Turns out my right eye is a little more messed up than I thought. A trip to my ophthalmologist fixed me up. At least I didn’t have to wear my eye patch to the gym this morning. Still, the vision thing was a little distracting as I was lifting.
At least I don’t have exercise restrictions because of this.
I finished off the week with no ab or cardio work just because things worked out that way. I managed all of my scheduled lift days but didn’t exactly cover myself with glory. No extras in any area and one deficit in today’s routine as you’ll see below.
Rests between sets were typical.
Barbell Back Squats in Squat Rack
Barbell Bench Press
Barbell Bent Over Row
Pull ups (Bodyweight)
I was pleased that my studying Starrett’s book seems to be helping my squats. Even at my working weight, I was able to get lower, with my thighs nearly parallel to the floor, for 10 reps per set.
My bench press, at least at the warm up weights, went well, too. I got the bar really close to my chest for sets 1 and 2. I couldn’t risk lowering the bar quite as much for the working sets. Especially the last few reps for sets 3 and 4 really challenged me.
I found for the bent over rows, that I wasn’t quite as bent over as I wanted to be. I’m pretty sure this is the max weight I can manage for 10 reps per set, at least for now.
Triceps extensions were also definitely set at the correct weight.
But what the heck happened to my pull ups?
A couple of things.
One, the vision in my right eye, since I can’t wear a contact lens, is kind of distracting. When I was getting ready for each set of bench presses and checking the position of my hands, I had to look directly at a ceiling light which was in line of sight as I looked at my right hand.
Not sure that really affected my pull ups, though.
Then there was the little morning exercise class that was doing work a few feet from the pull up bars. They were definitely a distraction, but I should have been able to ignore them.
No doubt about it and no excuses. I just plain ran out of gas.
I knew I was in trouble with the very first rep of pull ups. I got all the way up, but it was a lot harder than I expected. By the time I lowered myself down from the third rep, I said “the heck with it”. This week hasn’t been great for workouts or anything else. I’ll just have to accept it as is and see if I can come back fighting for week 2.
I think one of the things I may try is to increase the weight for next week only slightly, especially for my “problem” lifts. Deadlifts, overhead presses, and curls may even have to stay at the same working weight so I don’t crash and burn again. Nothing I can do about pull ups except get my body weight down or substitute lat pulldowns, and it may come to that.
I can definitely feel the muscle soreness which is good, and I’ll be sucking down a lot of protein today, so hopefully the effort will still turn into muscle and strength gains in the long run.
I checked Workout A for Round 2, Week 2, and the working weights were only 5 pounds heavier than what I just did for Round 3, Week 1. Instead of increasing them for Round 3, Week 2, I might just leave them the same, 5 pounds heavier than this week, just to hone my skills if not my strength.
The working weights for Workout B, Round 2, Week 2 are the weights I tried to do for this week. I think I’ll also leave them the same for Round 3, Week 2. 10 reps per set was too much for deadlifts, overhead presses, and standing curls at those weights, but maybe I can still make the 8 reps next week will require.
After that, we’ll see.
Actually, I’m almost sorry I didn’t wear the eye patch to gym. I tried to go for a Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD vibe with my kids last night, but they kept wishing me a peg leg and parrot to go with the eye. Really, who wants to be a pirate when you can be a spy?
Do something today that your future self will thank you for.