Was feeling really worn down today. Ankle/foot were feeling sore from yesterdays cardio session and my head was in the clouds as I just interviewed for a new part time job which would help financially but stretch me thin otherwise. Came home and was searching for advil. Sometimes if my foot is sore I'll pop some and watch as the pressure removes all pain in my way. As it was, I couldn't find anything aside from my lady's advil plus muscle relaxers. I would never take those to train as they make me high. Almost contemplating letting my body rest but knowing tomorrow is going to be another brutal one due to obligations, I knew I had to train..
My weight has been yoyoing a bit this week. High point was 234. Settled back in today at 230. I'm hoping if I keep up the cardio and dietary precaution, I'll get where I want to be. Truthfully, it doesn't really feel like the XI has kicked into gear. Vascularity and Muscle Hardness are evident but the fatloss/strength hasn't really picked up dramatically yet. I'm thinking that will shift by the weekend.
Training wise, I've been working on a really simple progression with my Legs. They have long been a weak point due to injury. This session I used my last effort as a template and I just tried to improve on my numbers. Worked out pretty well, so maybe that strength is coming along smoothly if not freakishly..
Trap Bar Deadlift---> My calluses/hands felt like the weakest link here. I definitely think my back and legs can handle much more weight. I don't really love to use straps unless absolutely necessary. I'd rather build my grip strength again. These, Racks, Shrugs and Farmers Carries should all help.
8 x 5 @ 135, 225, 315, 365, 365, 365, 365, 365
3 x 10 @ 12 Plates, 14 Plates, 16 Plates
3 x 8 @ 95, 95, 95
4 x 10 @ 130, 130, 130, 130
5 x 12 @ 70, 70, 70, 70, 70
Seated Calf Raise--> Loved how these felt. Could definitely notice swollen/pumped parts of my calf that I have never felt before.
4 x 10 @ 5 Plates, 5 Plates, 5 Plates, 5 Plates
5 x 12 @ BW
4 x 10 @ 40, 40, 40, 40
15 Minutes Moderate Intensity Cycling