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    Default My Wifeís Birthday Weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.Diesel View Post
    The plan is to go in tomorrow, and do some goofing around with pressing and rows. Starting on Sunday/Monday, a lot of the fluff gets cut out for 5 weeks. I know - I’m at Planet Fitness, so it’s all fluff. But really, I’ll be doing much fewer movements as I go into the meet (November 14).
    So... the above referenced “tomorrow” was Friday, October 2, which was also my wife’s 41st birthday. I had managed to convince myself that I would still be able to get in the gym and squeeze something in, but it didn’t happen. But after eating a lot of calorie dense, high protein foods over the weekend, I was ready to get in there yesterday. This was also at a PF on my mother’s side of town, since we were having dinner there yesterday.

    Sun. 10/4 - weighed 211.2 lbs upon waking (-0.4 lbs from last week)

    Smith Machine Pause Squat
    - paused for a 2-3 count at the bottom of each rep


    bar/5, 5
    90+/5
    180+/5
    270+/3
    320+/3 - started using belt
    360+/3 @9 RPE - started using mouth guard
    360+/2 @9 RPE
    360+/2 @9.5 RPE

    Smith Machine Squat

    360+/5


    I essentially did a normal set of squats as a back-off set for the pause squats.

    Smith Machine Sumo DL - standing on 2 stacked 25 lbs plates (each leg)

    bar/5
    90+/5
    180+/5
    270+/5 - started using Versa Gripps. My low back didn’t feel so good at this point.
    360+/1 - started using belt.

    I aborted this experiment after one rep with 4 plates because I didn’t like how my lower back was feeling. I haven’t had any trouble with it doing conventional DL on the Smith machine, so I don’t know if it’s my back angle while doing sumo, or something else. But it’s no big deal. I haven’t pulled sumo in several months - maybe longer - and I just wanted to see how it might work on this setup. I’ll stick with conventional. When I can get back to real DL from the floor, maybe I’ll try sumo again.

    Smith Machine Romanian Deadlift - Versa Gripps and belt both sets

    180+/10
    270+/10

    Prone Leg Curl Machine


    60/10

    105/10 - started using mouth guard
    drop set: 150/7 + 135/3

    As I’ve mentioned in a previous log entry, I love this machine and I wish the PF closest to me had one.

    I switched my work schedule so I could surprise my wife and take her out this morning to conclude her birthday weekend. I’m also going to take advantage of not having delivered mail for 2 days, and go to bench press and do more upper body work in a few hours.
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    Default 2nd Good Day In A Row

    Wow - I was off work for 2 consecutive days AND trained on both days. I havenít done that in a long time. So long, that Iíve forgotten how much of a difference it is to train multiple days without delivering mail before either session. I could get used to this again. 😁

    Mon. 10/5

    Smith Machine Pause Bench Press - held a 2-3 count pause in the bottom of each rep

    bar/12 - no pause on these, just getting loose
    70+/6
    130+/5
    180+/5
    210+/5 - started using mouth guard
    235+/3
    255+/2 @9.5 RPE - that rating means Iím pretty sure I could have done the double with 5 more lbs

    Smith Machine Bench Press
    - some had a slight pause, others were touch and go, mouthguard all sets


    250+/3
    230+/3
    200+/6 @10 RPE
    Smith Machine Barbell Row

    90+/12

    180+/6
    230+/6 - started using Versa Gripps
    250+/6 - started using mouth guard
    270+/8 - cheated the last 2 reps with a bit more body English, but not sloppy
    210+/10

    Smith Machine Standing Overhead Press

    50+/10

    90+/8 - started using mouth guard
    105+/5 @10 RPE
    85+/6 @10 RPE

    Torso Rotation Machine

    70/20 left + 20 right

    120/25 left + 25 right

    Rear Delt Machine

    85/10

    115/10
    145/10
    145/10

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    Default A Literal Pain In The Neck

    Todayís weigh-in: 211.6 lbs (basically unchanged)

    My plan after Monday was to rest 2 days, train at PF on Thursday, rest 2 more days, then train at my brotherís with a real barbell today. Unfortunately, my teenage daughter had a serious asthma attack, and ended up being admitted to the hospital on Thursday morning. Fortunately, she was home by late Friday night. We had to juggle some things at home (this isnít new for us), and I planned to train after work on Friday, then keep the plan for today.

    On Friday morning, I woke up with a pain in my chest (sternum), as well as a pain at the base of my neck that seemed to radiate up and down my spine, as well as across the back of my shoulders. I took some non-opioid pain relievers and went to work, delivered my route, and went to the gym with plans for Smith machine deadlifts, RDL, presses and either rows or pull downs. Hereís how it went:

    Fri. 10/9

    Smith Machine Deadlifts (standing on 2 stacked 25 lbs plates)

    bar/10
    90+/6 + 6 RDL
    180+/5 - started feeling a little more aching in my neck
    270+/2 + 2 - used alternating grip, and took maybe 5-6 deep breaths between doubles
    320+/2 - started using mouth guard, pain in my neck started flaring up more
    370+/2 - started using Versa Gripps, double overhand grip
    420+/1 - started using belt
    450+/1 - seriously thinking about quitting here
    475+/1 - convinced myself that it wasnít that bad
    475+/1 - wanted to go up to 500 in plate weight, but it felt like I was pushing off of my toes on the previous set, so I repeated the weight
    420+/3
    420+/3

    After that last set, I stripped it down to 270+ with the intention of doing 1-2 sets of RDL. Then I sat down and looked at the video of the last few sets. By the time I got up, my the back of my neck and shoulders were so achy and stiff when I moved that I said forget it, and stripped all the plates off. I thought that maybe some machine presses might not be too bad...

    Hammer Strength Incline Press

    60 per side/10

    90 per side/3 - aborted mission

    I donít think the presses hurt my neck any worse. But I felt like I wasnít able to generate much force for them, and decided to call it a day.

    So the good thing is that I got some decent deadlifts in. The bad thing is that I may have made a problem with my neck worse. Remember, I donít know why it hurts in the first place.

    I also realize that Iíve been burning the candle at both ends for far too long. I didnít work yesterday. My wife and I went to a local bodybuilding show, and I ended up going to sleep at 9:30 pm last night. I woke up around 10 or 11 am this morning. I actually feel well rested for once.

    I wouldnít describe my neck and shoulders as painful this morning and afternoon, but stiff. Iím not going to chance anything by putting a real barbell on my back, or arching into a competition style bench press. So rather than train at my brotherís, Iíll go to Planet Fitness shortly and do some machine work, followed by using their massage bed and/or chair. With just 34 days until the meet, I hope this isnít anything major.

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    Default Sun. 10/11

    As I said in my last entry, my original plan for Sunday was heavy squats and bench presses with a real barbell in a real rack. Instead, I did this at Planet Fitness:

    Sun. 10/11

    Hammer Strength Row Machine
    - these have an underhand grip


    50 per side/15
    80 per side/10
    100 per side/7 - started using Versa Gripps
    120 per side/10 @10 RPE - used mouth guard

    Hammer Strength Incline Press Machine

    50 per side/15

    80 per side/8
    100 per side/8 @10 RPE - used mouth guard

    Torso Rotation Machine

    105/25 left, 25 right


    Hammer Strength Crunch Machine

    30/20

    50/20 - took 2-3 deep breaths after rep 11, then did the final 9

    Leg Extension


    85/12

    130/15
    175/15 - used mouth guard

    Iím not sure if I hit RPE 10 on the leg extensions. I know it burned, but I might have been able to push past it. I felt a quick, sharp pain in my chest (just left of sternum) around rep 7-8, and by the time I got into the hardest part of the set, I was shaken enough that I decided to stop. I was going to do leg curls, but between the neck/shoulder pain I still had (not as bad as Friday) and that new, sudden chest pain during the last set, I called it a day. However, I did make good use of the PF hydro massage bed. My neck, shoulders and back felt much better afterward.

    Looking ahead:

    I went to my doctor on Wednesday for my annual physical, albeit a few months late this year thanks to C19. My blood pressure was borderline high for the first time that I can remember. Because my wife is a stroke survivor, we have a blood pressure cuff at home, and Iíve been keeping track of it every day since. Sometimes, it has been normal, and sometimes it has been higher than it was at the doctorís office. I got a lot of blood work done yesterday (not just for that), and weíll see what comes back from the lab. But as for the meet - I only have a little less than 4 weeks left to train for it. I donít know what Iíll be able to get done between now and then, but Iím going to make the best of it and have fun with it.

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    Default One Month To Go!

    Wed. 10/14

    Work: 10.25 hours, 9 miles, 19,619 steps, 7 floors climbed

    Smith Machine Pause Squat - 2 count pause squat at the bottom of each rep

    bar/6
    90+/4
    180+/4
    270+/4 - started using mouth guard
    320+/4 - started using belt
    360+/2
    380+/2
    400+/2 @9.5 RPE - meaning I could have done the set w/5-10 more lbs, but doubt I could have done another rep

    Hamstrings already felt like balloons. I was ready to tap out.

    Smith Machine Squat
    - done like normal, went right in with belt and mouth guard


    400+/3 @9 RPE
    360+/6 @8.5 RPE - meaning it felt like a 9 when I did it, but looks like an 8 on video. Iíll split the difference and adjust the rating

    Smith Machine Romanian Deadlift
    - standing on 2 stacked 25 lbs plates


    180+/10
    270+/8 - started using Versa Gripps
    360+/9 @8.5 RPE - same reason as the last squat set

    Calf Press - done on Hammer Strength Leg Press

    230/10 - quick, pump reps
    230/10 - moderate speed reps
    230/10 - 2 or 3 second negative, hold for a second at bottom, explode to top, hold for a second at top

    All this got done in less than an hour, including talking to a guy who asked me about the upcoming meet and how he could attend, as well as coordinating some things with my wife who was training at the same time. Still, it felt like I did a lot. Iím so glad we had steak for dinner tonight.

    The plan is to train bench and upper body tomorrow, then ďrestĒ 2 days (still delivering mail though) followed by training all 3 lifts on a real barbell at my brotherís house on Sunday. 🤲🏾🤞🏾

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    Default This Might Be Working...

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    This might be working...

    Peace everyone! I have 2 sessions to log in here. Iíll try to keep it succinct in an effort to keep anyone who reads this from tapping out before the end of the post.

    Thu. 10/15

    Work: 10 hours, 9.2 miles, 20,074 steps, 10 flights climbed

    PLANET FITNESS *reminder* I donít count the weight of the bar on the Smith machine, so I just record the weight of the plates and a + (i.e. 90+ looks like 135 on a normal bar, but itís not really here)

    Rear Delt Machine - all 4 Smith machines were in use when I arrived, so I started here

    70/15
    90/10
    110/10 x 2 sets

    Smith Machine Pause Bench Press
    - stayed as tight as possible with a bar on my chest for a 2-3 count on each rep

    bar/10 (actually, no pause on these)
    90+/5 - started doing pauses here
    140+/5
    180+/5
    210+/3 - started using mouth guard
    240+/3 @10 RPE
    260+/1 @10 RPE

    Smith Machine Touch & Go Bench Press

    270+/1 @9.5 RPE
    270+/4 @9 RPE - started using Titan Ram
    270+/4 @9.5 RPE - the ď.5Ē means I donít think I could have doubled this, but I could have finished the lift with 5 more lbs.
    230+/3 @10 RPE - took the Ram off, went back to lifting raw here
    200+/6 @9.5 RPE

    Smith Machine Barbell Row

    90+/10
    180+/6
    230+/6 - started using Versa Gripps
    260+/6 - started using mouth guard
    280+/6 @9 RPE
    280+/6 @10 - calling this a 10 because I think I cheated too much on the last rep or two

    Smith Machine Standing Overhead Press - if I was an inch taller, I wouldnít be able to do these

    65+/8
    rest-pause set: 100+/9 + 2 - short rest here, just 5 deep breaths after 9 reps to failure

    Took the time to stretch pecs, delts and lats after lifting. Probably should get back into this habit.

    Sun. 10/19 - Training With Real Weights!

    Woke up weighing 211.2 lbs. About an hour later, I happened to step on the scale again (it was still on the bathroom floor), and I weighed 210.2. Thereís no way I urinated 16 ounces between weigh ins.

    After 3 weeks, I FINALLY got back to my brothers house. I almost didnít make it today, just because I felt like a train wreck when I woke up, even though I slept more last night than I have any night this week. Itís just accumulated fatigue from work, lifting and life. After a few hours of eating and sitting around, I felt good enough. I didnít get to his house until 5:30 pm though. Considering the hour+ drive back, having 2 children with me, etc, I decided early that I would skip bench this time. I feel somewhat confident in that lift, meaning that I think the training is carrying over fairly well, based on how things went 3 weeks ago. But I hadnít deadlifted a real bar since my first visit 5 weeks ago. So hereís how it went...

    Squat

    bar/6
    135/5
    185/3 - started feeling those hamstrings again, especially the right one. Still sore from pause squats.
    235/3
    285/2
    335/1 - started using mouth guard
    375/1 - started using wrist wraps
    410/1 - started using belt
    440/1
    465/1
    475/1 @9.5 RPE - calling it .5 because I donít think I could have doubled this, but it wasnít a 10
    505/walkout and hold at start position for 10-12 seconds
    455/1

    Three weeks ago, 455 felt like it was crushing my skeleton and insides, even though the weight was moving. Tonight I never felt like I wasnít in control of the weight. I felt a little bit of soreness on my right/lower back, but nothing like the last 2 times I squatted here. Iíll take it!

    Deadlift

    135/2 sumo + 3 conventional - I hadnít tried sumo on a real bar in forever. Didnít feel right. Mission aborted.
    225/4
    315/1 double overhand + 1 over/under - started using Versa Gripps. Stayed with alternating grip for the rest of the sets.
    385/1 - started using mouth guard
    435/1 - started using belt
    475/1
    500/1 @9.5 RPE
    500/1 @9.5 RPE

    The last time I deadlifted here (5 weeks ago), I felt like I was on the verge of looking like a Mortal Kombat fatality pulling 455. I left my brotherís house today confident that Iíd be deadlifting 5-something at the meet.

    None of this is close to PR territory. But in mid-March, over the final 2 days before gyms in Maryland closed for Covid, I squatted 500, benched 300 and deadlifted 530. I didnít do any notable training for more than 3 months, and when I went back to the gym in late June, it was Planet Fitness. If I can put up numbers at/around my pre-Covid-closure numbers at this meet, Iíll feel like this experiment has been successful.

    4 weeks to go...


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