A so-so workout today.
music selection: “Through The Eyes Of The King” — Jon Oliva’s Pain
waist-line: 37.5 inches
I have to say I’m satisfied with progress to date. I did 195 on the squat today (roughly my body weight). Squats have been “too light” following the 5×5 program until recently. Yesterday, I had just enough tenderness in my quads to be noticeable. I feel some continuous mild soreness in chest and shoulders from the workouts too. And I’m definitely adding weight on all lifts.
Most important to me is that even though I have lost some discipline with the “fork lift” and am over-eating a little, my waistline is steady to slightly down. I can live with slow progress if it means I can actually eat like a normal human again.
That said, 55 pounds on overhead press is very doable. Today, 60 was just impossible. By the fifth set I was only lifting the bar twice. Still my hardest lift. I am making much better progress with form on the deadlift. Definitely the lift that gets me the most winded even though I’m only pulling on 100 pounds. I start with just the bar and focus on form, getting down very low with my squat. That takes the strain off my lower back. I add ten pounds per side at a time until I’m at target weight, and then I put on my belt for the final five. Form is much better with the belt but I know it is a crutch and I have to strengthen the muscles that are underperforming. Thus, no belt on warmup sets.
I am having lunch with dad shortly. A nice perk of the early retirement lifestyle is I can hit the gym at 9 AM when it is close to empty and take long lunches with family. Highly recommended!
Devour your prey raptors!