2016-05-02 training log

I’m having fun, and I think I may just stay the course.

So today continues the trend of things just getting better. Progress continues, slow, but progress. I mean, when you hit a couple more reps than last week, that’s progress. I’m quite happy with all of this, and it’s starting to influence my thinking.

First, I think I’m done worrying about fat loss. After almost 2 years of it, I’ve had enough: mentally, physically and even emotionally. I’m under a lot of stress at work, and frankly lifting is a huge source of stress relief and happiness. But of course, it too is a stress on the body — but one I’m happy to have. So I need to take measures to allow it to work, so eating more and getting more sleep are really helping out. Thing is, while the past some months on the cut didn’t really amount to much on the scale, they amounted to a lot in the mirror. I look a lot better PLUS I can look at things like how I need to buy a new — smaller — belt. So sure, the scale showed little progress, but everything else showed progress. Am I totally where I want to be in terms of fat loss? No, but I think I need some serious break before I head down that road again. I want to get my strength back, I want to get my muscle back, I want to have some fun.

And lifting as I have the past some weeks has been tons of fun for me. I just set up what I wanted to do, and I’m doing it. I’m making progress both in size and strength, so gee… life’s good.

My debate has been to follow some more rigid programs, like going back to 5/3/1, but today I started to think that I won’t do that — at least not yet. That what I’m doing right now is making progress: I’m getting bigger, I’m getting stronger, everything’s doing well, so why mess with it? I’m kinda enjoying the hypertrophy focus and seeing it pay off, and again I’m having a lot of fun.

Will I change it up a bit? I’m thinking so. I’m thinking I’ll probably stick with what I’m doing right now for another few weeks, take a deload, then come back with a similar but varied program. For example, instead of incline BB and flat DB pressing, switch to flat BB and incline DB, y’know? Stick with that about 6 weeks or so, then see from there what I’d like to do. That might call for something like a Strong-15 short cycle just to eek out a little strength work. Who knows… again I’m just enjoying things right now and so long as I’m seeing progress, great.

I’m just having a lot of fun, and the thought of adopting a rigid program right now isn’t flying with me: maybe that’s why I’ve been unable to decide what to do. I’m having fun, I’m making progress so why mess with it?

  • Incline BB Press
    • bar x 10
    • 115 x 5
    • 135 x 4
    • 155 x 3
    • 185 x 2
    • 205 x 1
    • 155 x 14
    • 155 x 7
  • DB Bench Press
    • 50e x 10
    • 50e x 10
    • 50e x 10
    • 50e x 10
    • 50e x 9
  • Machine Flies
    • 80 x 12
    • 80 x 12
    • 80 x 12
  • Seated DB Press
    • 40e x 10
    • 40e x 10
    • 40e x 9
    • 40e x 8
  • DB Lat Raises
    • 20e x 12
    • 20e x 10
    • 20e x 10, then a drop set, and partial burns

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