Or maybe I'm flirting with the flu this year, the radio box does say it's a bad 'un down here.
After two days total in the gym last week I drug myself in today.
Front Squat: 265x1
Inverted Rows: 3 of 8
I finally joined the rest of the lifting world (it seems) and did the Agile 8 for a warm up. It felt really good; I could tell I needed that. The front squatting seemed easy-ish but took more out of my bench than expected. I was glad rows were the last thing on my list.
Now, to eat some of that stew that's been cooking all day and crawl into bed. :)
Incline Bench: 225x1
Pull Ups: 3 of 5
Squat felt heavier than it should. I know I 'said' I wasn't going to do incline but 1) I'm a dirty liar, and 2) I figure some variation in stimulation might lead to acceleration of musculation. *nod*
The fact that I got a pretty easy 225 on incline leads me to believe I'm not putting my heart and soul into my flat bench. *strokes beard, ponders*
Today's squat felt a little easier than yesterday's at 30# heavier. :) I went up more slowly on bench to get more practice on setup/execution in, which felt 'right'. The 255 was smooth and easy(ish). There was a kid in there also squatting to parallel and doing rack pulls after his squats.
*Holy crap. Did these with towels for grips- huge difference and a good time.
Time completely slipped away from me and I realized I had 20 minutes until the gym closed. So I did what amounted to 2 very long sets with a few big breaths in between. *laugh* The bench wasn't easy but considering the rush it wasn't as hard as I expected it to be (it also helps doing it first!). I'd have liked to get another set of squat in at a higher weight, BUT they had already kept the place open a minute or three extra for me so I split. I made sure to sprint up the stairs to make up for it(?) when I got home.
And now, food! :D
Front Squat/Incline/Deads tomorrow, a long luxurious afternoon of it. *grin*
Sickness was pretty intense, and dogged; that took a bit to get through. Helped a friend build an addition to his house, good times but no gyming that week. Slipped (on a grape!) and tried to catch myself on the way down, wound up hurting both my knee and my shoulder instead.
Things that have not happened:
Goddamn 405 squat. :| Any lifting for a good minute.
Things that are happening:
My foot seems to be almost entirely -itis free, my knee and shoulder are feeling good, and my hip (that had been arguing with my foot for incorrect usage) is shutting up. I've gotten a transfer to a different facility closer to home, and will be working the week instead of the weekends (I'm not entirely sure I'll know how to deal with having weekends off for the first time in over ten years).
Things about to happen:
I'm going to lift for aesthetics for a bit. I know I came close to my strength goals last year, I've learned a few things and overcome a few setbacks since then, and am changing gears for a bit. The relatively lighter work will put less stress on recent angry joints and it'll be good to change my shape a bit (more than I was with the strength work). Oddly, I'm looking forward to the next few months. Not oddly, I'm REALLY looking forward to being back in the gym. I don't know how people don't go crazy without lifting.
Warm up stuffs (modified agile 8). After spending all day in a chair getting "orientated" to my new job (that's not really new, but at a new facility *shrug*) this felt fantastic.
Incline DB Press: 12, 12, 10, 10
Flat DB Press: 10, 8, 10
Decline Fly: 3 of 10
Standing Calf Raise (on old-school machine): 3 of 10
Weights not listed because 1) They're pathetic (hellooooo layoff!), 2) They're not important at this point. It felt awesome to be lifting anything.
The guy who had trained that pro football player to be both greatly leaner, hugely stronger, and noticeably faster in 3 short months was in there tonight telling another pair of guys how awesome he is. He looked the same as when I saw him several months ago, not that I care or it matters. Amusing for sure though. *nod*
Pulldowns: 4-5 of 10-12
Meadows Rows: 3 of 8, these things are excellent
Seated Cable Row: 3 of 10
Hyperextensions: 3 of 10
Meadows Rows are good stuff, I liked. The pulldown bar was wide in grip but neutral in handle; big fan of that (unexpected) treat. It's laughable how sore a few sets of ab work made me. I'll be doing some pulling on my back days after a week or two (or maybe next week, who knows?).
There was a pretty old fella in there doing military with intensity, very cool to see. He also had the 'fuck off' face down pretty well. *grin*