Yeah Buddy!

by Rob on January 21st, 2016

Context of language is important.  Especially when you regularly speak in a manner that includes inside jokes to yourself, pop culture references, and/or obscure terminology.  A small sample of questions I get regularly are:

Why do you call someone's hair "salad" or "head of lettuce"?

New rides?! Oh, you mean my shoes?

Who the hell is Cliff and why do you hate him so much?
(Usually when wearing a Kill Cliff t-shirt)

I've known my wife for over 6 years now, and only a few weeks ago (when she finally saw the the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time in her life) did she realize why I sometimes wave my hand past her face and tell her, "these aren't the droids you're looking for."  It's usually when I sense an interrogation coming on, whether it be about who ate all the dark chocolate covered almonds in the house or whether or not I used her jump rope and then got it all tangled when I haphazardly put it back in her gym bag. 
Move along. Move along.
On Thursday I wore a t-shirt that had a phrase on it which I (and many other folks) often say/exclaim at the gym... YEAH BUDDY!  You might have even heard it at other gyms you've been to, as it's somewhat of a ubiquitous figure of speech these days in the fitness world.  A lot of people say it (as an exclamation of of excitement or accomplishment, or as a cheer of encouragement to another athlete), but not a lot of people know where it comes from...     
Hey kids, is this how you take a selfie?  
The term YEAH BUDDY! which can often be followed by the term LIGHT WEIGHT BABY! is credited to Ronnie Coleman, 8-Time Mr. Olympia and a man regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time.  There are many videos on the interwebz of Ronnie training hard and exclaiming his signature catch phrase.  He is quite the character, to say the least.  Exhibit A:     
The #yeahbuddy t-shirt I'm wearing above has a more local-slash-functional-fitness significance as it is in reference to our buddy (pun completely intended) - and Coach Sarah's NPGL San Francisco Fire teammate - Buddy Hitchcock, who can do some incredible things with a barbell and with bodyweight movements as well.  He may also be one of the most explosive athletes I've ever seen who isn't/wasn't an elite level Track & Field competitor or NFL/NBA athlete.  Here he is making a 225-pound touch-and-go power snatch set of 5 to win the season opener against The Phoenix Rise (remember this guy weights about 180 pounds).  

Holy crap, right?

Not exactly.  More like YEAH BUDDY! LIGHT WEIGHT BABY!      

WOD for 01-22-16:

Strict Press:


EMOM 14 Minutes:
3 Snatches, Moderate (~65-70% of 1RM)
2 Snatches, Moderately Heavy (~75-80%)   
MINUTES 11-14:
1 Snatch, Heavy (~85-90%)

Use the same weight across for all four triples, then all four doubles, and then all four singles, changing the weight only during the rest minutes. The goal is make all 12 sets with no misses, so remember that "heavy" does not mean "max." Percentages shown are of a 1-rep max, and are simply rough guidelines.   

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