Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bench press:
225 x 5
265 x 5
295 x 9
> Touch-and-go, but oh well. Wasn't expecting to get such a PR.

Bilateral dumbbell rows:
100s x 12, 12, 12, 12

Incline bench press:
197 x 10, 10, 10
> Short rest times, so this was good.

Decline push-ups:
25, 21, 20
> Increasingly widened my arms to go from triceps to chest.

Inverted rows:
30, 22, 25

Band pull-aparts:
30, 30

Kettlebell preacher curls:
50 x 12
Bilateral: 50 x 20

Despite a stressful week my upper-body strength is surging. I'm constantly up for very long periods at a time but also getting 10 hours of sleep after crashing, so I can't complain. Creatine might also be helping. I heard of a recent study focusing on just how anti-catabolic creatine is at preserving muscle tissue in...I think what was either starved mice or human burn victims. Definitely want to dig that up because I don't really notice an acute performance boost from creatine otherwise in terms of getting more reps and whatnot.

I'm also allowing my diet to go to hell when need be by drinking lots of milk when time is tight and I'm on the go. I am very okay with this. I'm in no rush for any deadline to lose weight and it's easier to re-lose a few gained pounds than it is to rebound after losing strength. Still, I would do well to come up with some homemade meal replacement recipe that I can go to in a pinch instead of sugary fixes like milk.

Falling off the dietary wagon for me used to mean not eating for long periods of time and getting weaker; now it's shoveling things down and getting protein in, body composition-be-damned. It's a good change.

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