Hi, I'm Daniel. I once was a man who had become overweight, discouraged with my status in life, and unhappy with the person I had become in general. In February 2011, I took a long look in the mirror and realized that I was capable of much more and deserved better for myself and my family. I then began a journey of transformation into the man I want to be by pursuing my passion for physical fitness, reevaluating my career path, and refocusing my attention on designing the future instead of dwelling on the past or stalling in the present. My inaugural campaign for greatness began on this platform roughly 2 years ago and provided the perfect outlet for the random reflections along the way. My ultimate success has yet to be measured other than in baby steps, but one thing I am certain of is that I have made sure strides of improvement and anyone can do the same if they so choose. I hope you enjoy my journey in my training.
relentlessstrength:

Met demolift today! :)

After 100 years of Internet friendship, I finally got to meet this little badass. It was great seeing you today, Rita! Too bad you bailed before the PRs started flying around.

relentlessstrength:

Met demolift today! :)

After 100 years of Internet friendship, I finally got to meet this little badass. It was great seeing you today, Rita! Too bad you bailed before the PRs started flying around.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Back to benching

It’s been 7 months and I’m starting to add benching back into my programming. Granted, it’s lol weight. But still.

Everything feels ok. Shoulder is sore. Not painful, just sore.

One step closer.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Diet break

Been in a deficit for 6 months. Down roughly 20 lbs. Time for a little break.

Not an all war, just 10 days of increased macros. After last week’s high volume/high intensity week, I welcome it.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Final answer

My arthrogram (where dye is injected into the joint and a MRI is done to detect other possible issues) was done last Friday. Yesterday was my follow up appointment.

Good news - there is no labral tear in my shoulder. Final answer: just a hardcore case of tendinitis.

I’ll be back to 100% soon enough. Still have my sights set on competing again this year.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 24, 2014
I guess this video on mobility just didn’t keep me interested. Props to the wife on her ninja photog skills.

I guess this video on mobility just didn’t keep me interested. Props to the wife on her ninja photog skills.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Squats and squats and squats

To take advantage of the down time on all things pressing due to my shoulder, my programming has been changed up a tad.

I’m still going to do some floor pressing just to keep some movement going and to keep my mind occupied/happy, and will still work on my accessories and my deadlift (which is making some serious progress right now.) But squats are going to be my focal point.

4 times a week. Basically every day I lift. Straight squats, pause squats, pin squats, and SSB squats all on rotation. Maybe this will help cure the sucks my squat has always had.

Good times.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
One year ago today, this tornado ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma. 

This picture was taken from the parking lot of my daughter’s high school. 

The town is still rebuilding. New homes, new schools, new businesses. 

A year has passed, yet I can still remember every detail of that day. 

I’m lucky that no one in my family was hurt. Some weren’t that lucky. 

Hug the ones close to you. Tell them you love them.

One year ago today, this tornado ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma.

This picture was taken from the parking lot of my daughter’s high school.

The town is still rebuilding. New homes, new schools, new businesses.

A year has passed, yet I can still remember every detail of that day.

I’m lucky that no one in my family was hurt. Some weren’t that lucky.

Hug the ones close to you. Tell them you love them.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Today’s deadlift day was brought to you by Allegra, DayQuil, and a mouth full of Halls. Allergies are bullshit, but still managed a rep PR today.

Today’s deadlift day was brought to you by Allegra, DayQuil, and a mouth full of Halls. Allergies are bullshit, but still managed a rep PR today.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Orthopedist

Overall today went very well. He works with a lot of athletes and is very familiar with injuries like this.

After going through more strength and range of motion tests, he is fairly confident some PT exercises and injections should help a ton.

One small worry is that the MRI didn’t pick up anything labrum related…and that was the only area that concerned him during the strength tests. So now I get to have a MRI Arthogram done (inject dye into the joint and do another MRI).

For now, I got a couple of injections and a list of exercises to do. To be continued.

 
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