2017-09-26 training log

It’s so interesting to manipulate carbs and how they affect performance.

I’ve been trying to keep my caloric balance in check, and of the three macros that ultimately comes down to carb manipulation. Ideally, given I work out in the early morning, I’d have lots of carbs around the session then taper off throughout the day, maybe even having no carbs by evening. For numerous reasons that’s not working well for me, so what I’m trying is having carbs around the workout session, avoiding carbs during the day, then allowing myself carbs in the evening. So far it’s been working well. I can feel when I do skip the mid-day carbs I end up feeling less bloated, etc.; when I do have them, I feel more bloated, I can see it in the mirror and on the scale. So it’s interesting.

And so since I didn’t have much for carbs yesterday, I felt it today. It wasn’t bad, but for sure I wasn’t gassed up. That top set went up slow, not horribly slow, but slower than last week – when I wanted this week to be faster. So I may do a little more carb-up on Monday, then allow the rest of the week to taper off.

But still, progress is being made, so I cannot complain.

And dude — proper stiff-legs like that just kick you hard.

I opted to close out with bodyweight squats over split squats or lunges. I wanted to spend some time reinforcing the movement groove: spreading knees, pushing hips back, driving out with hips, chest up/out, and depth by feel not by looking in the mirror. I may stick with this for a while to continue breaking the novelty of visual cues and get back to kinesthetics.

  • Squat
    • bar x 10
    • 135 x 5
    • 165 x 4
    • 195 x 3
    • 245 x 2
    • 275 x 1
    • 305 x 1
    • 325 x 1
    • 300 x 3
    • 255 x 11 (AMRAP)
  • 1″ Deficit Stiff-Leg Deadlift
    • 265 x 8
    • 265 x 8
    • 265 x 8
  • Bodyweight Squats
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 20
    • BW x 10