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Today’s a good day. Like Faith would say on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, everything is five by five. What in the world do I mean by that? Well, for starters, I’m running again. Yay! And secondly, I started the Stronglifts 5×5 program. Some of you might remember be talking about this before, and now I’m doing it again.

Why 5×5?

Well, because it works, it’s fun, and it’s quick.

I did Stronglifts 5×5 a few years back, and I loved it. Like really loved it. I gained strength megafast, and I truly felt like a superhero doing it. I had never deadlifted before, and I found out that I loved it. I had never squatted before, and once again, I found that I adored it.

Doing 5 sets of 5 reps is super quick, and honestly, only having to keep up with and perfect 5 different exercises is pretty good for someone like me who doesn’t particularly care for strength training.

Then I hurt myself. Because I thought I was more super than I really was. I started out too hard, I did too much weight, and I had bad form. So I hurt my knee and my hip, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to 5×5 in years. So instead of starting off in the squat rack, I am starting in the Smith machine, and I am making sure I take it slow and work on my form first of all, and my bestly gains second.

Plus as a runner, I really appreciate that I can do it on my off-days and still do something that is helping me toward my goals. I can do 3 days of running and 3 days of Stronglifts, and I am set.

Enough, fitness, let’s talk about cartoons!

I am all about me some Gravity Falls right now. I love this show so much. I discovered it when I was prozac’d out of my mind in August, and now I’m rewatching it, and it’s just as delightful as it ever was. I don’t rewatch many cartoons, but this one is making me cackle just as much as I did when I saw it the first time. That’s high praise. It’s definitely in my top 3 shows these days, alongside Parks and Recreation and New Girl.

And just a quick, geeky reminder, I want to remind y’all that I write books, too. If you want to know more and help support the site and me (yes, I’m shameless), head to professorbeej.com/books to see the whole list of them.

Let me know what strength training y’all do, too. I am always trying to learn something that can get me to stop being made out of spaghetti.

As always, stay shiny, fitgeeks!