Yesterday’s fixie romp apparently hit my legs a little harder than what I’d figured, as I had to use slightly lighter weights, and my normal “snap” wasn’t as pronounced. All-in-all, though, still a very productive workout.
Single-Leg Creds*: 50 x 3, 3; 60 x 3, 3, 3
Pistol Squats: 20 lb DBs x 5 each leg for each of the 5 rounds
Elevated Feet Ring Flyes: x 12 reps, each of the 5 rounds.
*The single-leg Cred takes a good deal of prior prep work, and this is not something that I’d recommend just jumping right into. For starters, if you’ve got wishy-washy stabilizers in your hips/lower back, the movement will wreck you. Essentially, this is a normal Cred catch, preceded by a single-leg pull. The dumbbell, of course, is held in the hand opposite the “pulling” leg. It’s very important, since a light weight will be used, to avoid “muscling the weight up” as opposed to snatching the weight correctly. Same pulling cues should be employed as in a regular pulling exercise (push/drive with the heels, transition to toes at the last moment, pull the weight “back”, etc.).
My shoulders end up being approximately 6 inches below my feet at the bottom of the ring flye movement. Also, I don’t allow my hips to cave, or allow a sinking/saddle-back condition to develop during the movement. Nice and tight throughout, just as if I were performing a “praying man” plank.
The Politician as Corporate Tool
A Legislative Heads-up: The Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010
There’s a new money and power grab in the works by our “friends” in Washington. Same tune, same tactic as was employed in the now-failed (for the time being — public outrage works!) S.510 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act — Legislator X endorses a bill, purportedly crafted to keep all fair and unassuming citizens of the US safe from the evil grasps of (choose your boogie man). This go-round the legislator/grinder monkey is Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and the “boogie man” are the hordes of supplement manufacturers who conspire to trainwreck a trusting and unsuspecting public’s health. I won’t even begin to launch into the irony embedded in that last sentence.
The essence of the Big-Pharma’s attempted power-grab boils down to this:
“…If this bill is passed, it will make it far easier for pharmaceutical companies to file use patents on what are now inexpensive dietary supplements and convert them into outrageously priced “drugs.” Just look at the cost of prescription drug fish oil that so many cardiologists are prescribing to their patients. It costs about seven times more than the same amount of EPA/DHA fish oil you can buy as a dietary supplement. Just imagine if the FDA was given arbitrary power to ban omega-3 dietary supplements!”
– William Faloon, Life Extension Foundation.
Here’s another take on the issue, from my friends at Downsize DC. I happen to think that the main impetus for this bill emanates from Big-Pharma, with the sports-industrial complex providing additional pile-on “support”. In the end, though, it really doesn’t matter who’s the true spearhead, here, as there’s only one looser — the American citizen who wishes to purchase dietary/health supplements free of government hand-holding. By the way, if you register with Downsize DC, you can utilize their Educate the Powerful system to easily voice your discontent to your elected officials. And please do so — it’s fast, easy, and it works. Case-in-point is the stymied S.510 legislation.
More in the way of explanation of this legislative fiasco from the Life Extension Foundation — Part 1 and Part 2.
Also, Carl Lanore does a bang-up job discussing this legislation with Dr. Michael Smith of the Life Extension Foundation, during this recent episode of Super Human Radio.
Do your part to keep the “silent” revolution rolling —