Friday, January 28, 2011

Exciting Friday Night

I'm officially old and boring.  The wife and I went to the gym for our big Friday night out.  Didn't even get to grab dinner at Chipotle afterwards.  Straight home to get the kids to bed.  But at least the lifting went ok.  Tonight was a shoulder workout, the last heavy work of my first Wendler cycle for shoulders.  After a warm-up, 5x150, 3x170 and 2x190.  I might have been able to squeeze out one more rep, but I didn't have my belt and I was worried about not having more support.  Then on to heavy dumbbell presses, 8x90s, 6x95s, 4x100s and I missed on 105s.  Did three sets of close-grip bench, sets of 6 at 225 and then dips, 4 sets of 12-15.  Haven't done dips in forever because of the shoulder issues but they felt great tonight.  We'll see how it feels in the morning.

Weight was down a little this morning and I stayed on track with the diet today.  We'll see how it looks in the morning.  Thanks for all the encouragement I've gotten over the last couple of days.  Thanks for reading.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Progress with 5/3/1

Another fun Thursday night of deadlifts. This is the third week of my first Wendler 5/3/1 cycle, so it's the first heavy week. Bench went well on Monday, with a final set of 3x330, a personal best.

Deadlifts went great tonight. Couple of warm-up sets followed by 5x345, 3x390 and the final set of 4x435. The last set is supposed to be a minimum of 1 with as many more as you can do, just stopping short of failure. I set a goal of 3 but had one more in the tank so I pulled 4. It's a personal best.

Still have squats and overhead press workouts to finish out the week.

Dieting sucks but I think I'm finally committing to trying to track calories, etc. We'll see if that helps make a difference. It's easy to track the weights I'm lifting but counting calories seems like such a girlie thing to do. Funny, but it is so much easier for women to talk about losing weight than it is for guys. It seems almost unmanly for guys to admit to needing/trying to lose weight. Weird when you consider that I'd stick my hand in a blender before I asked a woman her weight. There are thousands of blogs by women about losing weight and very few by dudes.


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Catching up

I've been terrible about updating this thing recently. To fast forward things, lifting is on track but the holidays were not kind to the diet. But I'm catching back up on that front and am down to about 251. Long way to go to get to 220 by December.

Started a new lifting regimen, trying the Wendler 5/3/1 program. So far I'm really liking it but I'm not quite finished my second week. I hope to have set new personal records next week. We'll see.


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