Okay Leg day, basically got split in two here. My wife messaged me to pick her up from work right after I finished leg curls, before I started my squats, and I at least wanted to get those busted out before I picked her up. So my Warmup was the bar for 5 reps, 135x1, 225x1 and then right into 315x6 with no rest between, just putting plates on. I thought 335x3 would be easy after 315x6, but with no rest between I was cooked. My heart rate was at 169 bpm as I started the next set, Got the first 2 reps and then failed half way up on rep 3. Not disappointed in the performance considering the Warmup or lack thereof and no rest between sets. But it also did a poor job of actually testing my capabilities, which was kind of the purpose lol
After picking up my wife, I came back to finish the rest of the session. Db squat 20 reppers, walking lunges and db SDLs. Perfect combo to be sore and miserable lol
@TrainForPain definitely schooled me in this session! I will be back!
I’m thinking the same thing haha! My squats will actually be fast and I have to say, I noticed my concentric does seem to be a lot more explosive after having practice the speed squats for the past several Weeks
First Chest day of block II and this was really a fun change of pace! I always enjoy my improvised hammer machine and getting back to Dumbbell pressing felt great! Lots of novelty here, so I’m loving it!
Dumbbells only go up to 100 in the garage gym, so I just took the last set to failure and will progress reps over the next few weeks. Floor Press was surprisingly difficult but I suppose my chest was pretty exhausted by this point as well. This has been my favorite day of the program so far!
Thank you sir! I’m feeling confident that I may be able to get that number up to 20 by the end of this block if I stay on top of my recovery! I sure wish I had your top end strength! Especially on squat!
Just stopping by to swoon a little, don’t think we’ve ever engaged on here, but I came across your post extolling the benefits of long periods of bulking (as a naturally skinny dude I’m right there with you and always tend towards gaining above all else) and then followed up by getting stuck in to your journal, absolutely great read, your journey has been incredible, it just goes to show the power of effort and consistency.
Also you’ve inspired me to take another run at BtM, I’ve “done” it previously but didn’t stick to the diet plan or conditioning so I’ll call it a first proper run.
Anyway that’s all I stopped by to say - you’re doing incredible things, keep it up!
Thank you very much sir!! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed looking through my log! My only regret is that I didn’t start one sooner, because it’s really neat seeing how far I’ve come in the last two and a half years and seeing where my headspace was at different points, particularly regarding training! Also the feedback and banter with kind folks such as yourself have made it very rewarding!
BtM is such a fun program! I feel like the more times you run it, the “better” you get at it, The more you’re able to push yourself and the results continue to improve! Using the suggested diet with it is such a great bulking strategy!
I was feeling studly and strong today! Watched an old EFS video of John Meadows and Dave Tate training back to get me in the right headspace and it absolutely worked! I came in ready to lift it all today. Hadn’t done T-bar row in a while but I’ve seen quite a few videos of people doing really bad T-Bar form and today I watched John do it with perfect form, so I knew how I wanted my execution to be. I used some warm up sets to really feel the lats engaging and then I took off. Added plates until it felt hard.
I was excited to Deadlift again but I wasn’t sure what weight I’d be using. After 315 took off like a rocketship, I knew I wanted to go for 405. 405 moved so well even though I haven’t deadlifted in forever. That was extremely encouraging. I also threw in a set of decline leg raises to decompress my lower back and get some blood into my abs. Great training session today and I’m really looking forward to Banded speed Bench tomorrow!
I’ve only run it once and honestly the thought of it makes me apprehensive, the diet in particular, so I really hope I can do it justice! I will be starting from a better place in terms of pull ups, dips and conditioning so the lifting should be good, probably need to get some widow makers in to get those working as well!
This and the huge lessons for everyone else along on the ride, I’ll say it again, inspirational stuff, and I know others will be sitting up and taking note!
Quick and simple session today. The speed Bench really was fast moving today, as you would hope with such preposterously light weights. The rear delt stuff was fun. I always enjoy hammering those out!
The real fun came from the Dumbbell inclines! I was supposed to use 70s but my dumbbells go straight from 52.5 to 100 so I went with the hundreds and just wanted to see what I could do. I was fairly fresh since the speed Bench wasn’t fatiguing. I had 90 seconds to get what I could. For the first 45 seconds, I knocked out 17 continuous reps. Then I rested 15 seconds to try again and I only had one rep left in me. Oh well. I think next time I might just the 52.5s with the thick orange band around my back to get me closer to that 70 pound mark and see how many reps I can pump out.
Really wasn’t in the mood for a lift when I went to hit it today, but I ended up having a blast and getting a lot out of this session! Really happy I powered through and FOUND the right headspace. Gotta do I what I gotta do. Punching my ticket for the Gain Train, which I’m told doesn’t stop.