I grabbed a soda 5 minutes ago and noticed that it's the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Mountain Dew. It is the most unnatural shade of green, like antifreeze, yet tastes like there's a hint of fruit punch. If I actually drink this, I'm not gonna be coming down for breakfast tomorrow, right?
What is your single favorite beverage? Be as specific as you'd like.
So I found my 1RM on the dead lift today. I was surprised, actually. 265lbs, which as of today (went to the gym weighing 179) puts me just a hair under 1.5x BW for a lift. Not bad I suppose for a first attempt, but I'm disappointed that my hands of all things were the failure point. I barely had enough time to get it to lock-out and get the bar down before it was slipping from my grip. ::sigh::
Anyway, since I haven't posted it in a while, here's today's workout
After this I'd already been there for over an hour, and since we had a full day, I called it quits. So... mixed it up, kinda good things and things to work on next time (grip). I can also tell that my back's gonna be a little tight tomorrow. Hopefully I can continue to see this decent progress. 315, here I come!
Well I learned what a 5-week layoff from the gym does. It turns your muscles into useless pieces of junk. Before the wedding I had a DL of 225x5x5, a squat around 185x5x5 and a bench somewhere around 145x5x5
Last week on Monday I did a push routine with squats, bench, OHP and a woodchop twist.
I figured that I'd be stiff afterwards, so I thought that I was taking it easy. WRONG. My quads were screaming in pain for the next 5 days, and my triceps took until Sunday to finally relax enough to say "Ok, I don't feel like I have rocks inside the muscle tissue anymore."
Today, a full week later, I finally got to my pull routine. Keeping it extremely simple and light, I only performed a couple exercises.
Deadlift: (warmup, 135x10) 185x10x3
Lat. Pulldown: 105x10x3 Neutral pullup (ass't, 40lbs): 10x1
After the pullup I was actually feeling kind of sick, so I called it a day and went home.
I had my plantar warts frozen after that this morning, so I won't be back until Friday. Ow.
So much for getting back down to 165# BW again before the wedding. With 45 days to go and being unwilling to do something drastic like PSMF, I'm still in the 173-175# range, and I'm not really able to get a consistent drop like last time. It could be that I'm just not moving around enough, and I'm eating too close to maintenance. The booze isn't helping I'm sure. I also haven't hit the weights in over a week, so that isn't helping. Hopefully I can go tomorrow morning.
My modified goal is to at least be in the 170# range before Oct 1st hits. That would get me into the high teens for BF%, which I can live with. 165 would've been better though.
Did some medium squats today after taking Monday off (still sore from chopping wood on Saturday. Good workout, destroyed hands). I got to the gym with a slightly upset stomach (maybe the coffee flavored whey? Not sure) but I ventured forth. Got up to a medium weight of squats, 185lbs I think, and afterward my right knee felt... off. Not sure exactly, maybe a tightness. I didn't go any heavier and started on my bench press, but only got through my second set before I had to hit the can. Lot o' gas, not fun. After that it was so humid in the locker room that I just felt like crap, so I left. Maybe I'll get back and finish things up in the PM.
If my knee doesn't auto-resolve itself or have any improvement in that tightness by tomorrow, I'm calling my doc. The last thing I need is to have my knee blow out with more than my own body weight on my shoulders.
I had more urgency yesterday than I've had in a while. I need to watch everything that I eat and make sure that I can rule out lactose as the reason. Hopefully this isn't another flare...
So last week I had a major failure. Tired of waiting for Bobby to hit the gym and show me how to properly do a dead lift, I decided to do it on my own. Mistake! I was originally using the lever to mimic a dead lift, and although my arms were aimed differently, I thought it was a good representation of a dead lift. Wrong. Previously, I had a level dead lift of 280#, so thinking that I would start "easy", I loaded the bar to 225# and gave it a heave. No warmup, no stretching, nothing.
Other than realizing I was way over my head, I managed to lock my whole back up for an entire week. I haven't had DOMS like that since the first time I tried doing lever deads for the first time, back in March. Damn.
Well I tried again, a smarter man than I was last week. After copious amounts of stretching, I started with an easy 95# just to warm up (it was almost TOO light since I could lift it off the ground, good form or bad, without effort. Moved up to 115# then settled for the day with 4 sets of 5 reps at 135#. I just have to look at it as starting over, and working my back up from scratch.
My bench press sucked today. I had a weird click in my elbow that felt like it wasn't locking right, or it would pop outta joint or something. So after only 2 sets at 65#, I gave up. I did manage 2 sets of 4 pullups, and 2 more sets of 3 pullups. Meh, not great but it was something.
Tomorrow I may try squatting for the first time. That has me more worried than deads. Erg... we'll see. I still have overhead presses I could do, or lunges. I could even pound out some push ups when I get home to finish the chest/tri part that I couldn't this morning on the bench.
Well, I've been hitting the gym almost non-stop since last December. I figured that I'd jot down a few things that are good and not so good while I'm waiting for the bathroom to free up.
--My bodyweight dropped to approximately 165 lbs as of April, before I got hit with a bad colitis flare that kept me out of the gym (and almost out of work) for 4 weeks. During the flare, I dropped to just shy of 161, but that probably had something to do with an empty colon. --I began using the lever deadlift machine, and as of today, was able to top out with 5 reps of 270# (4th set) and 3 reps of 280# (5th set) before running out of gas. --My DB bench press is now using 65 pounders, which is up from maxing out with 5x5x120lbs. --My weight is back up to 168# as of this morning. I'll continue to eat at this surplus until about 10 weeks before the wedding, then I'll trim back again. If I hit a desired weight/look too soon, I'll just eat at maintenance.
It's a big difference what eating at a surplus makes. Although I never felt exhausted/hurt before, when all my lifts stalled out and started regressing a bit, that was a little discouraging. Having the flare also sucked.
That's it for now. Gotta get ready for work. ROAR!
Calories are high, but I spent 5 hours doing demolition in a friend's bathroom, taking it down to the studs. Feed the machine, they say...
1/18: (Sunday) - no record, but snowed this day. Shoveled, that was enough (1 1/2 hours).
1/19 (Monday): 1750 calories, 62g fat, 75.5g protein, 223g carbs, 20g fiber. About an hour doing a circuit of nautilus. This included 5 rep bench press, 5 rep leg press, 5 rep overhead press, 8 rep single arm rows (dumbbell)
100lb, 105lb, 110lb, 110lb, 110lb - BP 260lb, 280lb, 300lb, 300lb, 300lb - LP 60lb, 65lb, 65lb, 70lb, 70lb - OP 50lb, 50lb, 50lb, 50lb - SAR