So this was it. The beginning of the second round of my 5/3/1 strength training after deload week. A chance to see if any of this was working and if I was actually getting stronger. Icy fog greeted me when I woke up this morning. I’d spent some part of yesterday (when it was sunny […]Read more "Cycle Two, Week One, Day One of 5/3/1 Strength Training"
That’s it. My first deload week is over, although I don’t know how effectively I actually “deloaded.” Granted, I wasn’t lifting as heavy as I could, but I was still nudging the weight up more than 40 to 60% of my 1RM. The day didn’t start well. I woke up early to a cramp in […]Read more "The End of Deload Week and Why “Going Viking” Isn’t for Everyone"
Day Three of Deload Week. I went to bed later than I wanted last night, mainly because we had our grandson over yesterday evening and after taking him back home, the missus and I needed to wind down (helping a six-year old with his homework when he’s really fidgety can be challenging). So I woke up […]Read more "Day Three of Deload Week and Getting Better with Lighter Weights"
Slept reasonably well and was clear-headed when I woke up for the most part, so I knew I was ready for day two of my deload week. It’s already killing me not to lift as heavy as I can, and my brain is constantly at war with my testosterone. Just like yesterday, I didn’t have […]Read more "Deload Week Day Two And I Miss Heavier Weights"
Whoever said deload week was supposed to be easy is off his nut. This morning, my wife and I hit the gym at 8 a.m. right when Bryce unlocked the doors, and I spent the next 75 minutes or so trying to kill myself. Well, not really, but I can tell you that at the […]Read more "Starting Deload Week and Visiting the Chiropractor"
I didn’t want to get out of bed but for once, I was reasonably clearheaded and felt ready to lift as the morning got started. Still, that first cup of coffee and a banana for the carbs really hit the spot before I headed out to the gym. Weather’s a tad warmer and no rain, […]Read more "Finishing Circuit One of 5/3/1 And Why Strength Training is Critical for Seniors"
I really, really, really didn’t want to get up this morning. I actually thought it was a Thursday, my last lifting day of the week, and that I could push off overhead presses and rack pulls to Friday. Then I had the rude thought that it was only Wednesday, and if I blew off today, […]Read more "Back Squat, Bench Press, and Considering Deload Week"
“You can’t outrun your fork.” I saw this sage piece of advice at my gym this morning on the electronic bulletin board or whatever they call it. I thought it would be a good quote and “Googled” it, but there’s no specific attribution to source. The same thing goes for “Abs are made in the […]Read more "Trying To Outrun My Fork But It’s Gaining On Me"
I woke up a couple of times during the night but went back to sleep, so finally getting up at about a quarter to 4 wasn’t so difficult. It had been raining all night long but it wasn’t as cold as it has been the past couple of mornings. I experienced some minor trepidation as […]Read more "In the Middle of 5/3/1 Week and What Happened With the Chiropractor"
I stayed up a little late last night, so I didn’t want to get out of my warm and cozy bed at 6:45 this morning. But I knew if I wanted to be ready to go to the gym by 10 of 8, I’d better move my buns. Good thing too, because there was freezing fog […]Read more "Starting Circuit One Week Three of My 5/3/1 Reboot"