Falling down – what happened next?

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Sadiv Sets for Strength + Speed Work

It has been a while since I’ve been able to report anything from training. I had attempted to train through an illness and ended up well and truly empty of vigor – it was time for some down time. I took two weeks off to get my head back in the game.

Energy – real energy – isn’t defined purely by glycogen stores and oxygen availability, there’s a lot more to it than that. Call it what you like, but everyone experiences it at some stage…you’re sapped, dead on your feet, but you’re still moving forward. I’ve always had an awareness of this force and often think back to times when it became apparent in the past, so as to attempt to use it again.

However, my recent realization has been how much emotionally taxing events can sap you of your energy. Much like those unreal moments when you’re unstoppable despite immense physical pressure, there are times where despite adequate rest and re-fueling, you barely have the energy to stand.

It’s times like these I’ll re-read old posts or read some of Martin Rooney’s “Rooney Rules” with hopes of finding some inspiration – a spark to ignite that seemingly limitless intrinsic energy.

In short, I’m just trying to highlight how precious energy is. It’s not just physiological, it’s psychological – it has to be trained just like everything else. In the end, you have to rely on knowing in your heart that somewhere inside of you, there’s one more rep, time and time again.

You’re not tested at the top of the mountain, you’re tested on the climb. Every bad thing that has ever happened to you, every mistake you’ve ever made and every time you’ve fallen down is an opportunity to learn. I can’t remember the exact quote, but life is basically 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. If you don’t see the lesson in the error, all you have is a mistake.

Live and learn.


Thankfully, it’s not all bad. As per usual, the body’s ability to adapt brought forth some improvements in lifts. Two weeks off and some super-compensation later and I’ve added AT LEAST 5kg to my OHP 1RM, as well as hitting Sadiv’s which were well above expected numbers with a greater RFD than previous lighter lifts. This evening, I’ll be able to tell if the benefits have been similar in the bench.

As usual, it’s full steam ahead. Squats are improving in RFD, much due to the high velocity work that has been carried out over the last few weeks. In time, I’ll be able to see if 1RMs have also improved.

Deadlift is showing similar increases in RFD.

Proper 1RMs will probably be tested around Christmas time.

Go train, folks.




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