This Is Why There’s No White Jesus or White Santa Claus In My House

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I am sure some thought I was overreacting and just “playing the race card” when I posted HERE about the History Channel’s remake of The Bible. Those powers that be seemed to make the devil look just like President Obama, but the actor who played Jesus looked handsome and pretty much stayed true to the traditional image of Jesus.

Because you know, we all know exactly what Jesus looked like right? The people here on Fox News know:

I think Jack Wellman at Patheos.com summed it up quite well:

“Time and time again, the New Testament records that Jesus slipped away into the crowds and that the religious officials, when looking for Him, frequently couldn’t find Him?  Why was this so?  Because Jesus must have looked much like any other rabbi of the day with a robe yes, but not with the long hair that we think He wore.  There are dozens of accounts where Jesus simply slipped away and blended into the crowds:

John 5:13 “Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.” 

Luke 4:30 “but he slipped away through the crowd and left them.”

John 7:11 “The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?”

John 11:56 “They were looking for Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?”

If Jesus had a long, white flowing robe and He had long hair, He would have been easy to spot, since historical accounts show that the Jews in Jesus’ day had short hair. He likely had a beard but so did many of the Jewish men in that day.   There is every indication that Jesus was hard to pick out of a crowd but when He wanted to be seen, He was able to make Himself visible.”

Now, I’ve had many conversations with non-Christians and fellow Christians about the importance of images, including the portrayal of Jesus as a long blond-haired effeminate white male. The common retort is, “Well, it really doesn’t matter and it’s not a big deal.” To which my response is, “If it’s not a big deal, why have I never seen any other image of Jesus in white churches, at white-church Christmas plays, or in movies/TV shows?” Even Mel Gibson, who received all types of accolades for his historically accurate portrayal of the final days of Christ’s life in the Passion Of The Christ, made sure that Jesus still had a European look, despite the fact that other biblical characters did have North African facial features (I guess we should be happy for small steps).

So if it doesn’t matter, why does is this image still being persistently used by people who claim to be champions of the truth? My point is, if it doesn’t matter, then every Christmas play, Christmas/Jesus movie, etc. should reflect the population that it’s trying to reach. The fact is, that it does not, because if you’re at a black Christmas play and they had a black-Jesus, the first thing most people would think is, “That’s not Jesus!”

Really?

Oh, and don’t get me started on so-called  Santa Claus. If you want to say that Saint Nicholas was “white”, go ahead. Just remember that Ole Saint Nick was born a Greek in the 3rd century, near the Mediterranean sea. So he likely had a skin color that was much darker than this:

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So does it matter? I don’t know. It surely seems to matter to Megyn Kelly of Fox (and the others that sat there and didn’t challenge her statement). So it matters so much that people think you’re being PC and get upset if you say Jesus and that fictional character are upholding a standard of white beauty and not accurate history, then yes, it matters.

I’m just glad somebody was stupid enough to say as much on national TV.

Maybe I just have a problem. Too much Good Times when I was younger has changed my way of thinking…

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CSD StrongDad Program: 85% Effort Day: Training for Those CSD’s Over 40 Is All About the Pace

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“Consider the following. What are the two most popular topics for articles in the muscle magazines? The first is how to gain massive amounts of muscular bodyweight as quickly as possible. The second is the even more popular article about building big arms in record time. Those are fine for the younger guys-the scrawny toothpicks who are desperate to pack on some serious muscle mass – but the don’t speak to those of us who have labored long years in the Iron Mines and who are plenty big already. Nor does it speak to those of us who work long hours at our job – support our families and who struggle with struggles with issues like how to pay the bills or how to put the kids through college-who have limited time and energy for training-and who are more interested in how to train for lifelong strength and health than in how to gain 30 pounds of muscle in six weeks.”

Except from Gray Hair and Black Iron by Brooks Kubik

I tried a new exercise today. Instead of full squats that I can do at home when the weather’s warm, I’ve decided to try to squat from the bottom position or “pins” (in my rack, it’s the rails). Definitely a change of pace, but felt much safer and overall but it’s going to take some adjustment as time goes on and the weight increases. We’ll see if it’s a keep or if I switch to front squats (I have poor wrist flexibility so that may be the last resort), the zercher squat or full-back squats.

Thu, Dec 12, 2013   0:40 (8:44 AM – 9:24 AM)
Exercise Weight
(lb)
Reps Rest %
1RM
%
Ttl Weight
1 Squat – Barbell Bottoms Up

1RM: 331.9

Ttl Weight: 7,375

Ttl Reps: 35

Avg Weight: 210.7

1 85 × 5 120 26% 5.8%
2 135 × 5 120 41% 9.2%
3 185 × 5 120 56% 12.5%
4 225 × 5 120 68% 15.3%
5 275 × 5 120 83% 18.6%
6 275 × 5 120 83% 18.6%
7 295 × 5 120 89% 20.0%

2 Chest Dips (Parallel Bars)

Body Weight ⊕

1RM: 222.5+129.1

12/7/13: 222.5+132.5

Ttl Weight: 6,512.5

Ttl Reps: 23

Avg Weight: 283.2

1 × 5 60 63% 17.1%
2 +45 × 5 60 75% 20.5%
3 +90 × 3 60 88% 14.4%
4 +90 × 5 60 88% 24.0%
5 +90 × 5 60 88% 24.0%

3 Reverse Arm Curls (Barbell)

Barely made 5 on the last set!

1RM: 95.6

9/19/13: 110.3

Ttl Weight: 2,040

Ttl Reps: 32

Avg Weight: 63.8

1 45 × 12 60 41% 26.5%
2 65 × 10 60 59% 31.9%
3 85 × 5 60 77% 20.8%
4 85 × 5 60 77% 20.8%

12/12/13 – All exercises (lb)

Total weight 15928 lb
Front Thighs 7375 lb
Glutes 7375 lb
Pecs 6512 lb
Forearms 2040 lb

Other exercised muscles: Hamstrings (Rear Thighs), Triceps, Anterior Deltoids (Front Delts), Biceps, Rectus abdominis (Abs), Trapezius (Traps)


1) 1RM is not calculated for over 6 reps.

2) ‘% 1RM’ = Weight / 1RM. GymGoal uses ‘Actual 1RM’ if you record it, otherwise it uses the best calculated 1RM for the last 90 days.

3) ‘Raw Volume Index’ = ‘Total Weight Lifted’ divided by bodyweight. ‘Scaled Volume Index’ = ‘Total Weight Lifted’ / (Bodyweight ^ 0.67)

4) ‘Intensity Index’ = ‘Scaled Volume Index’ divided by total reps.

Happy Birthday To My Son KD!

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If you’ve been a regular listener to the CornerstoneDad podcast (if not, check out the episodes), you’ve heard my son KD on quite a few shows break down his thoughts on sports, race, relationships and anything else thrown at him.

Today is his 24th birthday!

When I was 24, he was 3 1/2 years old. I was working at a grocery store and was entering my 5th year there, struggling to figure out what to do with my life. The only stability I had at that time, was my then girlfriend and now wife, oh yea…and my Mustang!

However, there’s one thing I’m pretty confident about, and that’s the impact that young man had on my life.

Without him, there would likely be no CornerstoneDad.com, because it is through our trials and tribulations that made me appreciate my role even more.

Once again I’d like to remind my young dad’s out there to keep pressing. If you’re struggling being a young father while you’re trying to grow up and be a man your own-self, think of this time period out there as a football game:

0-5 yrs. old – 1st quarter

6-10 yrs. old – 2nd quarter

11-15 yrs. old – 3rd quarter

16-20 yrs. old – 4th quarter

Now, which QB will you be? When I was younger, I always knew that Joe Montana could make comeback. Dan Marino could make a comeback. You did not turn the channel because you never wanted to be “that guy” on Tuesday morning after Monday Night Football to hear, “You didn’t see what happened last night?”, because you turned the game off and went to bed because you thought the game was over. Not with those guys, because even if the Niners or the Dolphins would lose, the game would almost always be close in the end.

Will you give up because of the struggle in the 1st quarter or the 1st half? Oftentimes, the 3rd quarter determines the game, so if you have a good lead (relationship), will you relax and lose it in the 4th quarter? Are you a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady (the two top active career comeback leaders in NFL history) that are always determined to win, no matter what the early quarters looked like? Are you steadfast on remaining in the game because of your integrity and even if you “lose”, the court system, your child’s mother, your relatives, her relatives will all know, that you’re a fighter? You’ll fight to see or be involved in your child’s life regardless of the obstacles.

Personally, I wanted to throw in the towel in every quarter of the game. When the picture above was taken, seeing that young man at 24 was out of my realm of possibility. I thought the tough times would never end.

God is good,  and was working even when I was not a good father, and I praise him for allowing me to see my son turn 24, and for me to be alive to say, Happy Birthday for yet another year.

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CSD StrongDad Program: Intensity Cycling

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Yesterday I had the second workout in the new phase. I actually included an isolation movement (incline dumbbell curls) and my arms are sore. I included the exercises just to lessen the intensity a bit so understand, that’s exactly what is going on, less intensity. It’s not about being sore!

I want you to think about this: Do your really think that curling some 30 lbs. dumbbells produces more results than a 600+ rack deadlift that produced no soreness at all? Of course not! Therefore, I just want you to think about that a bit the next time you gauge the effectiveness of your workout on muscle soreness.

Below is a chart of how I plan to dial back my intensity over the next eight weeks:

Weekly Percentage Plan

Low 

Medium

Heavy

Week One

75

85

100

Week Two

85

100

75

Week Three

100

75

85

Week Four

75

85

100

Week Five

85

100

75

Week Six

100

75

85

Week Seven

75

85

100

Week Eight

85

100

75

This worked wonderfully last phase as overall, I’m injury free and was getting stronger and stronger throughout the program. Therefore, the “intensity” rotation stays.

Last nights routine was performed at the commercial gym. It wasn’t very busy, but I must say, the workout didn’t feel that hard at all as I didn’t use a barbell in the entire routine and used a machine. This is the type of program I’ve been performing over the last ten years (originally chins were to be used but I left my big-boy-belt at home so I used the lat machine) and if felt easy, perhaps that’s why my progress has been less than I’ve desired.

Exercise Weight
(lb)
Reps Rest %
1RM
%
Ttl Weight
1 Machine Chest Press (Seated)

1RM: 104.1

Ttl Weight: 2,187.5

Ttl Reps: 30

Avg Weight: 72.9

1 45 × 10 90 43% 20.6%
2 70 × 5 90 67% 16.0%
3 92.5 × 5 90 89% 21.1%
4 92.5 × 5 90 89% 21.1%
5 92.5 × 5 90 89% 21.1%

2 Bench Press (Dumbbell, Incline)

1RM: 78.8×2

Ttl Weight: 2,600

Ttl Reps: 20

Avg Weight: 130

1 50×2 × 5 90 63% 19.2%
2 70×2 × 5 90 89% 26.9%
3 70×2 × 5 90 89% 26.9%
4 70×2 × 5 90 89% 26.9%

3 Arm Curls (Dumbbell, Incline)

1RM (1)

Ttl Weight: 1,800

Ttl Reps: 30

Avg Weight: 60

1 30×2 × 12 60 40.0%
2 30×2 × 10 60 33.3%
3 30×2 × 8 60 26.7%

4 Pulldowns (Front, Wide-Grip)

1RM: 168.8

Ttl Weight: 3,450

Ttl Reps: 30

Avg Weight: 115

1 70 × 10 60 41% 20.3%
2 100 × 5 90 59% 14.5%
3 150 × 5 90 89% 21.7%
4 150 × 5 90 89% 21.7%
5 150 × 5 90 89% 21.7%

12/10/13 – All exercises (lb)

Total weight 10038 lb
Pecs 4788 lb
Lats 3450 lb
Biceps 1800 lb

Other exercised muscles: Triceps, Anterior Deltoids (Front Delts), Forearm muscles (Forearms), Trapezius (Traps), Posterior Deltoids (Rear Delts)


1) 1RM is not calculated for over 6 reps.

2) ‘% 1RM’ = Weight / 1RM. GymGoal uses ‘Actual 1RM’ if you record it, otherwise it uses the best calculated 1RM for the last 90 days.

3) ‘Raw Volume Index’ = ‘Total Weight Lifted’ divided by bodyweight. ‘Scaled Volume Index’ = ‘Total Weight Lifted’ / (Bodyweight ^ 0.67)

4) ‘Intensity Index’ = ‘Scaled Volume Index’ divided by total reps.

CSD StrongDad Program: Holiday Season Mad Crush Journal – A New Cycle Begins!

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I started a new lifting cycle (not the other kind of cycle you CSD Muscleheads!)

Below is what I’ve put together:

Day One
GHBI – Dec/Jan ’14 Cycle
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 Performed ____________
Exercise Weight
(lb)
Reps Performed
1 Machine Chest Press (Seated)

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

2 Chin-ups (Front, Underhand)

Body Weight ⊕

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

3 Bench Press (Dumbbell, Incline)

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

4 Arm Curls (Dumbbell, Incline)

1 × 12
2 × 10
3 × 8

 

Day Two
GHBI – Dec/Jan ’14 Cycle
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 Performed ____________
Exercise Weight
(lb)
Reps Performed
1 Rack Deadlifts

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

2 Shoulder Press (Barbell)

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

3 Lateral Raises (Cable)

1 × 12
2 × 10
3 × 8

 

Day Three
GHBI – Dec/Jan ’14 Cycle
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 Performed ____________

 

Exercise Weight
(lb)
Reps Performed
1 Zercher Squat

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

2 Chest Dips (Parallel Bars)

Body Weight ⊕

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

3 Reverse Arm Curls (Barbell)

1 × 5
2 × 5
3 × 5
4 × 5
5 × 5

CSD Knowledge Nugget: From The Legendary Steve Sabol

“Nothing lasts unless it can be expressed in the terms of a human spirit.”

Steve Sabol (1942-2012)

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I just watched the NFL network’s, A Football Life: Steve Sabol, with my sons. Steve, founder of NFL Films, revolutionized sports television and to a lesser degree, sports video games such as the John Madden franchise.

Steve’s story is absolutely amazing, but the story and relationship he had with his father is even better.

Check out the video below that Steve put together about his dad, Ed Sabol, for his enshrinement as a member of the Hall of Fame class of 2011.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-hall-of-fame/09000d5d821438ba/2011-HOF-Steve-Sabol-presents-Ed-Sabol

Knowing that Steve’s work has impacted multiple generations in terms of what they watch, he realized it was the impact he had on how people lived their lives that prompted the statement above.

It’s also a good reminder for us dads that it’s not the college fund or inheritance that we leave for our kids that lasts. But the imprint we leave upon their spirit, that will last for generations.

 

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The 2015 Ford Mustang Has Been Unwrapped – What Do You Think?

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Hot off the press CornerstoneDads and right in time for your mid-life “crisis” (at least for some of us).

Looks like the spy photos over the last year were pretty much spot on.

What do you think?

Head on over to Car and Driver for all of the juicy details:

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2015-ford-mustang-leaked-360-view-and-full-details-news

and Ford.com for the official news: http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/2015//

Too much change?

Too little change?

Let us know!

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CSD StrongDad Program: Holiday Season Mad Crush Journal – Dec 4, 2013 – Feeling Like Franco

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With my gym’s plates, they really make a fella feel like Franco as I can only fit one more 45 on the bar…and I’ll be doing that in early 2014 for sure!

 

Deadlifting in the early morning, you never know how fresh the back is going to be that early. However, when you’re at the commercial gym, you’re often at the mercy of the free power rack. I walked in, saw it was free, and made a beeline.

The first few warm up sets reminded me of the heavy leg presses on Monday. However, I gained an early mental victory when I was able to continue with no straps to 490 lbs.. I remember when no straps to 315 was a struggle.

I thought I was close to a record last workout with 585 lbs., and after checking the record books, I was right there at the door. I knew 600 lbs. was uncharted territory, so I was thinking about that number when I went to bed last night actually. I extended my rest period a bit, load up with 605, POW, it felt smooth as butter! I couldn’t believe it and since it’s the last workout of this phase, I gotta go for more. So I rest another 3 min., waltzed up with my usual pre-pull ritual and pulled 635 lbs. with barely a stutter! Yes, it was tempting to go for more, but all phase I’ve been leaving enough in the tank to return for another day and that wise thinking has been working so I’m going to keep with that attitude now.

The result of the program?

Check out the progress over the last 3 months:

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Of course it’ll feel better when I can be like Franco and have the bar bending from the floor.

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Next up: Barbell curls –  The results after 10 weeks:

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Lastly, my elbows were still aching, so I think they’ve had enough of heavy seated overhead extensions. But since the Smith Machine was free I was able to grab it quickly. It’s actually a good chance to see if my strength transferred to other movements as well because it’s been a while since I’ve performed the exercise. Looks like the results are all good:

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So there’s just one more workout left this week before ending this phase. One thing is clear, I need to put down more food and get more rest to take advantage of the heavier weights. I’ve been in this iron game for a minute, and I have to admit that Brooks Kubik’s advice for older lifters seems right on as I’m feeling the strongest than I’ve ever been in my life. So guess what arrived in the mail today…

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I can’t wait to dig in and soak up the knowledge for the next phase!

Today’s Final Score:

12/4/2013 – 6 Hrs. of Sleep! Weight: 218.8 Set Reps Weight
Rack Deadlifts 1 10 135
2 5 225
3 5 275
4 3 315
5 3 365
6 1 405
7 1 495
8 1 545
9 1 585
10 1 605
  11 1 635
Barbell Curls 1 5 45
2 3 85
3 3 125
  4 2 125
Reverse Grip Smith Machine Press 1 5 90
2 3 180
3 3 230
  4 3 230

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CSD StrongDad Program: Holiday Season Mad Crush Journal – Dec 2, 2013 – “Pop On More Weight, I Wanna BEat Em!”

Food does the body good!

The holiday calories (actually more the quality than the quantity) continued to be atrocious through Sunday. Looking at my schedule for the next week, I knew I’d have to hit the gym for a rare Monday appearance. Personally, I think anyone who is serious about training should look a week or more out in advance to determine when they can train. Many fail right off the rip taking the one-day-at-a-time approach. Then as soon as something gets thrown into the schedule, “Oh, I couldn’t workout today because I was too busy…”. Then one day missed becomes, “I’m going to start getting back into it next Monday.” Then it’s, “next month”, then it’s “Jan. 1st!”

But I digress…

I wasn’t able to secure the power rack during primetime, so that meant I had to settle for the 45-degree leg press instead of Zercher Squats. While I’m not a fan of the LP, it’s the best I can do at the commercial gym if I need to go for maximum poundage. Today is actually my last week through this particular routine, so I really wanted to test my strength this week. My goal is to set new PR’s each day. Did it happen? Read on…the PR’s are in bold:

12/2/2013 Set Reps Weight
Leg Press 1 5 90
2 5 180
3 5 270
4 5 360
5 5 450
6 3 540
7 3 630
8 3 720
9 2 800
  10 2 800
  11 2 850
Military Press 1 5 85
2 5 135
3 1 155
4 1 165
5 1 170

I held back a bit on the LP as I was being cautious with my lower back, but overall, everything felt great! As you can see, I still got 2 reps even after the 50lb. jump on the last set. It was definitely a day when a partner to challenge me a bit more would have been useful, but perhaps stopping one-rep-short has allowed me to remain injury free over the last 10 weeks. But no matter how many plates you stack on the LP, it’s still the LP. You get no respect from serious lifters unless you are squatting/pulling a weight that’s bending the bar.

The Black Prince still getting it in!  Source: robbyrobinson.net

The Black Prince still getting it in!
Source: robbyrobinson.net

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No matter what, squatting with a bent bar is far more impressive than a stacked leg press machine…and I know…not everyone can squat.

Last up was the military press. The power rack got clear for a brief moment so I ran to it like a bro in leopard spandex at the Arnold Classic when he finds out they’re passing out free supplements. Not that I’ve done that mind you…well, at least not in spandex leopard print pants.

I thought 165 lbs. was my target weight for the day, so I gave it a go. As soon as I tried to press, the weight just felt heavy and I barely got it up. I even then tried a push-press rep and could only get it half way. I was quite disappointed, made a note of it, and consoled myself by pointing out that my weight usually stalls pretty early on this exercise so I’m just glad I made so many weeks of progression with it, plus my elbows are still a tad sore, etc.. I took the 10’s off each side, rested, unracked and BAM, the weight felt really light. Then I realized that I had miscalculated the weight on the previous set. I was actually trying 175 lbs.!  So when I realized I just easily killed 155, I went back to 165 (my previous 1RM) and crushed that, then I found some 2.5 lb plates that people feel are useless, slapped those on the end and crushed 170lbs.! A few short months ago, I was struggling to hit 145lbs. for 1RM, and now I’ve added 25lbs. to this all important lift.

If I had been in my homegym, I would’ve had to blast this all-time classic from Pumping Iron:

I can watch this scene with Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk for you late Gen-Y youngsters) over and over again and get hyped every time!

I came home and then tried to overhead press Big Reg. I think he’s in the 150’s, but pressing a human from the floor in the living room is a lot different from a bar in the rack. Besides, I didn’t think about how I was going to put him down. I did get him up into pressing position, but I must work more on the technique and him being absolutely still instead of laughing hysterically which didn’t make things any easier.

Next up, pressing My Lex. However, the outcome was the same with her as well, but there’s no doubt that I could get her up as well.

So maybe that’ll be a test for:

a.) Me: I should always be able to military press more than my children weigh (I don’t think my progression can keep up with Big Reg’s scale progression, but we’ll see)

b.) Future Son-In-Law: If you can’t press my daughter’s bodyweight, NO, you can’t marry her! A guy who isn’t strong enough to do that could never keep her away from the zombies when I’m dead and gone…

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CSD StrongDad Program: Holiday Season Mad Crush Journal – Last Workout of Nov. 2013

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It really felt good to lift after having another night of decent sleep. Once again, it was manifested in the numbers, as I set new PRs in every lift for the day. I added in Tri. Dip Machine as someone was using the dips bars. However, she was done just as I was stretching out, so I ran over and knocked out a few sets just to stay on track.

I love performing dips and chins with weight around my waist as I remember the days when I was using the bar to HELP me do the exercise, not a belt with plates to make the exercise harder to perform! So strapping on 2-45’s for chin’s and 3-45’s for dips was a tremendous victory for me.

11/30/2013 – 7.5 hrsl of sleep, Weight: 218.5 lbs Set Reps Weight
Chest Dips 1 1 90
2 1 135
3 1 135
Chin-Ups 1 5 x
2 3 x
3 3 25
4 2 45
5 1 70
6 1 90
7 1 90
8 1 90
Triceps Dips (Machine) 1 5 110
2 5 210
3 5 270
4 5 285
5 5 285
6 5 285