added a new weapon to our arsenal at the gym. You need to do this
occasionally to reassure the troops and boost their morale. There
are potential Bombers out there and we intend to surface them
and develop their firepower. The 92.5" Buffalo Bar with its magnificent
curve boldly rests on the angled uprights of our Excalibur power
rack. What a truly handsome piece of steel it is; super-long with
it's super-thick deeply knurled bar, smoothly rotating Olympic
sleeves and cool silver-steel finish. We don't use this ultimate
squat bar for training purposes, as it is far too beautiful for
clanging around, dropping and racking. We, girls and guys, take
turns standing next to the thing like it was a frontiersman's
musket or a gladiator's lance, vain warriors posed for a point
n'shoot photograph. Enlarge it and hang it over the fireplace.
Seriously, this excellent squatting device arrived yesterday and
already has a scratch on it from my cutting knife as I excitedly
shredded the cardboard in which it was wrapped. First cut is the
deepest. At least, now, it can serve us as it was meant to serve
us; for performing extraordinary squats. And, perhaps, ordinary
squats. However, I plan to do SQUATS with it while others may
simply employ it for, well, squatting. The Buffalo Bar is a bar
exclusively for squatting, BTW.
beast weighs 50 pounds, is 8.5 inches longer than an Olympic bar
and has a 1 3/8 inch diameter. The extended bar is designed with
a long arc that agreeably accommodates the shoulder structure
and allows a wide eagle-wing grasp. This positioning plus the
bar thickness distributes the resistance over a broader, healthier
plane, and the arc drops the center of gravity and prevents the
bar from rolling from place. The plate ends are identical to our
favorite lifting bar and are slightly pitched upward when settled
across the shoulders, ready for action. This angle promises that
the plates will not shift outwardly and that the needed plate
rotation is unhindered.
bar adds comfort and sureness to your lift without diminishing
the integrity of the exercise or altering your groove. I typically
roam the gym floor twirling bars on the racks looking for one
that is bent and will provide similar though limited benefits
of the bar about which I rave. Check out the Zeller shot of me
squatting at Joe Gold's original gym in Venice thirty years ago.
That was the "house squat bar" pre-bent by time, toil and tons.
We fought over it. Now we'll fight over this one.
this'll only take a sec. Stand here with your hand affectionately
on the bar, chest out, shoulders back, flex those mighty lats
and say cheese. Swell.
it from IronMind.com, Randy Strossen's strongman company for 320
bucks. Quick delivery. Guy, get that thing out of your
gym bag and put it back where 'ya found it. Please... thanks...
Ivan, the Barbarian Librarian, alias, Books, alias Bookster, alias,
The Page Shredder, alias, The PT Man 2000 (Positively Terrifying),
has recently inferred in a post to IOL that once mankind reaches
forty-five years of age, he or she has only ten years left. Scared
half the folks in the discussion group to death. I say the man's
out to get us, Bombers, and he's ruthless.
Truth is, though Ivan is capable, he's as ruthless as a canary.
Furthermore, I personally suggested to the zealous fellow privately
in a telephone conversation that, given he's forty-five, he probably
has another ten years to grow. Then, from all I've been able to
gather, the maintenance process begins. Serious muscular growth
for anyone 55+ and already 10 - 15 years invested in hard training
is doubtful. We can hope for some shape here and some size there,
a cut or two someplace, but mostly we're done. Great workouts
are ahead as we adjust to age, inevitable injury and limitations.
I love my training more than ever, push it as hard as ever though
the groove of any variety of movements and the weight I use is
altered to accommodate my 58 years of planet survival and 40-some
of iron-battle. As we proclaim regularly, we're all different.
Some wonder types will defy gravity, hoist the tonnage and retain
the youthful features longer. The word drifted north to Santa
Cruz from Joe Gold's gym not long ago that fifty-five seems to
be the mean number. There is thoughtful and philosophical discourse
often amongst the originals at Joe's World Gym in Venice who have
traveled the road less traveled. They know this stuff. I arrived
at the number on my own.
paragraph written below is only hearsay (very possibly a lie)
and you are welcome, even encouraged, to skip it and continue
on to the more rational subject matter outlined in this newsletter.
None of us here need to clutter our minds with trash.
The demons of aging (gulp) we can expect as bodybuilders include
diminishing muscle mass and density, declining strength as we
adapt to injury and overuse limitations, tight skin tone giving
way to looseness, gathering skin and wrinkles (are we having fun
yet?), loss of muscle and ligament tenacity, gradual joint enlargement,
fading joint flexibility, and slower recovery evident in general
everyday achy-ness. Neat. How about these? The nose droops, the
pecs sag, ears enlarge to the size of saucers (upside: more room
for piercing or a possible tattoo), hips broaden and the knees
bow. You get shorter and can't remember your routine. Good-bye
hair. I could go on but why? Take good care of yourself.
man or woman who is returning to the weights after an extended
layoff, however, or starting to workout for the first time at
55 or 65 or 75+ can expect wonderful muscle and strength improvement.
It will extend their precious years with more energy, power and
purpose. This is particularly true should they be under the guidance,
support and inspiration of IOL or a reasonable facsimile. It takes
courage and heart.
I poke fun at the years as they pile up. To this day I've never
when I was younger.
friend for life,
Good ole' Joe ...er ...Just kidding... Dave
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