[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
I’ve been on the Mass Made Simple program for the last 4 weeks and I’ve been making great progress until this week. I started out around 180 and on Monday I weighed in at 187[/quote]
Just to clarify, you were “around 180” 4 weeks ago, correct?
This is exactly why the best plan is to weigh-in once a week, naked as a jay bird, first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom/before eating or drinking. That’s going to give the most consistent reading. Bodyweight can absolutely fluctuate a few pounds over the course of a single day.
What did you eat today?
[quote]I couldn’t even squat 285 5 times on the high rep squat portion.
and on Wednesday I did 205 for sets of 20 and 15[/quote]
If you did 205x15-20 last week, why in the sweet name of Jessica Biel’s hamstrings would you be using 285 for 15-20 this week?
Why are you squatting with chains?
Ask any competitive powerlifter. These three things can fuck with your strength as much as anything. (And yep, “kind of thirsty” is dehydrated.)
Long story short (too late), it was a one-off session. Get back on track, make sure to stop missing meals, return to training as usual.
Make a mental note to weigh first thing tomorrow morning, using the guidelines I mentioned above.
On a related note, how are your clothes fitting this last month? How much has your strength increased on the basic lifts?[/quote]
Yesterday I had eggs in the morning, a meal replacement bar, an evos double stack burger with a protein shake for lunch, a post workout shake, pasta for dinner and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before bed.
Your correct, I weighed around 180 four months ago. My strength is actually hard to measure on the Mass Made Simple program because I didn’t focus on the the lifts I’ve been doing this month. My main measure for strength before was my squat and now I’m only doing it for reps. I really under calculated my max on all my lifts for the 5/3/1 though. I deadlifted 295 for 7 and still had reps in the tank on the 1 rep day and shoulder pressed 95 for 12+ (I lost count) so I’ve been making pretty good gains. I wasn’t trying to squat 285 for 20, I was just going for 5. Last monday I did 185x10 205x10 225x5 and 315x5. I already was feeling like shit and just did 185x10, 205x5 225x5 beforehand. Last thursday the first set of 20 with 205 felt comparatively easy (if you can call a 20 rep squat at any weight easy). I had also deadlifted 185 by 5 before and it felt kind of heavy. I’m just gonna put it behind me though since it was my deloading week.
My clothes are fitting about the same I think, I never really notice how they fit different though so thats not a great measurement. I have been getting a lot of comments about how I’m built or like asking if I work out from people I just met and people I don’t see a lot, but I don’t put too much stock in that. For whatever reason I’ve heard that since I started working out, even when I was like 160. I think your average american is so out of shape that if you have any sort of an athletic build you’ll get comments. I’m not really sure how to measure my progress, since I don’t have a scale at home. I feel bigger and I look bigger in the mirror, but thats really subjective. I think I’ll just weigh myself at the gym every day, since I work out around the same time.