Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Entry #742

Apparently, the universe doesn't align itself to my very whim because my bag is still ripped. When I was going down the gym stairs, at the worst (i.e. best) possible timing that could happen, the contents in my gym bag - eight water bottles and some supplements - dropped out everywhere, right in the path of someone ascending up. "Whoa, we've got a spill here!" she proclaimed with astuteness that I can only wish to aspire to one day. I couldn't let myself look weak, so I explained, "No, no, it's all part of my workout, here."

No fatalities, unfortunately.

ME upper

Military press:
6x3      95, 135, 265, 185, 200, 210 lbs.
1x2      215 lbs.
> A substantial improvement, and I could have hit the last set of triples if I rested a while longer. 210 felt like nothing. I'm more or less back to the same level as I was before I was stricken with illness.

Floor crushers:
1x6      135 lbs.
1x7      135 lbs.
1x6      135 lbs.
> I like these for the disregarding clanging that fills the room, drowning out the talkative socialites. My triceps were destroyed, here.

Front raises:
1x16    55 lb. dumbbells
1x12    55 lb. dumbbells

Cable rows:
4x10    200 lbs.
Super-setted with:
Bilateral dumbbell curls:
2x8      45 lb. dumbbells

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Entry #741

Long time no update, comrade, but today made up for it. More on that soon. I've been training consistently and intensively, but it's exclusively been in regards to lifting. I cannot viably call myself a "fighter" unless I pick up steam - fast.

I'm late to bed and late to rise. I'll phase this out and eventually get my schedule running for school, which is in summer and on.

There's more, but today ruled, first and foremost. I was doing crazy plates (I seriously need a new name for these) for RE when I got fed up with the 25s constantly banging into the floor. Kettleballs are just far more optimal, but they were locked up beyond the closed-off section - still. I decided to take matters into my own hands and hop the fence. Quickly, I bagged the 45s and hoisted them up, which ripped a huge hole in my gym bag. It was worth it. I jumped out just as a couple of people came in the area to use the machines. There literally could not have been better timing on my part.

My arms had a very deep, roaring soreness within them from the combination of the insane stabilization required for the exercise and hoisting myself over the fence and back on sore appendages. It was an excruciatingly painful session the rest of the way through. Which ruled.

RE upper

Crazy plates:
4x15    75, 95, 150)
1x8      150 lbs. (kettleballs)

Overhead cable extensions:
4x12    100 lbs., rest was entire stack

Wide-grip pull-ups:

Hise shrugs:
3x15    275 lbs.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Entry #740

DE upper

5x3      135 lbs.
3x3      185 lbs.

4x8      50 lb. dumbbells
> I've gone 15 lbs. lighter to focus on form and keeping my elbows drawn in.

Cable flies:
> I don't even look at the weight. 1 set of 12, 2 sets of 10. My chest felt like exploding.

Wide-grip pull-ups:
> Extremely short rest times with no weight here. Next week, I'll add resistance and increase the intervals between sets. I felt a supreme pull in my lats from this.

Hise shrugs:
2x15    275 lbs.

I took this with my phone out of boredom.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Entry #739

DE lower

Overhead squats:
8x2      135 lbs.
> Some balance issues, and I didn't go ATG. I got about parallel on most reps, and a little more on a few strong ones. Twice, I lost my balance and dropped the bar, and three times I stumbled and stood up with the bar coming back to my chest, rather than keeping it up.

Romanian deadlifts (snatch grip):
3x8      315 lbs.
> This is always rock solid. It felt good to still feel strong on something.

Hammer curls:
1x12    60 lb. dumbbells
2x8      60 lb. dumbbells
> There's definitely some deltoid recruitment in hoisting the weight up, but I need heaviness right now.

Janda sit-ups:

Crush trainer
> 3 sets of 10 was less of a cakewalk than it should have been. I can say with certainty that it's from the overhand deads, though, and not because of any loss in crushing ability.

Moreover, these new bars have less knurling, so it's really a testament to my gripping ability that I don't do a mixed on RDLs anymore.

This dog followed me for a bit when I was walking home. I couldn't even see its form in the dark, but I heard the bell on its collar jingling. It's a very beautiful animal, rather small and with long, straight, orange fur. Beauty is for weaklings. Oh, and I was at the ready to destroy if it decided to attack, but it didn't make so much as a sound. It just walked along and sniffed things. Lazy bastard.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Entry #738

I've lost a great deal of power, but I'm at peace with it. I will regain it, so there's no point in frustration at this point. I enjoy the challenge of feeling physically weak, in a way, because any mental deficiencies are glaringly highlighted. It takes a strong mind to forge through.

End cliche inspirational hammerings.

Here's today:

ME upper

Floor press:
4x5      135, 185, 225, 275 lbs.
1x2      295 lbs.
> Now, this is pathetic, but I didn't sweat it. I expect my pushing ability to shoot up in the following weeks.

Close-grip bench press:
3x8      205 lbs.
> One reassuring thing is that my performance on assistant lifts seems to always stay consistent. Reassurances are for weaklings.

Lat raises:
2x8      50 lb. dumbbells
1x8      35 lb. dumbbells

Reverse-grip barbell rows:
2x8      185 lbs.
2x6      185 lbs.

Ab circuit

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Entry #737

I was desperately sick for all of last week, and it took everything vested in me to eat above what a normal person would. Despite miserably choking down weightgainers all day, I still lost 10 pounds within a matter of days. Originally, I intended to train as I normally do (I arrogantly told myself I would "blast" my illness out of me), but once I thought things through and realized that I'd only prolong my condition by not allowing my immune system sufficient recovery, I ultimately set on taking things easy. What a disgusting word.

On Monday I did one mediocre ME day (rack lockouts for only 295 lbs.x3), and haven't been in the gym since. Beyond that, I've done some easy running sessions and push-ups here and there. I plan on giving myself hell next week. I'll take seconds.

Oh, and I pretty much never get sick, so this pissed me off. I really need to eat more organic foods enriched with vitamins.