Exploring “Deathlifts”

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you know I’ve been exploring deadlifts among other strength training barbell exercises. Since I didn’t do cardio yesterday (Leg Day), I was wondering just how many calories I might have burned off with resistance training alone? It’s amazingly difficult to find this answer. MyFitnessPal.com only counts cardio as […]

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The New and Improved Leg Day

Today’s “Leg Day” was fantastic…and intense. It was also somewhat driven by the activities of everyone else in the free weight room, since I had to make adjustments based on who was occupying a particular machine at any given moment. You wouldn’t think the place would be so crowded between 5 and 6 a.m. on […]

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The New and Improved Back Day

I’m continuing to be successful with my initial change in how I incorporate my barbell work into my overall weight training routine. I guess I should say weight training and strength training, since I’m using 5x5s (5 sets of 5 reps each) for my barbell lifts. I actually changed the order of my workout on […]

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The New And Improved Chest Day

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m transitioning all of my barbell work from fewer sets and more reps to strength training mode, which requires higher weight, less reps, and more sets. Specifically, I’m adopting a 5×5 routine or 5 reps for 5 sets. Today is my chest day and the first formal day of my change […]

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Testing Deadlifts

As you probably know from my recent blog posts on surviving leg day, how some girl is warming up with your max weight, man this is heavy, and imagine the lift then do the lift, I’ve been strongly considering (and perhaps obsessing over) treating my barbell workouts differently than the rest of my weight training […]

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Imagine the Lift, Do the Lift

In preparing for the changes in this coming week’s weight training, I’ve been using a lot of imagination. Well, let me start at the beginning. Since my plan for next week is to take my barbell workouts (hack squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and barbell rows) and switch them out from my usual 3 sets of […]

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This Is Heavy, Man!

Ever since writing about hack squats, deadlifts, and how they leave me feeling exhausted and my subsequent investigation of alternate lifting methods including the 5×5 routine, I’ve been reading more about strength training vs. bodybuilding. In order to lift for large, oxygen hungry muscle groups such as quads, hams, and glutes, I’m going to try […]

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