2014-01-20 training log

Continuing to experiment while on the shelf due to my ankle.

  • Bench Press – Explosive
    • 45 x 5
    • 45 x 5
    • 95 x 5
    • 115 x 5
    • 135 x 3
    • 155 x 3 x 8
  • Close-grip Bench Press
    • 165 x 5 x 2
  • Bench Press with 1″ pause off chest
    • 145 x 8 x 3
  • Lat Pulldowns
    • 110 X 15
    • 110 X 15
    • 110 X 12
    • 100 X 10
  • DB side raise
    • 15 x 10 x 3
  • Band-assist chin-ups
    • bw x 3 x 3
  • Foam Rolling

I go in for for the ankle MRI later today.

Meantime, I continue on doctor’s orders to do no lower-body work. So since it’s all upper, and since pressing is out, benching it is. I’ve been curious about The Cube Method for some time, but various reasons have kept me from going whole hog on it. I always said if I got injured, that’d be a good time to focus/specialize/experiment on something, so here I am.

The above session came right out of the 365 Strong book. It’s the “week 3 – Bench Explosive” from Cube Kingpin (née Cube Boss). So it’s the explosive bench session of the first rotation. I guessed a bit at the weights to use, but I think they were pretty close, especially for a “first rotation” (read: a wee light).

I liked it. It was different. I am sure I will get better simply due to repetition because my body will get more efficient at the explosive part. I don’t feel dead to the world after this session, but I do feel worked.

All in all, not bad. 🙂

My current feeling (and this could change depending upon circumstance) is once I’m off the fat loss train and start eating carbs regularly again, yeah… Cube. I may actually do a cycle or two of 5/3/1 to get back into the groove and reestablish my maxes, then Cube it. But I really want to give Cube a try.

But that’s later. Right now I have to deal with my ankle. So what to do the rest of this week? I don’t know. I thought I’d do “heavy bench” on Friday, and Wednesday I’d do some bodybuilding stuff. But am I wondering if I might be setting myself up for too much work to recover from (I keep thinking Texas Method here, and I know that’s a lot for an old fart like me… esp. one that’s working with a fat-loss-oriented diet, and an injury). Not sure, will think about it. Else maybe I’ll modify for now and go 2x week, going Thursday to bench heavy. I dunno. I’ll take it one day at a time and see.

Meantime, it’s MRI time.

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