Progress Week 2

As expected, I went up in weight a this week.  I was actually a lot happier with the weight I was using this week.  I’m still not back to where I was at my peak, but I’m getting there slowly buy surely.  I also tried front squats this week and I don’t know if I enjoyed them as much as back squats.  It was definitely easier to get lower, but I suppose that because I’ve never been as experienced with front squats I didn’t enjoy them as much.

Next week the routine is changing.  I’m still doing four a week but the routine will change and be focused toward building endurance rather than strength.  I’ll try to use similar weights to what I used this week, but I’ll be upping the reps.

As for this week, I actually messed up on Friday.  I wound up getting distracted and wasn’t able to go to the gym which means that I missed Back/Biceps day.  The gym isn’t open on the weekend so there was no way for me to make it up this weekend, so instead I spent whatever time I had over the weekend working on pull ups and I was actually able to notice some growth in my pull up ability this weekend.

That leads me into my final segment for this post before the actual workout.  After the next two weeks are over I’m going to be done with this routine completely, which means that I will probably take a week and do a deload week.  I’m still working out what all I want to do over the course of that week but I think I might want to try a 5x5x5 workout or something of that nature.  I’ve still got some time to work out the details, but this is the heads up.

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More Money, Less Problems

The title may be misleading in that it implies that I have more money now, and therefore less problems.  However, quite the opposite is true.  As I am in the process of transitioning between a broke college student and a wildly successful Tony Stark wannabe, I’m finding that the middle phase is in fact me being a wildly broke Tony Stark wannabe.  This is not made better by the fact that I’ve lived here for all of two weeks, aND I ALREADY HAVE BILLS.

Like, what?  I came home on Monday and opened the mailbox and there were like 50 (actually it was six) letters!  Okay I’m exaggerating, I read them and they were all nice welcome letters from the people who will be back in two more weeks to take my money (go away, I don’t have any).

That leads into the segment, where I have to apologize for the condition of the blog at the moment.  So far I feel like it has mostly been about fitness and my search to become swole, but that wasn’t the intent when creating this blog.  I wanted to talk about art and science and travel and how all of those things can come together to create the human experience.  Unfortunately, modern society dictates that art, science, and travel all require money which, again, I do not have much of right now.  The gym, however, is free for me, so I can go there and talk about my experience there free of charge, also I enjoy that.

TL;DR:  The blog is gonna be about fitness until payday, then I’m buying robot parts and gonna make death machines.

Progress Week 1

I meant to post this yesterday but got busy with other things.  I’ll make another post about this week outside of the gym, but this one is dedicated to my fight against gravity this week.  I’ll put the exercises below, but it’s fairly lengthy so if you don’t want to look at them I’ll say what I have to say first.

It felt really good to get back into the gym.  I wasn’t lifting the weights that I really wanted to this week, but my form was probably better than ever.  I was able to get really low on my squats and all of my bench was nice and controlled.  The only thing I’m concerned about is my deadlift.  I feel like my back may be arching a little, but I can’t really see it, so I’ll have to get a spotter next week and make sure that I’m not on track to hurt myself.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a good measure on my weight this week, but I suppose there’s plenty of time for that.

Also, I realized early on this week that I had majorly messed up my diet.  I was measuring dried food (rice/couscous) as the same as cooked food, when in reality it was about 3 to four times that amount.  In other words, I ate way too many carbs at the start of the week.  Luckily I caught it early and I can readjust my cooking accordingly.

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They Came, They Saw, They Moved

So today the movers came and grabbed all of my big stuff like my work bench and bed – fingers crossed that I show up to my new apartment and get all of my stuff back.  Honestly, though, this is a big relief.  I’ve got my renter’s insurance taken care of, my apartment is lined up, and now my stuff is on its way to my new home and as big as the task is ahead of me I have honestly never been more ready for something in my life.  Now for the hard part:  the little stuff.

I am so bad at packing.  I hate doing it because I’m terrified that I’m going to break something or that I’ll not do it the absolute most efficient way or that I might not have enough room for everything.  I am equally bad at unpacking and usually have to be made to do it.  I’m doing everything in my power to bring as little stuff as possible because I don’t want stuff lying all over the place while I struggle to find a place for it in my new apartment.  So far I’ve done pretty well and just planned to bring the essentials, but mom and dad keep trying to convince me to bring more stuff.

In other news I’ve started planning my first week out at the new digs.  A lot of it will probably be basic stuff like turning on the internet and getting groceries, but I think I’m gonna start prepping for my new workout routine as well.  I’ll have about a week off before I start work, and I plan on starting the routine around the same time I start work, so it’ll give me that much time to start conditioning my body for the gym again.