2015-09-22 training log

Today was ok.

First day on the new approach, so a lot was guessing at numbers and seeing how it went. Adjustments will be made.

Already I’m losing some strength. The story of my bench press — if I’m not eating big, the bench suffers. Ah well.

I’m not ready to write it off yet, but I’m also not decided what to do about it:

  • Stop benching altogether. No.
  • Stay the course, see what happens.
  • Stay on model 1, reduce weight.
  • Stay on weight, but go to model 2.
  • Change to a more bodybuilding style (vs. Base Building)

I’m not sure what to do yet. In part it’s a desire to get more reps in, but still keep it somewhat on the heavier side. But as well, more reps, lighter weight, a little less abuse to my shoulder which isn’t getting better. So.. not sure, but I am thinking that lighter and more reps is going to beat me up less so….

Otherwise, everything went about as expected. Will adjust some weights next week.

One fun thing. Instead of hitting the machine flies, I opted to do cable crossovers. I’ve never done them before, but talk about an exercise so associated with chest work. But after doing them, I may not do them again — it was just too much awkward strain on my already hurting shoulder. I might try it at a different height — I did the traditional “pulley up high, cross down low”, because cables do put a different “stress curve” on things. But nothing at the expense of my shoulders. I’m not even sure traditional dumbbell flies would be good for me right now… so it may be a lower-angled machine fly, if anything. I’ll keep playing and seeing what works.

  • Bench Press (Base Building model 1)
    • bar x 5
    • bar x 5
    • 115 x 5
    • 135 x 4
    • 155 x 3
    • 170 x 2
    • 195 x 1
    • 170 x 8
    • 170 x 8
    • 170 x 7
    • 170 x 4
    • 170 x 4
  • Dips
    • BW x 9
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 5
  • Incline DB Press (350 Method)
    • 40e x 17
    • 40e x 10
    • 40e x 10
  • Cable Crossovers
    • 30e x 12
    • 30e x 12
    • 40e x 10
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