2016-04-14 training log

8… 8… 8 pullups… ah ah ah ah ah ah! (Yes, I learned to count with The Count on Sesame Street).

Seriously, I find that to be perhaps a cooler achievement than when I first deadlifted 405# or squatted 315# or whatever. Never done 8 strict pull-ups in my life, and damnit if it’s not an awesome thing to do. 🙂 Looking forward to 10, then doing 10’s across the sets. The first time it becomes worthwhile to add weight (probably once I can do like 5×10 or 20 in a row or something), that’ll be a cool milestone too.

Anyways, overall today was just a good session. I am liking back work more and more because I am finding a good groove with it that actually seems productive, not just moving weights through the air in a manner that is typically considered “back exercises”. And everything across the board continues to go up, so what’s not to like?

That all said, I have been talking with Nick @ RP about my weight progress. I started this cut around 210 with a goal of 190 after about 12-16 weeks — very doable given past performance. But for the past some weeks I’ve been hovering in the 202-206 range depending on the day. My weight just is not going down. Thing is, I look in the mirror and I can tell my body is transforming. It’s frustrating on the one hand to not see the scale move, but on the other, I have to remember that the scale is but one metric — the mirror is another, and likely the more important one. That my body continues to transform (and even the Mrs. has noticed, so it’s not just me), that my strength is actually going up instead of the typical decline around this time of a cut cycle… well, I gotta just put my faith into things and press on.

That said, I realize I’m only a few more weeks left in this (Memorial Day weekend and I stop the cut, period). So I am picking back up on my “ok, what next?” thinking. I started to fall back to 5/3/1 and probably the Simplest Strength Template (or thereabouts) because gee if 5/3/1 doesn’t get results. But recently I started to rethink, and I wonder if I I might stick with Paul Carter’s programming philosophies. I’ve been following them for a while and they do seem to jive with me, but the problem has been that I can’t fully tell because I’ve been mostly following them while I’ve been doing all this weight-loss. I’ve long said I wanted to give them a more fair shake, and perhaps I should do that instead. As well, when I have done his stuff on a non-cut, I found I made similar progress to 5/3/1 and didn’t feel as beat-up.

So… I don’t know. 🙂

Just rethinking. Have a few weeks to make a decision.

  • Pull-ups
    • bw x 8 (PR)
    • bw x 4
    • bw x 3
    • bw x 3
    • bw x 2
  • T-Bar Row
    • 105 x 8
    • 105 x 8
    • 105 x 8
    • 105 x 6
  • Curl-grip Lat Pulldown
    • 90 x 15
    • 100 x 15
    • 110 x 15
  • Cable Row
    • 90 x 15
    • 100 x 13
    • 100 x 12, then drop set
  • BB Shrugs
    • 275 x 5
    • 275 x 8
    • 185 x 23
    • 185 x 18
    • 185 x 13

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