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4/21/2005 - Mike
Messed around the gym 4/20

I went in today and just played around. It felt good to get back in there but I'm still beat up from the meet.

Bench
315x12x3sets

Front Shoulder Presses
225x5
245x5
265x5(can't wait to start doing these more often)

Rear Delt Work
3sets of 12

Pushdowns
3sets of 10

Db Ext.
50's x15x3sets


Hey, thanks to everyone who chimed in on the Q&A with your concerns, well wishes and congrats. I really appreciate it. Just to let you know, I'm not dying. LOL! I just have to take my training and health in a different direction. It kinda makes me sad that I have to leave something that I really love. This sport has showed me a lot of great times and has introduced me to some of the best people ever. I'll keep posting my training and when I feel up to talking about my health issues, you guys will be the first to know.

One more thing, my wife and I volunteer as coaches for a Special Olympic powerlifting team. It's awesome to see these kids(and adults) compete and give it their all. I got to say it's very rewarding and humbling experience. The Special Olympics is always looking for volunteers and the kids absolutely love to see big guys(and gals) helping out and rooting them on. Now, Lori and I have showed up to many a meet where there were virtually no one to help out. And it pisses me off to no end to see parents there with their thumbs up their asses watching you run around trying to coach your team, judge, changing weights and running the table and not lend a hand. Volunteers are essential to make these events possible for these deserving athletes. So if anyone can possibly take a Saturday afternoon, show up to one of these events and volunteer it would be very much appreciated. I promise you a rewarding experience. Hell, I was asked to judge at the first meet Lori and I attended. Not only did I have a great time, I lost my voice for a couple of days because I was cheering and rooting these kids on.




,
Mike Ruggiera


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