2016-02-22 training log

Like it or not, I’m learning something.

So this LRB template is alright, but I don’t think it’s an ideal setup for me. There’s a lot of good I’m getting from it. For example, that crazy trap pump? The lateral raises — never did them for 20 reps, and really pushed hard to get those reps. Never thought lat raises would hit the traps so well either.

I’m finding that isolation stuff up to 20 reps is working well, and that I need to push harder. That I’ll feel a point where my body wants to stop, and I should stop — just for 1-2 seconds — then keep going. If I do that, it’s still good progress and gets by that burn, and I can see there’s still more gas in the tank. There certainly comes a point where I truly cannot move the weight any more and THEN I can stop. I just don’t always care for super-high-rep sets, so yeah, I’m learning something.

Another thing is that perhaps longer rest periods have their place, even if I’m trying for hypertrophy. Traditionally the notion is about 1 minute max of rest between sets. Well, when I was doing Inception, Paul would have 2-3 minutes sometimes even between higher-rep sets. There was something to that. Today, a few of the sets wound up being like 50% sets — I pushed to failure on 1 set, then the next set I only got 50% after only 1 minute of rest. It’s kinda akin to the 350 method approach. So, some interesting insight, that sometimes with the higher stuff, to get that level of volume in, a little more rest would be OK.

But I’m also finding this specific template layout isn’t for me. I’ve said before that I get a lot of “push” work but not a lot of chest work.

Anyways, it’s been good for what it is, and I think I can take something from the theory and structure.

Going forward tho… I’ve only got about a week left before starting the cut diet again. I’ll finish out this template for the remaining 2 weeks (after this week), and after that I don’t know. I’m flip-flopping between doing a Basebuilding approach or just going right into a mass building type of program. What hit me is that I’ve been doing a lot of pre-set programs, which has been good because it forces me to try things I may not normally try and thus I learn from it. So it’s all good. But I know that after I finish this cut, I want to stop all the boy recomp and work towards my 3/4/5 goal — and that is likely to be nothing but pre-set programs (I’m strongly considering going back to 5/3/1). So part of me is thinking that I’d like to have some free-form fun — just know that today I’m working X and just do whatever. Yeah there’ll be some structure of course, but I’d like to just fully create my own things. Not sure.. still tossing around the notions. I’ve got a couple weeks yet to figure it out.

  • Seated DB Press
    • 15e x 20
    • 20e x 20
    • 25e x 20
    • 30e x 20
    • 30e x 12
    • 30e x 9
  • Incline Bench
    • 75 x 20
    • 75 x 10
    • 65 x 10
  • DB Lat Raises
    • 10e x 20
    • 10e x 20
    • 10e x 20
    • 10e x 20
    • 10e x 16
  • Pushdowns
    • 40 x 20
    • 40 x 20
    • 40 x 20
    • 40 x 16
    • 40 x 12
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