Monday, September 26, 2005

Entry #171
Gain of two pounds. 182 with just shorts and socks on.

Back is feeling great. Think I'm gonna risk doing squats tomorrow. If
all systems are clear after that, I can do deadlifts next week.

Using dumbbells is a great way to build up bar exercises. Today I tried
barbell military press and did 8 easy reps at 135 lbs. And that was at
the very end of the training session today. The last time I tried that
I could barely do 95 lbs for 6 reps, starting fresh. I eventually
ditched the exercise all together and opted for dumbbell shoulder
presses instead. Apparently they're working. Am thinking of
substituting dumbbell press instead of bench press from now on, and
observe how much my bench number increases.

Been keeping up with my stretches. The one thing is martial arts
practice, or lack thereof. I need to find more time to do longer
striking sessions. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like I'm going to a
dojo until I can get my own mode of transportation (parents don't want
to give me a ride since they already drive me to the gym, and they
don't trust me using their car by myself). Going back to school in
January so I need to get my act together before then.