Friday - THE CHAOS AND PAIN HAS BEGUN:
Well, I've been following a relatively strict 5 day heavy compound workout schedule for a month (legs,chest&bi,Back&tri,legs,shoulders&neck) and goddammit!, I'm already bored! Don't get me wrong, my numbers on DL's, bench and squat are going up, but I couldn't put a finger on why I was losing motivation.
Then this weekend it hit me. Whilst in a stomach-flu induced 4-day purge and sleep fiasco, I realized: I'm half-assing it on the Chaos and Pain!...goddammit if you're gonna go C&P, GO C&P!
I've thrown out my old workout routine. It had all the basic proven lifts: DL's, front squat, pullups, weighted dips etc. but its too dammed rigid. Also, exercises that tax my system such as BTN's and one-arm DL's have always scared me, but WTF, you'll only get better at them by doing it!
So based on the fact that I'm coming off a nasty 5 day stomach flu, I didn't 'pain' it as much as 'chaos'ing it. Today I tried BTN's and one-arm DL's, here's the numbers (keep in mind I'm only 18 weeks into lifting...ever):
BTN Press: 5 x 5 @ 135 (First time: felt really good, tough movement)
Deadlift: 5 x 5 @ 275 (no straps or belt, quicker than normal tempo)
1-Arm Deadlift: 5 x 2 @ 220 (w/ straps, superset with reg DL's, gotta watch my back: no twist)
Pullups: 4+1,3+2,2+3,1+4,1+4 (full ROM + negatives)
Weighted dips: 5 x 5 @ BW+25 (BW=230 lbs)
This felt GOOOD! In the next few days I'm going to set up groups of the following:
6 compound PUSH movements
6 compound PULL movements
6 Leg exercises (no machines, naturally other than reverse hypers)
6 Support exercises (wrist rolls, Neck Flexion&Ext, rotator cuff excercise, heavy BB curls etc)
I'm setting up for 4 exercises a day, the way each is chosen is chaotic: a six-sided die will be thrown every day (one for each group), and those four exercise will be done. I am not sure, but that is as chaotic as I can think of. I don't have the memory or capacity to remember which exercise I did, so everything will still be logged. naturally, Friday won't require a die roll; I'll just do what is left on the list that hasn't been done.
I AM STOKED, this is gonna be fun.