2017-11-30 training log

Upper body day 2 of this initial week of everything. Still at “3/fail”, so it’s still not very intensive; it’s still about acclimation.

I have to admit tho, I’m feeling a little more work (from the past 2 sessions) than I expected. Different movements, different ordering, different technique (e.g. pausing/squeezing at the peak of every rep), plus I’m probably not doing the best judgement of “3/fail” (maybe at times being more “2/fail”). It’s good! And here things are different too — starting with lat pulldowns, and then doing 2 variations. That’s something I’d likely never program on my own, but it sure puts an emphasis on the lats.

I will also say it’s been great to try different technique. For example, with pulldowns at my old gym I had to lean backwards some to deal with the range of motion on the machine. In the new gym, I can keep my torso truly upright — which is the way RP wants you to execute the pulldowns: torso upright, back arched, chest up, so the bar pulls down and touches the top of the chest. That makes a HUGE difference in the execution and the feel of the movement, and then the level of engagement of the lats is so much more. I love it.

That said tho, the Row to Chest was a little awkward for me. It’s rowing to “the nipple-line” instead of a normal BB row into the belly button. So I started with a wider grip, but that felt awkward. I then did a more normal row grip, but that too felt weird. I’m going to have to review the technique video again.

What’s going to start now with the template is the rating of the workout. The template is designed with a feedback system to help adjust workload to help maximize growth potential, walking the line of maximium growth vs. overtraining. I’m looking forward to seeing how this aspect of the templates works out.

So even tho it’s only been the first week (and it’s not even completed), I’m having positive first impressions of these Renaissance Periodization Physique templates. But really, I expected good things because of my past positive experiences with RP and their overall commitment to excellence.

Speaking of that…

The weight loss seems to be tracking well so far. It’s only the first week, only on the Base template, and I’m 99.9% sure this initial drop in weight is purely things like glycogen stores and not tissue. But so long as the weight is going down that’s good — indication of a caloric deficit. I can say I’m feeling a little better, not as “full”, so a fair indication at this point.

The meal-prep stuff has been working out well too. I’m still experimenting to find an approach that will work long-term, but right now just making a bunch of meat and carb-source at once, then each evening assembling the next day’s meals, it’s working ok.

Many weeks ahead, but so far, so good.

RP Physique, Mesocycle 1, Week 1

  • Wide-Grip Pulldown
    • 80 x 10
    • 100 x 5
    • 120 x 15
    • 120 x 12
    • 120 x 10
  • Underhand Pulldown
    • 100 x 10
    • 100 x 12
    • 100 x 12
  • Row To Chest
    • 115 x 10
    • 115 x 8
  • Barbell Upright Row
    • 70 x 13
    • 70 x 13
    • 70 x 11
  • Close-Grip Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 155 x 5
    • 175 x 12
    • 175 x 10
    • 175 x 7
  • Incline Dumbbell Press
    • 55e x 15
    • 55e x 12
    • 55e x 11
  • Reaching Sit-up
    • BW x 15
    • BW x 12