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!

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Bro, do you even lift?

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One thought on “Bro, do you even lift?

  • September 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I loved when I was able to go to the gym at 9-10 in the morning. Never anyone there so I could use whatever equipment I wanted. Now I’ve got a small garage gym so I don’t run into that issue. Regarding your OHP maybe add in some more accessory work? Dumbbell presses or push presses at the end of each workout. Just throwing out some ideas to try and get that moving forward for you again. Congrats on getting the squat up to 195. I’m only at 170 because I’ve taken way too many breaks due to vacation/work/sick daughter, but I’m moving back in the right direction there.


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