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“When you are born, you are set forth to die. The fact that you live or don’t live between these two dates depends solely upon your own will, opportunities and desires. The weight exerciser, of course, indicates that he chooses to live.”
Joseph Curtis Hise
Why not be strongerthan I am? Haha, but seriously. I’ve been lifting weights in one way or another since grade 10 but really only got my shit together midway through my first year of university. You’ve got plenty of time
But don’t worry about the ranting, believe me I feel the same way. I like to think I’m a decent trainer, and my girlfriend has done some elite athlete training (some girls she trained are going to london) and we both just shake our heads through it, and then bitch after.
It’s the risk you take I guess. My coach is a great technical coach…but he’s never studied exercise science and it shows.
I took a peek through your log and really didn’t see too too much to fix. If anything- you may want to consider simplifying things for a while. One thing I realized was a mistake was assuming different methods needed different exercises.
I’d do stuff like take a heavy single on squats then try to get some volume in on ham curls and pistol squats, or something like that. The basic barbell stuff is still the go-to exercise, even if you’ve done it already. Squat, press, pull, repeat. If you want strength, push them heavy.
Want mass too? drop down for a couple high rep sets afterwards. I know rowers aren’t the best example of getting a full nights sleep so if that’s you…fix it. It makes a huge difference for me.
I’m being very very general on purpose- it’s about the best I can do without asking a ton of other questions as well. Honestly, I’m beginning to think more and more that as long as your program isn’t too ridiculous and you’re putting in the work, anything works. Basic training principles are universal- progression, overload, recovery, etc.
Follow them and you will improve, because there really is no other option. I followed 5/3/1 for a while and it worked great, trying out the doug hepburn routines right now and while it’s too early to really tell, I think it’s going to work out great too.
Anyway, onto the task at hand
Monday June 21, 2010
Jerks- 1:00 rest
A1: Bench Press- 1:30 rest
A2: Press- 1:30
“Stone” continentals (to shoulder) with D-Ball (in lbs)
75/100/125/150 x6- 1:00 rest
2- Row(ing Practice)
2- 8:30 (decided to quit being a bitch, even if running makes me sore)
5 min- Squat, upright row, dead to upright row, crunch
8k, Rate 24
Thunder kept us off the water initially, hence the messed up workout.
But again, this was another one of “those” days. I’ve been getting more and more frustrated with rowing lately. I love the sport, but the club is not a positive training environment. Haven’t gotten any real coaching in oh…6 weeks and everyone who’s been around a while has a bitchy power complex.
And they wonder why I like the gym so much.
On the bright side- first time playing around with the d-balls and those things are hella fun. I train at the same gym ED and Powergnp do. Yes, you can say it, we’re spoiled. Maybe I’ll post a shameless gym pimping video sometime