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 […]Read more "Exploring “Deathlifts”"
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 […]Read more "The New and Improved Leg 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 […]Read more "The New and Improved Back 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 […]Read more "The New And Improved Chest Day"
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 […]Read more "Testing Deadlifts"
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 […]Read more "Imagine the Lift, Do the Lift"
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 […]Read more "This Is Heavy, Man!"
I just read (well, yesterday actually) a blog post called Lift Like a Girl at the Raising the Bar blog spot, owned by Ethan Doyon. I’d written something similar a few weeks before he did, and all this reminded me of a short video I saw showing a young women surprising her male gym partners […]Read more "Somewhere a Girl is Warming Up with Your Max Weight"
I survived another leg day and I’d be impressed except for just one thing: hack squats and deadlifts still knock the stuffing out of me. I’ve decided to make 90 seconds rest between sets the standard for my workouts for the foreseeable future, not only to give myself more recovery time, but to see if […]Read more "Surviving Hack Squats and Deadlifts on Leg Day"
Particularly when lifting, I try to find a balance between challenging myself and risking injury. I know that playing it too safe will result in inhibited growth of muscle mass and strength, but going too heavy at least risks poor form if not actually getting hurt. It can be a fine line to walk and […]Read more "Go! Fight! Win! Just Don’t Be Stupid"