Thursday, April 11, 2019

Yoke Thursday: Back in Action

STANDING in the centre of the gym on Thursday night, staring at that new, monstrous black piece of equipment from Stand or Submit, I realised I couldn't wait till the weekend; I needed to walk it now. So I did. It felt good to get under a yoke again... and what a yoke it is! The SoS Tower yoke is lighter than it's imposing frame would suggest, with an unladen weight of 130 kilograms, but is built tougher than any other I've used. The frame is totally rigid - which, granted, most well-made yokes are when first assembled - but this one just feels generally more solid.

If it has one downside, it's operational. The height adjustment is not so easy to use when training solo, due to there being two bolts per side instead of just one, but with practice I'm sure it won't be an issue. The movement of the crossbar is very smooth, and it's level of craftsmanship overall is superb.

Legendary Lifting made a wise investment with this purchase. Not the only one, either. Saturday afternoon I'm looking forward to playing around with the new 12 inch log, also from Stand or Submit. This item is very familiar to me, having both trained and competed with one just like it in 2017-18.

All the lower-body focussed training I've been doing lately has taken its toll on my hamstrings and glutes, which need a thorough stabbing soon. In fact the whole of both legs could do with some work. I wonder if my physio could needle everything in a one hour session...

Thursday April 11th
Yoke walk:
130 kg x 8 x 20 meters
190 kg x 2 x 20 meters
Cambered bar GMs:
20 kg x 10
60 kg x 10
90 kg x 3 - tight all over!
Meadows rows:
left 30 kg x 3 x 10
right 10 kg x 3 x 20
DB front raises:
left 12.5 kg x 3 x 10
right 2 kg x 3 x 15
Cardio:
bike 5 mins @ +55 rpm

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