Did back today. Did a lot of rows and finished with deadlifts with the Dead-Squat bar. This actually felt like it was forcing me to get over my knees and open my hips up, which is good for me. Probably a keeper. I’m staying with the “stick with light weight” attitude, so I’m starting to feel a little better.
Did Chest and Shoulders yesterday. I was doing sets on incline with 215 while trying to stay light (this is relatively heavy for me). Taking it easier is paying off for me, which leads me to believe my norm is doing too much.
I should probably also mention in here I’ve been doing some prowler pushing and some farmers walks pretty frequently after a talk on here with punisher and flip collar. Too early to tell if it’s doing anything awesome, but potentially it’s showing up some weak links too.
I’m learning stuff!
Did a Meadows back workout today, and it was awesome. My workouts have been going great. On further reflection, I’ve been eating pretty well and more. I haven’t been sleeping any better, but I haven’t been on the road as much so I’m probably sleeping a little more. Weird how food and sleep help (duh). We’ll see how long until I get fat again, though…
In great news - my gym got a yoke and a belt squat. It’s seriously the best gym on the planet.
I’ve been keeping up with your log and, like you and @ChongLordUno, agree that the 35+ hobbyist/recreational/personal interest lifters can really benefit from the “anything > nothing” mentality for training. If i ever start a new log, that’s probably what I’ll name it.
Since I hit 40, I’ve realized recoverability and sustainability are the two key factors for me to maintain consistent training. I’ve actually (gasp!) let myself structure workouts around the lifts I ENJOY, then make sure to do the antagonist muscles to maintain balance.
The logs of @ActivitiesGuy and @simo74 have really challenged my previous practice of doing every doggone exercise under the sun every time I work out. Their simple, straight-forward approaches clearly demonstrate how less can be a whole lot more.
Thanks man! Although I know it’s not a very interesting (or well-maintained) one.
That’s a solid life motto.
I think this is pretty much where I am. I have some general concept of what area I want to hit, but then I do whatever I feel like. @Alpha puts up awesome workouts (for free!!!) on his site, and he frequently has folks pick lifts “they care about or think they can PR in” for their max weeks. Great minds and all that…
For sure. It’s cool to pick through this site and see what real people are doing and how far they’ve been able to go with it.
Thanks for chatting in here!
The Anything>Nothing workout plan
I like the sound of that matey
If I am being honest I still struggle with this approach even though I follow it to the letter (that’s either will power,
Stubbornness or stupidity). Deep inside I love the idea of training more and doing all sorts of other techniques like rest pause and negatives and occlusion etc etc. but the fact is I only have 2 days a week to train right now. I have a limited capacity to recover (like every one else), and keeping it simple makes it easy. By limiting the number of exercises, focusing on slow consistent improvement over time, I have seen real progress. Yer it’s not sexy and I miss getting my pump on some days but at least this way I can see progress and that makes me feel better about myself and pushes me to do more, win win.
We all want to get stronger and it’s tough to ignore all of the articles and their fancy intensification techniques.
DO THIS TO ADD 20 LBS TO YOUR BENCH IN FOUR WEEKS!
Okay, but I also want to improve my deadlift…
DO THIS TO ADD 50 LBS TO YOUR DEADLIFT IN EIGHT WEEKS!
Awesome, but I also want bigger delts…
DO THIS FOR BOULDER SHOULDERS!
Now we’re talking! I’ll just cram all three of these programs together and run them concurrently…
…And three weeks later I’m crushed and tired of long workouts six days a week.
You’re welcome, thanks for putting it up! I beg to differ about your log being uninteresting. On the contrary, it shows how a busy, married, working father trains, and effectively at that.
While that approach will likely yield subpar results for casual gym bros, for the more thorough lifters such as yourself and many of us here on T-Nation, doing what we enjoy keeps us coming back, leading to the greatest factor for gainz (and long-term health), namely, consistency.
My pleasure, thanks for opening up the log to discussion along with your training!
And I like your edit. If I start the log, I’ll tag you. I’m embarrassingly weak right now, training with limited equipment, and uncertain how consistent I can be at the moment, hence my hesitation.
This what I most like about your method. You’ve made consistent gains while remaining injury free and giving proper time to your family and work, demonstrating that balancing time between multiple priorities is possible.
Exactly how I’ve trained nearly all my life! I agree, it’s easy for me to get excited about most of the plans, techniques, and strategies I read about here. Maybe I should do what some other member I read once planned to do - set aside a few month block for a year and have a go with several different plans. When I look at my best progress though, I see that the proverbial tortoise’s approach has worked best for me - slow and steady, sticking to a good mix of a limited number of basic lifts.
It’s getting real in here! You guys are awesome.
Solid points. It’s hard to not go crazy! But then you’re smoked. Decisions.
This was awesome and probably exactly how we all think all the time. I remember reading Wendler writing something like “I want to lift like a powerlifter, look like a bodybuilder, move like a linebacker, and I need it in 6 weeks.”
Thanks! I at least keep showing up. Which, honestly, is the key to everything.
I’m enjoying this!
For real. This is just a hobby. When I didn’t have to run anymore after the army, I never did again. And I actually liked running early on, and was decent at it. I think it proves you have to enjoy this because you don’t have to do it.
Honestly, I try to remind myself every time I do anything physical that I’m really privileged to be able to do it. That keeps me rolling and makes me enjoy it.
With that, my current update, I’m back to traveling a lot so my workouts are getting even more “whatever I have here,” The bonus is I get to try out new stuff. I would do the push/ pull @ChongLordUno is doing, but I feel like it takes more thinking. LPP seems a little easier.