Suit Up.

June 8, 2011

It’s hot in California.  You know what that means? Singlet season.  Champions work out in their singlets every day.  And I want to be a champion, so I don the singlet.  It’s like that old saying goes, “Don’t dress for the job that you have, dress for the job that you want.”  If I wanted to be a doctor, I would wear a lab coat and stethoscope.  If I wanted to be a business man, I would wear a tie and carry a briefcase.  If I wanted to work in construction, I would wear boots, tool belt, and carry a power drill.  Naturally, if I wanted to be all 3, then I would wear all these articles of clothing at the same time.

Singlets let the world know that, “Oh no sir, I don’t lift weights, I’m a weightlifter.”  So be proud.  Wear your singlet.  Half up, Baggy T-shirt over, T-shirt underneath, make it your own.  And if your friends give you grief, tell them that you are too busy being elite.

Classic Edition.


This workout was kind of frustrating.

Snatch, hangsnatch: worked up to 120, missed the hang snatch at 130. went back down and up to 120 again.

Clean and jerk: singled up to 140.  Cleaned 150 3 times but missed the jerk.

Squat: 190 for a very heavy single. (I know, right?)

Glute/ham raises.


Even more frustrating.

Snatch: singled up to 120, missing 130. Went back up again for doubles with the same result.

Clean and jerk: Knees hurt too bad so I did pulls up to 180.

Glute/ham raises.


8 Responses to “Suit Up.”

  1. Terri with a heart over the "i" said

    If anyone questions your singlet, a series of fancy high kicks and maybe some crab-walking should assuage their concerns. That type of unencumbered mobility in clothing gets respect.

  2. This is fabulous. I am definitely too busy being elite most of the time.

    • bclaridad said

      T-Dawg, you are fabulous. And that colorful blue singlet is leh-jit. I just recently got my “HF classic” red white and blue for special occasions.

  3. Thanks, Ben. It is actually purple swirls, and it is fabulous. Although I must say that Caleb Ward coached me for Masters Nationals and hadn’t seen it in person before that. When I pulled it out of my suitcase, he about fell through the floor. What can I say? It suits me. My team just went with PLAIN BLACK SINGLETS. Dislike. Boring. Plus, black is slimming, and I need colorful in order to show off my elite weightlifter fatness.

    • bclaridad said

      Caleb wasn’t prepared for your elitness. I rocked a black singlet for a long time and thought it was pretty darn cool. I’ve only recently branched out to different colors. But I agree, plain black just doesn’t suit you. The more colorful the better.

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