2016-06-10 training log

Apparently the hardest thing to do in the gym is WIPING DOWN THE EQUIPMENT WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH IT! Seems some Thursday evening regular has rather (over-)active sebaceous glands, because I always find his/her head-funk on the benches, and today I found his/her leg-funk on the lat-pulldown seat. How fucking difficult is it to wipe down the equipment when you’re done with it?!?!

Apart from that grossness tho…

Today was alright. Yesterday I was doing a lot of pistol and rifle shooting. I had on a long-sleeved Under Armour shirt and had pulled the sleeves up, with the cuff being just above my elbow. After some time I was feeling great discomfort and a weird sort of “weakness” in my arms (I’m sure restricted blood flow). Pulled the sleeves down and things were eventually better. As well, the bottom point of the AR’s buttstock hits my pec just right and really pokes into the muscle and tenderizes it good. So today’s benching was affected. My arms felt that same strangeness, and my pec hurt a bit. I don’t think it was a major problem — I still hit my weights and reps, even having increased things by 10# across the board. So all was generally good, but I just didn’t feel so great.

But weights are better dialed in in terms of getting the proper reps out. Inclines went well. Rows went well. And I have to say — those neutral-close-grip pulldowns on the V-bar… man, really let the arms up and shoulders go forward, then pull “from the elbows” and really sweep the upper arm back until it’s at least parallel with your torso… man… that really works my lats like nothing else I’ve felt. Crazy.

And by the end of the session, my arms felt MUCH better.

This all said, I’m thinking about making some changes. I’ll explain when it’s time.

Music today was a bunch of “80’s metal”, a playlist from Apple Music. Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Skid Row, Dio, Metallica, Ozzy, Megadeth, W.A.S.P., Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Motörhead, Quiet Riot, Suicial Tendencies, etc.

Based on Paul Carter’s “Guaranteed Muscle Mass” article.

  • Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 145 x 5
    • 165 x 4
    • 195 x 3
    • 215 x 2
    • 235 x 1
    • 195 x 11 (AMRAP)
    • 195 x 6 (50%)
  • Incline Press (350 Method)
    • 95 x 24
    • 95 x 14
    • 95 x 11
  • BB Row
    • 155 x 8
    • 155 x 8
    • 115 x 12
    • 115 x 12
  • Wide, Pronated-Grip Pulldown (350 Method)
    • 85 x 20
    • 85 x 14
    • 85 x 12
  • BB Curl (350 Method)
    • 40 x 28
    • 40 x 15
    • 40 x 13