On Wednesday, at a specialist visit to address my snoring, I registered an alarming blood pressure reading. Several re-tests confirmed it. I figured it was an aberration. I already had a cardiologist appt. set for Thursday, so I had a follow-up built in. At the heart doc’s, the numbers weren’t as obscene but bad enough to address with some medication changes. He also did a 12-lead EKG and noticed some issues that requires some follow up and testing. I checked my BP in a relaxed state Thur evening and got some more eye-popping numbers. Even if they aren’t 100% accurate, it still isn’t acceptable.
I assessed my training and came to the conclusion I can’t continue with the programing I’m doing right now. I expected to hit the final week of the Rhodes 5x5/3/1 Anchor cycle with a lot of heavy weight that was really gonna test me. I need to cancel that now. I’m disappointed mainly because I was treating this as a challenge, but I don’t feel comfortable bracing and grinding like I would need to to get through these last 4 workouts. I don’t think stroking out in a squat rack is heroic or strong or anything else useful - just a disaster.
The Cardiologist didn’t seem concerned that lifting weight made up the bulk of my exercise effort, but I bet he assumes I’m lifting "Planet Fitness’ circuit-style on selectorized purple machines with half-assed effort. The only admonition was to ensure I stayed active with a lot of walking, cycling etc.
So until I get the BP under control, and find out what’s going on with my body, I’m modifying my lifting. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but at least I’ve set some criteria: 1. I’m still going to do the big compound movements I enjoy. I like it. I need it mentally. I’m a creature of habit to a fault, and this world has already fucked it up enough for me. 2. Loading/pacing is where I’ll make the changes. The work will still challenge me, but I will avoid 2 things: hard bracing and lung busting. 3. I will not be rolled out of a crowded gym into an ambulance. I would rather shit myself deadlifting on a Monday night at 7 than be subjected to that humiliation. “There’s the fat fuck who shouldn’t even be here. That was a heart attack just waiting to happen.”
It’s a shot in the dark, but I’ve just got to keep moving.
Friday, May 28, 2021
2.4 mile sunset stroll
Saturday, May 29, 2021
30 minutes stationary bike
Cable shruggs 3 sets - Fuck it, the machine’s right next to the bike.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
225 x 6 x 5 sets w/ 60-75s rests.
140 x 6 x 5 sets w/ 60s rests.
205 x 6 x 5 sets w/ 60-75s rests
BB Incline Press
185 x 6 x 5 sets w/ 60s rests
Band Pull aparts x 100
Abench crunches x 50 total