2015-04-27 training log

Today was better than past days.

Why? Not 100% sure, but I can think of a few possible things.

First, I’ve been feeling out of gas. I go to AMRAP and just no go. But I also notice then about half-way through the session I get more energy. Was I just needing to warm up and get things flowing? Or because I’m so depleted after the weekend diet deprivation, and the morning carbs are finally kicking in? I started to play with the latter. See, the RP diet has me taking in some fast sugars and whey while lifting, but 1/3 of it is to be consumed before starting. My usual has been to drink it before I leave for the gym, so it’s maybe 20 minutes between ingesting and starting. I never figured that was enough, but it was also never noticeable.

Today I consumed my 1/3 upon waking, so it was maybe 45-60 minutes between ingesting and lifting. Could that have given me the juice I needed to do what I needed to do? Perhaps.

I will say I also did not take my caffeine nor yohimbine. It wasn’t a choice to do that; I usually have it with my 1/3 and today didn’t due to the switch and planned on taking it just before I left. But I forgot to, remembered when I got to the gym, too late, so skipping it. I have been thinking about cycling off them for a little while… now seems a good enough time. So I’m going to go a few weeks without them and see how it goes.

Second, it’s in my head. I have been feeling stressed, beat up, and “down” about things. The diet is getting tougher and tougher to deal with, life stress is present, and the gym performance just got to me. Seeing everything dropping, further regression, and then spending the past week not losing any weight really took it out of me. But since I didn’t drop any, Nick revised my diet plan, which I received last night. Oh… this sucks even more. 😉 But somehow it perked me up. I made no conscious choice to “redouble my efforts” or any such thing, but somehow it just got me motivated again. I had a better, more solid mindset today.

So, was it the carbs? Was it a better mindset? Combination? Neither? Something else? Can’t say. But I can say I am feeling mentally stronger regarding the diet plan, and today’s gym session did go over better

I mean, on the squats AMRAP. So I only hit 6, but I didn’t feel like it was killing me. Bar speed slowed a bit on rep 6 so I went ahead and racked it and figured 3-4 on the 50% set would be acceptable. I got 6 and felt like I could do more. That surprised me, but I’m happy for it happening.

Front squats went up in weight, and the reps held pretty well too. Same with leg presses, and even lunges. That’s something I have to consider here: I upped the weight on everything, and still got good reps out of it. All in all, performance did go up, even if limit strength is fading.

All in all, feeling better. Here’s hoping some small changes, like ingesting carbs 45-60 minutes prior will help out.

Inspired by Paul Carter’s methodologies

  • Squats
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 115 x 5
    • 145 x 4
    • 175 x 3
    • 225 x 2
    • 250 x 1
    • 215 x 6 (AMRAP)
    • 215 x 6 (AMRAP-50%)
  • Front Squat
    • 115 x 8
    • 115 x 8
    • 115 x 7
  • Leg Press (350-Method)
    • 225 x 15
    • 225 x 15
    • 225 x 13
  • Lunge
    • 45 x 10
    • 45 x 10
    • 45 x 10

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