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💪Books & Biceps - Issue 256
Pedro Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr. Benching 315, Lowdown Road and...
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Lowdown Road by Scott Von Doviak
The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is flat out stupid. I’ve always hated it. It makes no sense. The whole entire point of a book cover is for it to be judged! That’s why it exists: to entice you, intrigue you, make you curious and make you want to pick up the book. Full confession: I ALWAYS judge a book by its cover.
In the case of this week’s recommendation, I bought Lowdown Road precisely because I loved the cover so much. There is simply no way a cover this good could have a bad book inside.
Now, I saw the cover because a friend of mine, Mike Dolan shared the book on his Twitter feed… And then after clicking on the book I saw that none other than Stephen King blurbed it by saying, “This book is a fucking blast!”
BUT, I would have known none of this if I hadn’t seen the cover and immediately thought, “I want to read this” even thought I’d never heard of the author, Scott Von Doviak before.
Turns out, the book is awesome. Like a Tarantino movie set in the mid-70s. Drugs. Road trips. Car chases. Cool dialogue. Tough guys. Money. Fun characters. This is my first book from Von Doviak and it won’t be my last. Check it out here.
It was a phenomenal Bench O’Clock Monday Morning in the Flex Factory this week (my garage gym for our new friends)… which leads me to PART II from last week’s post about going for a 315 bench. If you missed it, you can read it here.
After my workout Monday morning I did a bunch of extra sets of one rep to gauge where my max currently is. I got up 285 after my workout, so we’ll use that. Not bad. I weigh 190 now and haven’t maxed in a long time so I’ll take it.
I went though some old strength routines in Muscle & Fitness and Flex and found a volume based one I’m going to start out with to build up to 315.
The whole workout is based on a percentage of your max and you do 5 sets of 10.
For instance, if you bench 275, your bench workout would be this:
1st set 55% 10 × 150
2nd set 60% 10 × 165
3rd set 65% 10 × 180
4th set 70% 10 × 195
5th set 75% 10 × 205
The catch is that you have to hit ALL the reps. So if you can only get 6 in a set… You rest and do four more… Or two sets of two…
I’ll be doing other work on support muscles as well (tris, back, etc…) but this will be my base and I’ll do it twice a week, moving the percentages up as I go.
Keep you posted! Three plates here we come!
This week’s MLB All-Star Game brought back memories of my favorite sporting event I ever attended:
Pedro. Ted Williams. Fenway. The All-Century Team.
24 years ago the 1999 MLB All-Star Game transcended into immortality the moment #45 took the mound.
Here are 7 Reasons Why the "Pedro Game" Will Always And Forever Be the Best Ever (And My Favorite):
1. Ted Williams Was There… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Jon Finkel (@Jon_Finkel)
Jul 11, 2023
And if you’ve never heard the story of why Ken Griffey Jr. started wearing his hat backwards, you’ll love this:
Tens of millions of 1990s kids wore their hats backwards because of how cool Ken Griffey Jr. looked
But do you know why Junior started wearing his hat backwards?
This is a little known, but all-time great sports dad story you're gonna love:
1/ We begin with Ken Griffey Sr.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— Jon Finkel (@Jon_Finkel)
Jul 9, 2023
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