Day 24 of the #shortcuttostrength trainer and it was back day today. I usually enjoy back day as it can be hit in many different ways so keeps the training interesting and fun. I got to the gym and did a few warm up exercises and foam rolling but I really couldn’t get focused into the workout. I felt pretty tired and low on energy for some reason I can only think it was because I was quite dehydrated from my spin classes the night before and I hadn’t replenished my fluids as much as I should have. I did some weighted pull ups and some heavy pulldowns whilst I was waiting for the barbell to become free. I also tried a few random exercises/gym hacks and the one I did like was a form of jockey row which was great to help with warming up for deadlifts. I did a few warm up sets of deadlifts and they felt quite good so I put the weight up to 130kg and did two sets of 5 then thought it felt a bit lighter than it should be so I did my maths and realised I was supposed to have 135kg on the bar!…dammit! so to try and make up for it I put 140kg on the bar and managed to get 3 sets with that (the first being the video). The last set was only really 2 good reps though and I had to drop the weight as I just didn’t have the strength. I finished with some straight arm pull downs but I still couldn’t focus so I just called it a day. There was no real point to try and keep going as the reps would have been poor and it would have just annoyed me even more. I still go the main work done though so that’s the main thing.
Day 22 of the #shortcuttostrength trainer and it was of course leg day! I’m still on the 5 sets of 5 reps at 85% but this week I decided to up the weight a bit. I completed my sets last week with 102.5kg but I felt I could have gone heavier so this week I put 105kg on the bar. I managed to complete them so I am really happy with that. A couple of times I rolled forward on to my toes slightly which made it harder but I will work on the form again and maybe try a few more low bar squats. I did some leg extensions, hamstring curls and lunges to complete the session. I felt strong and I’m looking forward to attempting my 1 rep max again to see how far I have come.
Day 18 of the #shortcuttostrength trainer and today was back day. I finished work but had to shoot off to go and do a few chores before coming back and teaching a couple of classes. I only had about 45 mins to get my session in so I started with deadlifts. I did much better than last weeks efforts! I used 135kg for 5 sets of 5 reps. It wasn’t easy but i managed to complete all the reps which was good. I then hit some bent over rows with 70kg for 5 reps. I then did some heavy pull downs which I felt surprisingly strong on and that was it. I could and probably should have done a bit more but I had to get my stuff sorted to take a spin class and then a kettlebell class. I was happy with the training that I got in so that’s the main thing.
Day 17 of the #shortcuttostrength trainer and today was supposed to be a rest day but I trained arms instead as I missed them yesterday. I started with some heavy bicep cable curls going for 5 sets of 5. I then moved on to these 👆🏻close grip bench presses. I managed to work up to 70kg for 5 reps which felt pretty good. Things then got a bit weird as my mate said he was training biceps as well so we started messing about and trying different bigs such as weighted pull ups, strict barbell curls, incline dumbell curls and barbell drags. By the end both our arms and forearms were shot! It was good fun though and it’s good to try new things every so often even if they don’t quite work.
Day 16 of the #shortcuttostrength and today was chest day. I had a really good workout and was really happy with the weights and technique I was pushing. I had to do my 5 sets of 5 at 85% which worked out to be 90kg. The last set was tough but I just about got the last rep in. I’m not sure if it’s a result of the training or the technique tweaks I have been making or both but the weights felt good and went up relatively easy compared to other weeks. I only trained chest today as didn’t have time to fit arms and shoulders in but that’s OK I can make that up another day in the week. My appetite seems to have gone up a bit recently which is a good sign! My legs are pretty sore today mainly my quads but they aren’t quite as bad as I thought they would be, although it’s usually two days after that it really kicks in!!
Day 14 of the #shortcuttostrength trainer and today was all about developing power and speed. I had been at work all day and I really didn’t fancy training today but then at the same time I didn’t want to miss this session. As soon as I got home I got changed and went into my garage and got straight to it. My girlfriend was cooking dinner so I only had 20-25 mins to get it done. I made the routine into a bit of a circuit in order to get through it quicker. The weights weren’t heavy today but the movements were explosive to help generate power. I was doing 5-10 reps on each exercise which when added all together was a tough little circuit.