arms going as I tried to wash my hair! When I went to do my dips at the end, an exercise I’ve been busting out 30 reps on at the same weight, I damn near fell off the machine, my arms were jelly!

So, it was good workout.

Tomorrow’s the first day of Physical Therapy. Hopefully I’ll get told I can at least do the elliptical or something. No running is making me antsy and an antsy Casey is no fun for anybody.

Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press:
- 25 lb x 8 reps
- 35 lb x 8 reps
- 45 lb x 8 reps
- 50 lb x 4 reps
Seated Barbell Military Press:
- 45 lb x 5 reps
- 65 lb x 5 reps
- 85 lb x 5 reps
- 95 lb x 10 reps
- 95 lb x 6 reps
- 95 lb x 6 reps
Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise:
- 10 lb x 20 reps
Reverse Triceps Bench Press:
- 45 lb x 8 reps
- 65 lb x 8 reps
- 85 lb x 8 reps
- 95 lb x 8 reps
Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press:
- 95 lb x 5 reps
- 115 lb x 10 reps
- 115 lb x 8 reps
- 115 lb x 6 reps
Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension:
- 32.5 lb x 20 reps
Dips – Chest Version:
- 5 reps || assisted || 70 lb
- 5 reps || assisted || 70 lb

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Tuesday 3/19/2013

Well, today’s a bitter sweet day. After getting my back healed up, I noticed all the while that my right knee was feeling funny. Not all the time, but at random times I’d get done with squats and my knee would feel like I was wearing a knee brace. At first that’s all it was; a tightness around the knee. But as the next two weeks progressed, the feeling happened more and more often and then the acheyness would set in in the evening.

By this past Friday, I said the hell with it and went into the Dr. The prognosis is not good…well, to be honest the prognosis was pretty ambiguous to be honest. The doctor left me with a physical therapy appointment and orders to stop running for the time being and no lower body lifts, which kind of sucks. When asked about doing say the elliptical or the stationary bike at least for cardio, I was faced with ‘it will slow your healing’. So, I’m faced with cutting my exercise down drastically, just as my plateau began to break! Yes, it sucks.

When looking at the change, I started thinking about my lifting. I was told specifically I could do all the upper body stuff. I had also had a conversation with a friend at the gym about how I’ve been doing the same program since September, and how it was good to change up lifting routines periodically to shock your muscles. It didn’t take long to put two and two together and figure out that this may be a good time to get off of Starting Strength and try something new.

Here I with day one of Alfalfa’s #4. It’s a bit different from starting strength and it feels like I’m back in noob mode, but I’m pretty excited to be doing something new. With this program being a four day split, with one day dedicated to leg stuff, I figure for the time being it will be pretty easy to just skip the leg day and add an extra cardio day once I figure out what cardio I can do safely. I’m not interested in being huge, but this program’s supposed to be balanced for strength and size and with the changes I’ve seen so far, I’m pretty stoked to have muscles once I drop the rest of this pesky stomach fat!

Here’s to day 1. It didn’t feel as tiring as Starting Strength’s A day, but then again, I probably won’t be able to lift my arms by this evening!

Dumbbell Bench Press:
- 30 lb x 6 reps
- 40 lb x 6 reps
- 55 lb x 6 reps
- 60 lb x 6 reps
Barbell Incline Bench Press:
- 90 lb x 5 reps
- 115 lb x 5 reps
- 125 lb x 10 reps
- 125 lb x 8 reps
- 125 lb x 5 reps
Barbell Bench Press:
- 135 lb x 5 reps
- 145 lb x 10 reps
- 135 lb x 6 reps
- 135 lb x 5 reps
Machine Chest Fly (Pec Deck):
- 70 lb x 10 reps
- 85 lb x 10 reps
- 100 lb x 15 reps
- 100 lb x 15 reps
Incline Dumbbell Curl:
- 20 lb x 8 reps
- 30 lb x 5 reps
- 25 lb x 8 reps
Barbell Curl:
- 40 lb x 10 reps
- 40 lb x 8 reps
- 40 lb x 5 reps
Close-Grip Standing Barbell Curl:
- 40 lb x 15 reps
Cable Crunch:
- 52.5 lb x 12 reps
- 52.5 lb x 12 reps
- 52.5 lb x 12 reps
fito2sa

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