Saturday, January 31, 2015

One of the lies my generation swallowed.

I'm not sure where it came from, but a common point of view among millennial is that work is supposed to provide some sort of fulfillment or self validation. It is nice if your job does provide those things but these are not the reasons that people work. People work to make money.

To me, I don't really care what sort of work I do as long as I'm making a good salary from it. One of my previous jobs paid me to sit at a computer for 8 hours a day pulling information from different databases and organizing it to get ready for auditing. It was boring. It was mind numbing work. It made me feel like a machine and by God I loved it.

If I could make the salary of an accountant for just sweeping up floors at a restaurant, I wouldn't be complaining that sweeping floors, wiping down tables, or scrubbing toilets wasn't providing me fulfillment or self validation. All that matters is seeing the numbers of my bank accounts increase.

I write this because I've seen my peers make really dumb decisions. I've seen old friends leave okay paying jobs just because "they weren't happy" or "they felt like they could be doing more". This action isn't the dumb decision. The dumb decision comes in the fact of leaving an okay job to shell out several thousands of dollars to pursue a master's degree of business administration which is no guarantee in this economy to lead to a high paying management job.

As I've heard from older wiser men, work sucks. Work is supposed to suck. If people enjoyed doing something, they would do it for free.

When people make decisions based on feelings rather than math and reality, people will suffer in the long run.

Day 10, 11, and 12 results

I completed week 4 of the program. Week four is actually the first week where I had a challenge with the bench press.

The work out is as follows.

Bench press: 245 4 reps, 225 4 reps, 205 4 reps
Incline Bench press: 155 7 reps, 145 6 reps, 135 5 reps
Bar Dips with 25 lbs attached: 12, 7
Dumbell Flyes: 60 4 reps, 50 6 reps, 40 6 reps

On the first day of week 4, I had a little difficulty completing all four reps with 245 on the bench press. However, I noticed that the second day of the week is much easier and I had no difficulty finishing 4 reps of 245. No other issues occurred with the rest of the sets.

In two weeks, I'll face the challenge of lifting 265 3 times. I've never actually done this before, so if I can make it, I'll know this program is working.

Next week, the heaviest weight for bench press decreases and the bench press of incline increases. At the same time, the bar dips gets harder because you have to do dips with 50 lbs attached to your body.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reasons why personal financial planning isn't focused on in public schools

Personal financial planning isn't a difficult concept to understand. Most problems could be solved or avoided if people don't spend more than they make. However, a significant amount of American's live paycheck to paycheck and have barely anything in savings while owing a ton of debt.

One of the things I've pondered is the topic of personal financial planning in the public school system. In my K-12 education, I only took maybe one or two classes that taught students how to budget and the importance of investing and compounding interest. Only one or two classes out of 13 years of education. If proper knowledge of personal financial planning would help teenagers from ruining their lives, how come the public schools don't focus on financial literacy?

I've heard a reoccurring explanation in the manosphere that the government wants public schools to indoctrinate young minds to turn them into socialists in order to vote for expanding the size of the government. While the logic seems perfectly reasonable to me, I think there might be a few other reasons why financial literacy isn't taught in public schools.

The biggest reason is that young students probably won't have any idea of how much stuff costs and what it takes to support a single person. This is due to the fact that kids live with the parents and the parents will pay for all the things that the child needs. For this reason, a young student doesn't keep track of the price of gas, groceries, oil changes, clothing, or roof repairs. Along with not having to pay for living expenses, a child doesn't really understand how much different jobs pay and how much effort it takes to make money. Since most Americans cannot become a W-2 employee until the age of 16, young students won't appreciate learning how to budget until they are in the last two years of high school.

Teaching young children how to budget probably won't be very effective until the student actually starts working and buying things and starts to get some real world experience.

A smaller reason why this knowledge isn't taught in the public schools is because this is knowledge that is assumed to be bestowed from parent to child. Unfortunately, a lot of children don't receive this knowledge because a lot of parents don't spend the time to teach children these skills. This is one of the reasons the manosphere exists.

It is a shame that personal financial planning isn't focused on in public schools. Financial literacy is one of the most important tools a man can have to get through life yet no time is spent on it. However, the public schools will find time to include a lot of fluff classes that are just there to babysit kids. Art, music, and a lot of literature are common classes in the K-12 system, but these classes don't provide a man the skills needed to find employment and start accumulating wealth.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day eight and nine results and predictions of future tax rates

Day eight and nine were completed just fine. I did notice that during the first set, normal bench 225 at 6 reps, I was having some challenge completing the 5th and 6th rep. I completed them just fine but it didn't feel as easy as I wanted it to be.

Tomorrow, I'm starting week 4, and the first set is normal bench 245 at 4 reps. I've done it before, I just hope I can get it tomorrow.

In the last couple of days, I've been seeing advertisements for different tax preparations companies such as H&R Block, Liberty Tax Service, and Jackson Hewitt. When I see these advertisements, I get reminded of some key economic indicators such as our national debt. As it stands today, the national debt is over $18 trillion. This wouldn't be a problem if we had a gross domestic product that was much greater than our debt but as it stands today, our gross domestic product is only more than $17 trillion dollars.

Our national debt keeps going up because, each year, we keep on running budget deficits. Each year, our government keeps spending more money than it takes in tax revenue.

For the government to start paying off the national debt, it has to stop running budget deficits each year. Unfortunately, there are only two ways to do this. Either cut government spending or increase taxes. Neither one of these is popular and there are people on both sides fighting tooth and nail to prevent one or the other from happening.

If the national debt keeps increasing, more and more money needs to be created to keep our economy from falling to pieces. With more and more money being created, this indirectly leads to an increase of prices for most everything.

An increase of prices makes it more difficult more the average American to sustain a certain quality of life. The difficult economic conditions of the past 10 years is one of the factors that have been putting pressure on couples getting married and/or staying married. Extra pressure to marriage has been leading to a decrease in the number of married couples in this nation.

With fewer couples being married, less production occurs in the economy and the government has less tax revenue to take in.

It is for these reasons I believe that that government may start providing incentives to get more people married. And by provide incentives, I mean implement punishments for men being single and not getting married.

In the future, the government may increase the tax rate for men who file tax returns as single. I look to Japan, which has significant problems with an again population. Ideas of bachelor taxes float around in Japan.

This is how the government will try to deter men going their own way. A near invisible and gradual increase to tax brackets for single individuals. This will not significantly push men into marriage. It is just a way for the government to suck more of our blood. Our life. And it is only the first step the government will take.

It is for this reason that I believe, in the next 10 years, there will be more teenagers and single men in their 20's adopting the streamlined life approach.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Day seven results

Week 3 of the 12 week program is very similar to week one. The biggest changes occur in the incline bench press. The routine is as follows.

Bench press: 225 at 6 reps. 205 at 5 reps. 185 at 5 reps.
Incline bench press: 155 at 5 reps. 145 at 6 reps. 135 at 5 reps.
Bar dips: 11 reps. 5 reps.
Dumbbell Flyes: 50 at 8 reps. 40 at 8 reps. 30 at 10 reps.

225 lbs is the heavies weight I've lifted since week one so as soon as I lifted it, I felt this shock of extra weight. It is quite surprising, I was quite sure if I was able to make all 6 reps but I just barely got all of them. Week 3 adds one extra rep to 225 lbs and 205 lbs.

The biggest change is on the incline bench press sets. Week one had incline 135 at 9 reps and 115 at 8 reps. Week 3 gives you 3 sets and the first two are heavier weight however you do less reps.

I'm excited for week four because 245 becomes a challenge and I am really excited for week six. Week six starts you out doing 265 at 3 reps on the bench. 265 is my one rep max, so if I can make 3 reps, I'll know this program is working.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

How to save $1000 over the course of a year.

When it comes to saving money, there is only really 3 ways to do it.

1. Don't but something.
2. Buy less of something.
3. Find a cheaper substitute.

$1000 seems like a lot of money up front but stretched over the course of a year, it is only $83.33 per month.

Get a cheaper phone.

It is hard to find the statistic for the average American cell phone bill. Some people pay over $100 a month for phone bills. I've done a little searching and found an average of $71 monthly according to one survey. Over the course of a year, the total bill comes out to be $852.

If you are willing to strip away all the non phone features of a phone, a prepaid phone can run $50 or less. Personally, I use a prepaid phone and I barely talk to people. I bought a tracfone that came with the triple minutes for life feature. My phone only costs me about $8 per month. Granted, I can't surf the net, play with applications, watch movies, or play Angry Birds with my phone.

Today, a prepaid phone with the triple minutes feature can be bought for $65 and you can get 1200 minutes (after the triple minutes) for $100. By substituting the $852 annual bill for a prepaid phone and 1200 minutes, you can save $687 a year.

Get comfortable shaving your head.

Again, it is difficult to find the solid statistics for how many haircuts a man gets per year. I've found the number of 9 times a year. I think myself, I would only get it cut 4 to 5 times per year though. It is reasonable to spend $28 on a haircut depending on where you go. This brings the total cost to  $252 per year. However, if you are comfortable just having a shaved or buzzed haircut, it is easy to just pick up a hair clipper for $35. This can save a man $217 a year if he gets a lot of haircuts or in my case $65 a year as I only spend about $20 a haircut at the place I go.

These are two instances of finding cheaper substitutes.

Cut back on drinks at the bar and dining out.

Each time a man goes to the bar, it is reasonable to spend about thirty dollars. That includes just a few drinks and a tip. By not going to the bar 5 times, you save $150 (just as long as you don't waste it on something else). The same can be said for dining out at $20 a meal. By not dining out 5 times, you save $100. Of course, you will have to eat something. Either cook at home or get cheap fast food (value menu items).

Day six results and an a review of Cowboy Bebop

I just finished the last day of week 2. Week 2 was still very easy. At this point, I kind of wonder if I should have skipped a few weeks in this program. I haven't experienced anything too difficult or challenging. None of the weights on the reps comes close to my limit until at least week 4.

On week four the first exercise is to bench press 245 at 4 reps. I can see where the challenge starts in week six where the first exercise is to bench press 265 at 3 reps. Currently 265 to 270 is my one rep max. I won't deviate from the program but I am looking quite forward to week 6.

Last week, I was walking through Wal-Mart in the electronics department and I found a gold nugget. I saw the complete Cowboy Bebop series on sale for $30. Immediately, I picked it up without a second thought and that means a lot because I am not one prone to impulse spending. This wasn't even really an impulse spend. I've been wanting the box set for a few years but the cheapest price I could find was $70 or $80. The last time I spent money on myself for something other than food was probably several months ago.

Cowboy Bebop is just amazing. I've been a fan of it ever since I saw it for the first time on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in 2002 or 2003. It is only 26 episodes long so it doesn't drag out and it has almost no filler. But since I'm a man that really loves stories, it is the narrative that sells the series for me.

The anime takes place in the future where men have figured out space travel with the use of hyperspace gates. These gates were constructed with the help of two crime syndicates and there was some disaster that happened during construction if I can remember correctly. I'm in the process of re watching the series.

This is the plot but the best part of the narrative is that this isn't really explained from the beginning. The plot of the past and history is told by anecdotes and some flashbacks. The anime isn't slowed down by this sort of exposition. From episode one, all you really know is that there are two bounty hunters that travel through space trying to earn money.

What gives Cowboy Bebop more depth is a sense of cohesion. All four members of the Bebop have a back story that ties back into the construction of the space gates and the disaster that happened during construction. Spike was in a high position in one of the crime syndicates. Jet was a former police that was hunting down the members of the syndicate. Faye was knocked into a coma for a hundred of years as a result of the exploding space gate. And Edward was ...... Ah jeeze. I forgot Ed's backstory. She is just kind of a girl that does what ever.

Even the bounties have a small back story to them and each one usually ties back to the syndicate or the space gates. Each bounty is given at least a few minutes to develop them. When I thought about it, the way the bounties are developed kind of feels like the numerous NPC's in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Even though you see them for a short amount of time, you get a moment to see deep moving moments in their lives.

The last thing I'll mention about Cowboy Bebop is the humor scattered throughout. The episode that sticks out most in mind is when Spike runs across another bounty hunter that is dressed like a cowboy complete with cowboy outfit and a horse. And the horse goes everywhere. I'm pretty sure I remember a scene where an elevator dings and this cowboy walks out of the elevator with the horse.

During this whole episode, the cowboy causes so much grief and frustration for Spike that most of the episode shows Spike and the cowboy fighting each other instead of actually trying to hunt the bounty. And the bounty sees this and gets mad because he really wants the attention for blowing up buildings. In the end the cowboy gives up to Spike and gives up the fight. The cowboy was some rich kid that played pretend for a while and got bored being a cowboy. But the funniest part of the episode is at the very end when you just see the same guy riding on his horse right next to the train dressed in a samurai getup.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day five results and living vicariously

I just finished day 5 of the program after taking an extra rest day. Bench press went very easy and the dips were much easier today then three days ago.

Today, I'd like to talk about living vicariously. Lately, I've come to find I've been doing a lot of it recently. Monday through Friday, I've been spending in the office more than 12 hours. I only have a few hours to myself at home before falling asleep. Thankfully, while I work, I have the option to listen to some podcasts.

I listen to a lot of mgtow videos because every day, I'm just waiting to be free. Waiting for the day that I accumulate enough resources that I can either quit working full time or switch it over to part time work. But there is another reason I like listening to mgtow channels.

Some of my favorite videos, I get to hear about the stories and anecdotes of the lives of the video maker. One video that I keep coming back to is Monogamy is NOT for everyone by Ravishing Rick Rude.

In this video, Ravishing Rick Rude shares his experiences of how relationships can just fail even without the fault of either party. Sometimes, the circumstances just keep people apart.

With all the time I spend in the office, I don't really get the chance to talk to a lot of people other than my colleagues. I was happy to listen to Rick's video.

 I remembered the time I was trying to make something happen with this a girl I knew a few years back. Oh sure, things were going great for a few months, then everything just kind of fell apart. We don't really see each other or talk to each other anymore and this is how it has to be. I don't feel any resentment or hatred to her or anything. We just couldn't work out together.

It has been almost a year since I last saw her. But enough about that.

I guess it is all just part of the human experience.

Life can be kind of lonely when you go your own way, but in these cases, you just have to keep in mind your own goals. Whatever those goals are. Work hard, accumulate those resources, then one day buy your freedom.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day four results and net worth statements

Today begins week 2 of the 12 week program. The order of the first two exercises switches up. You start of with the incline bench press then switch over to the regular bench.

Week 2 includes the following:

Incline Bench: 175 at 7 reps. 165 at 6 reps. 155 at 6 reps.
Bench Press: 195 at 6 reps. 185 at 6 reps. 155 at 6 reps.
Bar Dips: 11 reps. 6 reps.
Dumbbell Flyes. 60 at 4 reps. 45 at 6 reps. 30 at 10 reps.

I found this routine off of

Week 2 is still pretty easy since I'm used to benching 225 and up. Compared to the last week, I'm adding one more set to the bench press. On week one, I was doing 5 sets on bench press, now it is six. Because of the increased sets, I was feeling tired after the bench press and I was really feeling some pain while doing the bar dips. I'm thinking it will be easier on Tuesday.

Today, I'd like to talk about how important it is for everyone to create a net worth statement and make sure to update it on a regular basis. A net worth statement is just a document that lists out your total assets as well as your debts. At the bottom of the statement, your debts are subtracted from your assets and what is left is your net worth.

I update my sheet in excel and I like to start out with the assets. There, I have all my bank accounts listed. In this section, I like to just put the liquid assets because I like to calculate a liquid net worth as well. Here you could put down your stocks, bonds, cd's, and other things that can be easily turned to cash.

Right under it, I'll list all my debts. I only have credit card debt that I pay off month to month. Most people would list there mortgages here as well as student loans, car loans, or any debt that you are obligated to pay. Here, I would recommend only putting down stuff that you owe. I do not recommend putting any recurring monthly expenses like utility bills or grocery bills.

From that point, you can subtract your total debts from your liquid assets to get your liquid net worth. I like to have this number in case of emergencies. If you happen to occur some sort of disastrous unexpected expense, this number will show you how much money you have access to to pay for such a disaster. For example, if you have an unexpected medical bill of $20,000 and you have a liquid net worth of $40,000, you can use liquid cash to pay off the bill without having to borrow the money on credit or sell your stuff to pay for it.

Below my total debts, I like listing out all my personal property. I have my car, some electronics, other tangible items. If you own your own house you can list it here. This section is the non liquid asset section. This is stuff that you would have to sell to get cash. Electronics could be sold relatively quickly and real property would take a long time to sell.

At the very bottom, I'll total up my total assets, subtract total debt, and get my net worth. The total net worth is more useful when thinking over the long term. It accounts for having the time to sell your non liquid assets to get the most money from them.

I think it is very important for everyone to have an update a net worth statement for the pure reason that the statement will tell you where you are in life and updating the statement will tell you if you are making progress forward in life or regressing into bankruptcy.

A net worth statement is just like when you are playing Final Fantasy 8 and you press the start button to bring up your stats, total experience points, and skills. With that information, you can make decisions on which skills to work for and what magic can give your stats the best effect.

With the balance sheet, you can see your bank accounts and your debts either increase or decrease in value. Ideally, you want to get that debt down to zero and maximize the amount of assets you can accumulate. You also want to keep a certain amount of your wealth liquid in the case of emergencies.

Monitor your net worth. If it decreases, make sure to identify the reason for it. Your net worth can decrease for good or bad reasons. If you net worth is decreasing because you took a loan to get an engineering degree, make sure you have the plans to pay back those loans when you start making the salary to pay for it.

If you net worth is decreasing because you spent all your money by partying and buying expensive electronics, make sure to stop doing that.

The net worth statement is useful for getting you to your goals in life mostly because to get where you want to go, you have to know where you are now.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

United States Married Population as a Percentage of Total Population and Total Adult Population

Going back a few years, I started hearing reports that marriage is on the decline and married couples are becoming the minority. This research is to get an idea of the actual number of married people in the United States and compare it to the total population and the total adult population.

The sources come from the US Census and Datacenter.

As of 2010, the United States total population was 309 million. The total amount of married couples, according to the census was 60,384,000. This brings the total amount of married people to roughly 121 million people.

As a percentage of married people to the total United States population, married people make up roughly 39% of the total United States population

As of 2010, the total United States adult population was 235 million people. Out of the total adult population, married people make up 51% of the total adult population.

Since 2010, I've heard that the trend for married couples is still going down.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day three results and thoughts about going galt

I just finished day three of my 12 week program on trying to bench press 300 pounds. Today's session felt great. I noticed that yesterday, after my second workout, my soreness was completely gone. I'm not sure if that has to do with adapting to a new workout or drinking whey protein after the second workout. Day three finishes the first week, so my routine switches up next week. I'll start out with the incline and then go on to the normal bench.

If you haven't tried it, whey protein is pretty cheap. You can pick up a tub of it at Walmart for $20.

While I'm writing this thing, I'm listening to the newest black brigade debrief. I love this podcast and I encourage everyone to listen to them.

Speaking of black brigade, they really encourage going Galt. I admire people who go Galt and practice minimalism and I intend to go Galt as soon as possible. The reason for this is that I am a man who thirsts for freedom.

In today's world, it feels like the power of the individual is incredibly limited. If you want to start a business, you have to go through tons of red tape. If you want to add a structure to your property or modify something, you probably need to get permission or a permit from the county or the city. If you accidentally make a traffic violation, you could get slapped with a fine up to a few hundred dollars.

If you think you have any sort of power to influence the government..., I have no idea why you would. Your one vote doesn't change anything, you need massive amounts of other people to change something.

If you are politically incorrect or you decide to voice an unpopular opinion, you could get fired/mozillaed from your job.

Lastly, you get punished for being a productive hard working citizen. Most of your tax dollars goes to pay for other people's mistakes. Your tax dollars fund welfare, food stamps, and other government wealth transfers.

Now if you go Galt, you minimize how much the government can steal from you. Personally, each year, the government takes $8000 from me in taxes and most of that goes to wealth transfers. If I just stopped working for one year and subsisted off of the wealth I've accumulated, I would be depriving the government of $8000.

Knowing that makes me feel more powerful and important than any election I could ever go to. If I stop working for 10 years and just subsist, I deny the government of $80,000.

If 10 men like me did the same thing for 10 years, we would deny the government of $800,000. It feels like capital flight except that I'm not going anywhere.

Men realize this, if you feel angry about the direction of the country and the government, realize that you are important. Realize that you do have the power to enjoy a higher quality of life by minimizing.

Of course, I could be wrong about this. If too many men did this, maybe the government would just go ahead with QE 4.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day two results and more

I just completed day two out of the 12 week program on my way to bench press 300 pounds. Day 2 is the same as the first day but my body was feeling worn after day 1. I was able to finish all the exercises without difficulty but the dips were starting to wear on me. I was feeling it in the middle of 17 dips.

I have one more day of the first easy week, then week 2 changes up the weight and the order.

In the last few weeks, I've been thinking about making a podcast. I listen to podcasts so much that I just want to try my hand at making one. I'm not sure all the topics I'll cover but I'll follow the normal format. Intro, personal stories, sponsors, at least one news story, and probably a video game or movie review.

So, I'll share a preview of one of the stories I'll include in the podcast. It is the story of when I was teaching my friend Cindy how to skate.

I knew this girl a few years ago when we were close. At that time, we were just talking to each other about everything and she was really interested and liked that I was a skateboarder. She always wanted to learn how to ride. Because of this, I decided to meet her at a public skatepark and show her how to ride.

Now, I knew better. I was just going to teach her how to ride, how to stop, how to turn, and how to carve. I wasn't going to do anything ridiculous like try to teach her how to trey flip or to nollie heel. I wasn't going to try to get her hurt or anything.

I gave her my board and told her to keep her front foot on the board and push off with the back foot. And she was doing pretty good. She got moving and was cruising forward. Then she started leaning to the right. And she kept leaning. Then she completely fell over and smacked her head on the ground.

It was at that point, I was thinking maybe this wasn't such a good idea.

I'll finish this story in the podcast.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day one results and the world hasn't fallen to pieces yet

As mentioned in yesterday's post, it is my goal to increase my bench press up to 300 pounds. I've been stuck with a one rep max of 265 for a few years and I want to break that limit. I just started a 12 week program today.

The first week is easy. The maximum weight for standard bench press is 225 and the maximum weight for the incline bench press is 135. Bar dips were pretty easy. As for the dumbbell flies, it is unclear if the weight listed is total or per hand. If I don't get good results, I'll have to do this 12 weeks over again with the heavier weight for dumbbell flies.

I had no trouble completing the exercises. I just felt a little tired after the first few sets.  I did the following.

Standard bench. 225 at 5 reps. 205 at 4 reps. 185 at 5 reps.
Incline bench. 135 at 9 reps. 115 at 8 reps.
Bar dips. 13 reps. 7 reps.
Dumbbell flys. 60 total at 5 reps. 45 total at 6 reps. 30 total at 10 reps.

The schedule doesn't specify how many times you workout per week so I will be doing 3 per week for the next 12 weeks.

I'd feel a little lazy just posting about the progress of my workouts, so each time I record my progress, I'll also make a post about something else.

With the beginning of the new year, I'd come the the realization that I had been waiting to see if the world would end for the past 15 years. It all started in the months leading up to January 1st 2000. People were panicking about a computer glitch that would reset everything to the year 1900. I have a little laugh every time  I see the Y2K episode of Family Guy. You know that scene where at the stroke of midnight, a plane crashes, a train derails, a building falls over and then Peter says "Holy Crap. Did anyone else feel that?"

The world didn't end on January 1st and we were in the clear. At least until September of the following year. They say everyone remembers where they were when the twin towers collapsed. The days and weeks following that felt very uncertain. Would the economy fall over? Would there be more attacks? Would another world war start?

For the next few years, I remember hearing about a few natural disasters here and there but then in 2008, our country suffered the economic meltdown and the popping of the housing bubble. I remember being in economics class when the professor let us know the news. While it didn't affect me personally, a considerable amount of people lost a significant amount of their net worth and people had to delay retirements.

While talking to a lady at my chruch, she told me she lost $70,000 or $80,000 as a result of the incident.

Compared to the housing bubble, the next incident is laughable. I guess most people would have forgot about it but there was a christian talk show host that predicted the rapture would happen sometime in 2011. On the day it was supposed to happen, I was eating with a friend in Subway and I saw this one guy walk out of the restaurant with this head pointed to the sky and his hands lifted in the air as if he was expecting to be lifted off to heaven. I do also remember a lot of people committed rapture bombs that day.

They dropped clothes on the ground to make it look like people magically disappeared because of the rapture.

Lastly, the most recent incident where the world was supposed to end was December 21 2012. Actually scratch that. The Ebola outbreak earlier this year was the most recent thing I can recall.

So far, I'm very grateful that the world hasn't fallen to pieces yet. However, because of the last 15 years, I always have the feeling that it could come crashing down at any moment. It is for that reason that I avoid debt, long term obligations, and risky investments. The world is already uncertain enough. I don't need any more things to worry about that I do today.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Trying to push through plateaus while bench pressing

I've been lifting weights for the last 13 years. I still remember starting out as a skinny little kid in the weight room only able to bench 135. For some reason, it was a big priority for me to build muscle and get into good shape.

I guess, at the time, it was so I could build confidence in myself and not feel inferior to the kids around me. Man, I remember how awful school was.

At the time, I was also watching a lot of Dragonball Z. So to be funny, I tell my friends I started lifting weights because of it.

For anyone that lifts weight regularly, the absolute worst feeling is getting to the point where you get stuck. Where you hit a plateau. It is that point where you stop seeing progress and no matter what you do, you cannot increase the amount of reps you do or the amount of weight you can lift.

Today, my one rep max on the bench press is somewhere between 260 and 270. The problem is that my one rep max in 2011 was also somewhere between 260 and 270. A lot of this is my fault. When I started working as an accountant, I started working 60 hours per week and cut back on the intensity and frequency of my workouts. This is pretty disheartening considering all my workout equipment is in my house.

Back in 2010, I remember how proud I felt when I finally benched 250 for the first time. My next goal after that was to increase my max to 300.

At a max rep of 260 to 270, I am relatively close to my goal. I just have to stack another 30 to 40 pounds on top of my best. So, earlier today, I did a quick Google search.

How to bench press 300 pounds.

This link from was the first thing that came up.

He details a 12 week program of the exercises to do in order to finally max out at 305 on week 12. After looking at the comments section, I saw a lot of positive feed back and decided I should make a go at it. In the next 12 weeks, I'll document my progress here by posting the results and how well I was able to stick to the program.

If I am successful with this goal, then this post will be one piece of evidence that can suggest that personal trainers can be replaced with Google searches and buying your own workout equipment.