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6 09 2013

I took a pretty major hiatus from blogging because I started a job towards the beginning of the year. My fitness goals have changed greatly this year, as now I’m training for a half marathon in November.

I was going pretty strong, and got up to half-marathon distances in my long runs, but something just isn’t clicking anymore. I think I’m like this with just about anything I take an interest in. A quick intense ramp-up with great success, then it just dies. I’ve done this with a lot of my fitness pursuits: weight lifting, body building, climbing, crossfitting and now running. It happens with non-exercise hobbies too: playing guitar, singing, playing video games, whittling, electronics, reading…blogging. I don’t think this is a bad thing though. It’s gotten me exposed to a bunch of new people and has kept me sharp.

So I’ll train for and complete my half marathon in November. It’s the Mission Inn Run Half Marathon, for those keeping track. But afterwards, I may take a break from running. Or I may not. Who knows, I may train for a full marathon. I bought a five visit pass to the climbing gym Threshold on a Living Social deal. I want to make good on those, so I may do some bouldering for a month. Maybe I’ll do some muscle building again. I guess we’ll just have to see.


Back to Basics

3 01 2013

My workout buddy and I have decided to start Stronglifts 5×5. This will be the second time for me and the first for him. I got to a point on my squats where I was sacrificing form for PR’s. I started reading Starting Strength and realized that I probably never had ideal form. So this is good.

We started very light, using the calculator on the free spreadsheet that is provided with the program, focusing on getting all the way down, keeping the bar on our shoulders, not our necks. It was honestly very hard to get used to. Keeping the bar that low meant putting our hands way behind our heads and that was pretty uncomfortable at first. However, once we got used to that position, the movement actually felt much more natural.

According to the tracking spreadsheet, we should be able to lift the following by mid-March (provided there are no hiccups):

  • Squat 245 lbs 5×5
  • Bench 180 lbs 5×5
  • Overhead Press 135 lbs 5×5
  • Barbell Row 150 lbs 5×5
  • Deadlift 290 lbs 1×5

Our current working weights are:

  • Squat 85 lbs 5×5
  • Bench 105 lbs 5×5
  • Overhead Press 55 lbs 5×5
  • Barbell Row 75 lbs 5×5
  • Deadlift 135 lbs 1×5

Gotta choose

8 11 2012

Yeah, I don’t think powerlifting and 5k time trials are going to go so well together. Just could not make my legs move today after yesterday’s heavy squat/deadlift session: 28:15.

I think I should choose one goal at a time, or work on one at a time anyway.

8 11 2012

Maybe slightly…?

Praise Cleveland

Exercise addiction. It sounds like an oxymoron—exercise has a healthy connotation, while addiction sounds negative.

But experts are seeing some people abuse a healthy lifestyle—and for one Los Angeles woman, the addiction lasted nearly 20 years. Misti, a 46-year-old woman who declined to give her last name due to privacy concerns, said she became addicted to exercise after college.

“It wasn’t until recently that I knew exercise addiction was a problem,”said Misti, who is in a 12-step program and has tried medicinal therapy. “At one point, I had three gym memberships, two trainers and…I was obsessed.”

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Misti said like an alcoholic looking for the next drink, she had to be near a gym at all times. “I had to scope it out, and wherever I was going to travel for work, the first question I would ask was not, ‘where…

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Squat Press Lift

7 11 2012

Straight up squats, overhead press and deadlift day. If I were doing Stronglifts, this would be workout B. I can see how it might begin to be impractical to do all three on one day. Well, maybe overhead press and squats or overhead press and deadlifts, but squats and deadlifts within an hour is starting to get VERY tiring. Throw in 5k runs 3 times a week and I think I would be headed toward overtraining at this pace.

Fortunately, I’m leaving for Hawaii in a week (!), so some temporary intense training won’t hurt, in my opinion. Today was good. New PR’s on all 3:

  • Barbell Squat:
    • 135 lb x 5 reps
    • 175 lb x 5 reps
    • 195 lb x 5 reps
    • 175 lb x 7 reps
    • 155 lb x 9 reps
    • 135 lb x 11 reps
  • Overhead Press
    • 45 lb x 10 reps
    • 65 lb x 8 reps
    • 100 lb x 5 reps
    • 85 lb x 7 reps
    • 65 lb x 7 reps (couldn’t get the last 2 out)
    • 45 lb x 11 reps
  • Barbell Deadlift:
    • 135 lb x 5 reps
    • 225 lb x 3 reps
    • 275 lb x 1 reps
    • 185 lb x 8 reps

Still on track to meet my end-of-year goals:

Starting to plateau?

6 11 2012

Well, I guess I knew it couldn’t last forever, but my 5k progress stalled out today. I took a HUGE 2 seconds off my Thursday time… 27:16. I started at 6.9, moved up to 7.1 after mile 1 and attempted to go up again at mile 2, but after a quarter mile I was done. I jogged for about half a mile, then went back up to pace. It’s rather encouraging actually, because I was on pace to go below 26. I may get there on Thursday…

Bench and Rows

5 11 2012

So the idea here was to first focus on big, compound barbell movements first (flat bench press and bentover rows), then do assistance exercises after:

  • Barbell Bench Press:
    • 95 lb x 5 reps
    • 115 lb x 5 reps
    • 175 lb x 1 reps
    • 165 lb x 3 reps
    • 155 lb x 5 reps
    • 135 lb x 7 reps
    • 115 lb x 9 reps
    • 95 lb x 8 reps
  • Bent Over Barbell Row:
    • 65 lb x 5 reps
    • 95 lb x 5 reps
    • 135 lb x 5 reps
    • 125 lb x 7 reps
    • 115 lb x 9 reps
    • 95 lb x 11 reps
  • Pull-Up:
    • 5 reps || weighted || 15 lb
    • 5 reps || weighted || 25 lb
    • 5 reps || weighted || 20 lb
    • 5 reps || weighted || 15 lb
  • Kipping Pull-Up:
    • 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Flyes:
    • 25 lb x 12 reps
    • 25 lb x 10 reps
    • 25 lb x 8 reps

I tried to go extra heavy on bench, starting with 175 lbs, but I could only get it up one time. I think I’ll assume that I’m advancing slower on that one. It was a good workout. I’m spent!

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