Friday, February 28, 2014

Did this on Wednesday.

405 x 4, 3

Pause bench press:
285 x 3 x 5

4 x 10

Push ups

I've lost 6 pounds and am weaker. I'll be better about eating despite stress.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Having a rough night. Quick update, benched only 310x4 last night and am going to attempt to up my calorie intake as a result.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

360 x 5
405 x 3
455 x 0, 1
> Hit the safety bars and lost my groove completely, didn't even try to stand up. Second attempt was pretty easy. Strength is definitely on a downtrend, but this felt really strong after a week of inactivity and almost no leg volume lately. The 405 felt super heavy and sluggish so I focused on bracing my core more and breathing out harder for the max.

I feel pressure in my tailbone when I squat, but it's not painful. I hope this doesn't somehow encourage cyst growth. I'll continue the measures that have seemed to work for me so far: coconut oil applied dermally, Neosporin, zinc oxide, frequent heat, salt water, and using my standing desk.

475 x 1
> It's nice to be continuing my 5/3/1 cycle seamlessly. Bar went up fast.

SSB squats:
320 x 2 x 10

225 x 20

Kettlebell goblet squats:
50 x 30
> No lockout. Don't feel pressure when it's this light; if I have to ditch heavy squats eventually I can at least do these.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Haven't trained for a week, except for 40 push-ups a few days ago. Yup, that's just about my max. I'm all fast-twitch.

I am better now, but still have to be careful. It's likely that this will reoccur very soon so I expect surgery somewhere down the line.

Bench press:
270 x 5
305 x 3
340 x 2
> Felt much stronger than I expected to. Failed a third but my spotter helped me out (the rack was taken so no safety bars). Very explosive today.

Bilateral dumbbell rows:
100s x 5 x 10-15

Incline bench press:
205 x 10, 8
> Probably going to replace these because there's too much pressure on my tailbone.

> Felt achy, no good.

10, 15, 15

Skullcrushers, curls

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I'm currently on day 3 (or 4, technically at this time) of dealing with a pilonidal cyst. No infection, thankfully, but the pain is extremely debilitating if I choose not to ignore it (which I would do if it was safe). Cannot sit whatsoever today (driving the 60 seconds to and from my gym involved me basically using leg power to keep my weight off the seat) and no position is comfortable except lying in the bathtub. Trying to curb it with Ibuprofen and heat.

Training has to be completely overhauled. Here's what I did tonight:

Overhead press:
195 x 5
> Had to focus on keeping most of my body completely relaxed and not tense. Shocking how hard this was.

Overhead rack press:
225 x 0, 1
235 x 0
225 x 1
> Just trying to get some decent weight loaded so my shoulders remember they exist. This is a good exercise because the rack does most of the stabilizing.

5 x 10

Swiss bar overhead press:
85 x 30, 25, 20

Swiss bar overhead tricep extensions:
35 x 15, 15, 20

25s x 25, 20, 15

Decent pump. Training will be like this until I'm better. I'm also going to do a full body routine 3 days a week instead of 5/3/1 since my movements are so limited. If I'm lucky enough to do legs, they will be SSB quarter squats. If that hurts, kettlebell goblets for moderate reps without straining.

Bravo on consistency so far.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Haven't logged an entire week, so here I go.

I'm having major tailbone problems, and my strength is down across the board.

335 x 3
380 x 3
430 x 3
> Rep 3 I got stuck on the bottom for 2 seconds, almost had to bail, and then somehow stood back up with it.

That's all, I had pain after this. I might have to change my entire routine except for overhead pressing to accommodate.
Bench press:
320 x 4

Incline bench:
205 x 10, 10, 7

450 x 5
Overhead press:
235 x 2

Swiss bar press:
137 x 5 x 10