va·ca·tion/vāˈkāSHən/Bullshit. Here is my definition.
An extended period of recreation, esp. one spent away from home or in traveling.
va·ca·tion/vāˈkāSHən/Living out on The Ponderosa means that there is a lot of jobs that need to get done every summer, and many of these jobs get penciled in to my yearly summer "vacation" starting in late July. One of these jobs is grooming the trails that meander through the bush on our property. Armed with only a whipper-snipper, coveralls, and gloves, this monster job takes days to do. Let things get too out of control and the trails become filled with wild chokecherry suckers, tall grass, and weeds of all descriptions. Apparently, one weed new on the scene happens to be poison ivy. It happens that I am pretty much hyper-allergic to poison ivy given a nasty, nasty encounter from years ago. Only a minuscule amount will trigger blisters on my arms, and somehow a minuscule amount got past my coveralls and gloves and on to my skin near my wrists.
Two weeks of ass-busting work, devoid of anything enjoyable. Makes one want to return to work immediately.
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It was time to use all the power of my brain and find a way around this. Normal people use chalk on their hands to dry them so that sweat doesn't cause the bar to slip from their grip. But chalk is not allowed in my
So I decided to try wrapping the bar with a very light resistance band that had broken in half some time ago. They are made of some kind of latex rubber, I think, that is very, very grippy. I had used these broken bands before wrapped around my chinup bar to help me grip the bar for that exercise. Don't start thinking that these bands are the really thick, really expensive EliteFTS bands that can hold hundreds of pounds. Think more like stuff not much thicker than dishwashing gloves. Here is what I've got...
... and here is what it looks like wrapped on one side of my bar.
So how does this work? Exactly how well will have to wait for another post. But let me say generally that it works exceptionally well. What I thought was poor grip strength was really a combination of two issues:
- no chalk that in turn makes the bar slippery from sweat. The grippy nature of the latex rubber solves this completely. The weight on the bar just seems to amplify the sticky grip that the rubber provides.
- nasty cross-hatching on my cheap bar that tends to tear my hands up. The rubber effectively pads the bar enough to keep the hold comfortable, even under very heavy loads.
This is a nice solution for anybody looking for a substitute for chalk when lifting heavy stuff. The bands are cheap, reusable, clean, take up zero space, and would be allowed in any gym. Best of all, it is your grip doing all the work. You get the full benefit of the exercise without the shame of using a crutch.
Now go be like Konstantinovs and make it look easy.
More Beast Than Man