2016-01-04 training log

Week 5, and things are getting more fun. 🙂

This week is priming for next week, where maxes are determined prior to entering the strength phase. Everything’s falling in line and I’m OK with how things are going. I do feel like strength is coming back, and I expect this cycle will get me mostly back to where I was, tho I’d need another cycle to really get there. Thing is, I started thinking today about what to do afterwards. My original plan was to finish this Inception program, do a Strong-15 Short Cycle, then determine what to do. It all came down to still working on dietary/body-comp goals. Well, I was looking at the calendar again and seeing when I’d likely start the cut diet, how that would coincide with lifting, and it’s starting to feel like once I finish Inception that a Strong-15 Short Cycle won’t work out and I should probably transition to something like a Base Building, where there’s more volume but still with a strength focus. So, I don’t know. It really comes down to how the diet will fare.

But I get ahead of myself.

Today generally went well. It feels weird to think about working up to a 5RM instead of 1RM, especially because on this program, every prior set also needs to be a 5 rep set, which adds up. When you’re going for a 1RM and just work up via singles, that’s really different. So it’s a little weird, but all good. Again, strength is returning, tho it’ll still be some time and work before I’m progressing ahead. But all in all, I’m good.

In other news… now that my 2-weeks vacation is over, time to tighten the diet back up. The break was good. Being semi-strict was a break that I really needed. But in a way, it was a little scary. It showed me how easily I can fall back into old habits — even after 16+ months of ingraining new habits. How fast the weight can come back on. I’ve still got a ways to go….

Based upon Paul Carter’s Inception program

Week 5

  • Squats
    • bar x 5
    • 95 x 5
    • 135 x 5
    • 165 x 5
    • 185 x 5
    • 215 x 5
    • 235 x 5
    • 255 x 5
  • Leg Curls
    • 50 x 10
    • 50 x 8
    • 50 x 8
    • 50 x 8
  • Leg Extensions
    • 60 x 12
    • 70 x 12
    • 80 x 12
    • 90 x 12
    • 95 x 14
  • Seated Calf Raises
    • 30 x 20
    • 30 x 20
    • 30 x 20
    • 30 x 20
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