Today I’d like to address the scientific phenomena known as “old man strength”. Simply put, it is the ability of the aging male human to do things which young male
douche bags humans usually can’t do. Also, it gives older men the ability to lift odd objects with the express purpose of making punk kids younger men, realize their balls haven’t dropped they aren’t yet the alpha males of the species.
Some examples of this would be…
-Your dad lifting an entire couch overhead after you complain that
your vaj hurts your grip is fatigued.
-Your grey-haired chain-smoking mechanic being able to unscrew nuts with his bare hands, while you can’t get them off with an air wrench
and a set of balls.
Here are a couple other examples to prove the existence of “old man strength”…
I met Jeb Simmons at a camp in Green Bay right around this time last year. We hit it off because he values the finer things in life: custom Harleys, tattoos, and Olympic Weightlifting. He Snatched 205# and Clean & Jerked 255# at the Green Bay camp, both of which were PRs.
This weekend, at the OBB camp in Fond du Lac, he Snatched 235# and Clean & Jerked 285# for a 30# increase on each lift in a year. This was due to three things:
1) He worked his ass off on technique and mobility for a year.
2) He grew an awesome beard.
3) He turned 40 in September, therefore allowing him to finally be able to access his body’s full potential through OMS (old man strength).
Here’s his 235#/107kg Snatch (and 10 yard dash):
When I heard of Jeb’s PR, I decided to try to one-up him. Largely because as an old man it’s fine to be beat by young, in-their-prime
punks men, but to be beaten by another distinguished gentleman, is unacceptable. I haven’t hit over 235# in almost a year, and had a very close miss with 245# last week from the blocks. Today I missed 245# from the hang, and without thinking about it went straight to 255#/116kg (which would be a lifetime PR from any position and at 85kg).
After getting up the gumption (it’s an old-man word, Google it) to give it a try, I pulled on it and somehow it magically ended up overhead. My explanation? Old Man Strength (and Hatebreed).
My 255#/116kg from the hang (then I may have gone a little crazy):
punks young men, some day you’ll have the same OMS we have. However, your dad will always be stronger than you, no matter how old he is. It’s science.
1) 5X1 Two Position Clean (hang & power position) – heavy but NO MISSES, rest as needed
2) 5X2 Jerk from blocks – heaviest possible, rest as needed
1a) 4+1X3 Touch & Go Cleans (full) – three sets to work to a 3rm (see note for explanation of +1), rest 90 sec.
Note: The +1 set is an additional ME UB set @ 75% of the 3rm established in the first four sets. The goal is as many T&G reps as possible – with perfect technique – before dropping the bar.
1b) 4X8 Tempo Ring Dips (3 counts down, 3 count pause at bottom, 3 counts up, 3 count pause at top) – if 8 reps at strict tempo is too easy add weight, rest 2:00
3X1 Mile Run – Rest 2:1