Transitioning 2 Heavy Lifting From Barbell Squats: Success

So the purpose of going from swimming to barbell squats was to prepare our “newbie” fitness blogger for some heavy lifting she needed to do later. The project required her to consistently move things that would be quite heavy, so she prepared herself by easing into more challenging movements.

heavy lifting

Her day of reckoning came shortly after she did those barbell squats and extra leg presses, which didn’t give her quads much time to recover.

Surprisingly, she handled the heavy lifting well. The weight ranged from 50 to 100+ pounds, and the movements were repetitive and long-lasting. She did lots of reaching, pulling, pushing, twisting, lifting, walking, squatting, and so on.

It was quite clear that no injuries or restrictions existed on this person’s body. Only the quads were a little uncomfortable because they didn’t get adequate recovery time in between workouts, but oh well. They got over it after about the third day.

So it’s very possible for a tiny little “old gal” to handle heavy lifting without injuring herself or being like, “I’ve fallen—and I can’t get up!”

Is it the wisest choice for a small female? Maybe not. Unless one is trying to build upper-body strength, it’s not necessary to do all that. Other projects aren’t as weighty, lol. But that project allowed the blogger to test herself and let other people observe. She wasn’t sure she could do all that, but she found out she still had a lot of strength left.

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Impractical Jokers Show 2 Redeems Itself *Spoiler Alert*

The whole Impractical Jokers show dropped on my usual streaming service earlier than expected, so I said, “Meh, let me see how Sal and Q handle themselves.” Thus, I felt it necessary to follow up on the post I wrote last time.

watching impractical jokers

I think Murray did too much of an excellent job as a narcissist, and I didn’t like it. One must wonder about someone who can play a work narcissist so well.

He played the same type of person I had to deal with in the past, but for eight hours a day and with much worse behavior and no relief, like finding out I was on a prank show the whole time. So I’m a little sensitive in that area and very empathetic toward other people if I see them upset.

Anyway, Sal’s clip turned things around for me. We can always see that he’s completely uncomfortable being rude and mean to other people. In fact, he wasn’t even rude to the employee. All he did was put his shoes on the desk, which was hilarious. He didn’t do the rogue barefoot thing like Murray did last season, but it was still funny.

The employee took everything lightly and ruled that Sal got to keep his job. Maybe it was because Sal’s treatment wasn’t harsh, or perhaps he was an actor or someone who had never had a bad work experience. Who knows? Honestly, if I had dealt with Sal, I’d have laughed when he put his feet on the desk and when he started talking to himself.

Q was also uncomfortable with the task, as he never liked being rude to women. His first words were, “I’m so uncomfortable with what I have to do. It’s not in me.” He found the courage to tell her she was fired, but he kept it short because he didn’t want to drag out any abuse. He couldn’t keep a straight face or spit his sentence out well because he was uncomfortable, though.

The woman wasn’t sure whether it was real, so she did this nervous smile throughout the whole thing. Once she realized he fired her for no reason, she was pretty livid.

Q’s groveling wasn’t very good. I think Murray did a much better job at “making nice” with the victim to save his job, but then again, narcissists always do :-). It didn’t work, though, because most people don’t want to deal with that type of personality at work.

The woman chose to get rid of Q, so only Sal got a pass for his behavior.

What else happened on the Impractical Jokers show?

Q thought of a new bit they experimented with. Lol. Well, honestly, it seemed like something we would see happening on The Eric Andre Show, and it didn’t exactly work because of the gross-out factor. Only a certain type of viewer likes to see gross stuff like that, but it wasn’t a total loss. I chuckled as each Joker tried to convince other people they were right, and I laughed at some of the responses.

So my take on Impractical Jokers show now is that I’ll continue to check it out. They still seem to be finding their new dynamic. The old one worked so well for so long that things might take a while to take the new formation. They are brave for trying new things and not knowing how their hardcore fans will react.

It was good to see a little bit of their old personalities shine through. I don’t know what’s up with Murr, but I guess someone has to be naughtier than the rest. It makes sense as they’re trying to balance the dynamic, but it’s just different.

I am just an Impractical Jokers fan with an opinion. No more, no less.

Impractical Jokers Part 2: New Workplace Jerk Theme *Spoiler Alert*

TruTV gives interested people a preview of the old and new “Impractical Jokers” shows so they can get an idea of what they’re like. The clips are only four minutes long, but they will let you know if you want to watch the show further.

I caught a glimpse of one challenge from the newest “Impractical Jokers” show by visiting TruTV. I didn’t care for it, but that’s my personal experience. I just don’t find anything funny about being mean to people when they’re trying to work.

So the challenge went something like this: The Joker had to treat an employee like garbage and then fire said employee. In other words, he had to pretend to be a workplace narcissist to a brand-new worker and annoy, frustrate, ridicule, one-up, micromanage, and then fire that person.

The second part of the challenge happened after the worker went to upper management and notified him that the Joker had fired him. The manager then reprimanded the Joker for terminating the worker, told him he had no authority to fire anybody, and then put the worker in charge of the project.

The Joker then had to grovel and apologize to the worker for the way he treated him.

impractical jokers groveling skit

That wasn’t the end of it, though. The manager came back and asked the employee if he should fire the Joker for treating him that way or give him another chance. That was the second part of the challenge. Any Jokers who got “fired” by the employees they treated like garbage lost.

Meh. I usually love the stuff the Impractical Jokers do in the employment realm, but it hit differently this time because it involved making someone feel bad at work.

That worker had no idea he was on a prank show, so the anger and humiliation he felt were real. As someone who has been through a similar traumatic event myself, I didn’t find it funny. And then to play with someone’s livelihood by fake firing them, too. SMH. The viewers could see how the treatment affected the worker, and it wasn’t cool.

I did laugh when Murr heard the news that he had no authority to fire anyone, though. And I was glad the employee made the decision he made. I feel like people who mess with other people’s livelihoods by abusing them should be stripped of their livelihoods immediately. It’s an effed-up thing to do to someone, and I don’t think such people would feel so big and superior if they had to experience trauma at work and lose their income.

However, I don’t believe in taking vengeance on people, so I never sought to get anyone fired in my situation. I just moved on and tried to rebuild the best way I could. Thus, I probably wouldn’t have made the same decision as the guy on the show, but I still cheered him on when he said the manager should let Murr go. Workers usually don’t get justice when they experience foul treatment, but it was nice to see it on TV.

It was a sensitive subject for me, but you might enjoy it. I enjoyed it a lot when the Impractical Jokers used to do silly and harmless stuff at job interviews and reference check calls. “OK Zoomer” (Episode 9 Season 9) was probably one of my favorite newer episodes. But I didn’t care for this new concept at all. It seems like the whole spirit of the show has changed, and well, I can’t blame it on Eric Andre this time.

The new “Impractical Jokers” shows are no longer my taste, but you might like them. You can check them out on TruTV, which is their main channel.

My next post will probably be related to fitness and health.

From Swimming 2 Weight Movement and Barbell Squats: The Transition

The transition from swimming to more extensive activities went well for our “newbie” fitness blogger. Those lap activities loosened everything and prepared her for the following gym sessions, where she used equipment such as:

  • Adductor machines
  • Leg press equipment
  • Back extension contraptions
  • Arm muscle weight machines
  • Rear deltoid and pectoral fly machines to verify and confirm full shoulder mobility in those directions

She added a considerable amount of weight to all the above machines and performed a generous number of repetitions. Full extended shoulder mobility and the ability to move the weight with them were confirmed.

Everything went well, and then she did this for the very first time:

Barbell Squats

woman barbell squats
Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com

That was the first time she’d ever done those in her life, so she didn’t add weight to the bar. The barbell squats took a little bit of getting used to, but she did it just fine. Nothing burns today except her quadriceps, but that was from adding extra-extra weight to the leg press machine, not the barbell squats.

High protein and water consumption followed the activity, and all was good.

The blogger concluded that she is good to go. She’s still a petite female (125, 5’2″), not a hulk or massive weight lifter of any kind. But no physical limitations or joint pains seem to be present at this time.

Aging: No One Stays Gorgeous Forever

The aging process happens to everyone.

We all come into the world with high-pitched baby voices, extremely tight skin, bright eyes, etc. Then we transition over the years from cute little infants and kids to gawky teenagers to handsome young men or pretty women. Eventually, we reach our peaks and deteriorate from there, lol. It’s a fact of life. Hormones change, the hair greys and thins, the skin loosens, and yes, our voices go down a few octaves, whether we smoke or not.

young girl aging 20 years

I watched a video with a 51-year-old actress today and saw all the cruel comments about how she was “old” and “used to be a babe” and “her voice sounds like a man.” They even accused the poor woman of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, boozing it up, or smoking crack. I thought to myself, “They are so ignorant.” There were more comments about her looks than the video’s main subject.

The funny thing was the actress didn’t even look bad. She sounded nothing like a man, but she did sound like a maturing woman. Actually, she was still attractive, and I mean that in the straightest way possible. I have seen actors and actresses in much worse condition at the same age. Some looked like they were 20 or 30 years older, to be honest. But what difference does that make? And why does it affect the video’s content so much?

The whole thing made me realize how superficial society is. People can miss the entire point of video because they’re so focused on the speaker’s looks.

This actress decided to age naturally instead of getting all the plastic surgery. I guess people aren’t used to seeing the natural aging process these days. Either that or they believe they will never age.

We will all get older unless we die beforehand. None of us will look (or sound) exactly the same at 51 as we did at 21. That’s why it’s important to have other positive attributes (intelligence, personality, etc.) and form relationships with people who have substance and depth. Outer beauty is only temporary, but inner beauty is eternal. Only certain people recognize, embrace, and appreciate inner beauty, though.

The aging process could be a blessing for some women because it will weed out “friends” and “potential mates” who are only interested in exterior matters. Shallow people will overlook them or say nasty things about their aging; serious people will get to know who they are.

*No, I’m not personally 51, but I will be one day if the Lord is willing. The woman in the picture is not the actress I saw either. The picture is that of a young model by an artist on Pixabay, adapted by me to reflect the aging process.*

What 1 Shoulder Problem Do You Have?

This post contains 54 sec. video of the blog author on 6/4/22 rotating both shoulders and lifting her arms above her head. There were some rumors circulating about an alleged “slight injury” or shoulder issue. Where? I see no such issue. Do you?

Where is the shoulder problem?

All I see is a wee bit of flab that needs to be toned. I can’t find any shoulder problems. Below is a screenshot with the date, time, and location in which the original video was taken.

screenshot location of nonexistent shoulder problem

Timiarah Spriggs, Timiarah, Timiarah A. Spriggs, current location,