blake

Jan 132012
 

HBS 165 (+10) – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 This was probably ill-advised because my tendon was upset because of the temp change, but it seems to have gone okay, and I have a two day break coming up. Will resume five pound jumps from here on out. Press 135 (+0) – 3×5 – 5, 5, 3 It’s coming back, but slowly. Deadlifts 135×3, 185×3, 225×3, 275×3, 305×3 When I press with my oly shoes on, my knee sometimes gets aggravated a little (causing the leg to unlock). But it hasn’t yet, and I thought it might be related to my new Rehband knee sleeves (one size smaller than my other […]

 Posted by at 9:51 pm
Jan 132012
 

HBS 155 (+0) – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Was surprised I wasn’t sore at all, until I was done with these. Press 135 (+0) – 3×5 – 5, 4, 0 Definitely should have started lower, but it should come back pretty okay. I don’t know if it has to do with how I’ve been studying (posture and what not), but my traps have been killing me enough to have a small impact on these. So I’ll have to break out the lacrosse ball.

 Posted by at 9:44 pm
Jan 132012
 

Took nearly a three week break for the holidays so that I could get moved and get settled in for the next two months of studying. No idea what my weight is right now. I’ve done a pretty good job of not gorging myself (but I have been eating like shit). Fairly certain I’m about the same weight I was before Christmas, but not sure…and it doesn’t really matter. Got a free seven day pass to a nearby 24 Hour Fitness. Was not nearly as bad as I had expected…but they only have one squat rack that is suitable for full squats (the other has fixed safety bars that are […]

 Posted by at 9:40 pm
Dec 232011
 

198 again, but it’s okay, because the next day I weighed in at 196. And I’ve been eating carbs, so doesn’t bother me. I’m pretty much done with the diet for a few weeks. Couldn’t keep it together this week, for reasons like finishing my paper and packing and moving (all in a four or five day span). I wasn’t going to go at all (little sleep, and spent the rest of the time finishing my paper, so I was unmotivated) but then my girlfriend told me she was going, so I figured I’d go. But I was told that at 8:05 PM, and the gym closed at 9 PM. […]

 Posted by at 1:05 am
Dec 182011
 

Weight was 198 this morning. It’s been a rough few days, diet-wise, which included eating a large box of homemade cookies, and a full day of cheating yesterday. If I’m good this week, I expect that to spur the fat loss. But this week may be really, really difficult to diet during, so we’ll see. I’ve made enough progress that I don’t mind quitting a few days early and doing another three or four week run at it after the holidays. HBS 155 (-10) – 5, 5, 5 Knee has been acting up. Not sure if it’s the diet not facilitating recovery, the cold weather, the snatches, or a combination […]

 Posted by at 9:36 pm
Dec 152011
 

Weighed in at 196 or so this morning. Scale BF measurement said 17%. Still trying to figure out water weight fluctuations. HBS 165 (+5) – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Went ahead and switched the order with OHP so these take precedence. Hopefully they’ll spur some more fat loss. Overhead Press 145 – 1×5 – 5 Going to see if I can get some progress out of single sets of fives. Chins BW – 10, 8, 8 I probably could have gotten more on the first set, but the bar (squat rack) was in the way and my grip was screwy. Power Snatches 95 x 5, 105 x 4, 115 […]

 Posted by at 8:56 pm
Dec 132011
 

Weight was 196. Pants are starting to not fit, which kinda sucks. I think I have some sub-abdominal fat (I can’t remember what the specific name is) that is going away. Definite progress though. Overhead Press 115 – 1×5 – 5 Light day so I can make sure I’m fully recovered for Thursday (due to the fact that I was regressing on Sunday). HBS 160 (+5) – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Forgot my knee sleeves, and my knee seemed a little angry, so I only bumped it up five pounds this time. Dips Bodyweight – 10, 8, 5 Small improvement, but not expecting a whole lot out of these.

 Posted by at 8:51 pm
Dec 112011
 

Weight was 197.5 or thereabouts. Had a burger and onion rings and some fries and a malt and Big Red (made with cane sugar) last night for my cheat meal. I hate normal sodas, but the Big Red was absolutely amazing. May have another cheat meal tonight. I’m out of food at home and have a final tomorrow at 9 AM. Overhead Press 145 (+0) – 3×5 – 4, 5, 3 I missed the rep on the first set because the bar was resting on a nerve in my palm. I almost never have a problem like this on press, but almost always on dips. I kept trying to reposition […]

 Posted by at 10:40 pm
Dec 112011
 

No, really…think again. I think I got interested in buying my own place pretty soon after I graduated from college, in 2006. It wasn’t something I wanted to rush into; I was definitely going to spend money to satisfy some of the desires I had while I was in college, like buying a new car. But at the same time, it was in my mind, and I would frequently look to see what was available, while also building up money for a down payment. Then the market crashed. Perfect for me, so I started looking for a place in hopes I could get something fairly cheap. I ended up buying […]

Dec 082011
 

Still weighed in at 199 lbs. today. I’m not particularly concerned because I am still noticing differences in appearance (minor, but anything that’s actually visible isn’t insubstantial, as long as it’s not all in your head…which it might be). There could be a couple of reasons, the most obvious being water retention, either because I’m not drinking enough (very possible, I was going through a Monster Zero obsessed phase), or related to increasing my squat weight and more dips. As I said, it’s not a concern, and won’t be unless I’m still sitting at the same weight with no visible changes early next week. I may drop the carb up […]

 Posted by at 9:24 pm