I felt good when I got in that morning and that feeling carried on through my workout.
- 500m row
- 3×5 Back Squat: 270#
- 3×5 Press: 145#
- 1×5 Dead Lift: 355#
Exhausted this morning. Got 3 or 4 hours of sleep all broken up. Wanted to do more but the feeling of exhaustion was too much. I just hit a point where I didn’t feel good and needed to leave.
- 500m row
- 50 GHD
- 50 GHBE (25#)
- Dead lift protocol (315#, 365#, 395#)
- Front Squat Negative @ 135#: 12 reps
- Dip Negative @ BW: 11 reps
I had V take some “after” pics of me yesterday to compare against the one that I took on Sept. 3rd before starting the AdvoCare 24 day money loan. I am hesitant to post them here because I am still, for the most part, grossly unhappy about my appearance. With that said though, I am extremely happy with the progress that I am seeing and will continue until I can get actual “after” pictures that mean something more. These current “after” pictures should be called “progress” pictures.
Validation that you are going down the right path and that what you are doing is working is ALWAYS nice.
My parents will be here tonight and are staying for a little over a week. I am really excited to see them again. I really hope that by this time next year, we are all together. It’s been so long since I have had regular family around (aside from my grandmother).
Yeah yeah yeah… there are highs and lows.
I never got to re-do my total after the 8 week super strong program ended. I could only speculate on where it would have been, but it’s a pretty worthless endeavor at this point as my strength has clearly suffered in my absence.
I got 2 strength workouts in this week and took them sort of light. I am trying to get my body acclimated to lifting again. Yesterday, I got to the gym while V did an elements class with someone. I entertained Brenna with 5 sets of negatives”:
- Front Squat: 12 reps @ 165#
- Dead Lift: 12 @ 235#
- Press: 10 @ 135# (push pressed for the positive)
- Pull Ups: 9 @ BW
- Ring Dips: 10 @ BW
It felt good to get back in there. This coming week should be a bit more regular with attendance. Maybe one day soon I will break 1100 =)
First, last night’s workout…
- 50 GHDs
- 50 GHBE (35#)
- 50 Russian KBS (1.5 pood)
- 3 minute KB complex (1.5 pood)
- 4×3 3-position snatch (75#, 95#, 105#, 115#)
- 4×3 3-position clean (115#, 135#, 145#, 155#)
- 5×5 Romanian Dead Lift (225#, 295#, 315#, 325#, 335#)
- 3×5 Back Squat @ 85% of 1RM (310# x 3)
- Negatives @ 50% of 1RM
- Dead Lifts – 8 @ 225# (grip gave out)
- Back Squats – 12 @ 185#
- Presses – 12 @ 95#
- Dips – 10 @ Bryan
- Pull Ups – 10 @ Bryan
- 1 minute of 90% effort on the AirDyne – 29 cals
This was a ton of work and I was exhausted when it was over. I came home and ate a ton. I would have liked to have gotten a bit more sleep, but I ‘m not going to complain. What I got was good sleep.
Goldberg and I had an interesting little conversation last night. I can say, without tooting my own horn, really, that I put up some good numbers. I am strong. I am not really fast or, anything else for that matter, but I am say I am pretty strong. Still though, strength is relative.
I can say with a fairly high level of certainty that someone who is dead lifting for a 1RM @ 100# is working JUST as hard (and in some cases, maybe even HARDER) that someone going for a 1RM @ 400#.
Don’t sell yourself short and think that just because you are lifting less weight than someone else that you aren’t as strong or working as hard. It’s all relative. Work hard.