Felt like I got plenty of sleep. Woke up at 6 a.m. Had 2 whole hours before I had to hit the weights. The missus didn’t come with me to the gym because she’s on some sort of diet where you can’t work out. She and my son David are trying to talk me into […]Read more "What is Strength? Remembering Our Honored Dead on Memorial Day"
I hadn’t planned to lift today. I was going to wait until tomorrow, particularly since I lifted on Tuesday. But sleep was spotty, my wife was snoring, and I said, what the heck and got up at 3:30 this morning. I was planning just some light cardio, but after some coffee and a glass of […]Read more "Cycle Seven: The End of 5/5/5+ Week"
I thought last week was bad. So far, this week is worse. Normally, the missus and I go to the gym together Sunday mornings. Not last Sunday, though. We were watching our grandkids over the weekend (during the day) while our son went to work (his days off are Thursday and Friday). He has to […]Read more "Out of Gas Again"
Except for Sunday, this week has been lousy at the gym. I thought today would be a lot better. Yesterday, my legs felt pretty beat up from Wednesday’s workout, so I skipped cardio and stayed in bed an extra half-hour. Figured today, I’d be ready for rack pulls. I woke up pretty clear-headed. One cup […]Read more "Finished Cycle Six of My 5/3/1 Program And Progress Is Slow"
A lousy morning at the gym is supposed to be better than the best day of not going to the gym, or something like that. Maybe so, maybe not. Woke up all fuzzy and had a tough time getting into gear. However, I was determined to get to the gym before it opened. Last Wednesday, […]Read more "Crashed and Burned at the Gym Today"
I’ve been pretty lazy this past week. I lifted last Sunday and Wednesday, but other than that, I didn’t go to the gym. Part of it was the slow recovery from the stomach flu, and part of it was that I was must plain tired. I didn’t even go to the gym on Friday to […]Read more "Two New PRs and the Return of the Bench Press"
The unthinkable has happened. Someone got to the squat rack before I did this morning. OK, it’s not unthinkable, it’s just inconvenient. Here’s what happened. I’ve still been trying to fight off the aftereffects of the stomach flu. It laid me out all day Monday, and on Tuesday morning, I strongly debated with myself on […]Read more "Recovering From The Flu By Going To The Gym"
Not that it went from one to the other so quickly, but ultimately, that’s how it ended up. My son has Thursdays and Fridays off, but on Saturdays and Sundays, when he works, my wife and I watch his kids on the week he has them. For Saturday, the missus and I agreed we’d “split” […]Read more "New Deadlift PR And Then I Got Sick"
We had our son and the grandkids over for dinner last night, so by the time they left and I got some wind down time, it was getting to be around 10, so I got to bed late. Forced myself out of bed this morning at 5 til 4 not only because I had rack pulls […]Read more "End of Cycle Six 5/5/5+ Week and Rack Pull Strength"
I got to bed last night at a halfway reasonable hour but I still didn’t want to get up this morning. I thought my wife told me to wake her at 4 so she could go to the gym with me, but either she forgot or I goofed, because when I roused her, she told […]Read more "Cycle Six, Week One, Day Two of 5/3/1 Training: Return of the Back Squat"