The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Full Body

Squat
130 X 20, 165 X20, 195 X20

Holy Hell...20 rep squats suck so much.


Dumbbell Bench
75's 3x6, 1xAMRAP

1 arm Chins
30lbs 1xAMRAP (6)
Reg Chins
30lbs 1xAMRAP

"I believe I can fly..."


Sumo Deads
290 2x8

Need to open up the hips and create a more vertical shin angle....methinks.


Dips
BW 1xAMRAP (drained from the training session, could only must 8)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Full Body

Overhead Press
105 x3, 120 x3, 135 AMRAP
115 1xAMRAP (paused)



Heavy Squat
315 Min

The Squat is Too Damn High.


Hammer Press
2 Plates
4x8-12

Hammer Row
2 Plates plus 25lbs 4x12

3" Deficit Deads
345 2x4


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Full Body

Deads
360 x5, 405 x3, 455 AMRAP (1)
This...this felt heavy. Nearly failed right at the knee. Missed the groove or something.

Scott Press
Pyramid Set (45's) 4x12

Safety Bar Squat
185 2x6



1 Arm Chins
27.5 1xAMRAP
Regular Chins
27.5 1xAMRAP

Chest Fly
4x12

Pause Dips
12.5 2x10-12



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Full Body

Bench
185 x 5, 210 x 3, 235 AMRAP
145lbs (paused) 1xAMRAP (17)

This felt so easy that I thought about taking it for another rep. Glad I didn't!


Pause Squat
240 4x4
These felt easy...until they didn't. Womp womp.



Lat/Row Work
4x12

Leg Press
5 plates plus 65lbs
3x12

1" Deficit Dead
400 x4


Monday, August 24, 2015

Full Body

Squat
245 x5, 280 x3, 310 AMRAP (1)



Dumbbell Bench
70's 3x6, 1xAMRAP (12)



1 Arm Chins
27.5lbs 1xAMRAP
Reg Chins
27.5lbs 1xAMRAP

Sumo Deads
310 2x6



Pause Dips
10lbs 2xAMRAP

Friday, August 21, 2015

Full Body

Overhead Press
95 x5, 110 x5, 125 AMRAP (5)
110lbs 1xAMRAP (Paused)



Heavy Squat
315 (Min)
230 AMRAP



Hammer Chest Press
3 Plates plus 45lbs 1xAMRAP
2 Plates plus 20lbs 1xAMRAP

Hammer Rows
2 Plates plus 20lbs 4x12

3" Deficit Deads
305 2x8


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Full Body

Dead's
335 x3, 380 x3, 430 AMRAP (5)



Scott Press
4x12

Hamstring game on point?


Safety Bar Squat
265 (max)
170lbs 1xAMRAPish (8)

This thing is brutal.


1 arm Chins
25lbs 1xAMRAP (6-7)
Reg Chins
25lbs 1xAMRAP (10)

Chest Flys
4x12

Pause Dips
7.5lbs 2x12

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Shakespeare and Oppurtunities

As some of you may know, Ol' Yeargain is performing the roles of Marullus and Metellus Cimber with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the park throughout the month of September.

At first I was immensely intimidated by this project, but now I'm settling into it and finding my place in the bunch.

I don't want to sound arrogant, but it's very interesting coming from a place where people are usually enamored with my singing. I open my mouth and people's eyes grow wide. I've often felt that I've been allowed to skate here and there dramatically because of what I bring musically to a project. This is partly due to my extensive training as a musician. Years in orchestra, a performing degree, lot's of study in the technique and history of vocal production. All the pretentious stuff that goes behind making epic noises with your throat. Not to say that I'm perfect or that people never call me on my faults, if you knew me at all you'd understand that I'm immensely self conscious.

Singing adds a new element. I like to think of it as a scale, and it's very difficult to find a person that can equalize the balance between singing exceptionally well while keeping the acting on point. The harder the music, the more focused you have to be on the production of the words (singing.) With opera there are numerous obstacles - language, lack of amplification to name two. Sometimes surviving the phrase gets in the way of character nuance, leading to shark eyes mid line.

That being said, I've worked very very hard on making these two elements equal. But even then, when I turn shark eyed, I'm often forgiven because I replace that void with what is usually an epic musical phrase.

But this time, Ol' Yeargain's voice can't save him... 

With Shakespeare I'm on equal playing ground if not several a wrung below. It's an immensely humbling experience. It's forcing me to be hyper present within the moment of speech, to find the rhythm of the lines and dance within the confines of that scene without the aid of my vocal instrument that I've been cultivating for nearly a decade. I'm also working with some top notch actors, people who are really dedicated to their presentation.

Basically, I'm learning a lot. I'm enjoying being a "white belt" again. I'm hoping to afford learning opportunities like this continually in the future.

Until next time,

Lift Big, ACT BIG, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro

Operabrotraining.com

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Full Body

Bench
175 x3, 200 x3, 220 AMRAP (3)
140lbs (paused) 1xAMRAP


This is a HUGE PR for Ol' Yeargain. Didn't feel too hard, either.



Pause Squat
200 4x8



Rows/Lat Work
4x12

Leg Press
5 Plates plus 60lbs 3x12

1" Deficit Deads
330 2x8

Deadlift Plat form was taken, Hammies are still torn up from lifting on Saturday with Mat. Hitting Over 300lbs 3 times in a week for squat is a new feeling. But I'm getting damn good at it.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Full Body

Squat
230 x3, 260 x3, 295 AMRAP

$$$, first time riding just tights...it was an experience.


Dumbbell Bench
65's 4x8-12



1 arm Chins
25lbs 1xAMRAP
Reg Chins
25lbs 1xAMRAP

Sumo Deadlifts
325 2x4

flattering angle? Not so much.


Pause Dips
5lbs 2xAMRAP

Friday, August 14, 2015

Full Body

Overhead Press
55 x 20, 70 x 20, 85 x 20

The classic de-load. Although I got a nice pump from this. dat 20 rep life.


Heavy Squat
315 (Min)
Leg Rep Work

I'm very pleased about this one.


Hammer Chest Press
3 Plates plus 40lbs 1xAMRAP, 2 Plates plus 15lbs 1xAMRAP

Hammer Rows
2 Plates plus 15lbs 4x12

3" Deficit Deads
325 2x6


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Full Body

Deads
310 x5, 360 x5, 405 AMRAP (9)
These..these were tough.

Upright Rows
Top Set 75lbs (4x12)

Front Squat
215 1x6
but these were tougher...

1 Arm Chins
22.5 1xAMRAP
Regular Chins
22.5 1xAMRAP



Chest Flys
4x12

Paused Dips
2.5lbs 2xAMRAP

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Full Body

Bench
160 x5, 185 x5, 210 AMRAP
135lbs (Paused) 1xAMRAP



Pause Squat
220 4x6



Rows/Lat Work
4x12

Leg Press
5 Plates Plus 55lbs 3x12

1" Deficit Deads
370 2x6


Monday, August 10, 2015

Full Body

Squat
215 x5, 245 x5, 280 AMRAP (5)



Dumbbell Flat
60's 4x8-12



1 Arm Chins
20lbs 1xAMRAP (8)
Regular Chins
20lbs 1xAMRAP

Sumo Deads
285 2x8



Dips
2xAMRAP

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Two Muses

I Serve Two Muses.


One muse I have known since childhood when the prick of a harpsichord was struck and it's resonance danced on my ear drums. First she was small, cute, and unsure of where she belonged in my world. But then through the years, she changed. She took many forms and found her way from my ears, to my hands, to my voice and then into my heart. Now She lives there. Tugging at it, yearning for attention, reminding me that of what I can produce deep within my chest. She claims that it's my purpose, why I was put on earth. She believes in a higher power and see's it within me with every note.


But she too, is fickle.

She doesn't like to share me, but she also doesn't like to be pinned down to one thought, one beat, one incantation. She'll dance all night to every tune that comes on the jukebox. Every note speaks to her, and she hums those same songs to me on the drive home. She's the only one that can make me cry nowadays. She knows what to do and what to say to make me think of the days of yesterday. Regrets, hopes, fears linger in her whisper. She makes me happy to be so damn sad. I love her.



But as I said, I serve two muses.

The other muse is new. She's different, exciting. She like's what's inside but only because it's what manifests when raw, cold steel is gripped in my hands and on my back. She begs for my body and demands to see me broken time and time again. She gets off on it. She's the one that calls me to bed before the night life begins. She dotes on my thoughts of pulling through the drive through on the way back from rehearsal. She is disappointed when I sleep through the alarm in the morning, because she's already at her favorite place, warming up the bars and benches, waiting for me. She's there cheering my triumphs, staring into my eyes and screaming "you CAN." She stomps away, pissed when I drop the bar early. My failure is her failure. She'll walk away...but she always walks right back with more intensity than I could ever anticipate.

She want's me strong, she want's me lean. I'm a trophy, a pillar of physical and mental success to her. She makes me feel more like a man than I ever knew I could. I fuckin love her.
 

Do They Know?


The two muses, they know about each other. They pass each other in the hallway. As one creeps out of my room, the other slinks in. Each seeking to take my mind off of the woes of the other. I know they grow jealous of each other and feel the coldness of my hand when I push one away to embrace the other.

I often wonder if they talk to each other and express their woes about me. I wonder if I disappoint them. But they'd never tell. That's not what they do. They're their to inspire and draw out the best of me. They know what I have to give to the world and the part they play. They'll never be as happy as they make me because they only get half of me, where they always give me all of them.


What's Left?

The real shame isn't that these two must share me, it's what's left for the rest. Interested parties may never get a drop because my two muses are hungry, needy and jealous. They demand every ounce of me and because they're so god damn gorgeous, I can't help but give it to them. They feed my heart, my mind, my soul. They're better than sex, drugs, and pizza. How could anything else compete?


Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It

The Opera Bro

Operabrotraining.com

Friday, August 7, 2015

Full Body

Overhead Press
110 x5, 120 x3, 135 AMRAP (3-4)
105lbs AMRAP (Paused) (8)



Heavy Squat
310 (min)

I believe this is the best depth I've done with 310. Next time "SINK HER!"


Hammer Chest Press
3 Plates plus 35lbs 1xAMRAP, 2 Plates plus 10lbs 1xAMRAP

Hammer Rows
2 Plates plus 10lbs

3" Deficit Deads
340 2x4



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Full Body

Deadlifts
350 x5, 400 x3, 445 AMRAP (3)


Upright Dumbbell Rows
75lbs (top set) 4x12

Front Squat
220 2x4


1 Arm Chins
20lbs 1xAMRAP
Regular Chins
20lbs 1xAMRAP

Chest Fly
4x12

Dips
2xAMRAP

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Singing Saturdays?

What's up, team?

This is the first time in a few months where I've been left without any looming full roles waiting in the wings. And, instead of getting down on myself I've capitilized on this chance to finally sit down, learn, and sing some songs that I've always wanted to perform.

So, for the remainder of the summer I will be recording at least 3 songs every week.

The first one up: "This Nearly Was Mine."



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Until Next time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.

The Opera Bro

Operabrotraining.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Full Body

Bench Press
95 x 20, 120 x 20, 145 x 20



Pause Squat
235 4x4


Rows/Lat Work
4x12

Leg Press
5 Plates Plus 50lbs 3x12

1" Deficit Deads
395 2x4
My glutes and hams are sore after this sucker.



Monday, August 3, 2015

Full Body

Squats
240 x5, 270 x3, 305 AMRAP (2)

I was very pleased with depth/speed/power/just being able to do this.


Incline Pause Dummbell Bench
75lbs 4x2



1 arm Chins
17.5 1xAMRAP
Regular Chins
17.5 1xAMRAP

Sumo Deadlifts
305 2x6

These Felt Much better than last week.


Dips
2 x AMRAP