2015-06-15 training log

You don’t want to go, but you go anyways. That’s how you get better — consistency over time, and putting in the time.

I’m dealing with burnout. Insufficient rest coupled with long, intense work days, coupled with filled weekends, and over time it builds on you. Taking steps to deal with it, but it’s still present. Lack of motivation is always a tip-off for me.

And I didn’t want to go to the gym — I wanted to just go back to bed. But you roll out and go, because you know it’s best. Besides, after the 3rd set of squats, I felt better. In fact, I felt really good. That 250 went up like cake — gee, what a great thing food is. 😉 Cranking out the AMRAPs I felt like I could hit 20, but didn’t. It wasn’t my legs, but everything else. Basically my torso was saying “ok, I’m getting wobbly” so I felt it was time to rack it rather than risk it.

I also think it’s been a good mental shift to forget about how many reps I did before and to just keep going — hit whatever I hit. It’s a better mental approach, because then I’m focusing just on trying to do the damn best I can instead of trying to beat something, which all too often limits me because somehow an arbitrary marker is placed.

Stiffs went well. Remembered to used mixed grip on the AMRAP set AND to keep my arms “loose” so that there was no curl in the supinated hand. Worked out nicely, and here too was another case of everything else could keep going but the torso peeded out first.

So the split squats made up for it. Ho-lee-crap. Here I worked to keep myself centered and vertical. So, torso upright the whole movement; that my torso went perfectly up and down, remaining centered between my feet (instead of coming forward, lunge-like); and not trying to focus on either leg doing the work, just letting both legs do the work. I swear, that kicked my ass pretty hard and was just painful… here’s a place where I pushed as much as I could, through whatever burn/pain I was feeling as much as I could. Man, those suck. 🙂 But I swear I get a pump like no other.

So yeah… didn’t want to go, but as I know… you go anyways, and you’re happier and better in the end.

Based on Paul Carter’s “Guaranteed Muscle Mass” article.

  • Squat
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 115 x 5
    • 145 x 4
    • 175 x 3
    • 225 x 2
    • 250 x 1
    • 205 x 16 (AMRAP)
    • 205 x 8 (50%)
  • Stiff Legged Deadlift
    • 135 x 5
    • 165 x 4
    • 200 x 3
    • 250 x 2
    • 285 x 1
    • 235 x 15 (AMRAP)
  • Split Squats
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 15

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