July 6, 2006

10 responses to Outdoor lifting in Senegal

  1. Scott Says:

    Senegal’s Muscle Beach. Love it.

  2. Dude Says:

    The “discs” that they use are not car rims ,but car drums from car drum brakes.The inner surface is the braking area ,and the outer one is where the rim is mounted.My guess is that they whey more than 10 kg becouse they usualy are made of cast iron.

  3. Kris Says:

    Dude, thanks for the correction! Having taken a closer look at the “plates”, it is plain obvious that you are right on the money. Apparently, I need to develop a healthy distrust towards the Finnish press, cf. the Orangutan weightlifter which turned out to be a chimp upon closer inspection. Did a quick google on the weight of drums and found a couple of sites mentioning 14 pounds/6.4 kilograms as the weight of standard iron drums, so the weight might actually only be about 45 kg/100 lbs. Then again, perhaps these are drums from bigger vehicles that would logically weigh more? As you can tell, I am far from an expert on cars, can’t guesstimate whether the ones in the pic are the standard size or not. Anyway, thanks A LOT for pointing this out! If anyone has anything further on this, please chime in.

  4. Dude Says:

    Just want to say that skiping the light work due to soreness is not a good idea.In this type of cycle the light work is supused to be done espetialy if you have soereness,for better recuperation(of course its not mandatory).

  5. Kris Says:

    Generally, I agree with you on this. The light sets are also probably an important part of increasing general volume. With my level of GPP, even the light squat weights are heavy enough to cause a recovery demand. I don’t think this would be a problem per se if I pulled conventional, but since I squat almost as wide as I pull sumo and the sumo deadlift is also a leg lift, taxing my hips and hamstrings three times a week is too much, at least during this first cycle. I’ll try it again next time I do this.

  6. Mike Says:

    Or maybe next cycle pull conventional for the volume weeks and then pull sumo for the heavier low volume weeks and drop the light days. This will increase the rebound of the residual effect and possibly give you stronger lifts in the end.

  7. Steph Says:

    I read a similar thing in Men’s Health about a gym in Cuba, where they had welded all their equipment together from old car parts….

  8. Kris Says:

    Steph (or anyone else), would you happen to know what issue that story was published in? Was it in the US edition of Men’s Health? No need to go hunting for it if you don’t have it handy, but this sounds interesting enough to warrant a back issue if I can find one. Let it be known, that I would be happy to buy this issue from anyone who has it and wants to part with it. :-)

    Mike, hmmm… that might work, think I could handle conventional for the first light volume weeks. Will see in what shape my back is next time around. In any case, I like the idea. Thanks!

  9. Brian J. D\'Souza Says:

    Awesome post. This is a really cool innovation.

  10. Tobias H Says:

    Just scanning thru and alltough these are brake drums, I doubt they are for cars because of their size. I have changed drums on a truck and that is more like it :) The first google hit says between 20 and 85 kilos. So I would say atleast 120kg+bar if they are not filled.
    Love your outdoor gym and thats the reason I scan thru. To sad it is so cold here in scandinavia (sweden I am from).

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