Monday: Strength and Stability

OK, so here goes my plan to explain how I train on each day of the week. I know, I know – it’s boring as hell. But here goes…Monday, or Mōnandæg as it is in Old English. It means Day of the Moon, essentially. That’s pretty cool, eh? Now, as everybody knows, the Guild have ten times their normal strength under the light of the fool moon. Taking inspiration from this…

The week starts in the hardest possible way, with heavy deadlifts to develop strength in my back and legs, as well as core stability. This exercise uses a huge number of muscle groups to the absolute limit of their ability and is a test of raw, brute strength. It also hurts like hell for days afterwards…

Having a strong, stable lower back is especially important for high impact sports like wrestling, as well as other forms of heavy weight training. Also, deadlifting is pretty fecking badass all around.

That said, the last thing anybody wants to damage (other than their brain, penis and/or balls) is their lower back. So, as hard as it is to perform deadlifts with perfect (with no curve in the lower back at all), it’s incredibly important. That’s the idea, anyway. I normally screw it up and carry on anyway because, frankly, I am a man with very few shits to give.

Luckily, once deadlifts are over, they’re over (unlike WWE gimmicks these days, am I right? HA!) Anyway, then I can get started on other exercises for the day. Being a focus on leg strength and stability, these tend to involve hamstring curls, single leg squats and calf raises.

If I have time, I’ll also include some shrugs using the same deadlifting bar and, maaaaaybe, I’ll also bash out some forearm curls to help with grip strength. That it dubious, however, as it can mess with my plans for Tuesday which are SOON TO BE REVEALED! (Tomorrow is Tuesday. I will reveal the plans then. Don’t get excited.)

Come the evening, if I’m in the mood, I take part in the hardest cardio circuit in the area – the Genesis MMA circuit. This is utterly, utterly horrible. 90 minutes of pain, which I have documented as best I can in previous posts.

From time to time, normally when I have some company, I’ll head down to High Wycombe Amateur Boxing Club on Monday nights instead, which isn’t as tough as the MMA workout, but involves more valuable technique work. Thus endeth the day of the moon.

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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