2015-12-10 training log

Gah… a little good, a little crazy. 🙂

It felt really… stupid to be squatting only 125 5×5. But that’s the program. First week, very very light. That said, it was actually kinda good because I really got to feel and find a good groove and technique. So, good thing.

The split squats… they were a little funny. My knees complained in the bad way, thus only 10 reps (program calls for 4×15). It got better as I kept doing the movement, so I think my body just needs to get into the groove. Still, kept it conservative today. I’ll increase reps over the coming weeks.

Leg press was what it was. Start light, work up.

The calf raises tho… that was crazy. Had to drop the weight a LOT so you can get the work in per Paul’s methodology. The 4×20, the 5 second pause, the stretch… yeah, that makes it a LOT harder. When the reps started to really burn, it was crazy. My knees wanted to unlock to relieve the tension, and I found that I couldn’t go down as far — not sure if it was just elasticity or my body was like “hell no”. So I’d push my knees back and push down to get the stretch, and oh… this pain would shoot up the back of my leg. Not a horrible pain, like “bad pain”… hard to tell if it was bad pain, or just massive burn or what. But it was crazy. Only got so many reps.

When the reps get really tough, I keep trying to think like John Meadows and really really push through it. But eventually, you gotta stop. Still, I try to push a little further, try to increase that pain threshold — again, not bad pain, just the good burn pain, y’know?

So today was a “light” day.. .ha ha ha. I can see this day becoming certainly less “work” than day 1, but still a good day of work. Will be very curious to see how this program pans out over the weeks.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Inception program

Week 1

  • Squats
    • bar x 5
    • 95 x 5
    • 115 x 3
    • 125 x 1
    • 125 x 5
    • 125 x 5
    • 125 x 5
    • 125 x 5
    • 125 x 5
  • Pause Split Squats (rear leg on bench)
    • BW x 10 (each leg)
    • BW x 10 (each leg)
    • BW x 10 (each leg)
    • BW x 10 (each leg)
  • Leg Press
    • Sled x 20
    • 135 x 20
    • 185 x 20
    • 225 x 20
  • Standing Calf Raises
    • 40 x 20
    • 40 x 18
    • 40 x 14
    • 40 x 14
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