I’m late writing this blog post because it’s been a pretty busy weekend and this is the first chance I’ve had to compose anything.
I ended my repeat of round 2, week 3 really well. I had a little more time than normal to workout on Friday morning, 72 minutes to be exact, so I decided to do one bonus set of all of my lifts, trying to push myself just a little bit harder than I did last time.
Without further ado, here’s what I have to report. I let myself rest at least 120 seconds between sets.
Barbell Back Squat in Squat Rack
4x 215lbs/97.5224kg (Bonus)
Barbell Close Grip Bench Press
5x 145lbs/65.7709kg (Bonus)
Barbell Bent Leg Deadlift
5x 230lbs/104.326kg (Bonus)
Overhead Barbell Press in Squat Rack
5x 75lbs/34.0194kg (Bonus)
Standing Barbell Curl (variable weight bar)
4x 85lbs/38.5554kg (Bonus)
I originally planned on my working weight for squats for next week, week 4 in this round, to be 210 pounds, but after doing my bonus of 215 pounds at 4 reps, I’ll make that next week’s working weight for squats instead. It was my working weight for squats in round 1, week 5, and I was only able to squat at that weight for 3 reps for the last 2 sets and no bonus.
I still have to work at getting my squat down lower when I’m using heavier (for me) weights, so I really find myself concentrating at the bottom of the squat and paying a lot of attention to my balance when I’m in that position.
I’m still leery of the heavier bench presses after getting stuck under the bar a couple of times, and was pleased I could manage a bonus set of my close grip at 145 pounds. I was also happy that I could do 5 reps in my bonus set of deadlifts at 230 pounds. I think next week, I’ll be doing my working sets of deadlifts at 235 pounds for 4 reps per set, so I’m estimating my strength gains just about right.
I was pleasantly surprised I could do a full 5 reps for my bonus set of overhead presses at 75 pounds. This is hardly my strongest lift, but I think my delts and traps must be getting stronger (finally).
I really wanted to do a full 5 reps at 85 pounds for my bonus set of curls, but I was getting too tired. Also, I’d been in the gym for well over an hour at this point, so my body was trying to tell me something.
I was definitely out of time, so I skipped any bonus sets of zercher squats and even my hanging exercises. I figured I could “hang” after my cardio work on Saturday, which I did.
One unhappy event that occurred later in the day was that I somehow scratched the cornea on my right eye. I managed to get in to see my ophthalmologist, and he said I could get away with using some cream he prescribed for three nights right before going to bed.
It still hurts occasionally, but I can still wear my contacts. Fortunately, I’m left-eye dominant.
As much as I love deadlifts, they do challenge my lower back, so on Saturday, I went straight to cardio and skipped ab work entirely. After 40 minutes on the elliptical, I did my hanging exercises, only managing hanging with my delts and biceps engaged for 30 seconds, but doing the next 30 seconds in my dead hang, barely keeping my grip those last 5 seconds or so.
Outside of that, I’ve been trying to have a relaxing weekend. We had our grandson overnight Saturday night, and I just took him back to his place before starting to keyboard this. That means my eating this weekend has been lax, and I didn’t even bother weighing myself this morning. I’ll wait until Monday morning to face the ugly news.
Yesterday, my cornea injury resulted in a headache that only a two-hour nap could cure. My grandson and wife thought they could sneak up on me to wake me up, but their “evil” plan was foiled when I heard them whispering on their way to “attack” me (I was about ready to get up anyway).
Before dinner, we did a little shopping and picked up a lego-style toy that took me nearly 2 hours to assemble (a small, two-man combat submarine branded for the video game “Call to Duty”). But the little guy had a ton of fun with it, so the time and effort was worth it (the instructions seemed ambiguous at various points in the process which didn’t help).
I’ve already plotted out my lifts for tomorrow and Wednesday, but that means returning to getting up by 4 a.m. rather than sleeping in until 7 or later like I have been.
I’m having coffee with a friend this afternoon which should wake me up for a bit, so I’ll disdain taking a nap right now.
Just another day in the life. Here’s to getting stronger as each week passes.
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