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I started “75 Hard” today. I don’t know why. I stumbled across the app and decided to do it. As much as I don’t like the word “motivation”1, I seem to be motivated to do this.

For exercise I will do alternating days as follows:

  • Day 1: 45 minutes of weight training, and one ~45 minute walk.
  • Day 2: two ~45 minutes walks.

I don’t have a squat rack so I’ll improvise on the weight training. Deadlifts plus excercises I can do by cleaning the bar. I can do front squats but the weight is super light so go for high rep sets or maybe do thrusters instead. And I can press.

Background

  • 2006 - 2009 I was an avid runner. Not elite by any means but good enough to be in the top 25 - 33% of the pack for my age category.
  • In 2009 I damaged the articular cartilage in my left knee. I could no longer run, unless I had surgery.
  • The knee injury led me to strength training and Starting Strength. Mercifully, the articular cartilage damage did not seem to bother me when squatting or deadlifting.
  • Strength training led me to my local CrossFit gym, which led me to olympic weightlifting.
  • July 21, 2014 I set my still current squat 1RM at 315lbs.
  • July 25, 2014 I set my still current clean 1RM at 97kg. My back spasmed that evening which set in motion years of inconsistent training and general laziness. I eventually drifted away from the gym.
  • Nonetheless, somewhere in there I bought myself a complete Eleiko Sport Training olympic weightlifting set up.
  • February of 2021 I hit a body weight of 209.7lbs. At 5‘8” and being pretty much completely de-trained, I had absolutely no business being that heavy. I mean, blame some of it on COVID I suppose but blame all of it on a lack of discipline. Quoting Jim Wendler, “It takes no talent to be in shape. It just takes a modicum of discipline to do what is necessary.”
  • Over the next few months I got down to about 199lbs.
  • During a ~week long motorcycle trip to Pickle Lake, Ontario, I lost another ~5lbs. My waist was still above ~40”, but this was progress.
  1. discipline over motivation