“Week 4” deload
- Deload – Press (working max: 120#)
- 2x5x45 (warmup)
- Asst. #1 – Press
- 5 x 10 x 60
- Asst. #2 – Supinated grip pulldowns
- 5 x 10 x 110
- Metcon – jump rope
- 1 Tabata set – all single hop
Ah, deload week. My least favorite. 😉 But it’s good to let the body heal and recover. Not really much to say… it’s deloading, nothing exciting.
One thing I can comment on is a curiousity about supplementation. Since I’ve been looking at life insurance and of course that’s going to require a blood test and pee test, I need to ensure things look good. I don’t ingest anything questionable or illegal, but because of supplementation like creatine, that could make things look bad because insurance adjustors don’t really look at context, just actuary tables. I’m already going to be questionable because I lift weights, have more muscle than the average Joe, and thus on things like Body-Mass-Index tables I’m going to appear obese but I’m not, and obviously I exercise which you’d think is a good thing, but popular conception of “good exercise” is “long slow distance” and looking emaciated. Nevertheless, the insurance broker has been down this road and he suggested I just stop the supps for a bit to bring levels down because otherwise high levels of creatine could raise flags for things like kidney issues.
I’m not convinced my struggles in the assistance pressing today were due to lowered levels of creatine or the fact I’m not taking the Jack3d (mostly because it too contains creatine). But come 3rd set those last some reps were hard, and by the 5th set the last 5 reps were a struggle. It wasn’t this way last Press session, and I was the heavy session, and I even set a PR there. I will say, I didn’t rest the usual 2 minutes between sets during my “work” sets today because the weight was so minimal, so it could simply be that I truly had exhausted things. But it’s just a curiosity. I’m not sold on Jack3d, but I won’t be taking it at all during this deload. Once I finish this tub, I do have one more tub to go through. I’ll assess after that, but so far I’m not totally convinced… I would like to see more real science and not more “bro-science” behind the other ingredients (creatine is accepted, curious about beta-alanine, studies I’ve read are mixed).