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MetalJesse's Log


#1

I've spent a lot time at home in bed due to my condition (Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis). One winter I even stayed inside (mainly in my bedroom) ALL winter because I could barely walk. A few years ago I got into nutrition and started eating better, and the attacks (periods of weakness) became less frequent. Eventually I could walk around like normal people and go up the stairs but I was still really weak.

I spent a while in physical therapy, and they noticed that light exercise helped get rid of the mild attacks. After that, I kept up with my exercises they gave me but I still had the 'skinny gamer' look and I was still weak. Deep down I knew that arm rotations wouldn't make me strong. I started simple body-weight exercises and now I can jump, run, and do pushups now. I started eating and gained 9 lbs. It's time to hit the weights, no more being weak! I can't stand being weak!

I've already been watching squatting seminars and practicing with a 10 lb bar, and today I felt good. I wanted to see roughly how much weight I could safely squat today. I recorded myself to see if my knees were below parallel, they were but I could still go deeper.

Today's workout: 7/8/11
Weight: 146 lbs
Squats (wide stance):

10 lb (bar) - 5 reps.
50 lbs - 5 reps. Scared to get under the bar, but I dug deep.
80 lbs - 5 reps.*
110 lbs - 5 reps.* I remember not even have the strength to walk, this is a big deal for me.
120 lbs - 1 rep*
130 lbs - 1 rep*
140 lbs - 1 rep*
145 lbs - 2 reps.* BODY-WEIGHT! Didn't think the first rep was parallel, but it was.
`135 lbs - 7 reps.*

Stronger than I thought, but still. Struggling to squat body-weight is depressing no matter how you look at it. I want to be athletic and strong like you guys.

*EDIT (8/5/11): After watching it over, these were NOT parallel. My idea of parallel was WRONG.


#2

~Sunday 7/10/11~ Weight: 147 lbs

Jumprope - x100 skips in a row x3 sets
Bas Rutten Muay Thai CD - 4 rounds (11 minutes)

Barbell Curls
10 (bar) x 5
20 x 5
30 x 5
35 x 5
40 x 1

I wanted to do DB Rows, but my lats were too affected by the HypoKPP. Biceps were affected slightly too, but they weren't in much pain so I pushed through. I've curled 25 lb dumbbells for 5 reps with stricter form a week ago, so I was disappointed in this.

~Monday 7/11/11~ Weight: 147 lbs

I want to see if I can milk any 'noob gains' from Starting Strength. My chest and lower back were affected by HypoKPP, but screw it.

Jump-Rope
3 sets of 120 reps

SQUATS:
40(lbs) x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
80 x 5
80 x 5 (paused after the 4th one)
80 x 5 (paused after the 3rd one)

BENCH PRESS:
30 x 5
50 x 5
60 x 5
60 x 5
60 x 5 (I paused to rest after the 4th rep)
Oh man. That was terrible. I've dumbbell pressed more than this, geez.

DEADLIFT:
50 x 5
60 x 5
70 x 5
80 x 5 (I paused after the 4th rep so I stopped here)

Well, time to evaluate myself. Everything is much lower than it should be.
My realistic goals right now:
Squat and Deadlift 150 lbs x 5
Bench 100 lbs x 5.

Most 15 year old boys are past my goals without training a day in their lives. These numbers are the reason I didn't want to make a log, especially considering all of the strong people on this site, but I know that the embarrassment will do me more good in the long run. Besides, I have this dream that if I work consistently and eat right I'll be one of the strong guys. Being this level of weak makes me so mad, but that's good. I eat when I'm mad.


#3

~Wednesday 7/13/11~ Weight: 149 (lbs)

Ashamed to post this.

Squat
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5,5?,5? (paused often, didn't hit parallel twice)

Barbell Overhead Press
30 x 5
50 x 5
60 x 5
70 x 5
80 x 4
70 x 5,5? (paused)

Power Clean
30 x 20

Pullup
0

90lb squat was too heavy. I didn't even hit parallel for the last 2. Next time I'll work with less weight... so it'll be an 80 lb squat and a 70 lb overhead press? Awh man. Legs are priority #1 right now. I can walk, jump rope, sometimes even jog and jump, but can't squat. That doesn't completely make sense to me, but it's reality. No excuse. Saturday I'll work hard.


#4

~Friday 7/15/11~ Weight: 150 (lbs)

Jumprope - x120 skips in a row x3 sets
Bas Rutten Muay Thai CD - 2 rounds (5 minutes)

SQUAT:
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
80 x 5,5,8
90 x 5
100 x 5,5,11 - Got light headed, had to rack it. I was way below parallel, the practice is helping.

BENCH PRESS:
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
80 x 5,5,8

DEADLIFT:
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5
100 x 12

I've been sleeping, eating and drinking A LOT more than I'm used to, including naps. Wednesday, 90 lbs was too heavy for me on the squat, but today I went way past parallel with 100 for 12 reps! I know it's really light weight for you guys, but try to see where I'm coming from. I remember this one time when a bully pushed me down on the sidewalk walking home from high school. I struggled to get on my hands and knees, but didn't have the strength to stand up. That's where my strength levels were. I had to slowly force myself to fucking roll to the curb, put my knees on the curb where my feet were on the street, and struggle to get up. And yes, stereotypically, the girl I liked happened to walk past. But now I have goals.... I want a 135 lb squat, 135 lb deadlift, and 100 lb bench press for reps! I want them bad!


#5

This week's log is brought to you by the manbra, helping manboobs everywhere.

~SUNDAY 7/17 - Weight: 151 lbs~

Barbell Curls
10 x 6
30 x 5
50 x 5
60 x 2 - Cheated on last rep. Gonna start doing Dumbbell Rows.

~MONDAY 7/18 - 151 lbs~

Squat
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5
110 x 5,5,11

Overhead Barbell Press
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5,5,9

Power Cleans
40 x 5
45 x 5 - Thought it was 50 lbs, but forgot to put a 5 lb plate on one side)
70 x 7 - Technique still kind of bad, felt like I was reverse curling more than cleaning.

~WEDNESDAY 7/20 - Weight: 152 lbs~

Squat
30 x 5
60 x 6
80 x 3
100 x 2
120 x 1
100 x 4

Bench Press
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5,5,4

Deadlift
30 x 5
60 x 5
110 x 5

~FRIDAY 7/22 - Weight: 154 lbs~

Warmup - Muay Thai CD - 2 rounds (5 minutes)
*I was already sweating bullets before the warmup.

Squat
30 x 5
60 x 5
90 x 5
110 x 6
120 x 5,5,15 - It felt good!

Barbell Overhead Press
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 2
80 x 5,5,5 (This always hurts my back, I might switch it with dumbbell overhead press)

Power Cleans
30 x 6
50 x 6
70 x 9 - No more energy!

I saw some improvements this week, and my body's getting bigger. I'm on my way to not looking like a little girl and I LOVE it!


#6

This week's log is brought to you by the Squat Rack - helping skinny guys like me curl when you should be squatting a new PR.

~MONDAY 7/25 - Weight: 155 lbs~

Squat:
10 x 5
30 x 5
60 x 5
80 x 5
100 x 2
120 x 2
130 x 5,5,8

Bench Press:
10 x 5
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5,5,9

Deadlift:
50 x 5
70 x 5
90 x 5
110 x 5
130 x 5
150 x 3,1,1 (over/under grip)

~WEDNESDAY 7/27 - Weight: 156 lbs

Squat:
10 x 5
50 x 5
90 x 6
110 x 3
130 x 8,8,11

Barbell Overhead Press:
30 x 6
50 x 5
80 x 5,5,4 (Hurt my back again)

Power Clean
50 x 6
70 x 5
90 x 2,1

Dumbbell Rows
20 x 6
30 x 6

Dumbbell Curls
20 x ? (Didn't write it down)

~FRIDAY 7/29 - Weight: 157.8 lbs (that's right, new scale)~

Squat
10 x 5
50 x 5
80 x 5
110 x 3
135 x 5,5,7

Dumbbell Press:
20 x 5
25 x 5,5,9
27.5 x 5

Deadlift:
50 x 5
100 x 5
150 x 5 (over under grip)

THREE WEEKS! I'm really having to force myself to eat now. I've been drinking heavy whipping cream, whole milk, weight gainer, whey protein, pasta, butter on everything; eating like this is draining. There's a DEFINITE change in my physique from 3 weeks ago, and my hypokalemic attacks have gotten MUCH weaker. I look like a normal person now, and my walking and jumping rope is so natural now that you can't even tell that I had a problem. I've never felt so passionate about anything, including my music.


#7

This week's log is brought to you by procrastination. Procrastinators unite (tomorrow)...

Okay, so my condition was really bad all week, but I pulled through and still gained weight. I can feel my strength levels going up, even if I can't contract my muscles properly at the moment.

~MONDAY 8/1/11 - Weight: 159.4 lbs~

SQUAT
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 5
100 x 4
50 x 20,25 (I got mad that I couldn't do anything heavier so I punished my muscles)

Dumbbell Overhead Press (Not putting a bar over my head when my muscles are unreliable)
20 x 5,5,5

Power Cleans
10 x 12
30 x 10
50 x 5
70 x 6 (PR)

~WEDNESDAY, 8/3/11 - Weight 160.2 lbs~

Power Clean Practice (morning):
10 (bar) x 100 reps

Squat:
10 x 6 (Pain in my hip during all sets)
50 x 5
90 x 3
110 x 3
135 x 1

Bench Press:
30 x 5
50 x 4
70 x 1
100 x 5,5,5 [PR]

Deadlift:
30 X 2
70 X 3
120 X 1
155 x 0,0 (Grip stronger but exhausted from power clean practice)
135 x 1

~FRIDAY 8/5/11 - Weight: 162.0 lbs~

SQUAT:
10 x 5
30 x 5
50 x 5
90 x 5
110 x 5
135 x 5,5,6

My hip hurt and I struggled on these, but even though I was suffering from a mild attack I could squat 135. I must be getting stronger.

Power Thrusts:
10 x 5
30 x 5
50 x 5,5

Attack left me too weak to do barbell overhead presses, but too uncoordinated to do dumbbell overhead presses. Probably sticking with power thrusts and stacking them with the power cleans from now on.

Power Cleans:
30 x 5
50 x 1,1,1,3
30 x 10,10,10
40 x 6,5
50 x 1

I tried everything in my power to hit a new PR because I KNOW I can handle much more weight, but my muscles just wouldn't contract right from the attack.

~~~~~ 1 MONTH ~~~~~

... My first real month of weight lifting. I hate my condition but I'm glad I pushed through it this last week. Here's my first lifts compared to this month's personal records.

WEIGHT:
7/08/11 - 146 lbs
8/05/11 - 162 lbs

SQUAT:
7/11/11 - 85 x 5 - Slightly below parallel
8/05/11 - 135 x 7 - All below parallel, during mild attack

BENCH PRESS:
7/11/11 - 60 x 5
8/03/11 - 100 x 5

DEADLIFT:
7/11/11 - 80 x 5
7/29/11 - 150 x 5

POWER CLEAN:
7/13/11 - 30 x 20
7/27/11 - 90 x 2

BARBELL OVERHEAD PRESS:
7/13/11 - 80 x 4
7/27/11 - 80 X 5

I'm thankful for T-Nation's authors and members for putting me on the right track to one day not being a girly man. In the next 4 weeks I'm expecting to hit PR's on everything.
P.S. Monday I'm adding in Dumbbell Rows because I gained too much weight and can't even do a pullup now, let alone a chinup!


#8

You crushed your goals for the first month. Keep up the good work.


#9

Thanks pk0ad!

This is LAST WEEK's log that I didn't get to post yet.

Monday 8/8/2011 - Weight: 162.6
Warmup: 3 Rounds Thai Boxing (8 minutes)

Squat:
40 x 5
70 x 5
110 x 5
135 x 8,8,12 (PR)

Bench Press
10 x 6
50 x 5
75 x 2
90 x 1
100 x 3, 2

No record on this, but my triceps were extremely weak from my condition. I don't know how I managed to even press 100 lbs.

Pushups: 6, 6, 7
I'm incorporating these since, well, since I'm weak. I don't plan on doing pushups and bench presses in the same workout forever, but right now my ability to recover exceeds my strength.

Deadlift
30 x 3
80 x 3
120 x 1
150 x 5 (PR)

Dumbbell Rows
10 x 5
15 x 8
20 x 8

Dumbbell Rows Elbows Out
10 x 5
15 x 8
20 x 8


Wednesday 8/10/11 - weight 162.6 lbs
Warmup: 3 rounds Thai shadowboxing (8 minutes)

Squat
10 x 5
50 x 5
90 x 5
120 x 3
140 x 5,5,8 (PR)

Power Clean
10 x 5
30 x 6
50 x 5
70 x 3
90 x 1
70 x 12

Push Press
10 x 5
30 x 5
50 x 5
70 x 3
70 x 6

Barbell Bicep Curl
30 x 8
40 x 4


Friday I didn't hit the weights, I was in the Mountains in the National Allegany Forest in Pennsylvania. I was hiking. It was definitely a different kind of strength/coordination. But man, it felt great. Actually being outside, hiking with friends and NOT being left behind. This is what I've been missing my whole life.

I'll post this week's log Friday. Drama swooped it's ugly head in my house and now i'm sleeping on a carpet in the basement. My back hurts when I wake up, but it doesn't seem to be affecting my performance. Thank goodness.


#10

This week's log is brought to you by the soy protein! "Estrogen's not so bad!"

And what a hectic week it's been. I tried my hardest to buy books and prepare for College all with personal drama with a roomate. She took her bed off of me so I'm sleeping in the basement on a thin carpet, which isn't affecting my performance as much as I thought it would.

Monday 8/15/11
Weight: 163.8 lbs

Squat:
40 x 6
70 x 6
100 x 6
120 x 2
140 x 6 (pause set)
145 x 2 (pause set)

Bench Press
10 x 10
30 x 6
50 x 6
70 x 3
100 x 4,3,2

Pushups
5,5,5
I can do pushups now. Time to get a half-respectable number with them.

Deadlift
50 x 2 ( 1 power clean)
90 x 3
120 x 1
150 x 7 (PERSONAL RECORD)

Dumbbell Rows
10 x 6
15 x 6
20 x 6
25 x 6,10,10

Dumbbell Rows Elbows Out
10 x 6
15 x 6
20 x 6
25 x 6


Wednesday 8/17/11
Weight: 162.4

Warmup: Jumprope
50 skips consecutively
50 skips left leg
50 skips right leg
50 skips consecutively

Squat:
50 x 5
90 x 5
120 x 2
145 x 6,5,9 (PERSONAL RECORD)

Power Clean
50 x 5
70 x 1
80 x 1
90 x 1,1,10,8,6 (PERSONAL RECORD)

Strict Overhead Press
50 x 5
70 x 3
90 x 4,4,3 (PERSONAL RECORD)

Barbell Bicep Curls: (slow tempo)
10 x 5
30 x 2
40 x 6,6,8

Running on less calories and less sleep and sleeping on the floor instead of the bed, and I hit personal records. For some reason I still had A LOT of energy.

Pushups: 10 (PERSONAL RECORD [after the muscle atrophy])

Jumprope:
50
20 left leg
20 right leg
151


Thursday 8/18/2011 Weight: 161.2

Jumprope
1001 skips. (PERSONAL RECORD)
This took a few sets but I did it. I can do that thing now where I swing it around twice in one jump!


Friday 8/19/2011 Weight: 161.2 lbs

Muay Thai shadowboxing CD
2 min rounds 1 min rest - all 10 rounds (30 minute workout)

Pushups:
13 (PERSONAL RECORD)
6 (squeezing)
13


I couldn't do my real workout Friday cause my condition was affecting my quads and glutes pretty bad, but that happens when I stay up late for some reason.

Either way, I hit PR's this week, so success. I'm going to try my hardest to get my pushups and bench press somewhere half-decent. I want to do 20 pushups and 135 lb bench press so bad! That will mean A LOT to me.


#11

Today was my first day in College. I have nutrition, physical wellness, health science, and English.

Physical Wellness has some really high tech gear that measures bodyfat, grip strength, etc! I'm REALLY EXCITED.

To pass physical wellness, I need to do 10 pushups, walk a few miles (or jog), etc. It sounds pretty easy, but Wednesday we're having a pre-test to see where we're at. There are 300 pound moms in our class who won't be able to pass, so I feel it should be rated on personal progress.

My workouts are going to switch to more bodyweight physical preparedness stuff until this class until the semester's over. I'll post my log Friday like usual to keep my post count down - I don't want to be that guy with 1,000 posts who can't even bench his bodyweight.


#12

Kind of upset this didn't post earlier when I was being all depressed and dramatic and wrote three paragraphs about how hard it is to walk to college and work and keep up with weight training. Oh well.

Monday 8/22/2011 - Weight: 157 (Got sick)

Pushups:
12, 10, 12 (PR)

Power Cleans:
50 x 5
70 x 3
90 x 3
100 x 4
105 x 2
115 x 1 (PR)


Wednesday 8/24/2011 - Weight: 157 lbs
In Health and Wellness I got my body fat checked. 12.1% bodyfat (+/-3%)

(In College):
Situps: 12 (pathetic)

Warmup: jumprope
100 skips
100 skips
110 skips

I did this in a circuit with no rest except after situps to add more weight to the bar for the Power Cleans. After 3 rounds of the circuit I maxed out on Power Cleans.

Pushups:
10, 10, 10 (hit muscular failure)

Power Cleans:
50 x 5
70 x 2
90 x 1
95 x 1, 1
100 x 0 (near catastrophe)
100 x 1 (glad I could at least do this)

Situps:
10, 4, 2

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So as you can see, I didn't hit any PRs today. I'm just not eating or getting sleep like I was, I'm still not used to this College lifestyle. I WILL do better Friday!

Also, my professor in Health and Wellness said that I have to be able to do tricep dips to pass her class. My new routine to pass health and wellness looks like this.


Monday Morning - Health and Wellness exercises
Monday Evening - Barbell Squats, Pushups, Dumbbell Rows

Wednesday Morning - Health and Wellness exercises
Wednesday Evening - Power Clean, Push press, Dumbell Bicep Curls as active rest

Friday Evening - Sprints, Planks,


The Health and Wellness exercises are always going to be bodyweight exercises and/or running. It's gonna be hard but I HAVE to grow and get stronger.


#13

Friday, 8/26/11 - Weight: 154.6 lbs

I woke up early, walked an hour to college, walked directly to work, washed cars, walked home and crashed. Then I realized I exercise on Fridays, too. This is draining.

Step Jumps (1 step)
20 x 3

Elbow Plank
1 minute

Side Elbow Planks
1 minute each

That's it. Rest and recharge all weekend now.


#14

I said I'd recharge and that's what I did! Check it out.

Sunday, 8/28/2011 - Weight: 161.6 (Binged on food, but the scale might be wrong or something)

Step Jumps:
1 step - x10
2 steps - x10, 10, 15

Squats:
50 x 5
90 x 5
130 x 5
150 x 10 (Personal Record!)

Power Cleans:
50 x 5
90 x 4
110 x 3
120 x 1 (Personal Record!!)

Push Press:
90 x 6
110 x 3
120 x 1 (Personal Record!!!)

Everything I did today was a Personal Best! Man. It was great having my brother encourage me. I caught up on sleep and drink whey protein in whole milk with superfood for breakfast now instead of sugary cereal - the difference feels amazing. I was going to do pushups and hit a PR on them too (I can feel it) but I have Physical Wellness in the morning and she might have us do them.

Wow. Life is good. Someday I'll hit real numbers, I know it.


#15

I exercised in Health and Wellness class today.
Monday 8/29/11 - Weight: 160.0 lbs

Warmup: 50 minute brisk walk (to class)

Running: 1 mile: 11:00 even
Walking Lunges: 60
Bodyweight Squats: 50
Planks (pushup pos): 1:00
Plank (moving variation): :30
Pushups: 6, 5 (got to 10 the first time, but paused often to rest)

Cooldown: 50 minute brisk walk home

I actually ran (slowly) the whole time without stopping. Teacher probably wondered why I seemed so happy. The walking lunges burned my quads bad, squatting yesterday was a bad idea (wouldn't take it back though). The bodyweight squats were ridiculously easy. The teacher said "You don't have to go that low, just parallel". I completely SUCKED at the pushups though. Wednesday I'll come ready.

I have to say, the feeling of partial adequacy means a lot to me. I wasn't the first or last person at anything, I was right in the middle. That will change.

=====
Also, I know my diet is crap since I'm not in charge of the food stamps, but soon I will be getting more money, so I was hoping one of you guys would be bored enough to analyze my diet for me so I can prepare to make changes. This was somewhat typical, but I get the feeling my protein intake is usually a lot lower. I'll record my diet for a few days and give you guys the averages on the weekend.

Meal 1)
1 scoop Superfood with water,
Protein Shake with whole milk,
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter on a bun (I was in a rush, and my roomate thinks it's 'healthy')

Meal 2)
Weight Gainer with Whole Milk
Burger w/2 slices Bread
1/2 cup mellon (grown in our garden)
Tostitos

Meal 3)
Burger w/2 slices of bread and butter
1 glass whole milk
1/2 cup ice cream

Calories: 2,152
From Fat: 668 - 95.5 g
From Protein: 524 - 131 g
From Carbs: 880 - 220 g

Also noticed something weird. My fat/protein/carb calories add up and only equal 2,071. That's 80 calories hidden on the label. I'm hoping it's not all transfat because that would be 11 grams.


#16

It didn't post and I don't feel like typing again. Long story short, my potassium dropped in school, my throat closed up and I almost passed out. I didn't get to do my workout and I'm pissed. I don't know how I should feel, but what I'm feeling is disappointment in myself.


#17

Yesterday really scared me. I spoke to my nutrition teacher, who's also a registered dietitian. When your blood sugar gets low and you don't eat, your liver releases a hormone that tells your muscle cells to release the glucose they have stored. When my muscles cells 'opened up' my potassium hitched a ride with it.

I tried eating the way he told me to. It seems to work.
Thursday 9/1/11 - Weight: 158 lbs

Pushups
12, 10, 9

Dumbbell curls
10 x 8
20 x 8

Dumbbell Rows
10 x 8
20 x 8
25 x 8
30 x 8
35 x 4


#18

9/10/11 - Weight: 159.6 lbs

My pushup count is up to 16 and my one mile is 10:07. I want both of these numbers to go up.
Also, I've been doing Kroc Rows and Dumbbell Curls as assistance exercises between sets of pushups.


#19

I'm in week 6 of the 14 (or 16 maybe?) week course for Physical Wellness.

Mondays / Wednesdays:
-50 minute brisk walk to school.
-2 mile run
-Bodyweight squats, lunges, pushups, triceps dips*, various plank holds, and situps
-50 minute brisk walk home.
- Sometimes Dumbbell Rows and Bicep Curls at home

*The triceps dips are done at a horrible angle with our elbows behind our backs and shoulder length. It hurts my shoulders but it is required. I try to do them at a safer angle but my teacher yells at me to 'correct' it. My teacher suffers from an injured shoulder.

Fridays:
-Sprints
-Pushups
-Dumbbell Rows
-Bicep Curls

It has been very hard to control my HPP during class due to the college diet, college sleep schedule and inadequate warmup times. HPP causes my muscles pain when I move them and causes some muscle fibers to not respond (deadlift 100 lbs instead of 200) but my new MP3 player helps me push past the pain when I run, which gets me really warm which sometimes corrects the temporary weakness. I have never been able to run or do the workout at 100% yet, I was maybe 75-80% at my best.

Stats (week 6 of 14)

1) I still cannot do a pullup.
2) My max pushups are AROUND 20 now (I'll test Friday)
3) My two mile time is 24:03. I walked the first minute or two because my legs hurt a lot from the HPP. Tomorrow I'll crush this time!
(4) I feel my squat has increased but deadlift has decreased.

Goals for week 14:

1) 1 pullup.
2) 30 pushups.
3) Four miles in 40 minutes.

Goal when I'm out:

1) Increase Bench Press.
2) Increase Pullups.
3) Get on a linear progression program involving weights (or maybe bodyweight)


#20

10/01/11 - Weight: 163.6

In Wellness class my 2 mile run was 24:03 on Monday and I was determined to beat it, but my HPP held me back and my time increased to 24:24 on Wednesday. AFTER the run I was warmed up, though. I did 14 pushups and some other exercises.

The warmups in class are like 2 minutes long total and involve skipping around (literally) and stretching in the cold, while we're cold. This had been eating away at me. Today my HPP was bad, but I ate food and did a real warmup. You know, by making myself WARM enough to sweat! I did pushups with dumbbell rows and dumbbell curls in between sets.

Pushups: 19, 10, 13, 10, 10 = 62 total
In school I struggle to get 10 x 3 and usually fall short.

I fucking knew it. At home I can control my warmup to get a better workout, but in class my teacher doesn't realize the importance of warmups (because nobody else really needs them except me). Oh well. Fuck class, and fuck those tricep dips that hurt my shoulders (and injured hers).

"Today we're going to talk about fast twitch steroids." - My Physical Wellness teacher.
I thought this class was great but it's beginning to REALLY be a waste of time. It'd be perfect if she let me do my own warmup but she doesn't.

I REALLY wanted to squat today, but even after the warmup my legs weren't feeling it. I could have warmed them up more but I had to go to work (until they called me off). It's okay though, my legs are significantly better due to the warmup, so if I sleep properly I might even be able to bring them to 100% tomorrow and see where my squat is.

The class is good because it made me run, and I'm going to incorporate from now on, but my times are going to be bad because my HPP prevents me from running until I'm adequately warmed up. I WANT TO SEE IMPROVEMENT!

/rant.