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Back workout for the next three weeks; Favorite Christmas DVDs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 by  
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To keep things fresh and to keep my body “off balance” I change my weight training exercise routines every three weeks. This is week seven of my bulk, so it’s this week I’ll be changing all my workouts. Today I work my back and delts, so here’s the plan for the next three back/delts workouts:

4×10-12 Low cable rows
4×10-12 Wide-grip lat pulldowns (to front)
4×8-10 Deadlifts
4×10-12 Bent-over dumbbell rows

4xburnout Smith machine shrugs

There are just eight back workouts remaining in my bulk. I’m going to keep that fact in mind tonight during every moment of my workout. Every rep is important, and I’m going to make each one count.

I thought for today’s “Favorite Things” entry I’d mention a few of my favorite holiday season films.

By the way, I’m a huge advocate of viewing films in their Original Theatrical Aspect Ratio (OAR). For most modern film, that’s either 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 widescreen. Older films, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” have an OAR of 1.33:1 (which is the same as a standard US television). I created a page (with lots of screen shots) that fully explains the various aspect ratios, widescreen, the “pan and scan” process and how films are transferred to video. It’s on my personal web site, and can be found here.

Christmas Story, A: Two-Disc Special Edition – A true classic. Spot-on humor that never misses.

Elf: Infinifilm Edition – I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. If you like Will Farrell, you’ll probably enjoy it.

It’s a Wonderful Life – Another classic film that the whole family will enjoy.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Special Edition – I love all the “Vacation” movies, but this is one of the stronger ones. Great laughs, loaded with “quotable quotes” and very re-watchable.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – One of the funniest holiday movies ever, but with a heart. Watch it after you put the kids to bed.

The Polar Express Gift Set (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition with Snow Globe and Toy) – Amazing, destined to be a classic. The whole family will enjoy this. The gift set comes with a train and a snow globe.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians – The ultimate Christmas cheese-fest. This movie is HORRIBLE. This film is best enjoyed with a gathering of friends and a few gallons of eggnog. Watch it MST2K-style. You’ll be singing “Hurray for Santy-Claus!” for weeks.

Sound Of Music, The: 40th Anniversary Edition – I’ve been watching this film ever since I was a kid. Musicals are generally not my cup of tea, but I really love this movie.

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