OK, time to get serious. This morning felt serious.
Well, my wife and daughter are out of town for a few days, so the weekend was totally mine. I abused it by doing whatever I wanted including eating what I wanted, sleeping in, and taking naps.
So when I woke up this morning and saw that the time was 3:40 a.m. and I knew my alarm was going to go off in 20 minutes, I wasn’t ready for it. I also didn’t feel ready for the gym.
But I’d been goofing off for 2 or 3 days and not sticking with the program. Plus the fact that my son and I commute in to work together made me haul my lazy butt out of that nice, warm, comfy bed.
Particularly Workout B on Wednesday was on my mind, since that’s the workout where I practically killed myself doing deadlifts with a working weight of 205 pounds for 10 reps per set. After that, I didn’t have the staying power to complete my goals for either the overhead press or standing curls.
So today, at the start of week 2 of round 3, I left the working weights for those three lifts exactly the same as they were last week, just to see if I could do 8 if not 10 reps per set. I did nudge the weight up for my squats and close grip bench press, but just a bit.
Here’s how things went. I rested the usual amount of time, ~120 seconds, between sets.
Barbell Back Squat in Squat Rack
Barbell Bent Leg Deadlifts
Barbell Overhead Press
Barbell Standing Curls
Zercher Squats in Squat Rack (Bonus)
I should mention that the working weights for deadlifts, the overhead press, and the standing curls are what they were for round 2, week 2, so no improvement there round over round.
Also, as you can see, I stuck to the program right to the end. No extra sets, no increasing the weight above target, nothing. I was tempted to do an extra set of back squats and deadlifts, especially since most of the weight room regulars were absent and I had the place almost to myself, but I didn’t want to push it, wear myself out prematurely, and blow the latter part of my routine again.
But having completed the planned workout and noticing I had a few minutes left on the clock, I decided to sneak in some zercher squats just for giggles. That made it a tad easier to walk out of the gym with a little more dignity and pride than I did last week.
Now it’s back to eating normally and sensibly and getting the nerve to get back on the bathroom scale tomorrow morning. The missus will be back home by Tuesday afternoon, so playtime is just about over anyway.
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.