Training and givin' up the blood for the first time


Added in some extra stretching to go with the activations.  Did  some BT on the guts with 3 rollers for 2 mins, then dropped one for 2 min, dropped the scond for 2 more min.

Stability ball kb press for time with multiple pause and breathe work.  Followed each set with one min hold in a pommel horse tricep position(or old school bench style tricep finisher)

Set 1 min press with 1 min hold

Set2 2 min press with 1 min hold

Set 3 press with 1 min hold

Set 4 with 1 min hold

Set 5 3 min press with 1 min hold

10 mins stepmill, 20 min walk to finish


Zip but I did give blood for the first time.   I know it is not a big deal but I did want to sort of explain the reasoning.  I am not against it at all but I was always resistant to it as a agent of doing to reduce high  hemoglobin, hemocrit or platelets. Constantly, I advocate getting your blood checked and knowing how to read your own blood work. All of these have been high for years as I am on TRT for said number of as many years.  My Doctor would always say your shit is high, go give some blood.  I ignored this obviously thinking it was not necessary and even when Stan Efferding came through for a seminar at our place ,he talked about how to keep the blood thinner, knowing your liver and kidney markers etc. and that it was not a necessity as long as you keep things checked and in line.  Using Stan's simple recommendations, I did get elevated kidney function under control(Chronic Kidney Disease from chemo in 2016) but the other numbers remained elusive much like my attitude towards phlebotomy.

It wasn't until a friend of mine, also on TRT, had many of the same issues along with general tiredness and constant feeling just blah.  Generally he was retained alot of bloat in his upper body no matter haow good his diet was  or how hard he trained. Plus he works in the heat all the time  so it wasn't a lack of movement. He went and had a pint pulled unbeknowest to me. The next time I saw him he looked much better with less bloat and lost a decent bit of weight quickly. He just looked healthier. I asked him one day and he said I finally went and gave some blood. He went on to tell me he just felt better and like I said he looked better. His strength did not change even with the weight loss.

My first thoughts are still "NO" when he tells me this and i put it off and out the El Braino. He continues to look and feel good and glad he went.  I contemplate and go out of town to Boston. The trip was good but in general felt like poop and have a headaches alot. I decided before I left Boston I would go and get it done.

I am not sure why I did not go before. Maybe thought I would loose my GO juice or just weird about it.  I tell the Wifey and she says she wants to go. Her latest bloodwork came back with some of the same issues so off we go to the Red Cross. We get there to check in and the front door guys says they are going to take all your blood and leave you a husk after we pronounce our virgin blood letting status. He is very skinny so for a second it is plausible. The techs are fun and the process is quick.  I am used to needles but the pen point size gauge coming at me is nervy to say the least.

My Wife's friend goes all the time. She is our Vet and trains with the wife all the time.  Her best time was 7 minutes. Me and the Wifey are competitive(well I am the jerk who stirs it up). We race at the airport for moving walkway supremacy where I run/walk the moving walkway and she runs besides me without assistance.  She usually wins here but it is still fun after almost 20 years of travel.  Getting back to it, I tell her am going to beat her or at least Davida and her 7 minutes. I really have no idea as my blood is like motor oil  or possibly grease from grease gun. I imagine 10 minutes at least.   Off to the races that neither of us are paying attention to.

I actually got started a bit earlier then she did but when the real nice lady said I was done and my time was 5:25 i starting talking some shit.  The other real nice lady finished up with the Wifey and they announce her time at 5:17 beating me by 8 seconds! I am slightly annoyed but conceed the win to her. In retrospect I need to check the time myself next time. There may have been some colaberation going on. It is done and we are not husks as predicted by the thin man.

We reward ourselves with a big meal and I personally reward myself with 3 beers.  Today I feel alot better and less bloaty myself. I know this is placebo effect but I will continue to give it up every couple months. Let you know later how it goes but really glad I did.


Good bit of activation work along with big ray hanging.

1 10 min, 1 lap lunge with squat buddy, 1 10 min walk post

Reverse hypers 5 pre, 3 post training

Rack pulls with squat buddy sumo only.  worked up to 500x3x3 sets. No belt.  Practiced with 315 for multiple pauses for 2 to 3 breathes., about 45 sec to 1 mn a set.   Wasn't swell today as I could not get  the breathing down or under control.  Jacked up about nothing really but that is how much it affects training.

Finished with 1 lap lunge with squat buddy as my second 10 min walk plus accessory


1 30 min walk

Did some activations but me and the wife are working a reset today.  This involves a decent bit of testing which I sucked at terribly today.  By the end, my psoas was working better and we discovered some new things I am going to try on my own daily work. My jaw ended up being my driver so after the basic -breathe, psoas, glute and ham activations I will hammer the jaw and  just below the glute hole and jaw area.



1 20  min,  10 min walk

Lot of stretching and activations with Tim Tam, boom stick  and BT gut tempering  for 15 mins

Accessory work-all for time sets while breathing diaphragm. Not sure rep wise but several hundred reps.

6 sets neutral grip pulldowns

6 sets Fat ball tricep handle pushdowns

6 sets band pulls to chest

6 sets rolling overhead tricep extensions


1 30 min walk, 1 20 min walk post training

Bench with bandbell bar off softee. Worked up to 360x1. Still working on the breathing part  throughout.  Happy with single. It was fast and pretty solid.

Pec deck for time with multiple pauses  for 2 to 5 seconds.  2 sets


1 10 min walk, 1 prowler push, 1min walk

Spent alot time pre and post stretching and activating

Reverse Hypers 4 pre, 2 post training

Light squats, no box, buffalo bar.   Many sets x3 ending with 365x3. No belt.

Pulls off floor. Same with 495x2 end. Slight pause off floor to stay in position then finish.  Not fast but steady.  No belt.

Yoke walk with 375lb for about 100 yards total

Yoke holds while breathing for 3 sets of 15 to 30 seconds each. Tried for one more but mid back held a gun to my head and said, "Don't move mister. " Capped it there.


1 30 min


1 30 min walk


1 10 min walk, 1 20 min stepmill

Activations with BT roller on guts and hips. 20 mins #staticstretching.

One leg hammer leg press 6x 6 reps per leg under tempo with 3 to5  pauses per stop. Tried for 3 breathes a pause. Close stance set up

Same setup with 154lb KB for sumo deadlifts. Worked alot of pauses right off floor and 3 breathes per pause. 6 sets.

Reverse hypers 4 pre, 2 post


9/3 1 30 mon walk



1 10 min, 1 20 min stepmill

Reverse hypers 5 pre, 3 post

Tempo pause squats 12 sets at 30 to 45 sec sets. TOugh time capturing the breath today.

Deadlifts  275 for tempo and pauses  3 sets.

Hung upside down and did some  more activations to loosen up.



1 30 min walk, 1 10 min stepmill blast


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