2015-02-23 training log

Change up. Let’s see where it goes.

As I mentioned before, whereas at the start of the diet my strength increased, slowly but still increased, for the past some whiles it’s been steady and more recently it seems to be going down. But it’s hard to get a bead on it because I’ll go down in some things but go up in others. Like on squats, that top work up weight feels heavier and heavier, but then the work sets feel stronger and strong. Go fig. But again, I have to remember that lifting right now is to support the diet.

On that front, I was officially 220 at yesterday’s weigh-in, so I “held steady” since the Thursday-prior weigh-in. But that’s not entirely true. I did have a cheat meal on Thursday-prior (2 slices of pizza… don’t go crazy now), and I did “bloat” a bit from it, but then by Sunday had lost the bloat. So on paper it’s steady but it really wasn’t, but good enough. This morning I’m 219, so we’ll see where it goes. If I’m 218-219 by Thursday, I’m good.

So while I’m contemplating dropping my weights, before I did so I figured to try changing the plan first. The changes are minor, but sigificant enough to try for a little while, assess, then continue from there. In this case, I was doing Base Building model 2 for bench, so I figured let’s drop back down to a model 1. Well, it’s not entirely model 1 because I wanted to keep the work-up to a heavier single, and to me that’s a matter of helping assess strength on the diet — a bit of a way to compare how model 2 was doing vs. model 1, since you can’t directly compare them.

Model 1 is a little less work, but still work. It’s also more reps per set, which may play into the diet plan. I mean, I got through the first 3 sets ok, but then sets 4 and 5? No gas in the tank, which makes sense. So now the question is, what happens over the next few weeks? Do things remain here? go up? go down? That will be telling. And yes, if the solution winds up being that I have to drop my weights, then so be it.

I also upped some other things, like another set of dips. I’m also going to do inclines for straight-sets now… did 3 today, might up it to 4, we’ll see; 8-12 rep range, bodybuilder style to really make the pecs work. Machine flies… shit… I only stopped where I did because it was driving me nuts… such slow movement, so many reps…. fucking killing me. 🙂 But it became more mentally tolerable as I went along; I thought about not doing it 350-method, but no… that’s good. Strive for a lot of reps, failure, good squeeze… etc..

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Bench Press (model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 120 x 5
    • 145 x 4
    • 165 x 3
    • 180 x 2
    • 205 x 1
    • 225 x 1
    • 180 x 8
    • 180 x 8
    • 180 x 8
    • 180 x 4
    • 180 x 4
  • Dips
    • BW x 8
    • BW x 6
    • BW x 6
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
  • DB Incline Press
    • 45e x 12
    • 45e x 12
    • 45e x 8
  • Machine Flies (350-Method)
    • 70 x 18
    • 70 x 18
    • 70 x 12
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