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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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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