Thought it’d be good idea to post up what I’ve been doing in the gym. I may enjoy this more than filling out all the google spreadsheets on my phone.
I call my training “aimless” because I really haven’t had definitive goals in the gym for awhile even though I typically followed a structured plan. I’m 34 and just want to stay lean and maintain a respectable amount of muscle as well as good work capacity for the long haul. That being said most days I’m in the gym will have some focus on explosiveness, strength, hypertrophy, and conditioning. I’m ok with not hitting my absolute genetic potential in strength or size at the expense of any other dimensions of wellness. Balanced, wholesome, peace of mind, etc. are all the name of the game for me inside and outside the kitchen or gym.
For better part of this year I had some success getting all my lifts up. I ran through Thib’s undulating strength and size program. In the process though, I got accustomed to taking 4, sometimes as much as 6 minutes rest between sets just to keep all my workouts low stress and ensure I was really putting max intensity into every set. While it lead to great gains, I ultimately strained my quad on a set of bulgarian split squats of all things and I did some much needed reevaluating.
I’m trying to get back to improving my work capacity for the time being. For right now, I’m doing some very crossfitty type EMOM workouts; however, they will actually include planned progressions. And I’m going to stick with the following split:
Mon: Squat-centric leg day
Thu: Hinge-centric leg day
Sat: OFF, i.e. cheat day
It’s a little unusual, but I LOVE training with a bodypart split with each day focused on performance. I find it gives the best-looking physique as far as balancing aesthetic with athletic look if that makes sense…much more than the converse–performance based or powerlifting split geared towards higher volume hypertrophy work.
Let’s get to it!