2015-08-26 training log

Good day… but I’m rethinking.

As week 4 of this Strong-15 Short Cycle progresses, I’m starting to wonder….

Should I keep going?

I knew it’d be an experiment to try a peaking cycle with the start of my weight-cut. I figured it could work OK since I was at the start of the cut and food would be essentially the same as it had been during my prior bulk/mid. But I think cutting out all those cheats and the fact I am losing weight is making a difference. Not so much the weight-loss itself, but the lack of volumous food. I have started to get the occasional dizzy-spell, which is a tell-tale sign of the carb depletion. I’m still doing well in my sessions, but it’s enough to make me wonder if I really will get to the end OK.

Also, the amount of work I’m doing per session just isn’t what I need to support the fat loss. This I expected, but I have to remember that my goal is fat loss and I need to be supporting THAT goal right now.

So why did I do this short-cycle? Because I wanted to. Because I miss lifting this way. Because I miss the heavier weights. Because I miss trying to build strength; because I miss being strong(er) than I was before. So yeah, it was all emotional and ego, but lord I needed it after a year of other stuff. So I don’t regret it, I do think the mental break was good.

But what I’m starting to think is that I’m going to skip the testing. So finish this week, finish next week (which technically marks the end of the cycle — after that you’d deload for a week, then test). And then switch gears. Why? Because what will testing accomplish for me other than the ego satisfaction? Granted, I want the ego satisfaction, but that’s not a Good Enough™ reason to do it. I have to also consider that my fat loss hasn’t been at the rate I’ve wanted, and if I want to hit my goal (weight loss in time-period) then I gotta get focused on it — so that means changing my gym work to up the volume and workload to support that goal-work. Besides, after next week I will have put in all the work, so really… is there anything truly lost here? No, I don’t think so.

So, it’s an ego-check, really. I think that’s a good thing. I think that I’ll benefit more in the long-run by doing this. I’m good with it.

Strong-15 Short Cycle, from LRB365

  • Bench (goal: 265)
    • bar x 5 x 2
    • 135 x 5
    • 155 x 4
    • 180 x 3
    • 200 x 2
    • 225 x 1
    • 235 x 1
    • 240 x 1
    • 200 x 7 (AMRAP)
  • Incline Press
    • 105 x 15
    • 105 x 15
  • Dips
    • BW x 10
    • BW x 6
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
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