Trainer–First Time Ever!

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Workout: January 3, 2016

Happy New Year folks! For the first time in my life, I decided to hire a trainer. Why? Well, as I was doing some barbell rows I noticed the guy next to me holding a barbell over his head (with what looked like 95 lbs,) doing deep squats. When I say deep, I mean butt almost touching the floor.

I have been trying for many, many months to rebuild my squat with the goal on improving my form and going deeper in the hole while maintaining a solid upright position with my top half (as I tend to fold at the bottom). I believe I’ve improved, but I am still no where close to where I’d like to be. So, after seeing this guy next to me doing some of what I’d like to do, I tracked him down after my workout (he is a trainer at my gym) and asked him if he could help me. He told me it took him a long time for him to be able to achieve the strength and flexibility to do what I saw, but he could help me out.

We scheduled an hour evaluation and at the end I purchased a couple of months of sessions! The first session was great as I left with a bunch of warm up exercises designed to help with flexibility and also a list of additional exercises to increase strength in my weak areas that I will do along with my regular StrongLifts Advanced routine. This is while you will see me performing a bunch of new stuff!

I hope everyone is ready to take on the new year and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

1-3-2016-workout

Suspect Diet, But Consistent Lifting

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Workout: December 18, 2015

This week continued to be a struggle with respect to food choices, but I made it to the gym and followed my StrongLifts Advanced program consistently ALL WEEK!

Today I did squats, bench press, and Pendlay rows with a side order of chin-us.

The gym helps with my stress–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

12-18-2015-workout

Volume, Light Weight

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Workout: December 16, 2015

Executed the Week #2 Wednesday workout for my current StrongLifts Advanced cycle which included squats, standing overhead press, and deadlifts. Since this is early in the cycle, the weight is lighter and the volume is greater–five sets of five reps at the working weight. The squats killed me as I really made an effort to get low in the hole. By the time I did the overhead presses I was tired and I failed on my fourth set. The deadlifts, three sets at 255 lbs. seemed easy.

Hope you are making time for lifting during this busy season–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

12-16-2015-workout

A New Lifting Cycle

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We are getting close to the end of the calendar year and I’ve had a couple of weeks without business travel. That means I started a new cycle of StrongLifts Advanced last week and today I was able to do the Monday workout for Week #2 today…which is actually a Monday! :) The program lifts today were squats, bench press, and Pendlay rows. The first four weeks are lower weights with higher reps volume.

I hope to get all three workouts in this week–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

12-15-2015-workout

Deep Squats…Kinda :)

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Workout: November 14, 2015

I’ve started to figure out how to best leverage the new gym and it appears that lifting in the evening is going to be a challenge because the place is downright packed. Because of this, I decided to skip going to the gym on Friday after work and waited until early afternoon today. Boy am I glad I did, because the place was relatively empty at 1pm and I was able to take my time. Today I did the Friday workout for my current StrongLifts Advanced cycle, including squats, bench press, and Pendlay rows along with some bonus chin-ups.

Having the time to properly warm up–foam rolling, stretching, body weight squats, and side lateral and front raises (yes, my shoulder still hurts)–and slowly build up to my working sets really helps my squat form. As a result, I felt like I achieved parallel depth at my working weight of 215 lb. I am certainly not able to go super deep like some folks, but I’m happy with parallel–that’s deep enough!

I hope you are getting to the gym when you can and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

11-14-2015-workout

Great Lifting Day

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Workout: November 11, 2105

Sometimes I leave the gym unsatisfied with my performance, but today I left feeling good. The plan today was to execute the Wednesday StrongLifts Advanced workout featuring deadlifts and standing overhead press with a side order of pull-ups. I managed to workout at a time of day where the gym wasn’t packed and I think that fact helped me as I wasn’t waiting for a rack and I could take my time and properly rest between sets (without feeling guilty about hogging a rack).

I hope you are getting to the gym and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

11-11-2015-workout

Almost Passed Out

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Workout: November 3, 2015

If you follow along, you probably know my job has caused me to workout when I can (due to travel) instead of a consistent Monday, Wednesday, Friday cadence. This inconsistency isn’t great, and I think it has led to some loss in strength. For instance, I hit a deadlift PR of 345 lb. on previous StrongLifts Advanced cycle, and I have consistently been failing on this cycle at 310 lb. Today I tried to pull 310 lb., didn’t get the weight off the ground, and then had to drop to my knees as I felt like I was going to pass out!

I’m not stress because I still feel like I had a great workout! As always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

11-3-2015-workout

Great Friday Lift!

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Workout: October 30, 2015

Oh man! Woke up this morning at 3am to fly home from Indianapolis–I very easily could have skipped hitting the gym today. I’m so glad I made the right choice because I had a great workout featuring the deadlift and standing overhead press. I’m still loosely following my StrongLifts Advanced program with modifications due to travel and injuries.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween weekend and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

10-30-2015-workout

Shiny New Equipment!

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Workout: October 27, 2015

Doing the Wednesday StrongLifts Advanced workout today in the new gym with all its bright, shiny new equipment. I did squats, bench press, Pendlay rows and finished with some chin-ups.

This place is huge compared to my old gym, so never had to stress about using the rack or finding a bench–cool. :)

bench-at-crunch

Hope you are getting your workouts in this week and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

10-27-2015-workout

DLs In My New Gym

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Workout: October 25, 2015

I did my first workout in my new gym and I had a great time doing deadlifts and standing overhead press, after doing my normal warm up consisting of foam rolling, stretching, body weight squats, and some shoulder work. I’m doing my best to stick with the StrongLifts Advanced program given my recent business travel.

I might be sore for a couple of days :) As always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

10-25-2015-workout