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  • #31
    Originally posted by Dave View Post

    I saw a video of Joe Kovacs squatting with 700 lbs with only his wife spotting. It was obviously not her first time in a weight room, but that was still 700 pounds. How do you do really heavy weights when you are supposed to be socially distanced and you need spotters? Does everyone decide this is a chance to be taken?
    Squats aren't as difficult to dump out of as something like the bench press. His wife was an elite thrower and is the throws coach at Ohio State, so she is eminently qualified to do what she is doing.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by gm View Post

      Squats aren't as difficult to dump out of as something like the bench press. His wife was an elite thrower and is the throws coach at Ohio State, so she is eminently qualified to do what she is doing.
      Easy to dump both front and back squats even with no spotter. Obviously FS far easier. Deadlifts and cleans and snatches no issue at all. Even bench, you can do floor press and hit same stimulus and have no issue of hitting failure. Can also hit most of same needs between overhead press combined w some form of push-ups.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by deca View Post

        Easy to dump both front and back squats even with no spotter. Obviously FS far easier. Deadlifts and cleans and snatches no issue at all. Even bench, you can do floor press and hit same stimulus and have no issue of hitting failure. Can also hit most of same needs between overhead press combined w some form of push-ups.
        Didn’t that kid from New Zealand (Shot putter) manage to hurt himself doing weight training without a spotter?

        All this being said, it sounds like there are ways to train even if they aren’t optimal.

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        • #34
          Meanwhile....be careful where you train in Georgia....


          Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges

          A 25-year-old man running through a Georgia neighborhood ended up dead. A prosecutor argued that the pursuers should not be arrested

          Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how the 25-year-old former high school football standout stayed fit, his friends said, and it was not unusual to see him running around the outskirts of the small coastal Georgia city near where he lived.

          But on a Sunday afternoon in February, as Mr. Arbery ran through a suburban neighborhood of ranch houses and moss-draped oaks, he passed a man standing in his front yard, who later told the police that Mr. Arbery looked like the suspect in a string of break-ins.

          According to a police report, the man, Gregory McMichael, 64, called out to his son, Travis McMichael, 34. They grabbed their weapons, a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following Mr. Arbery.

          “Stop, stop,” they shouted at Mr. Arbery, “we want to talk to you.”
          Moments later, after a struggle over the shotgun, Mr. Arbery was killed, shot at least twice.


          https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/u....co/4VuDrZopWR




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          • #35
            Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
            Meanwhile....be careful where you train in Georgia....


            Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges

            A 25-year-old man running through a Georgia neighborhood ended up dead. A prosecutor argued that the pursuers should not be arrested

            Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how the 25-year-old former high school football standout stayed fit, his friends said, and it was not unusual to see him running around the outskirts of the small coastal Georgia city near where he lived.

            But on a Sunday afternoon in February, as Mr. Arbery ran through a suburban neighborhood of ranch houses and moss-draped oaks, he passed a man standing in his front yard, who later told the police that Mr. Arbery looked like the suspect in a string of break-ins.

            According to a police report, the man, Gregory McMichael, 64, called out to his son, Travis McMichael, 34. They grabbed their weapons, a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following Mr. Arbery.

            “Stop, stop,” they shouted at Mr. Arbery, “we want to talk to you.”
            Moments later, after a struggle over the shotgun, Mr. Arbery was killed, shot at least twice.


            https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/u....co/4VuDrZopWR
            The part underlined is what would make most people in the rest of the Western world roll our eyes.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
              Meanwhile....be careful where you train in Georgia....


              Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges

              A 25-year-old man running through a Georgia neighborhood ended up dead. A prosecutor argued that the pursuers should not be arrested

              Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how the 25-year-old former high school football standout stayed fit, his friends said, and it was not unusual to see him running around the outskirts of the small coastal Georgia city near where he lived.

              But on a Sunday afternoon in February, as Mr. Arbery ran through a suburban neighborhood of ranch houses and moss-draped oaks, he passed a man standing in his front yard, who later told the police that Mr. Arbery looked like the suspect in a string of break-ins.

              According to a police report, the man, Gregory McMichael, 64, called out to his son, Travis McMichael, 34. They grabbed their weapons, a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following Mr. Arbery.

              “Stop, stop,” they shouted at Mr. Arbery, “we want to talk to you.”
              Moments later, after a struggle over the shotgun, Mr. Arbery was killed, shot at least twice.


              https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/u....co/4VuDrZopWR



              I’d be shocked, shocked to learn that the runner was black and the shooters white.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                Meanwhile....be careful where you train in Georgia....

                Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges
                The USA is truly fcuked up, sorry, but it is. How anyone can believe it is your 'right' to bear arms....smh.

                The one of the key considerations on moving back Tokyo was that athletes couldn't train and prepare, not just protecting athletes & fans from the virus. There are certainly athletes training pretty much as normal in some countries, still able to get to a track, but that is a small minority. The vast majority cannot access and tracks or gyms.

                I can't remember which athlete it was that I follow on instagram (it was definitely established elite athlete) but they received a delivery of weights and training equipment last week. It looked like up until now they hadn't got any equipment or their own home gym. So they would not have been doing any strength training at all during lockdown up until last week and they surely wont be the only one, many athletes will not have home gyms, we can't assume they have access to weight racks, barbells and dumbells...

                Then, if you're a sprinter, getting access to a flat running service that is easily measurable is not easy! You don't want to be sprinting on concrete every day and equally you don't to be doing it on grass either. Then with no one timing your splits and runs, no coach watching over you to correct you, prompt you to slow down, take it easy, do your next set etc...

                I see 2020 almost as a year where every athlete has had a year off with injury and only been able to train at 60%.

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                • #38
                  The Dutch Telegraaf reports that the national training centre in Papendal "will soon open for a select athletes group".

                  This didn't sit with well with Lisanna De witte, who apparently doesn't train there full time and questioned why only Papendal and not others were open, but they have to start somewhere, and the national training centre makes the most sense.

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                  • #39
                    The latest YouTube star among German kids.

                    https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/africa/52477321

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
                      The latest YouTube star among German kids.

                      https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/africa/52477321
                      A very sympathetic gesture.
                      But disappointing to see that the videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/Starkmacher/videos only have a view count of less than a 1000.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
                        Meanwhile....be careful where you train in Georgia....


                        Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges

                        A 25-year-old man running through a Georgia neighborhood ended up dead. A prosecutor argued that the pursuers should not be arrested

                        Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how the 25-year-old former high school football standout stayed fit, his friends said, and it was not unusual to see him running around the outskirts of the small coastal Georgia city near where he lived.

                        But on a Sunday afternoon in February, as Mr. Arbery ran through a suburban neighborhood of ranch houses and moss-draped oaks, he passed a man standing in his front yard, who later told the police that Mr. Arbery looked like the suspect in a string of break-ins.

                        According to a police report, the man, Gregory McMichael, 64, called out to his son, Travis McMichael, 34. They grabbed their weapons, a .357 magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following Mr. Arbery.

                        “Stop, stop,” they shouted at Mr. Arbery, “we want to talk to you.”
                        Moments later, after a struggle over the shotgun, Mr. Arbery was killed, shot at least twice.


                        https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/u....co/4VuDrZopWR



                        The local authorities have finally been shamed into arresting the perpetrators. That is a really evil situation.

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                        • #42
                          Yes....

                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit....co/Dt9yuKepZz

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                          • #43
                            Drew Hunter doing a run for charity today: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...something-new/

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                            • #44
                              Lilly King, Olympic hopeful swimmers train in Indiana pond

                              https://sports.yahoo.com/lilly-king-...122524705.html

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                              • #45
                                This isnt necissarily geard towards training, but Carl Lewis, in an interview with Flotrack yesterday, spoke a bit about the professional side of the sports. Essentially saying:
                                "Too many athletes, to many agents, to few meets, too few events" There's too many athletes who run post collegiate"

                                He thinks the sport needs to use this time to reboot and come back with only about 60% of the athletes currently running, essentially focusing on athletes who make finals & semis, as opposed to athletes who should have graduated and gone into a job after college.

                                If your interested, here is the full podcast and the bit about how the sport should work starts at the 46:00 mark:

                                https://soundcloud.com/flotrackpodca...otrack-podcast

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