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2x30sec BW

side planks
4x15sec BW

glute bridge
2x30 @ 10lb

2x10 @ 13.5lb

2x10 BW

15 min mobility.

shorter program because i was still feeling my muscles from the day before, but i did want to get some core exercises in. i've been kinda enjoying feeling my lats especially, because before SL5x5 i was not aware i had lats. ;)

did not twist the lunges, just straight ahead, which is enough of a challenge for my balance.

i think i will increase the difficulty of the core exercises once a week only. they're still plenty demanding for me.

gloria actually finally answered my termination email, though i can't tell why it took her two weeks to do it, because it was just two sentences. she said we would just have to "agree to disagree". no idea about what, though i suspect heavy lifting (i didn't even go into detail, just told her i started a different program). hey, sherlock: no, we don't have to agree to disagree. you're just plain wrong, and i disagreed to the point that i fired you. deal.

i'm sure glad that's over. i remember what she said when i first brought up that maybe lifting heavier would be good for me: "baby steps. maybe in a few months we can start on the smith machine." 5 weeks later i am lifting 80 bloody pounds from the floor instead of dancing with 8 lb dumbbells on a bozo ball working my way up to the smith machine [*]; no question which program is making me stronger.

[*] for those not in the know, a smith machine consists of a barbell fixed within steel rails, allowing only vertical movement. it was invented by jack lalanne in order to make lifting heavy weights safer. it kinda does that, to a point. however, it also forces people into an unnatural position for the squat, and it doesn't produce anywhere as good results as squatting with free weights. power lifters loathe the smith machine, partly because it also allows people to overstate the amount of weight they can actually lift (since it stabilizes the weight for you, you can lift more).
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