Friday, December 17, 2010

Heavy day; in the good way

I missed a couple of lifting posts, sorry about that. Its been a little hectic here as the holidays often are, filled with un-fun purchases such as an external hard drive and a washing machine. Hell I may as well buy more work-out shoes at this rate. I'm officially not doing the Starting Strength program at this point; still working on the lifts as outlined in the book but switched up the programming to see what happens after getting stuck at weight much lighter then it should be. Today was 'heavy day', the workout where I start the sets of each exercise with the bar and raise the weight each set until I max out at three reps. Maxed squats out at 85 lbs, overhead rows at 55 lbs (those include a warmup set with the 35lb bar), and hang cleans at 65 lbs but was good for 5 reps for all three sets.Some were uglier then others but wth.

Tough workout, it took alot out of me. There was no easily eaten food at the house so I stopped by the grocery store before going home, and picked up a single serve bag of peanuts. When I couldn't find them before leaving the parking lot I was like, damn! Luckily they were hiding under the paper towels and I made it home.Next workout will be Sunday or Monday for reps as far as squats go, going from all standard bench to some flat, some incline and some dumbbell, then deadlifts which will be a max-out set as last deadlift session I stopped raising the weight at 125.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Last night's workout

Is it possible the solution to the extra-crowded gym is to go later? I hope so. Last night I got there at 6:30, hopped on an elliptical for 30 mins and the place was pretty well cleared out by the time I hit the squat rack. I know people are creatures of habit but it is a tiny bit annoying when they assume I haven't been to the gym just because it wasn't at the same time they happened to be there. Oh well. Light squat day, two sets of 10 with the bar, 2 sets of ten at 55 lbs, one set of eight at 55, in the middle when I lost focus. Bench presses were ugly, failed at 70 lbs and struggled with two sets of three at 65. I may change that to using dumbells. My deadlift was lame too, got the final set of five at 135 in but my back felt bendy. Going back to 115, then 120 etc. It is the day after and I feel good, the only pain is in my wrist when I have weight on it but otherwise okay.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Rough day

It's been a long head-achy day. I couldn't get it together to cook, so had a slice of pizza and a salad. After this settles down I may go for a walk/run, just feel kind of run-down and depressed. This should be my favorite month, I love Christmas and it's cold out but it isn't happening for me so far. I think the relentless recession talk is getting to me. Saturday night I was so bummed I ordered $70 worth of Philosophy stuff from QVC in an effort to be cheered up. Maybe when it gets here it will have the effect. Basically I want good-smelling stuff for showering at the gym, it is not the most pleasant experience in that locker room and needs all the help I can get. Work has been slow and I could use a good brow grooming, professional haircut and pedicure for starters. High maintenence much?