So I took a month off after I benched 130lbs and pulled 200lbsx5 to learn more about running from a marathon trainer, as my cardio was in the crapper (didn’t really do it for a year). My goal is still to run a 6 minute mile, and in the last week I ran a 7:35 for 1 mile and 24 minutes for a 3.1 mile run. I’m still planning on running about 3 days a week.
What I found, though, was that running lowers my immune system. In the last month I’ve been sick twice and woke up from my 3.1 mile run yesterday feel sick again today. Previous to this month I hadn’t been sick in over a year (during the time where I was eating a shit ton and just lifting).
Today I had my first session with an “old school” trainer who specialized in powerlifting and body building (he’s competed for years in both, trained about 15 winning body builders, and I don’t know how many powerlifters). I wasn’t sure what old school meant, but after today’s session I’m thinking it refers to his tendency to assign exercise as punishment (which I kind of enjoyed. No wonder I was a difficult child. I guess attention is attention), and belief that lifting heavy is what the world is about. I like both of these qualities, and had much more fun working with him than the previous trainers I’ve done sessions with. In a nutshell, our session was about brief discussions and getting as pissed off as possible during a lift.
I’m starting this journal to record what I learn from him during our next 12 sessions, as I believe it’s going to be valuable and I’ll want to refer back to it when training others.
Today’s lessons (things I didn’t already know):
- I need to explode off of the ground for my deadlift.
- Heavy back extensions are very useful. Must figure out a way to go heavier than 45lbs.
- It’s okay to let go of perfect form when working with lighter weights and focusing on the back pull.
- Need to eat 30-40 grams of easily digested protein (whey, egg whites, and shrimp were his recommendations) every 3-4 hours I’m awake. Am making a diet right now.
PS I also powercleaned 130lbs, which is probably the thing I’m the most proud of considering that I started over a year ago barely being able to clean the bar.