Starting Round 2, Week 2 Exhausted

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I’m exhausted. I barely got any sleep last night. I couldn’t get my brain to turn off. I must have slept some because I can remember one of my dreams (I could fly, it was kind of cool).

Morning came all too early, but on the other hand, I wasn’t getting much rest anyway, so getting up didn’t make much difference.

One banana, one cup of coffee, and one glass of water later, I was awake and ready for the squat rack. No matter how little sleep I get, I’m always amazed that I can be energetic enough for my workouts. I end up feeling lousy later in the day, but that one hour at the gym focuses all of my resources.

This is week 2, so the weights go up and the reps go down to 8 per set. Rested roughly 2 to 2 1/2 minutes between sets for most exercises.

Round 2, Week 2, Workout A, 4×8

Barbell Back Squat in Squat Rack

8x 135lbs/61.23kg
8x 160lbs/72.57kg
8x 180lbs/81.64kg
8x 180lbs/81.64kg

Barbell Bench Press

8x 115lbs/52.16kg
8x 135lbs/61.23kg
8x 145lbs/65.77kg
8x 145lbs/65.77kg
7x 150lbs/68.03kg (Bonus)

Barbell Bent Over Rows

8x 115lbs/52.16kg
8x 135lbs/61.23kg
8x 145lbs/65.77kg
8x 145lbs/65.77kg

Cable Triceps Extension w/Rope

8x 55lbs/24.94kg
8x 65lbs/29.48kg
8x 80lbs/36.28kg
8x 80lbs/36.28kg

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Pull ups 3×5 (Bodyweight)


Zercher Squats in Squat Rack (Bonus)

6x 155lbs/70.3kg
6x 155lbs/70.3kg

Body Weight Upon Awakening:

193.6 lbs/ ~87.81 kg/ ~13.82 stone

Height (for reference):

6′ 2 3/4″ or 74.75 inches/1.89865 meters or 189.865 cm

Everything went according to plan with a few tweaks. I didn’t add anything to the planned back squats but I decided to do a bonus set of bench presses at a slightly increased weight. There was a guy on the bench next to me doing set after set of presses at more weight than I can move for that many reps and maybe I felt I needed to do just a little bit extra.

That didn’t transfer over to the bent over rows, however.

The weights were set about right, challenging but not overwhelming. However, my pull ups once again lagged. I felt pretty good during the first set but barely made 5 reps for the second, which told me the third was going to be suboptimal.

I had time left and even though I was dripping sweat and huffing and puffing like that wolf in the story about those three little porkers, I decided to toss in a couple of sets of zercher squats just because.

Same weight as last week but one extra rep per set.

All this weekend, I’ve been disappointed with my waking bodyweight. For some reason, my weight is creeping back up and I don’t know why. I might be overeating and building some fat back up, or maybe it’s a combination of increased fat and muscle.

Now that I’m back to my normal weekly routine, I’ll see if I can shed a pound or two.

My brain has fogged up again thanks to my sleep deficit, so I can tell it’s going to be a “fun” day. In other words, I hope I can survive today long enough to make it to bedtime, then pray I can actually sleep tonight.

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All of the fires here in the northwest have put a ton of smoke in the air. It must be worse than in past years, because I’ve started waking up every morning with a sore throat. The smoke doesn’t usually affect me this way. At least I workout in an indoor environment.

I’ll be doing deadlifts again this coming Wednesday, and as the weight increases week by week during this circuit, I’m thinking about getting some padded lifting straps. I’ve noticed in various videos how guys doing heavy deadlifts use them to augment their grip and sooner or later, I’m going to need that help, too.

I watched the video, and the straps seem like they’ll take some getting used to, especially if you use them for more than one set per exercise.

Price seems about right. Plus there’s just something about a man and his tools…

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

Og Mandino


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