2014-11-27 training log

Today may be Thanksgiving, but really… nothing changes. Still go to the gym, still stick to the diet. Well ok… I’m allowed one “cheat” each week and while I normally don’t take advantage of it, today I will. No, not a gluttonous stuffing of my face with turkey and dressing; the t-day dinner will remain as close to the diet as I can make it while eating at someone else’s house. No… the cheat will a slice of Wife’s awesome apple pie, with the streusel topping, that she only makes at this time of year. šŸ™‚

The thing is, I’m back on the official defattening diet after a month of maintenance. Sunday? I was 247. Today? 242. That’s a lot of weight to have dropped in 4 days. I’m not 100% sure why, but I expect it’s not anything “real”… just my body losing some bloat, glycogen, water, and whatever else from starting back on the diet. That’s my guess, and we’ll see how things go over the rest of this week and into the next.

But the flip side is that everything in the gym feels awesome. I mean, the prior bench, and squat/deadlift sessions went up in weight and still felt like I smashed things pretty good, especially compared to the prior couple of weeks. So I figured today, what the hey… and I bumped up the weight on the pressing by 5# and still did pretty damn good. Really, it was a good session all around.

So, I don’t know what to make of things, but here we are. As long as there’s progress towards my goals, that’s the main thing, even if I cannot fully isolate out the reasons from all the possible things going on.

In specifics… pressing was good. Again, keep tight, helps a great deal. Crush-grip the bar.

Bent Laterals are actually doing better for me. I’m not fretting over getting so tired from them and instead doing like Meadows does in his “rear delt destroyer”. That is, if I start to get tired, fine… just keep moving the weight. If it has to be a bounce/swing sort of thing, fine, so long as the muscles are being activated, really being put through their paces, and being worked. That’s the key. And today was a lot of that. It sure wasn’t a strict 5×20 session, but my rear delts haven’t felt this worked in a while. šŸ™‚

And so, life goes on. One day at a time, progress is progress.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Press
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 65 x 5
    • 85 x 5
    • 105 x 8
    • 105 x 8
    • 105 x 8
    • 105 x 5/2/2 (rest pause)
  • Bent Laterals
    • 8e x 20
    • 8e x 20
    • 8e x 20
    • 8e x 20
    • 8e x 20
  • Upright Rows
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 70 x 10
  • Triceps Pressdowns
    • 45 x 25
    • 45 x 25
    • 45 x 25
    • 45 x 12
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