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Old 01-18-2009, 09:39 PM   #11
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Deadlifts will be a mainstay once we get some baseline conditioning. He does not own any equipment, so deadlifts will have to be odd objects ie: rocks, sandbags, engine blocks...

By the way, I was talking to him today about the plan and I mentioned hamstring and butt flexibility. He said "like this?" as he put his heels together, the balls of his size 17 shoes together, locked his knees straight and put the palms of his hands on the floor right next to his heels with his nose on his knees

Needless to say, flexibility is not one of the things we need to work on...
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:38 PM   #12
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I'd have him build a sled and drag it around ~10-20 minutes a day in different ways. It's a lunge burner, even at low intensity, easy to build if you have a chunk of steel and can weld or have a friend can. If you have even just a small patch of grass or pavement, it's a great way to raise your work capacity and strengthen your whole body.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:11 AM   #13
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So hamstrings are good, make sure to check the hip flexors too...
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:17 AM   #14
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I don't know that I would consider his hamstrings fine based on that test.

Check out this article by Mike Robertson:
"And for crying out loud. Don't go into the pain cave. I can't stress this enough. Your Totem Animal won't be in there to help you. You'll be on your own. The Pain Cave is for cowards.
Pain is your companion, don't go hide from it."
-Kelly Starrett
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:29 AM   #15
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O yeah, hip flexors... Thanks! Those are so easily forgotten. Thanks for the article link Allen. I know that floor touching is not the be all end all, but you do need a certain amount of muscle elasticity to get that done don't you agree? It's just that I am not going to be working on a completely seized up set of hamstrings. I'm still working on this, and it will be a work in progress. He may be up for the sled drag. He's a big boy who lives out of town. Maybe he can use the sled instead of a tractor to move his Diesels from one truck to the other.
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