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stuck in new york and the rain's coming down

Well, I learned last night that I can deadlift three sets of 140 pounds, which made me feel pretty good about myself. (My squat is nowhere near there yet. Someday, I hope it will be.)

Today, I learned that in my shoulders and neck, I have trapezius muscles, deltoids, and this little dude called the erector scapulus. And I also learned that they have ways of making their opinions known.

Picture Binkley saying calmly, "'Ben-Gay,' Please."

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Oh, yes, as you pick up heavier things, these weird little muscles will alert you to their existence with LARGE, FRIENDLY LETTERS.

(I get to boggle slightly that my coach has a line item on this week's training spreadsheet that reads "trap bar deads: 540 / 570 / 600")

Honestly, I'm just happy to have finally popped whatever has been mis-aligned in my left shoulder for the last two frigging months fifteen minutes ago. :-)
Oh, that is a thing for joy. I slept 11 hours last night, and it seems to have pretty much fixed whatever was wrong--along with a beer and a couple shots of bourbon and some (non-narcotic!!!) muscle relaxants and pain killers.

Man, I have turned into somebody who runs ten miles recreationally. WTF.
I spoke too soon; benching today was a reminder in large, friendly letters "Nope, sucker, your shoulder is still at least partially jacked." *sigh*

I'm sure bouncing the bar off my sternum didn't help any. oops.

back at it tomorrow, because the weight don't lift itself.

(and, yeah, that's more than a triple-me lift, too. damn near a quadruple-me at my half-marathon weight of four years ago)
Ouch.

I've started playing with kettlebells again. I like them. Swingy!
Turkish Get-Ups, like the anti-climbing.

You will grin when you get done swearing at me. (and if not, I should have time to get out of range)
I do yoga precisely so I don't have to do stuff like that. *g*
What are your favorite shoulder and hip moves? I am in an eagle/tree/dog/cat/cow rut.
Sun salutations are a great shoulder workout, especially done slowly. I have to be careful with pushups/chataranga because of bad shoulder, but if I am careful I can do them.

I like side plank with a lifted leg, wheel, half moon, side angle...
Also, good gravy. 600?! That's close to three and a half mes. :-P