What else do you guys want to talk about?

In the past week I’ve:

– snatched up to 225lbs, 230lbs
– c+jed 280lbs
– pulled 435lbs for a single
– did 3 kipping muscle ups on the rings without a false grip
– 5 sets of 3 ring handstand push ups
– benched and pressed like shit

I’ve been rolling my IT bands, particularly down past the knee joint, and it’s been pretty awful. It’s been productive, though, I’ve got some better knee flexion in my left knee (which has been my problem knee as far as knee flexion) and it’s definitely helped my bottom positions because of that. This also seems to have helped my couch stretch a lot and I’m feeling less tightness distally and more of a stretch higher up the anterior thigh which is probably a good sign.

I used to do the banded wall squat stretch pretty regularly for hip joint approximation, I haven’t visited it in a while since I’ve been focusing on working on soft-tissue stuff along my anterior and posterior thigh. Reincorporated it last week because a gradual impinged sensation in my left hip has been creeping on me; the approximation took care of the weird feeling and also made my pulling and squatting feel a lot better. Snatching has progressively gotten better as I’ve hit my calves and IT bands and looks like the approximation was another key piece in improving my bottom position overhead squat.

BW’s coming back up, I’ve been without waxy maize as part of my pre-workout shake (in fact, have not been using a pre-workout shake for a few weeks/months) and got some today and had a pretty decent workout for having deadlifted and done RDLs on Saturday.

I need a better reaction to when people pay me compliments for my lifts. This isn’t me saying I’m worthy of compliments – I’m just saying there has to be a better reaction than me saying “thanks” flatly and dismissively without making eye contact, because someone telling me, “nice lift,” “that’s a lot of weight,” “that’s impressive,” only reminds me of how fucking shitty I am as an athlete. My immediate thought is “this wouldn’t medal at a meet, but thanks for reminding me of that fact. If you need me, I’ll be the guy at the dumbbell rack – smashing his fucking face in the mirror.”

Went to the gym on Saturday. They were hosting a meet. It was packed. Walked up to the front desk, owner looked at me and said, “You’re not lifting today.”

“OoohKAY,” and I turned to drive to a globo.

The above has not been embellished in anyway.

At the globo, a dude saw me with 265lbs on the bench and without any provocation on my part asked if I needed a spot. I did, so I said in a minute. I can only guess what made him approach me. Did I look lost? 155lbs Asian kid pretending he can bench more than 225lbs? Did I look lonely? Did he take pity on me, seeing the misery scrawled on my face and in my awkward seated position on the bench, staring at the floor and periodically pushing my glasses up my nose because I don’t have the social skills to look comfortable in any setting? After the set he asked, “Do you always go all the way down and touch your chest? Doesn’t bother your shoulders?” He wasn’t being a dickhead – he was pretty friendly and was legit asking because the thought of that much shoulder extension in the bench press seemed painful to him.

I said, “It used to hurt, then I did some stuff to make it better,” not really interested in talking to this 40 year old guy about mobility when he was honestly fine without it, not like he’s gonna compete or anything. Excuse me sir you just want to bang your wife and play ball with your kid, let me tell you about the importance of restoring scapular mobility.

“Used to hurt … huh,” he said. That ellipsis in the middle is him waiting for me to elaborate, but I was too busy being an autistic dickhead unloading the bench so I could go deadlift.

I sent an email to this lady who’s the organizer of a storytelling meet in Richardson so I can do an open mic and read some kind of depressing erotica (I’ll post it here for you guys when I’m done) but she hasn’t gotten back to me, probably because she googled me and found the blog and doesn’t want me there.

beonick writes:

Brent doesnt write any mobility erotica anymore. I havent been this depressed since highschool.


Chris writes:

eat more

k get fucked.

Powers writes:

Brent you’d love Paranormal Activity.

Saw the third one, whimpered and covered my eyes for most of it. Screamed the loudest in a theater full of teenage kids. People were laughing at me. Was too terrified to give a flying fuck.

Stroup writes:

Explain to me the progression scheme to singles across?

lol what the fuck are you, new?

Peter writes:

Brent how are the girls going?

My girlfriend asked me to wear bunny ears a while ago, my thing is to send her shocking/unexpected pictures so last week I sent her a picture of me wearing pink bunny ears and taped a lacrosse ball to my sacrum to act as a bunny tail. It may or may not have been a nude pic look guys don’t ask just take it for what is and let’s move on NEXT.

Oldman writes:

Diablo 3 out soon. Thoughts?

I don’t play games, I quit school because of recess.

Alphanitis writes:

If u had to marry any of the oly lifts or powerlifts, who would u marry? I’d marry the squat but cheat on her with the snatch

I’d marry the one I sucked at the most so it would stop talking to me. Hopefully we’d have kids and I’d lose custody and the house AND the corgi. I’d have to find a run-down studio apartment, where I’d listen to Radiohead at night – not because I’m depressed, just because that’s what I do at night. Later I’d see some other dude deadlifting and he’d be real good at it and I would try to be brave and hold it together and just keep trying to train but eventually I’d just lose it and start sobbing hysterically in the middle of my squatting. Becky would ask me “are you OK?” and I would say I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHEN I’M NOT AROUND YOU’RE SO FUCKING SPECIAL I WISH I WAS SPECIAL and squat to failure then leave the gym without unracking the weight. I would drive to Austin and show up on Jacob Cloud’s doorstep to ask if he wanted to hang out. He would be completely unaware of the heart break I was experiencing and more or less brush me off, “No man this is kind of a surprise and I’ve got plans, maybe next time.”

“Alright,” I’d say, and I’d drive to to Corpus Christi and sit with my knees to chest watching the tide.

Justin would call me but I wouldn’t feel like talking so I don’t answer.

I’d drive back and the deadlift would tell me, “By the way, when I say we’re done that means no RDLs, either.”

“That’s fine,” I’d say, and I’d do 5-8 sets of GHRs.

Saul would ask me, “How do your hamstrings feel?”

I would say more wistfully than I’d like, “They won’t be the same.”

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  1. i need to buy a new pc to play diablo 3. but i want to buy grass feed beef and waxy maize instead.

    • it basically has the same system requirements as SC2, how does your current computer handle SC2?

      • Sold that pc and just have a MacBook now. Guess I’ll wait until I save enough social security checks to buy a new one.

        Maybe I’ll play diablo 3 out of an arcade here like a 17 year old loser. I dunno I want to play but don’t want to be cooped up in a room for 15 hour sessions even though it would aide recovery since I’m not doing strenuous activities like walking or talking to people.

    • Waxy maize is the biggest waste of your fucking money. Can’t people just get their starch from food? I mean it’s cheaper and works better.

      • bro Optimum Nutrition Glyco-Maize 6.6lbs $21 on Amazon bro

        • Why don’t you just eat fucking food.

          Raw Yams: $0.57/lb with Kroger card I bought 35lbs last week for less than $20 and they taste good.

          People are so lazy.

        • bro that and some NO EXPLODE and i’m set bro. READY TO GET A PUUUUUUUMP!!!

          • poke a few holes in them or just cut them in half. put them on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high (or whatever your normal setting is if you don’t fuck with it) for a few minutes. smaller sweet potatoes only need about 6 minutes but the big ass ones need up to 10 minutes.

            too fucking easy.

          • Thanks Becky, I think I’ll go to the store tomorrow and get a few.

          • Becky I went to the store today and bought 5 good size yams. They were like $3. They are strange looking, and orange, but I shall devour them anyway.

          • costco has boxes of yams. so delicious…

          • i am so proud of you! let me know how you like them.

            don’t forget to slather them with butter or ghee or coconut oil or olive oil or lard or tallow or whatever the fuck kind of fat you want.

            you’ll absorb more of the nutrients if you eat it with fat, plus it gets a killer creamy texture second only to a mouthful of jizz.

            oh, and top it with cinnamon, too.

            i like to salt mine a bit, as well, to replace some of the salt i sweat out.


          • They were good, I made wedge fries with them. I took 3 of the yams, cut them into small wedge fries, coated the fries in garlic infused olive oil, put a little salt and pepper on them, and baked them at 425 for 20 minutes. They are good.

  2. I have a similar reaction to compliments. I want to start replacing that with “Watch what the FUCK you say.”
    I figure it will let people know if I wanted to talk to them I’d initiate.

  3. fuuuuuck i miss you

  4. You’re not my real dad.

  5. The only appropriate reply to someone asking if you need a spot is to tell them you’re still warming up.

  6. Next time someone asks if you need a spot, act like an FOB Asian. As you decline the spot, give a professional bow and hand him your business card.

  7. >2012


    • >implying that green text is okay outside of 4chan
      >implying that I don’t do the exact same

      • Sadly, memes are fucking ruined– I watched an online video about a meme from the HUFFINGTON FUCKING POST. It was linked on Aol.com.
        Fuck this planet. 😥

  8. u get fucked

  9. I saw an Asian that looked like you at the gym today. He had big traps though. Well he still has them actually and I imagine he’ll keep them unless he switches to fucking intuitive training.

    • What is this?
      I mean, really?
      “Intuitive” training?
      Is working at a construction site or mowing lawns considered “necessary training” (for those that do shit like that.)
      Compound exercises are just weighted versions of normal movement patterns– assigning them ultra-specific parameters makes no sense unless you’re a beginner ingraining said patterns.
      Ever wonder why Olympic lifters lift all day every day and JUST SO HAPPEN to be pretty good at lifting weights?
      Your implying that following a rigid structure would allow Brent to greater benefit (strength/hypertrophy/etc) is not only false, but ridiculous.

      • I don’t think that a more rigid structure would be of benefit but a smarter one would. Surely it takes better choices than intuition alone to maximize a training parameter. This isn’t religion. Strength is art and science.

  10. Brent, when I try to overhead press, my arms can only get about 60 degrees from horizontal (pi/3 if you understand that better since you’re Asian) with my shoulders in the neutral, stable position that everyfuckingone except me can press in. To get my arms actually vertical I have to hyperextend/weirdly pull back my upper back or whatever and it looks really retarded and messes up my balance when trying to press and is overall just a pain in the ass. Tell me exactly what to do so that I can half-heartedly do it but accumulate 6000+ posts on an internet powerlifting forum without ever actually squatting more than two plates while simultaneously hating on guys squatting 600+ pounds raw because they were an inch shy of depth. Butnoactually, what do?

  11. Hey Brent,

    What’d you do for your shoulders in order to bench pain free? I could use some of that. Thanks!


  12. Hi Brent,

    Link to lifting vids, please? I need help fixing my lifting form.


  13. 😥 NOT THE CORGI!!!

  14. Hey Brent! Answer this with your logic.

    What were the difficulties you had getting the state to actually recognize this marriage of man and exercise? And would it be possible to illustrate this with some of your signature erotica?

  15. cj 290 at 190ish … im coming at you bro.

  16. Brent, let’s talk mope-ility wod. Have you found ways to mope-ilize recently? Lately, I’ve been taking completely innocuous interactions with people in everyday life, psychologically amplifying their emotional content, and using the resulting ill-founded emotion to set PRs. Then I go home, turn off the lights, turn on some sad music, and weep with a lax ball lodged between my medial scapular border and t-spine. Works great. Would recommend.

    • By sad music, you must mean Radiohead yes?…. or the Smiths….

      • “So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home and you cry and you want to die” (How Soon is Now) is probably a fitting description of Brent’s lifting sessions, so perhaps the Smiths would be a good choice…

        • I’m not sure whether this is a Morrissey/Smiths safe space, but yes. I save this for my most self-loathing moments. Next time someone asks me if I need a spot while I’m warming up, I’ll say this:


          Also, Radiohead. Obvs.

          And let’s not even PRETEND like we don’t all cry in the privacy of our own homes/cars/bathtubs listening to Adele. You can deny it, but I won’t believe you.

          • Fuck Adele. Fuck all sea mammals.

          • Yeah but Morrissey is supporting things like, “Meat is murder” (not to be confused with muckduck) which I think is silly, and thus i didnt enjoy the tune by myself…

          • Stonewall: True. I can’t get behind Morrissey on that, obviously. But I try not to let stupid political positions get in the way of my musical enjoyment (and mope-ility).

          • beonick: spoken like a man who has sobbed and listened to “Someone Like You” while scrolling through texts from an ex, and subsequently hated himself for it.

            j/k. I like you, beonick.

          • The irony is that I’m quite an upbeat kind of guy who listens to a lot of punk and 50s rock and roll, but then I read Brent’s blog and can’t help but recall lyrics from songs that make you want to kill yourself.

          • No, Adele is terrible. If i listen to any fat woman who cant sing, it’s Jan Terri

          • @beonick

            That is pretty silly. Adele may be chunky and she may make music for 40+ moms, but she can definitely sing.

            Rolling in the Deep is a good tune.

  17. do you hate me cause I am frank yang?


  18. Brent,
    You should post a video of you doing some ring handstand pushups. Do you use your legs to help, or do you just use the straps to brace against? Also, how does pressing carry over to ring work? Is there a 1:1 ratio or do you need a bw+ press to make it happen? Thanks.

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