Been slacking on keeping this thing updated lately. Life gets busy and this is what happens. Started my new job and it is going good. Have another interview coming up this week at one of SF's best new restaurants so I am hoping I land that. Then I will really have no life outside of work and training. Although I have been really busy, I have been enjoying SF alot. Really getting accustomed to living here and finding new things I like more and more each day. I am doing my best to balance life so I am not so focused on one thing and become obsessed.
But I did start my 2nd round of 5/3/1 this week and what do ya know, it went better than expected except I had a hiccup on my squat session so need to go back and fix that problem for next week. I am trying to get my main 3 lifts up the best I can so I can atleast put up a decent showing in April. BTW looking forward to meeting alot of you guys that I haven't met yet, this is gonna be a great 3DMJ meet up.
On a more personal note, another reason I haven't been on this as much is I got a call last weekend on my birthday from my dad saying my grandma was/is in the hospital. She had developed pnuemonia and the doctors weren't giving her much of a chance so I spent the whole week worrying and I made a trip back home this weekend so I could see her. I am happy to report she is doing ALOT better but is still in the hospital but she is a fighter so I am just keeping positive thoughts and my prayers going.
Since I have been slacking so much, I though I'd compensate by giving you guys some food pornz from the past week (sorry I am a little computer illetirate so you are gonna have to click on the links to see)
1x3@275---was supposed to be 285
1x1@275---was supposed to be 1 or more at 320 (ill explain in notes)
5x10 @ 170
Hanging Leg Raise
Well I guess it had to happen at some point but I think I have finally hit a wall, I think its both physically and mentally. With yesterdays failed attempt in the back of my head, I tried my best to start this workout with a positive outlook and goal in mind. My warm up sets flew off the ground and felt great. Got into my 1st working set and that felt good too. Loaded up 285, approached the bar, pulled and nothing happened. WTF?! So decided to take off 10lbs and hit 275x3 which felt fine. I decided to just keep the 275 and go for a single instead of loading up the 320 and risking injury or some other kind of accident. Pressed on with the rest of my workout and finished up strong. But reflecting back, I think this is just an off week for me. I guess we all have them and you just gotta get through it the best you can and keep your head up. Sucks though because I was really looking to hit some PR's. Got a deload next week so gonna take that time to really focus and then come back stronger than ever.
1x5 or more @120---got 21---1 sec pause at bottom
HS Iso Row
2x10@55---1 sec pause at bottom
Morning Weight: 169.1
Workout: Squats 5/3/1 Wk 4, Rd 2--deload
1x5 or more@150---got 21
Took full advantage of this deload week. Feeling refreshed and ready for round 3 of 5/3/1. Berto and I discussed doing the PL meet in April but it just isnt gonna happen for me. I have a family vacation in the beginning of May to Costa Rica that I need to save for and money is tight as is so popping my PL cherry will have to wait until June. I will be at the PL meet in April in full support of my boys! Looking forward to meeting the out of town 3DMJ'rs.
1x5 or more@120--got 6
5x10@80---was supposed to be at 70 but I was in a different world due to the meds I have been on..oh well
So I got sick over the weekend. Woke up Sunday with a swollen/sore throat, headache and body chills. Started taking medicine immediately to catch it before it got bad. Woke up Monday with the same symptoms. Went to work and ended up skipping my cardio session and coming home and slept 12 hours. Woke up on Tuesday a completely different man! Hit my workout hard and got this round of 5/3/1 off to a good start.
Got my new update from Berto and looks like I am shooting for the 180's by August. Pretty excited to be seeing the 180's again cuz it has probably been 4 years since then. This time 'round will be a completely different 180 look though!
One of the trainers at the gym I work out wanted to work out with me, I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into with 5/3/1 deadlifts. Lets just say he was BEAT by the 5x10 came. Ever since I got sick, I have been feeling really strong and trying to stay on top of my game!
1x5 or more @ 170---got 6
HS Iso Row
3x10@2pps+5---one of the trainers I work with wanted to show me a trick that absolutely kills your back. When you are nearing failure, you hold and squeeze for 2 seconds and then another person pulls the handles away from you while you are trying to pull them back....yeah OUCH!
Making strides is the name of the game now. 3 weeks ago I couldnt even move 285 and now I hit it 5x. Felt really good to break that barrier. Started to throw in calves on deadlift day as I feel like I have been neglecting them. I finally feel like I am gaining size, especially in my legs and back. Went on an interview today and my dress pants that usually fit somewhat loose in the legs felt like some skinny jeans so that must be a good sign.
Been lurking a long time, good job man. Keep it up! So jelly of your macros lol
JP! thanks for droppin in..talk about jelly, you are lookin MEAN! your gonna do some damage! my macros are perfect for me right now..not gonna lie though, refeeds i do find kind of tough to hit 600+ cho
1x1 or more @300--got 2--new PR!!!
Hanging Leg Raise
Seated Leg Curl
If you would have told me 6 months ago that I would be deadlifting 300lbs I would have just given you a weird look because strength was something new to me and I was definetely a newbie when running a strength program. Hitting that 300 deadlift has lit yet another fire under me and I now have my goal set for 400. Not gonna rush it but the intensity has just turned up! I do gotta give a shout out to the freaks like Brett Freeman, Chris Lavado, Erick Koenrich(my bad if i butchered it), Matt Jensen, etc. who post up their amazing videos. MOTIVATION!