2015-01-20 training log

Ooof…. I’m drained.

This session was still very draining, not as bad at last week’s session, but I was still pretty tapped out by the end of the session. It’s not strength, it’s gas in the tank.

The 285 went up better than last week, but still feels heavy. The 5×5 started slow, but the 3rd and 4th sets actually went pretty well, stronger than the prior. But I was getting pretty drained by this point, with the 1-minute rest periods feeling way too short and certainly not caught up on my breath.

Then stiff-legs and well… unlike last week when I could only muster 6 reps, here I got 8 reps per set, but mostly because I pushed myself to do so. By set 3 I was tapped, my body doing everything it could to keep me from going again. When I started the 5th set, my mind was telling me to stop, that I had nothing to prove. My body was giving me feedback of being weak, tired, nauseous, everything it could to try to keep me from doing it. Still, I did it. And this just tells you how strong the body’s will to survive and self-preserve is, because that 5th set was my strongest set — just cranked through it and had strength in reserve. The body just wants to preserve itself, preserve its reserves, its stores, its strength, because it doesn’t know what’s ahead. But this is when you know you’ve got it, and you have to push through. No, this is nothing major in life, it’s just lifting weights, but it is what helps you train yourself, your mind, your body, your soul, to press on. It’s what helps you grow stronger, and I’m not just talking muscles here.

That said, after stiff-legs, I was gassed. I modified things a little bit on the leg pressing. Walking home was tough too… just wobbly, nauseous, but yeah… good. I expect next week will be better.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Squats (model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 165 x 5
    • 190 x 4
    • 225 x 3
    • 250 x 2
    • 285 x 1
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
    • 200 x 5
  • Stiff-Legged Deadlift
    • 205 x 8
    • 205 x 8
    • 205 x 8
    • 205 x 8
    • 205 x 8
  • Leg Press
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
  • Standing Calf Raises
    • 65 x 10
    • 65 x 10
    • 65 x 10
    • 65 x 10
    • 65 x 10

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