14 November 2018 - Upper Body W4D2 Bodyweight: 219.2lbs
Pause Bench 5x5 245lbs (LSRPE 9…zoinks)
Barbell Rows 5x5 225lbs (LSRPE 6)
Chin Ups 5x5 bodyweight
Close Grip Bench 5x5 215lbs (LSRPE 7)
OHP 5x5 135lbs (LSRPE 9)
Hanging Knee Raises 2x10
Face Pulls 3x30
Pushing exercises today felt fucking HARD. I have no idea why. My 3x5s were the easiest session I’ve had to date, and for some reason, this 5x5 day just got me all messed up. 185 wasn’t moving like it should’ve been during warmups, and 225 felt heavier than 245 did on Saturday. I immediately recalled my food intake today and realized that I hardly ate anything and barely drank any water. Usually, I’m eating a ton of carbs all week, so if I don’t eat much on a training day, I’m fine as long as I’ve had enough water. Today was the perfect storm in that department. No chocolate milk since Saturday (my main carb source), very little food today, and hardly any water. Not to mention I haven’t taken creatine since Sunday… damn. I really messed up. Time to get back on the horse!
The good news is that barbell rows felt as easy as they’ve felt all program long. My first 3 sets of close grip felt hard, and then I realized that they were only hard because I was letting them be hard. So I broke through that mental barrier and crushed my last 2 sets with an RPE 6 on the 4th set and RPE 7 on the last one.
OHP was hard as hell, no surprise there.
Tomorrow is a rest day. Got class all day from 9-4–speaking of, I had two exams again this morning. I would’ve bet actual money that I had failed at least one of them, but I got an average of 81%. I’m keeping my head above water, boys! About 3 weeks left in the semester. I’m turning in one research paper tomorrow and another one the day before Thanksgiving. Then it’s time to buckle down for finals. As soon as finals are over, I’ll have a few weeks (2-3) to just chill and lift weights before our meet. I don’t think my squats will be ready, but maybe my bench will be. It might end up being a bench-only meet for me, unfortunately. I’ll still be testing my squat and deadlift maxes in January, though, although not in the first week.
Rest tomorrow like I said, then I’m lifting with a family friend on Friday. He’s 28, recently married, and strong as hell. He’s on T, and he said his muscles have grown faster than his joints can manage. He said he squats 410 for 3x5 with minimal difficulty, but his joints are killing him. His maxes as of right now are 465/375/585. Mine are 425/315/475. And I don’t think I’m anywhere near being able to do those right now. MAYBE 385/285/435. So it’ll be cool to finally lift with someone stronger than me, something I’ve never really done before in my life.