Barbell madness – first day back

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Commenters warned me – find another gym which caters for the serious trainer.

I know, I know but there’s a pool metres from the weight room and it’s clean and new and light and the view over the water is lovely and everyone’s so lovely and incompetent and I do know how to do the programme for myself.

Of all the things which can and can’t be compensated for, the most annoying is leg curls.  There’s a machine for extensions [who needs it when the bike is being ridden?], there’s another machine for extensions but none for curls.  All right, you say, just use the bench.  Next time, I’m strapping dumbbells to my ankles.

Anyway, the first day was pretty inauspicious and cautious but one incident got my goat.  I came to the biceps about five exercises in and went over to the bar.  30kg was a bit much when reps was the goal so I went to take off a couple of weights.

No chance – needed an Allen key to undo.  Called the man in and he apologized but he couldn’t allow that.  “Look, ” I explained, “I need less weight to start with, if I want 20 reps.”

He nodded to the Smith machine.  I wanted to say, “Are you mad?  Who ever did biceps on the Smith?”  Then I paused, took a breath and asked a question I already knew the answer to:  “Who actually told you that it was OK to do bis on the Smith machine?”

“Elfan Safetee,” came the quick reply.

“Ah, I wonder how many of them train?  Look, it’s like this – when a person trains, he increases the amount he can lift by about 3-5kg each new time.  He therefore needs to be able to change the weights on the bar.  This is what gyms do.  This is what they’re about.”

“Sorry, you’ll have to use that machine [Smith].  You can change the weights on that.  Elfan Safetee, y’know.”

“Let me put a scenario to you.  Imagine I’m a newbie or an idiot.  You’ve told me I can’t lift any other weight except 30kg. So, when you leave the room, I lift the bolted in bar and do my back in because I’m an old codger and it was too much weight for me.  So, the club is liable and where is Elfan Safetee then? I only need say that Elfan Safetee wouldn’t allow me to lift the correct weight and they’re absolutely  f—– … er … not in a very good position.”

“Sorry, sir.  I truly am.  But the man came through and told us what we could and couldn’t do.”

“Fine, fine, of course, thanks for your help.”

I did the bis with dumbbells alternating.

To cut a long story to a medium length, it was a nice morning overall, the swim afterwards was lovely, the weather outside was lovely  and we’re back in harness.

Feel better already.

Angus Burns Dei rolls over

robert-burns3This blog does not celebrate birthdays and all the rest of it, least of all mine.  However, if something significant comes up, it gets a mention. 

Angus Burns Dei’s first birthday is today and rather than bake a cake, he has written a poem, an excerpt which appears below:

A year of blogging I have done
A whole twelve months, where has it gone
I started out with such passion
But has my passion now been rationed
Am I me or am I Angus
Are my posts more like a rebus

Did I take the easy path
And just try to make you laugh
Did I dodge the proper news
And my responsibility abuse
Do I know enough to say
My views on life from day to day

The New Rabbie, methinks.

Trivializing and then mocking

CrusadesState-sanctioned bloodletting with a cross-emblazoned uniform thrown over the reality

This is a perfect example of how five separate issues are trivialized and then mocked.  Propaganda is a powerful tool in the hands of the obsessed.  The issues are:

1.  Abortion;

2.  The existence of G-d;

3.  The Australian [and other ] bushfires;

4.  Sexism and feminism;

5.  The state of the media.

Here is how it was done:

Now in its 17th year, the Ernie Awards are bestowed on those whose public utterings are regarded as the most sexist.  The winner is determined by how loud the crowd boos and hisses.

About 250 women who attended the gala event at NSW Parliament House decided that comments by Pastor Danny Nalliah, head of the Catch the Fire Ministries, were worthy of the top prize, the Gold Ernie.

Shortly after the deadly February bushfires, the pastor said: “God’s conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb”.

He’s a prat for coming out with that stuff.  I do think there are times when the much vilified “G-d’s pre-emptive vengeance” is a factor but to make this connection and so publicly leads one to think just how Christian this man is.

As part of the bash-a-Christian campaign going on across the world at the behest of Them who need to breakdown both this and nationalism to impose the global governance, there are sock-puppets all over the place, caricatures of what Christianity is in most people’s minds and out to reinforce that with inane statements like the above.

Now, those particular women are also prats for being so far gone into hating men that they have to have a festival, for crying out loud and present awards for sexism?  WTF?  How sad are those women?

Next – abortion.  It is not an issue to be trivialized.  Having been the other person in the issue a few times, it is definitely not nice and shouldn’t be diminished by linking it with, say, Obama’s trip to the Bahamas or whatever, especially if a Tsunami comes and gets him.

The media – my betters have blogged on this more extensively than I – the media [and one need look only to the Beeb] are so into trivialization, so under the yoke of ideological dogma, that people have turned away from them for any commentary and have turned to the blogosphere instead.

Quote from the Melbourne Age

A rose by any other …


Poor old Wisconsin:

Lead lobbyist for the federation, Chet Gerlach, said yesterday it made the change after the meaning of the common text-message lingo was brought to its attention. The organisation has had the same name since it was founded in 1979, a time when it could never have predicted it would one day become crude internet slang.

How names are appropriated eh, as I said to my gay friend the other day [he was telling jokes at the time], as we admired the rainbow [after the storm].

By the way – “lead lobbyist”?

Meanwhile, in America


Land of the infringed constitutional rights.  It’s quite significant that SCOTUS have come down on the side of the constitution but I suspect they’ve come down on the chance to hit the state legislatures:

The Supreme Court says it will take up a challenge to Chicago’s ban on handguns, opening the way for a ruling that could set off a vigorous new campaign to roll back state and local gun controls across the nation.

Victory for gun-rights proponents in the Chicago case is considered likely, even by supporters of gun control, in the latest battle in the nation’s long and often bitter dispute over the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. A ruling against the city’s outright ban could lead to legal challenges to less-restrictive laws across the country that limit who can own guns, whether firearms must be registered and how they should be stored.

The case is to be argued early next year.

Last year, the justices struck down a prohibition on handguns in the District of Columbia, a city with unique federal status, as a violation of the Second Amendment. Now the court will decide whether that ruling should apply to local and state laws as well.

There’s every indication over there that the common man and woman aren’t buying any of this constitutional contraction c–p.  Them appears to have a little problem on its hands, which is why it’s going to need FEMA to help with “insurgents”.

Insurgent – Merriam-Webster:

1 : a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially : a rebel not recognized as a belligerent
2 : one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one’s own political party

Pause the video at 0:49 and look at the FBI document. Then pause again at 0:57. Thre is a reference there, which you can see for yourself, that on a list of suspected insurgents is anyone who “makes numerous references to the U.S. Constitution”, and “should be monitored as potentially murderous and fanatical terrorists”.

Hmmmmm. Look at this one – a FEMA induction course. As of last evening, this youtube failed to work. Maybe it will now:

The leader jokes with inductees about the Founding Fathers also being terrorists.