As many of you know, I’m working Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 strength training program. After having a terrific 2016, something in my body crashed and burned and try as I might, I couldn’t get myself back into the gym regularly until October 2017 and by then, I’d lost almost all of my strength and stamina gains. […]Read more "Lessons Learned: Intensity vs. Volume"
Ouch. Ouchie ouch ouch. I started something different for this 5/3/1 training cycle (entering my fourth after bailing from the gym for the better part of a year). Yesterday, for the three working sets, I did what I always do. After that, I usually push myself into increasingly heavy joker sets until I can’t lift anything […]Read more "No Jokers!"
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I used to blog after every lifting workout, but since I’ve had to start over again and my numbers are pretty pathetic, I figured I’d skip a few weeks here and there. I have been lifting though, Sundays and Thursdays like clockwork and it’s working. Cardio’s getting better […]Read more "Christmas Eve and Killing It"
Figured I should check in since I wrote my Back in the Saddle Again blog post way back on the 12th. The good news is that I’m in the middle of my third week (5/3/1 week) in my first cycle in my 5/3/1 program for the older guy. Yes, I’m getting stronger week over week, […]Read more "Progress Report and a Question About Protein Powder Shakes"
I feel like crap. I’ve actually been doing better lately. It seems since the first of the year, every time I tried to get back in the groove and work out regularly, the balloon would burst and I’d quit again. Two things changed all that. The first is I have a friend who suffers from […]Read more "Back In The Saddle Again – Sort Of"
My life has been kind of like a country and western song for the past few months. I was laid off my job in April, a few weeks later, my Dad died suddenly, getting medical insurance through the local “Obamacare” exchange as been a nightmare, and I have absolutely no benefits at my current temp/contract […]Read more "Re-Entry to Gym"
It’s been barely two months since I was last in the gym. I thought it was longer. It certainly felt longer when I lifted this morning. Of course, it was four weeks earlier when I managed to get into the gym before that, and then four weeks before that when I was in the gym, […]Read more "Surprise! I’m Back!"
No exercise stats. No working out. Two weeks ago when the grandkids came over for their week-long stay, they both had colds. That was on a Saturday. Thought I’d dodged a bullet, but by the following Wednesday, I was coughing, sneezing, and blowing my nose every ten seconds. It’s been a while, and most of […]Read more "Coming Out of Hibernation Cancelled on Account of Cold"
Today was even more disappointing than Sunday. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it to the gym today. On Monday night, my grandson threw up in the middle of the night which really messed up my sleep schedule. All day yesterday, I was a mental zombie. I could barely keep it together, even […]Read more "Coming Out Of Hibernation: Bench Press and Deadlifts"
Well that went worse than I thought…getting back to lifting I mean. About four weeks ago, I tried to get back into lifting after a three-week absence. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either. The two things I noticed the most were I couldn’t lift anywhere near as heavy as I used to, and […]Read more "Coming Out Of Hibernation: Back Squat and Overhead Press"