Saturday, March 22, 2014


Took my first day off in some time.  I have enjoyed some pretty decent consistency for several weeks, now.  I am coming down with something, my last workout is still making itself known via my low back (it was not 100% at the beginning, and I went with the programmed DLs anyway), and the family was home from a couple of days out of town while I stayed home and worked, so it seemed like a good day to take it easy.

As for the aforementioned last workout, it was pretty good.  I would've liked a few more minutes rest between sets of chins, but as it stood, it was a good night.


DL 2x5@360
Bench 185x10, 10, 12
Chins 8, 8, 4

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Paddy's Day Workout

I wish I had a kilt.  I don't.  So I wore my Boston Celtics shirt in which to workout.  I only had 45 minutes, but I got everything in.  It was a good day.


LBBS 5x5@245
Press 150x5, 5, 6, 6, 6
Rows 3x5@205

The sets of all exercises were all mixed together.  Rows sets 2 and 3 had only a minute of rest between them.  Good for the heart.  Haha!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Good day.  I actually got some time in the gym.  I took my time, rested between sets, even did 5 sets of chins and sat in the hot tub afterward!

DLs felt funky.  My form was all over the place.  I was trying a new approach to the bar, as well as trying to get my breathing down with the belt.  It just felt weird and I was moving all over the place.  Still got all planned reps, which shows how easy it is right now.  I mean, it isn't EASY, but considering how much weight I was doing only two and a half months ago, it is "easy."

Bench was amazing.  I got ten reps on set 5!  It came out of NOWHERE!

Chins were a bit depressing.  With rest and no rush, I still struggled with how many I could do.  I weighed myself after the workout, thinking maybe I am just getting fat, but the scale was bouncing all over the place.  I couldn't be sure, but I think it was saying I am under 230 lbs, which surprised me.

Pain is still persisting in my right shoulder during bench and chins.


DL 2x5@355
Bench 195x5, 5, 6, 6, 10
Chins 6, 6, 6, 5, 5

Friday, March 14, 2014

More Squat 20s

I feel kinda lame.  I keep wussing out on set three of 20 Rep Squats.  Twice now I have hit 12 and think "I could do more, but the pain needs to stop."  After doing 2 sets of 20, I feel justified since I don't want to sabotage the rest of my workout, but when I then hit +1 and +2 reps on my last two sets of Presses and NAIL my three sets of Rows in under 8 minutes, I really should be going for it.  Then IF I bomb from exhaustion, let myself "justify" things.  It was a great workout though, really.  I feel good about it.  But I shouldn't chicken out so easily on set three anymore.

Right shoulder pain not really subsiding.  Can't tell if it is getting worse.


Squat 160x20, 20, 12
Press 145x5, 5, 5, 6, 7
Rows 3x5@200

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I am still really liking the double volume DL scheme I have been running.  Doing 2x5 rather than 1x5 has felt really good.  Of course, I have yet to get close to the weights I was doing the last time I ran a 1x5, so we will see where that lands me, but so far, so good.

I am in the same "liking more volume but not doing enough weight to know for sure" boat with squats, doing 5x5 vs. 3x5.

My left groin area was hurting a bit during and after my workout.  My knees are still in mild to moderate pain most of the time, but not as badly as it was when I took my last "break."

Bench didn't hurt my right shoulder too much, but it still isn't 100%.  Chin-ups did hurt it a bit more at the bottom.  Slight twinge of left elbow pain reminiscent of recent tendinitis issues.

Still not getting enough time in the gym to finish my chins.


DL 2x5@350
Bench 165x10, 10, 12
Chins 5, 5

Sunday, March 9, 2014


With the weather warming a bit, the melting snow created a lake in the parking lot at my work.  There was so much ice that none of the drains were open.  So, I volunteered to help break up and move some (ended up being like 90%) of the ice.

I was feeling it already before I was even ¼ of the way done with the job, but of course, I worked out after work anyway.  My back is screaming at me now, but I'll be alright.

I only had time to do two sets of Rows before the gym closed, but everything else was great.


LBBS 240x5, 5, 5, 6; 245x6
Press 142.5x5, 5 ,6 ,6 ,6
Rows 200x5, 5

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Through the Pain

Benched through some shoulder pain.  I actually had a really good bench day, pain notwithstanding.  I think the pain might be stemming from the 20 rep sets, so I am going to switch 20 rep bench days to 10 rep bench days with more pause and less Touch 'n' Go.

DLs felt great.

Chins still suck.  I need to find a different plan with those.  I didn't have time to try my "Sets of Five until I can't do Five anymore.  When I can do at least 4 sets at n, move to n+1 next time."  I need to come up with a better name.  Haha!


DL 2x5@345
Bench 190x5, 5, 5, 6, 8
Chins 8, 8, 7

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Repeated the same weight as the last 20 rep squats and had improvement.  I could have done more on set three, but I was gassed (no time, pushing limits of minimum rest between sets) and wanted to keep a little in the tank for Press and Rows.

Got 7 on fifth set on Press and got all my rows even though I wanted to pass out.  Good day.


LBBS 155x20,20,12
Press 140x5,5,5,5,7
Rows 3x5@195

Sunday, March 2, 2014

In Like a Lion

Let's hope March sees me come in like a lion and out like a bear--or something.  Today's workout was pretty good.  Bench 20s are still wicked easy.  DL was pretty easy too.  It feels like my belt is getting broken in, because I know I am not losing weight.  HA!

I got called in to work so it was another short workout.  I only had time for two sets of chins between other sets.  I am going to try something new I came up with:  Sets of 5 until I can only do 4.  Once I can do at least 5x5 with chins, then I go to sets of 6.  Etc.  This, of course, assumes I have time.


Bench 140x20,20,21
DL 2x5@340
Chins 9,7