Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September 18, 2012 - I'm giving up... on my blog.

I'm not writing anything interesting here.  This is just a glorified workout log.  I am ceasing as of today.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 - COOOOOORE.

I've come to realize that the left side of my core is not engaging nearly as strongly as my right.  I realized it when I tried a pistol squat on my left side and I had to lean over really far to keep balance.  No such thing occurred on my right side.  Today I decided to start doing something about it and did all of my work with the tightest core I could muster.  It seems to be working because I'm sore as hell.

To help with this core thing, I tried a new exercise today: overhead dumbbell squats.  WHOA.  You need to keep everything tight or you fall over.  Hilarious.

I worked out today:
10 minutes warmup + handstands
4x15s Tuck Front Lever
6x8s Band Assisted Tuck Planche - I'm finally starting to understand what I need to do in this move.  It's not any easier or anything, but at least I understand it.
10,10,8 Ring Rows (feet & rings @ 47") - After the first two or three reps, I wasn't getting full lift.  I'm going to stick with this setup for a while longer until I can pull myself up for all 10 reps on all 3 sets.
10,10,8 Ring Pushups (feet & rings @ 47) - I'm now focusing on making sure my forearms don't rest on the rings.  It makes everything MUCH harder.
3x10x30lbs Dumbbell Overhead Squats
12,12,8x15lbs. Dumbbell Step Up (23")
2x5 Chin-ups.  I plan on doing at least 4 more sets when I get home from work.  GTG is hard.

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10th, 2012 - It's working (me too hard.)

New routine is still going well.  As of today, I've put on 10 lbs total since May and just barely missed my self-imposed goal of +10 lbs by September 6th.  It wasn't pure muscle like I hoped, but I'm almost back to the lean weight I had when I weighed 220.  Craziness.

And most importantly, Mrs. Wife said I looked hot.  That's really all I wanted out of this crazy experiment.

This workout was suboptimal because I only got 5 hours of sleep.  I will not let this happen again.

I worked out today:

  • 10m warmup + handstands - Finally starting to get the right feeling on handstands.   
  • 5x15s Tuck Back Lever 
  • 2x30+s Tuck L-sit - It's time to do a max length test on this.  30 seconds barely stresses me now.
  • 8, 7+1, 4+4 Chin-ups - I think my newly increased chubbiness is causing me issues with pulling.  At this point, I'm just trying to get a solid 3x8 every workout.  We'll see what happens next time.
  • 3x2 10+s eccentric HSPUs on cinder blocks - I don't seem to be improving at all on these, so next session, I'll be replacing the cinder blocks with some 1.5" thick bricks I have laying around. After I can do 3x8 at that depth, then I'll add more blocks.  Repeat this process until I'm at full depth.
  • 3x12 Jumping Squats w/30lbs. - Cardio for the day!
  • 1x12 23" Step Ups w/20lbs. - Picked up the wrong DBs by mistake.  This was ROUGH.
  • 2x12 23" Step Ups w/13lbs. - This was the right weight and it felt much better.
  • 8 Chin-ups - done later in the day.  I want to start doing GTG training, but I can't seem to remember to get out to the garage often enough.  I really need to find a place to do pullups at work...  Any ideas?