Saturday, January 27 – Friday, February 16

Progress in fits and starts

My gym progress during this period has not been entirely satisfactory, but not unsatisfactory either. One slight obstacles is that my main job has gotten much busier than in the past. Instead of working from 7am to around 2pm with a couple of breaks, it’s been more like 7 to 2:30 or 3 with maybe a single 5-minute break if I’m lucky.  What I’m finding is that when I work that hard during the day it’s harder to do well at the gym in the evening. Not impossible, of course, especially since my hours at the Major Home Improvement Retailer have been rather light, but more difficult.

Most upper-body work has been going well. I’ve been managing sets of four at 225, and can get up to 12 to 15 total reps at that weight. Yes, I know, I’ve done better in the past, but after a too-long stretch of doing too little I find this a reasonable degree of progress. I’ve yet to go for sets of five, but that will come soon enough. For back work, I’ve been concentrating on one-arm dumbbell rows, at this point I’m using a 75-pound dumbbell  with good form and don’t see any obstacle to further progress. Hopefully 100’s won’t be too far off.

It’s with lower-body work that I’ve been lagging. A couple of attempts at squats haven’t gone well, too much soreness the next day, and I’ve not been motivated to try deadlifting at all. As a result I’ve been using various leg presses around the gym, as well as seated leg curls. That’s better than nothing, of course, but I really should be doing more. It’s really just a matter of motivation, or the lack thereof.

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Monday, January 22 – Friday, January 26

Barely found time

This was one tough week at my main job. It was a tough work cycle, which is odd in a way because it was the second week of the 2-week cycle and usually the second week is easier. Not now, and I’m actually not sure why.  I was able to make it to the gym on Monday and Friday evenings, with two relatively decent sessions: leg work on Monday, upper body work on Friday. I know I should have done squats or deadlifts for leg work, but I just didn’t have the urge and did machine stuff instead. Leg presses, extensions, curls, the usual suspects.

After a rather dull shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer on Wednesday evening, I returned to the gym on Thursday for some bench presses and auxiliary work. It went surprisingly well. After getting started with 6 x 135, 6 x 165, 6 x 185, 4 x 205, I managed 3 x 225, 2 x 2 x 225, 1 x 225. My first triple in a while. After the 225’s I finished with 4 x 205, 6 x 185. I then did pec deck flies, 4 x 8 x 145, and finished with dumbbell French presses, 4 x 8 x 55. An increase of five pounds on the French presses from last time.

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Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21

Nothing record-setting in Saturday’s gym work. I did back stuff, starting with cable pulldowns, 5 x 8 x 150. Not too bad, though there is something about that exercise that just doesn’t float my boat, so to speak. It may be time to move onto something else. I also did SLDL’s, 3 x 8 x 155, and some machine work of no particular note.

Sunday was an 8-hour shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, my first such shift in a while. I had forgotten just how long eight hours can be!

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