Affecting my ultimate phenotypical expression, one day at a time, one moment at a time; this is how I envision my life choices. Every action — and every non-action, too — carry consequences toward that end. Are my actions at this moment positive, and life affirming? If not, can something be done to change that, or at least mitigate the negative consequences? Blaming a poor genetic “draw” is simply a cop-out; the genetic blueprint is certainly the beginning of the story, but hardly the end of the story.
Here’s a very cool epigenetic primer from the folks at the University of Utah’s Genetics Science Learning Center. Lots of information here, packed into a tight, little under 5 minute bundle, and well worth the time. Think of your genetic profile as merely the latticework upon which the sculptor will flesh-out his next work of art; the clay, the hands of the skilled artisan — these are analogous to the epigenetic factors over which you do have control. Live each moment wisely; create your own masterpiece. It’s well within your grasp.
Lean, strong and powerful; this is the artisan’s touch that I choose to put on my pre-determined latticework,such as it is. And to that end, here’s yesterday’s early morning explosive iron session with some DB Creds and single-arm jerks:
DB creds + single-arm jerk: 70 x 5 each arm; 80 x 4 each arm; 90 x 3 each arm; 100 x 1 each arm; attempt 110 (rt arm), missed jerk, 100 x 1 lft. arm; 105 x 1, 1, 1 each arm (missed jerk on last set, lft. arm)
straight bar muscle-ups: bw x 3, each round
That’s a total of 8 rounds, or 24 total straight bar muscle-ups. The cred + jerk sequence was a single-arm db snatch immediately followed by a single-arm split jerk.