Hey, some of us work in STEM fields that use metric all the time. I automatically do the conversions from KG in my head. The only one that isn’t intuitive to me is degrees C to F, 35 degrees just doesn’t sound hot…
Haha, and for me, 32 degrees doesn’t sound like it is freezing…
It’s all about what you were raised with! My grandparents use Fahrenheit, but it seems we have drifted to using Celsius over the past couple generations.
I actually always figured Canadians used kg at least for lifting.
The lack of consistency with it is what gets old living in the UK. This morning I weighed myself in stones and pounds, then measured out a morning shake using millilitres which I poured from a pint carton of milk. On the way back from today’s training, where I lifted in kgs, I filled up my car with around 20 litres of petrol. My car gets around 45 miles to the gallon from the litres of petrol I fill it up with. I can drive that car if I drink a 330ml bottle of Coke but if I drink a pint or two of beer then perhaps not. Also I’m 6’3" but that thing over there is about 20 metres away. I know that because it looks about the same length away as the goal would if I were standing on the 18-yard line playing football (not handegg).
Lol, so true. It doesn’t make sense at all… I enjoyed the little paragraph for example though!
I aim to please. Back to how weak I am:
You took my recent heavy triples for this rather than rep maxes so I’m a little less weak than it appears, FYI. Based on 1RMs hit in the past couple of months:
OHP = 63%
BENCH = 50%
SQUAT = 65%
DEADLIFT = 70%
With this you can see my bench lagging more significantly versus everything else. Can’t even blame my long arms because my press is comparatively not terrible.
Oops, missed that. My apologies!
My bench is lagging too! haha
OHP = 255lbs 116%
BENCH = 350lbs 106%
SQUAT = 570lbs 130%
DEADLIFT = 680lbs 124%
My percentages will actually look pretty decent if I can get my strength levels back to what they were 6 months ago, while cutting weight to 175#. Fairly significant “if”, though.
Here’s a good way to strengthen your bench. You can add a lot of volume with bodyweoggt only exercises and do them daily without recovery issues in general. Gymnastics taught me this. I’m addition to your workouts do 10 good pushups on day 1. Add 10 everyday for a month until your doing 300 or so. Obviously you will have to break it up into sets, but once you get used to doing it you should be able to crank out sets of 50 or so with 90 seconds of rest. I promise you this will help your bench.
My coach was a push up nazi and withoutxeven focusong on it my bench is still light years ahead of all my other lifts. At 170lbs bench is somewhere around 335. Not sure if o understand the percentage thing above but I think that would be 135% Give it a shot
At one point I was doing 155lb on the OHP for a single while my best bench was 175lb for a triple or some such.
Friday, 15 March
Only a little bounce back weight-wise as it turns out, up to 216.8 today.
Saturday, 16 March
Weighed in at 217.6 this morning which is grand. Had time to squeeze in a short and sweet full body session.
5x110kg (joint PR, I think)
2x8x45kg each hand
Sunday, 17 March
Weighed in at 218.6 today. Average weight for the week is 1.6lbs down from last week.
Have had to wind up simplifying training a bit over the next few weeks before I really focus on events. Doing a M/W/F full body with some lower volume and higher intensity to hopefully hit some PRs before Easter.
Squats felt really solid on Saturday so hoping to carry that momentum forward.
Monday, 18 March
Same weight of 218.6 today for whatever reason.
I don’t want to say I enjoyed today’s session because enjoying squats is a level of masochism I’m not really comfortable with embracing, but it was a refreshing change of pace to not be giant setting everything for the first time in six months.
I was still knackered at the end but a very different kind of tired.
Done between press sets
Bulgarian Split Squats
Contra-loaded with one DB.
2x8x20kg each leg
Triceps Rope Pushdown
Behind-the-back Double Overhand Holds
Laurance Shahlaei style
30s @ 60kg
30s @ 70kg
30s @ 80kg
Tabata loaded carries w/40kg med ball
Tuesday, 19 March
Down to 217.6 today.
I was actually going to go for a run this morning but I realised that I didn’t want to. So I didn’t. Fuck running.
Hoping that after Easter I’ll be able to rework my schedule to work from home in the morning, giving me room to go to the gym each day (and thus do some recovery/conditioning on Tue/Thu) and not have any lazy days like I currently do.
Wednesday, 20 March
Same weight of 217.6 this morning.
First set without straps, which is a double overhand PR. Turns out if you train your grip, your grip improves.
50 reps in 3 sets @ 30kg (done between bench sets)
20m w/midway drop and turn: 55kg
20m w/midway drop and turn: 65kg
10m: 75kg (dropped halfway, sad - joint-highest weight I’ve done on these though)
3x20 w/empty bar
Thursday, 21 March
Down to 215.6 today for a 2019 low. Visually I look fairly similar in terms of belly/love handles to how I did at 205ish last summer which is nice, though I’m still a good 20-25lbs from anything approaching “lean” I would say.
Also got paid my bonus yesterday, so everything is deadly.
Awesome to see your still loosing, and that’s awesome that at a higher weight you look similar to last summer. That means you most likely packed on some muscle! Keep it up man
@jackolee “packed” is definitely a strong choice of words, haha. Still appreciate the sentiment!
Friday, 22 March
Up to 218.3 today for some reason. Bad timing for tonight’s celebratory bonus curry/cheat meal but there you go. Still trending downwards and still not getting any weaker. Be hard to, in fairness…
I have decided to be nice to my North American audience and will try to remember to include approximate conversions to lbs going forward. Though, really guys, you just divide by two and knock off 10% it’s not rocket science…
Also I’m going to round up to the nearest 5 because it makes me look marginally stronger. Same reason I used the 10kg bumper plates on my squats today. Technically it was a 5-plate squat…
3x3x115kg (260lbs) (not sure if this is a 3-rep PR but it’s definitely a 3x3 PR)
Done between press sets
Right hand: 3x1x25kg (55lbs)
Left hand: 3x1x25kg (55lbs)
Right hand: 1x30kg (65lbs) (PR)
Left hand: not happening.
Behind-the-back DOH holds
30s w/70kg (160lbs)
30s w/80kg (180lbs)
30s w/85kg (190lbs)
Monday, 25 March
Weighed in at 218.2 today. Likely still carrying some water from Friday’s cheat day, because waistline is slightly smaller.
Done between bench sets.
50 reps each arm w/35kg (80lbs) in 4 sets
Focusing on speed and quick re-pick/turn.
20m/60ft w/midway drop and turn:
3x8 w/5kg (10lb) plate behind head
3x20 w/20kg (45lbs)
Tuesday, 26 March
Down to 217.5. Lower back DOMs is pretty annoying.