Jun 122012

I got to the gym around 11:15 A.M. today, so it was a bit cooler than Sunday. Still not pleasant. LBS 175 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Soreness went away pretty quickly, or at least didn’t impact my workout. The weight is easy, breathing in the heat is not. Focused on keeping my lower back extended by keeping my abs tight and not going quite as deep as I had been. (Videos from the last few times I squatted prior to my layoff had me going deeper than necessary.) Bench 145 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Worked my way up to a weight I felt I […]

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Jun 102012

Alright, so I have been out of the gym since March 27th (don’t go off the fact that I didn’t post the last few workouts on here). I knew that I might be moving at any point, so I figured I’d take a break until I managed to get settled in. Only I haven’t moved and it’s been long enough that I have to get back. When I take a vacation from physical activity, I really take a vacation: the extent of my activity has been playing golf every couple of weeks or hitting balls at the practice range. When you work out at a badass gym, you have to […]

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Mar 152012

LBS 175 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 These are, if anything, getting easier. Definitely getting an appropriate bounce, and it is noticeably less when I don’t set my lower back properly (as would make sense). Started to shorten my rest between sets in a hope to get my conditioning back to acceptable quicker. It’s still coming back quite rapidly, though, as these were easier than the ones at 155 lbs. Press 95 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Five pound jumps. Ugh. Tire Flips 220 lbs. tire (?) – 2 x 1.5 down and backs. The paint is rubbing off the tire, so I *think* it’s a […]

 Posted by at 3:43 pm
Mar 152012

LBS 165 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Nothing much to report here. Lifted on a squat rack that has fixed safety bars, which were right below proper depth for me, and managed to screw up half of the reps (not getting a proper bounce because I was afraid of hitting the bars). Bench Press 135 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Decided to go ahead and alternate bench and press instead of pressing exclusively. Was playing with my grip on these, and definitely going to stick with a narrow grip. Feels much better on my shoulders. Also working on keeping my back tight, which in the time […]

 Posted by at 3:36 pm
Mar 152012

LBS 155 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Main goal while the weight is light is trying to develop some muscle memory. During deadlifts the previous workout, I realized I wasn’t doing a very good job setting my lower back, but I got a feel for it once I got that worked out. Goal for squats is to make sure I apply that, since I’m starting to think that I was missing some of the basics before. But again…my conditioning…wow. It’ll improve rapidly, but still. Press 90 lbs. – 3×5 – 5, 5, 5 Such a low weight. So painful to do (psychologically). Farmer’s Walks 95 lbs. x 2 […]

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Mar 082012

Oooooooooook I’m back. I was pretty regular about getting to the gym up until the middle of February, when I stopped completely to pound out the last two weeks of studying for the bar. But now that I’m done with that, I can start again. During that time, I ended up switching back to low bar squats, because my knees were giving me trouble. I did those for a day or two before I stopped going to the gym. Starting with them this time, but low. Also doing a massive reset on my press, which was continuing to give me problems. Today was mostly trying to get back into it […]

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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. […]

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