I have a few cell phone pics. I don't jump with my GoPro on these jumps for a few reasons:
1. It's the first thing the law wants to look at. Without that footage, I could just be a lost skydiver or someone goofing around with a parachute.
2. The cameras tend to get snagged on riser lines, which on a normal jump is a simple fix because you have a few minutes to sort it out. Base jumps get one shot.
3. I just do it for fun, not for ego pumping or sharing with my Grandmother on Facebook. She would die.
I felt much better knowing that George Clooney approved.
This is where the Canal meets the Pacific. The LZ was the cement circle on the left. (I still have these old Nikes. I cut the grass in them now.)
I stuck a load of explosives in a couple big skyscrapers in America and was going to blackmail them for some cash.
Before I could even post the ransom note some c**t flew a couple planes into them and set the f**kers off.
This is going to sound strange but ..... (feel free to copy and paste that phrase for an intro to practically every GenCon post.)
When I'm doing a heavy lift, I think of a goal number of reps, then attribute each of those reps to a close family member or loved one. I imagine I'm saving them from certain death by doing the reps. (Sometimes my dog doesn't make it... ) I feel like it causes some adrenaline to kick in and help with my lifts. Probably....definitely just my imagination, but it DOES help.
I also take a few short, deep breaths seconds before starting and say out loud, "Come on, you sonuvabitch!" then hit it with all I've got. Usually people look at me like I'm loony, but I could care less.
If I told you that there's this medicine that has a side effect which far outweighs its intended effect..., would you believe me? Notice I did not ask whether you would take it or not, but rather whether you'd believe me that such a medicine would even exist. I tell you Jack, this medicine would never make it onto the market, simply because its side effect/s (the negative part), has been shown to outweigh its intended/its desired effect/s (the positive parts).
Enter the deadlift ...
We have two phases to this lift; the concentric and eccentric phase. Does the eccentric phase (the lowering phase of the lift) pose a risk that far outweighs any potential benefit a lifter may reap when performing its concentric phase? The answer is an emphatic YES!
Please note that I never said that there're no benefits to be had during the execution of the eccentric phase of the lift, only that by performing it, you would increase the risk of (unnecessary and avoidable) injury many times over. That's the last thing any sane lifter would ever wanna do; dabbling with the riskiest part of a mighty lift ... why be irresponsible to yourself when you know you deserve better!
If you were an Olympic weightlifter (like I was), you'd simply drop the bar onto the platform, even when it was above your head, because that's what weightlifters do. Here and as a powerlifter, you don't have to drop it (by releasing your grip from the bar no), here you simply control it, as in maintain your grip onto the barbell, whilst letting gravity take its course. In plain English, that means you don't purposefully slow the decent of the bar down, because that would be fighting against gravity's pull instead of allowing it to take its course as I've already mentioned.
Oh but Fadi, I want to touch and go mate, anything wrong with that, even if my touch and goes are fully controlled? I'm tempted to say, yeh mate, just re read what I've already written above, but I won't, I will answer that possible question.
I only ask that you answer the following question honestly and convincingly (with your own-self). How would you rate your form over the bar, comparing your very first "set over the bar" rep, with other reps, performed one after another without fully resetting your back and creating that almighty fortress that I keep on mentioning on UK-M, where you move as one solid unit, without any part of your body ever becoming loose and vulnerable to injury? Would you at least agree with me that, with each consecutive rep after that initial rep, your form over that bar (which deserves no less than 100% of your respect to it), would slowly yet surely and gradually begin to deteriorate by breaking down, with your lower back going flatter and flatter, even when you think you're as solid as they come?
In the days when I was weightlifting, I wouldn't just fully set over an empty bar; I would fully set over a broomstick for goodness sake! What you think you're doing and what you're actually doing (past few touch and go reps), are two different things, that's why you see an Olympic weightlifting coach looking at his lifters side on, in order to pick out any loose form over the bar (and we're talking about single reps here, and never touch and goes like some robotic lifting machines) that we are not.
I'll leave it here, fully respecting any opinions that differ with mine.
All the best to you Jack.