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Hump Day Feb. 22 – LEG DAY

Wake up 4:30 am. The lovely lady worked out first as I had my friend and occasional training partner Josue come over to GarageU and lift with me early this morning. The school has a women’s club volleyball home game tonight in which I am the facilities supervisor for such events.


  • Back Squat w/ belt: 95, 135, 185, 205, 225, 245, 265, 280, 295, 315 missed first attempt and wasn’t settled so I got under that bar and killed the second attempt at 315. My back squat has never been great for as long as I have been lifting, but this year ’17 I am focusing on improving all the major lifts. Then I did a walkout with 335 to get a feel for it.
  • 8 set tri-set: 3 hang power cleans (125) + 5 stiff leg deadlifts (183 top set) + banded hamstring curls (GarageU style…I will have to include a video to get an idea what it looks like).
  • 3 set superset: 20 KBS (53#) + 8 T2B
  • 3 set superset: 20 x seated and standing calf raises each
  • LungeU: about 10 min. or so

Weight before meal: forgot; weight after first meal 177.8; weight after 2nd: 178


  • 12 pm: beef, veggies, avocado, TravelAid by LifeAid
  • 3 pm snack: cucumber and peppers snack (few servings); cashews and sunflower seeds
  • 6 pm: chicken, asparagus and seeds
  • 8:30 pm: eggs and oatmeal

Learning Material:

  • Bible in 1 Year
    • The Most Important Question in the World
      1. His power. Psalm 21:8-13
        • Jesus sits at ‘the right hand of God’ in which is the ultimate place of power and authority
        • Jesus is risen and will come again to judge the living and the dead
      2. His presence. Matthew 28:1-20
        • The risen Jesus commissions his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’
        • Our calling as individuals and as a church community is to: evangelize nations, revitalize the church and transform society
        • Jesus promises ‘I am always with you’
      3. His provision. Exodus 15:1-16:36
        • When we worry about tomorrow, we waste today. Trust God and learn to live one day at a time.
        • Jesus taught us to pray, ‘give us this day our daily bread’ (Matthew 6:11)
        • Trust in God’s provisions in the good times and the hard times. He will provide all that you need through Christ Jesus.
  • Stoicism
    • Waste No More Time Arguing What a Good Man Should Be. Be One. – Marcus Aurelius
      • This phrase cuts to core as in it is not what we say that defines our character, it is what we do.
      • Today’s society is obsessed with content, self recognition, self opinions and drama that it is easy to get lost and have endless discussions in what is ‘better’ or what is right and wrong.
      • All of the arguing, opinions and discussions on what is ‘better’ have little impact…only one notion guarantees an impact and this is where we revert back to the phrase from Aurelius. ‘Be One’
  • Reading my college friend’s book he wrote
    • i: A Guide for Young Entrepreneurs by Adrian Clark


  • Building a network or fan base. Growing up I heard the saying, “it is not what you know, but who you know.” While that is still partly true, the real matter of building a network can found in the phrase, “it is not what you know or even who you know, but rather who knows you!” (credit: I’ve seen this a few times and kind of jumbled it together here myself). The real testament to building yourself up whether it be a brand, a business pursuit or simply a job promotion/offer/etc., is to be completely different from everyone else and leave an impression on other people.
  • It doesn’t matter if you have 12 degrees or 10 million dollars to your name. It doesn’t matter if you think you ‘know’ Jeff Bezos or Michael Jordan if they do not actually ‘know’ who you are. You matter when people know who you are. Case in point…Michael Jordan. Kids who were not alive when Jordan was still playing know who he is.
  • If you really want to matter and make it, MAKE people know who you are. That is the process I am going through right now. The road isn’t straight or paved, but I am traveling down it…not sitting in park or contemplating reverse gearing. The best place to start is with family and friends. Build your name, brand and fan base around them. Then branch out from there. How are strangers supposed to believe in you if your own family and friends do not take you seriously? If you something of value, make believers of those close enough to you and gain some credibility. The numbers, the network and the fan base will come after that if you continue to work hard for it.
  • P.S.> refer to today’s learning material on Stoicism. Everything I just said doesn’t mean jack if I don’t do it.

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