Concurrent Strength Training & Running 2015: Eight-Week Workout Cycle I

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  1. Bare Lee

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    Statement of Goals for Year:

    Lifting
    Deadlift: 400
    Squat: 320
    Bench Press: 285
    Overhead Press: 170
    10 Inverted Rows
    10 Pullups:

    Running
    24min 5K/3mi
    2hr Half-Marathon

    220 BW

    Statement of Goals for Cycle:

    Lifting
    Deadlift: 340
    Squat: 260
    Bench Press: 250
    Overhead Press: 145
    1 Inverted Row
    1 Pullup:

    Running
    30min 5K/3mi
    3hr Half-Marathon

    240 BW

    I'm starting my Deadlift and Squat 15-20 pounds lighter than the RMs of last cycle, to make sure I build up more slowly this time around and avoid any minor strains or pulls.

    In the uploaded chart, I've projected the gains and rep-counts for each eight-week cycle, and will do my best to adhere to them, and not get ahead of myself. I will try to add 10 pounds to the Deadlift and Squat, and 5 pounds to the Presses, at the beginning of each new cycle. I will also try to knock a minute off my 5K/3mi time, and 10 minutes off of my half-marathon time each cycle. If successful, I will meet my 2015 goals by the beginning of December, after six full cycles, with almost four weeks left over to deload, try something new, or continue with more of the same.

    In this cycle, I will try to implement a modified version of the Texas Method, scheduling a Volume workout on Monday, and Density/Assistance/Recovery workout on Wednesday, and an Intensity workout on Friday. Once again, each workout will be based on doing the six basic lifting patterns:

    Push up (overhead press)
    Push down (squat)
    Push out (bench press)
    Pull up (deadlift)
    Pull down (pullup)
    Pull in (row)

    I'm really going to try to let volume and frequency do just as much work as intensity, and let the gains come to me, rather than chasing after them, but I still find it difficult to trust the process.

    ---------------Week 1: Cycle I---------------
    15.01.04--01.10
    Sunday - 01.04
    AM
    Running
    1.7 mi, -2F/-25F windchill, -32C
    Halfhearted fartleks around Como Lake. Only one out mid-morning, enjoyed the loudness of the cold.

    Monday - 01.05
    AM
    Running
    3.5 mi, -11F/-29F windchill. Franklin-Marshall bridge circuit. My shins were surprisingly sore from Sunday's short fartleks, so I just walked the whole way.

    PM
    Mobility & Flexibility
    5-10 minutes. I'm going to build an identical straddle traction contraption for home use. Hurts so good.

    My shins were very painful when I rolled them with 'the stick.' Funny how just the little running I did on Sunday could make the lower leg muscles so tight. I'm really out of shape.

    Lifting -- Volume
    Deadlift: 3/3/4 x 215
    Cable Row: 2 x 10 x 150
    OH Press: 4 x 5 x 85
    Squat: 3/4/4 x 125
    B Press: 3/3/4 x 200
    N. Pulldown: 2 x 5 x 150

    Kept everything light or at reduced reps or both. Deloading stinks; everything felt heavy and/or sluggish. I wish I could've gotten in two more light workouts last week, so that I'd be ready to go this week. Oh well. I'll keep bringing things up gradually.

    No sign of the hip/glute pull, but I stretched between almost every set to make sure everything was nice and loose, and kept the squats to a minimum, even though it was "volume day."

    The garage felt cold at first, but I eventually got down to my shorts and t-shirt. I felt great afterwards--good to be lifting again.

    Geek alert: I really enjoyed using my smaller rubber grip plates for the first time. It's aesthetically pleasing when all the plates look the same, and I like the feel of the soft rubber, and the softer sounds while loading. Makes it easier to get in a meditative state without the clanging.

    Tuesday - 01.06
    Early PM
    Running
    1.7 mi, Como Lake. 8F/-5F windchill. Nice, brisk walk. Gonna wait until my shin tightness is gone before I run again. Little by little . . . I got a whole year now.

    Wednesday - 01.07
    PM
    Lifting -- Density/Assistance Reloading
    Deadlift: 2 x 5 x 250
    OH Press: 2 x 5 x 105
    Squat: 5 x 150/125
    Dips: 2 x 5 x BW+Green Band
    N. Pulldown: 2 x 5 x 150

    Garage was like a refrigerator, and I was still a little sore from Monday's session after so much time off, so I just continued reloading/priming everything, building back up slowly. It's great having a long-term, yearlong perspective on this. So glad we reset for 2015. Really helps keep my OCD impulses in check.

    On the last rep of the first workset of squats, I felt the slightest hint of a fledgling niggle in the upper right glute/hip area, so I reduced weight for the second set.

    Still learning how to do dips with an band. Hopefully I'll be back to doing unassisted dips by the end of this cycle.

    Thursday - 01.08
    Friday - 01.09

    Saturday - 01.10
    AM
    Lifting

    Deadlift: 4.5 x 270
    Bench Press: 2/2/3/3 x 215
    Squat: 3 x 85
    OH Press: 3/3/4 x 110
    N. Pulldown: 2 x 5 x 170

    I was trying to get my workout in before the family began to wake up, so I didn't warm-up as much as I should've. Then I felt a little brash and added 30 pounds onto Wednesday's deadlift workset weight. It felt pretty easy at 270, but then on the fourth rep I felt a little something in my problem area. Very faint, almost non-existent. I probably should've stopped right there, but I wanted to get in the final rep, and then a sharp pain shot through my hip/glute area and I had to put the bar down quickly. I had aggravated that area again, only this time it hurt a lot more.

    Cripes. This was very frustrating. I'll have to rehab all over again and go even more slowly once I'm able to do deadlifts again.

    I got through most of the rest of the workout, but I wasn't very motivated. I could almost hear Dama mocking me. And then when I told my wife when she woke up, she asked me how lifting weights could possibly be good for me if I get injured doing it. Telling her that I must be doing something wrong failed to convince.

    So what am I doing wrong? I think not warming up enough, but also not running. I think running really helps recovery and keeps things loose. Then later in the day it occurred to me that I used to do deadlifts last, but I got this pull after I started doing them first. So maybe when the deadlifts are last I'm better warmed up. So another vote for warming up better overall.

    In any case, nothing I can do about it for a while. I can barely walk right now, the pain is too much. Nothing to do today except massage it, stretch it, and watch football while I play with the kids.

    ---------------Week 2: Cycle I---------------
    15.01.11--01.17
    Sunday - 01.11
    Monday - 01.12
    Tuesday - 01.13
    Wednesday - 01.14
    Thursday - 01.15
    Friday - 01.16
    Saturday - 01.17

    ---------------Week 3: Cycle I---------------
    15.01.18--01.24

    Sunday - 01.18

    Monday - 01.19
    One mile or so walking through the neighborhood after dropping my daughter off at a friend's house.

    Tuesday - 01.20
    Early morning Chiro, felt great for the rest of the day.
    Late afternoon: 1.7-mile walk around Como Lake. A little pain was constant, but I was able to walk at a pretty brisk pace. Felt good, but then at night it hurt like a fother-mucker. Must be all the somewhat atrophied muscles tightening up and pulling on the injured area.

    Still, I think a more active rehab is probably the way to go at this point.

    Wednesday - 01.21
    Lots of massaging and stretching throughout the day.
    Late afternoon: 1.7-mile brisk walk around Como Lake.
    Pain is decreasing, I'm definitely on the mend now. Might be able to start running as early as next week . . .

    Thursday - 01.22
    Afternoon: 1.7-mile brisk walk around Como Lake.
    Not enough massaging and stretching throughout the day, apparently, as I had to stop a handful of times during my walk to try to stretch the knots out, with limited success. Even so, the pain is less sever / not as debilitating.

    Friday - 01.23
    PM
    1.7 miles around Como Lake, 38F/33F windchill, barefoot for the first time in a while. Lots of residual salt but the asphalt foot path was mostly dry. Extensive massaging during the day with my Homedics back massager really helped loosen things up. I even ran 20-39 steps, but I could feel it was premature.

    Saturday - 01.24
    AM
    3.5 miles, Franklin-Marshall bridge circuit. 28F/25F windchill. Once again bare, my feet felt a little too numb towards the end. Would've been fine if I could've run.

    It's been encouraging this week to feel the injury heal significantly. At this rate of improvement, I think I should be able to start running short distances and do light squats by the end of next week.

    ---------------Week 4: Cycle I---------------
    15.01.25--01.31

    Sunday - 01.25

    Monday - 01.26
    PM

    Lifting
    Bench Press: 2 x 5 x 125
    Squat: 2 x 5 x 85
    N. Pulldown: 2 x 5 x 100

    Earlier in the day the Chiro gave me a clean bill of health. Over the weekend the pain had all but disappeared. Frequent massaging since my last visit and the daily walks seemed to have done the trick. Unfortunately, she told me I had bruised some muscle in my mid back as a result of overly enthusiastic use of the Homedics back massager. I had thought the pain was tightness, so I was probably making it worse each time.

    I think this week I'll just bring up these three lifts--bench press, squat, and pulldown--because they put the least stress on the back. OK, the squat stresses it a bit, but I think the full ROM stretch is good for it. And doing squats for a week before I try deadlifting is a good way to make sure I use the squats as a gauge for my deadlifts, as planned. During my rehab, building the loads back up, I'm not going to let the deadlift weight exceed the squat weight until my squat weight is back up where it used to be. Then I'll gradually shift the 1:1 ratio to more of a 4:5 ratio, squat to deadlift.

    I had intended to go for another walk before the ST, but didn't have time. I know I have to get better about warming up though as I add to the loads.

    I'm also going to use this period of lighter loads to try to hone a bit more on good technique. Overall, making a greater effort at 'beginner's mind' and forgetting whatever long-term goals I have. Hopefully I've learned now that the real keys are consistency and injury-prevention.

    Tuesday morning there's a mild, dull ache in the glute, so the squat worked that area a bit. Will start massaging it presently, but will spot it on the lower back only.

    Tuesday - 01.27
    PM

    Running
    3.5 miles, Franklin-Marshall bridge circuit. 34F/28F windchill. I ran about 10-15% of it, in 5-6 short segments, sort of slow Fartleks, which is a contradiction in terms, but what's Swedish for 'slow play'? The rest of the way was walking. There were a fair amount of small wet patches crossing the path with melt-off, and my feet were fairly numb by the end. I think that's the most barefoot walking I've done at that temp/windchill. I didn't feel my sacroiliac injury at all while running, but I wanted to keep it minimal my first day back in the game. I'll add a bit each day now.

    Wednesday - 01.28
    AM

    Running
    1-mile run-commute, 27F/16F windchill. I ran a block or so, and the legs felt fine, but then decided it was prudent to walk until I had a chance to roll and stretch out whatever tightness I might have from the previous day's outing. Baby steps . . .

    The surfaces were mostly dry, so I went bare again.

    PM

    Running
    1-mile run-commute, 31F/?F windchill. I just walked back. Since the weekend I've had this strange soreness/tenderness on the inside of my right thigh, above the knee but in the soft tissue. At first I though it was where my son was hitting me to see if he could get a reaction, but there's no bruising. I don't think it's related to the SI injury. I'll give it this week and if it's still bothering me maybe go back to the Chiro next week. Doesn't hurt during movement, so I'm not too worried, but it's strange I can't pinpoint a cause.

    Lifting
    Cable Row: 5 x 100/100/150
    Squat: 2 x 5 x 85
    OHP: : 2 x 5 x 85
    N. Pulldown: : 2 x 5 x 150
    Bench Press: 2 x 5 x 175

    The Cable Row at 150 lbs and the light Squats hinted at just a little discomfort in the Sacroiliac joint, but everything else felt good. 175 is a good weight for tweaking my bench press technique. I might stay there for a while until I got it down. I'm mostly messing with degree of elbow tuck, but also the arch in my back, seeing what degree, if any, feels good, and also with bar position, trying to come down a bit below the nips.

    Thursday - 01.29
    PM

    Running
    3.5 miles, Franklin-Marshall bridge circuit. 27F/12F windchill. Ran 3-4 segments, a few at an above-aerobic pace, then ran last mile continuously before stubbing my left toe a bit on Marshall Bridge. So I walked the last quarter mile or so back to my car. I guess I was a little fatigued, or maybe my feet had gotten too numb. The benefit of numbness is that the stubbing didn't hurt at all.

    Friday morning now the toe hurts a bit, but hopefully it'll be good to go tomorrow. It felt so good to run for real, now I want to see how two continuous miles feels. Really looking forward to getting back into running. My injured area felt 100% fine.

    A couple passed me at one point, just before I began the longer segment, and the dude turned to give me an enthusiastic thumbs up. I was listening to loud music, so I didn't hear if he said something too. His female partner had a nice round tush for a runner. They turned around at the end of Marshall Bridge and were coming toward me just as I was at the bridge's halfway point, a few steps after I had stubbed my toe. Once again he gave me a very enthusiastic thumbs up. I probably should've pulled out an ear bud to hear what he said. I think I saw his lips move.

    Earlier in the day I went to a 'bodywork' massage therapist. My brother had given me a groupon coupon for my birthday back in August, and it expired that day, so I finally went. The guy was good, but I can't say I felt any better afterwards. I guess one needs to make a habit of it before long-term benefits set in.

    Anyway, he said I was "well-balanced," whatever that means, but my traps were a little tight. It was interesting he sort of scoffed at the Chiro's diagnosis of my sacroiliac injury. He thought it might just be tight muscles after a minor pull apparently. I wonder if I would've healed quicker if I would've started massaging that area right away, instead of waiting 10 days. Maybe I should've used the coupon right after my injury, but I waited until it no longer hurt to walk. Stretching was the Chiro's main recommendation, but it didn't seem to help much. Anyway, it's good to get a second opinion I guess, and it made me hopeful that the injury was indeed very minor, and will be very manageable as I build the loads back up.

    Friday - 01.30
    The visit to the bodywork guy got me thinking. I did a little searching, and apparently a pulled piri formis muscle can cause the same pressure on the sciatic nerve as a sacroiliac injury can:
    http://www.spine-health.com/video/piriformis-syndrome-video

    A diagnosis of piriformis syndrome seems more consistent with my experience:

    1. Not warming up properly in a cold garage.
    2. Receiving a little warning on the rep prior to the acute pain along the sciatic nerve on the subsequent rep. If it were the joint, maybe the injury would've been more likely to occur all at once?
    3. The piriformis stretch did the most good.
    4. The Chiro's massaging did more good than her technique of supposedly popping the SI joint back in place. I never felt anything pop back into place, and if it did, wouldn't it hurt?
    5. I began to heal quickly once I started self-massage and walking. And experienced no healing progress in the 10 days prior to beginning this self-therapy. It seems like a joint injury wouldn't respond so quickly or completely in that time frame.

    Of course, it could be both things, a strained joint and a tight muscle in response. I would think I'd still feel some pain in the joint when I'm running now if the joint was really injured. Plus, if a relatively immobile joint like the sacroiliac was unable to sustain a load of 270, how come it could sustain a load of 355-365 several months ago? That is, if it's a structural weakness, why would it be weaker now than before? I don't think my technique has changed.

    PM
    Lifting
    Cable Row: 2 x 10 x 150
    Squat: 2 x 5 x 100
    OH Press: 5 x 85/100/100
    N Pulldown: 2 x 5 x 180
    Bench Press: 2 x 5 x 190
    1DB Row: 2 x 5 x 80
    Deadlift: 2 x 5 x 100

    Added in the One-hand Bent-over Dumbbell Row and Deadlift, and brought up the other lifts a bit. I've really atrophied on the OH Press.

    Did the prescribed Intensity Day weights for Pulldown and Bench Press. Bench Press felt light, but it was a good weight to work on technique. I slide up a bit on the bench, so that the bar is just clearing the bolts that hold it when I derack. This puts the bar right over my sternum, which is perfect for getting my elbows to tuck just right, I think.

    I have a slightly different order now, with the Squats coming first after the warm-up rows. Then the vertical press and pull are paired, as well as the horizontal press and pull, so that I can do them as alternating sets if I feel like. Might be a good option on Volume Day. Deadlifts are last again, so I do them after everything is good and warmed up.

    Everything felt good, and it felt good to exert myself a bit more. Next week I'll bring the squat up 10-20 pounds, and keep tying the Deadlift load to the squat load at a 1:1 ratio, even though it feels like I could lift a lot more. Patience, patience . . .

    Saturday - 01.31
    One-mile walk-commute, to and fro, 21F/23F respectively. Stubbed toe still stiff, but getting better. I consider the numbing walk a form of icing it.

    Overall, a solid week of rehab. Should be in a good place by the end of this cycle.

    ---------------Week 5: Cycle I---------------
    15.02.01--02.07

    Sunday - 02.01

    Monday - 02.02
    PM

    Lifting - Volume Day
    Squat: 4 x 5 x 130
    OH Press: 3/5/5/4 x 105
    N Pulldown: 3 x 5 x 170
    Bench Press: 2 x 5 x 180
    1DB Row: 2 x 5 x 105
    Deadlift: 2 x 5 x 130

    Did close to a full version of volume day. Everything felt pretty good, although the OH Press was still 10 pounds lighter than it's supposed to be. The six lifts +/- loaded carries is really a pretty good workout, I wonder if I really need a recovery/density/assistance day. Maybe just varying the volume and intensities of these basic lifts is enough? In any case, I'll give the density day as drawn up on my chart a chance tomorrow.

    My big toe is a lot better, but still a bit painful. Hopefully I can start running again on Thursday or Saturday at the latest. Over the weekend the inside of my left knee got sore from all the walking on the outside of my left foot, avoiding putting pressure on the injured big toe. A feeling of fragility is beginning to invade my consciousness, and I don't like it.

    Tuesday - 02.03

    Wednesday - 02.04
    PM

    Lifting - Density Day
    Squat: 5/7 x 130
    OH Press: 3 x 105, 6 x 95
    N. Pulldown: 2 x 7 x 150
    1DB Row: 2 x 7 x 90
    Deadlift: 7 x 130

    Got a new idea for Density Day, but wasn't able to implement it due to time constraints. Following up on a comment made a day or two ago, and in keeping with the desire to make workouts as workaday as possible, I'm thinking of making Volume Day all five-rep sets, Intensity Day all three-rep sets, and Density day all seven-rep sets.

    It did kinda suck to do more than five reps, and I wasn't able to make seven on the OH Press at the projected load, but I think it's probably a good rep variation. I'm not interested in hypertrophy per se, but from what I've read, higher rep sets do confer unique benefits that may help make me stronger over all. We'll see. In any case, seven reps is on the lower end of the hypertrophy protocol, right?

    Right now I'm working off the percentages of 95%, 90%, 85%, and 80% for 2RM, 3RM, 5RM, and 7RM, respectively. I'm also thinking of tying the assistance lifts into a percentage of the main lifts, so, for example, the Farmer's Walk, which uses the traps in a way similar to the deadlift, will be a certain percentage of the Deadlift 1RM. As my Deadlift gets stronger, so too should the loaded carry, goes the thinking. Others are a bit more obvious, like tying in the DB Bench Press to a certain percentage of the barbell Bench Press. The assistance lifts would still be done on Wednesday, Density Day, since it only took me twenty minutes to get through most of the main lifts at 7RM.

    Thursday - 02.05

    Friday - 02.06
    PM

    Lifting - Intensity Day
    Squat: 3 x 3 x 145
    OH Press: 3 x 3 x 100
    N. Pulldown: 3 x 3 x 180
    B Press: 3 x 3 x 200
    1-DB Row: 3 x 3 x 105
    Deadlift: 3 x 3 x 180
    Power Clean: 3 x 3 x 90

    Squat weight was just right with the extra depth I've been going for. Funny how adding a few inches below parallel makes the squat a lot harder. I wonder if I should only go for greater depth on Density Day, when I'm doing a seven-rep count . . .

    OH Press formula was wrong. It was a 1:2 ratio to the Bench Press, when it's supposed to be 2:3. I didn't realize it until I was done. I just fixed the Excel doc. Still, 100 lbs felt heavier than it should have. I hope I don't have to wait too long before I can get the OH Press back to where it was at the end of last year.

    Pulldown was a little heavy at a 1:1 ratio to the Bench Press, so I brought it down to 90% of the Bench Press. That felt just right.

    The 1-DB Row felt light, but I can do it with stricter form at 105 for triples.

    Deadlift felt absurdly easy, but that's OK, it can wait for the squat to start coming up. Next week I think I'll add 10 pounds to the squat weight, and hopefully keep adding 10 pounds per week for the rest of this cycle.

    The Power Clean at a 1:2 ratio to the Deadlift, which in turn is at a 5:4 ratio to the squat, also felt light, but my technique stinks, so it will be good to train light while I wait for the squat to come up.

    Overall, the workout didn't feel that intense for intensity day. Hopefully everything will start to click in a few weeks, but this reset approach feels correct. Until the end of the current cycle I'll just focus on getting the weights and ratios right, continue rehabbing my SI issue, and not really worry about pushing anything until next cycle.

    Saturday - 02.07
    Lots of walking with my son, but my stubbed toe is still a little tender, so no running for at least a few more days.

    ---------------Week 6: Cycle I---------------
    15.02.08--02.14

    Sunday - 02.08
    Early PM

    Rowing
    15 minutes, easy effort. My knees protested a bit in the beginning, then everything settled down and I got into a nice, relaxing rhythm. This will have to do until I can run again. Then the rower will serve nicely as a st warm-up. Although it's great to have an aerobic exercise that works the back and arms as well as the legs.

    Later, another mile or so walking around with the kids, still limping a bit.

    Monday - 02.09
    PM

    Rowing
    Five-minute warm-up, 1100 meters, easy to moderate effort.

    Lifting - Volume Day
    Squat: 3 x 5 x 160, 5 x 150
    Tall Kneeling OH Press: 4 x 5 x 105
    N Pulldown: 4 x 5 x 170
    Bench Press: 2 x 5 x 175
    Cable Row: 2 x 5 x 170
    Deadlift: 2 x 5 x 185
    Power Clean: 2 x 5 x 95

    Good workout, everything felt pretty well-balanced. The five-minute rowing warm-up was just right. I did 10 pounds more than I was supposed to on the first three sets of squats before I realized it. 160 felt OK, but I want to stick to small load increases, and give each increase at least a whole week to work through the three different rep-counts of 5, 7, and 3. Another four weeks of ten-pound weekly increases and I'll be close to squatting what I was doing last fall. But I may want to go slower than that.

    I reorganized my chart so that now all the loads are contingent on my OH Press. I also tried the "tall kneeling" version of the press, which more closely mimics the Standing OH Press than the (Unsupported) Seated OH Press. I figured if I'm going to work off the 2:3:4:5 general guideline for lifting ratios, with, in my case, everything based on OH Press = 2, then I should do the OH Press that most of the people do when using those guidelines. Unfortunately, my garage ceiling doesn't permit Standing OH Presses, so Tall Kneeling OH Presses are the second-best option. It felt better than the Seated OH Press, more stable and natural. Everyone says one should be able to do more weight with the Seated Press than with the Standing Press, and this seemed strange to me until I realized most people do the Seated Press with back support. The Unsupported Seated Press is harder, in my opinion, than the Standing Press.

    Anyway, I'll continue doing the Tall Kneeling OH Press for the time being I think. In my Excel Sheet I was calculating the Bench Press at 1.6 times the OH Press, but maybe I should do a strict 1.5 times and take the bench press and upper body pulls down a little bit further. I've read that there are no real good arguments for emphasizing the bench press, it's just become tradition because it's more weight than the OH Press and easier to judge. Maybe the OH Press is better for pure strength training, insofar as it demands a greater shoulder ROM and engages the stabilizers, back extension, etc., more.

    I like Cable Rows better than 1-DB Rows on Volume Day. Otherwise it gets to be a lot sets switching between left and right hands. Maybe just do 1-DB Rows on Intensity Day, and Inverted Rows on Density Day?

    Deadlifts still feel too easy, and Power Clean technique still stinks, but it feels good to end the workout with those two lifts.

    Just have to figure out Density Day a bit better now, and I think my bastardization of the Texas Method will be all set.

    Tuesday - 02.10

    Wednesday - 02.11
    AM
    One mile walk-commute in Sockwas. Fresh coating of snow, ran a bit, but toe still a bit tender.

    PM
    One mile walk-commute.

    Lifting--Density Day
    Squat: 2 x 7 X 150
    TK (=Tall Kneeling) OH Press: 2 x 7 X 105
    N Pulldown: 2 x 7 X 170
    Bench Press: 2 x 7 X 160
    Cable Row: 2 x 7 X 170
    Deadlift: 2 x 7 X 190

    Everything felt great, and the workout only took 30 minutes or so.

    Seven reps of squats felt challenging, even at 150 lbs. Higher reps is definitely a different training stimulus. My squat technique is coming back and the lift is feeling more natural and automatic again. Still trying to maintain good depth a few inches below parallel.

    I didn't realize I had 10 pounds too much on the cable pulls, but 170 felt fine, so I'll bump those and the bench press up. This gives me a 1.6:1 ratio to the OH Press instead of the 1.55:1 ratio planned for the day. Ideally it should be 1.5:1, or 3:2, but if the Pulldowns and Rows get stronger than the OH Press, I won't fight it. I think they're just as important in supporting the Bench Press and preventing shoulder issues as the OH Press, so as long as they're tied to the Bench Press at a 1:1 ratio, I should be OK. I think the Bench Press/Row/Pulldown-to-OH Press could even rise up to 1.7:1 and I'd still be OK, but hopefully with continued emphasis the OH Press will keep getting stronger and the ratio will end up closer to the idealized 1.5:1 or 3:2.

    I'm still enjoying the cable row a lot more than the 1DB row. It's easier to set up, since it's set at the same weight as the pulldown, and it's easier to maintain stricter form so I can really target the lats and retract them at the end of the movement. The initial stretch might also have more carryover to the squat and deadlift. So I might just do heavy 1DB rows on Intensity Day.

    Deadlift still feels too light, but the load is enough now that I can feel some benefit/pump, especially since it comes towards the end of the workout.

    I think for the remainder of this cycle, I may limit Density Day to just the main lifts, which will make it more just a Recovery day. This way I can get a good idea of how the three different rep-counts--4x5, 2x7, 3x3-- work as a weekly whole. I want to make sure this is sustainable before I introduce new variables, but it feels like it should be OK to add in some other exercises. Time-wise, the six main lifts at 2x7 only takes 30 minutes or so. If adding in assistance exercises on seven-rep day gets to be too much effort-wise, I could lower the seven-rep percentage to 75% instead of 80%. It would be nice to do some assistance once a week I think, but I don't want to mess with the basic scheme too much as long as I'm making progress. It would be nice to settle into a workable program for several months now, but I might suffer from chart-tweaking withdrawal if I did.

    It's funny, but I'm realizing now that with my latest tweaks, the six-lift program has really become a three-lift program, as the deadlift, bench, and row wait for the squat, press, and pullup, respectively, to catch up. I kinda like the simplification. My mental and physical focus is mostly on the first three lifts of the workout, after which I can coast and relax a bit. It can be dangerous though--a few workouts ago I caught the bar beginning to drop forward on the bench press when I got caught in a daydream.

    Thursday - 02.12
    AM
    Was going to try a walk down by the river, with a few short stretches of jogging to see how the toe's doing, but the windchill was -20F. I don't really like walking that much anyway, and I don't know if it really helps prep me for running again, so I let the cold convince me to blow it off. I guess I'll probably wait to get the running up and running again next week. By then my toe should be good enough for half-assed fartleks at least.

    Eventually I think I'd like to adapt the same mix of light, medium, and heavy intensities I have for ST with the running. Maybe something like this

    M: Medium (volume) ST
    Tu: Heavy (intervals/hills) Running
    W: Light (density) ST
    TH: Medium (Tempo)
    Fri: Heavy (intensity) ST
    Sat: Light (LSD) Running

    Friday - 02.13
    PM

    Lifting -- Intensity Day
    Squat: 3 x 3 x 175
    TK OH Press: 3 x 115/120/120
    N Pulldown: 3 x 3 x 190
    B Press: 3 x 3 x 190
    1DB Row: 3 x 3 x 120
    Deadlift: 3 x 3 x 215

    Very satisfying workout. At the end, I felt like I had won a small prize.

    The Tall Kneeling Overhead Press felt very good, close to pre-mishap levels. I added five pounds after the first set, but even 120 felt pretty good, like I could do it five-rep instead of three. So next week I'll boost each rep count 10 pounds and see how I do, from 105/110/115 to 115/120/125 for seven, five, and three reps. If it's too much, I'll come down five pounds.

    Now that my press has caught up, in strict 2:3 ratio to the weights I've been using for the bench press, pulldown, and cable row, it will be interesting to see if I can keep this ratio, or get impatient and maybe cheat a bit. The bench press feels too easy. On the other hand, the upper body pulls are about right. Ideally, I'll let the OH Press and upper body pulls come up gradually to meet my bench press potential. My left shoulder feels great these days, so mis' well keep strengthening all the muscles worked in the overhead press and upper body pulls, because these are the ones that support the bench press. I'm convinced a stronger back is half the reason my shoulder issue has cleared up. The other half is probably improved technique.

    Squat felt good. I should probably raise it ten pounds next week, but I think I'll keep it the same because my form was a little shaky on a couple of the reps. I would like to progress with immaculate technique and good depth if possible.

    I decided to go with heavy dumbbells for the rows. I used a cheating form with a little torso torque to generate initial momentum. For cable rows, however, I think I will continue to try to use strict form and really target the lats.

    The bar looked good with four wheels on it for the Deadlift. I was a little nervous though. I felt good and warmed up but I still made sure to stretch everything out real well, and I pull on my nylon belt (I bought a cheap nylon belt http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00074H7Y6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 because it feels better than the stiff leather one on everything but squats, plus it's easier to get on). The weight went up pretty easy and I didn't feel any niggles in my sacroiliac area. Still, I thought about quitting while I was ahead after two sets. I did the third set just fine though, trusting that I would get a warning sign before injury if I was pushing things too fast. So that was a real confidence booster. With a 45- and a 25-pound plate on both sides of the bar for the squats, and two 45-plates on the deadlift, I fell like I've achieved a rehab base of some sorts. I can start to build on it, but I feel like I'm already getting enough resistance to make the workouts feel complete. I'll start adding five or ten pounds a week whenever the squat feels solid and a touch easy, but even if I never go above these weights, I think I'm still doing adequate strength training for general fitness, so there's no hurry.

    If I can get the running going again next week, then I'll feel golden. Good lord, life sucks when you don't exercise every day.

    Saturday - 02.14
    AM
    3.5 miles, Franklin-Marshall Bridge Circuit, walking in my Merrel Bare Access. 0F/-30F windchill. Toe still feels a little tender on push-off, but I think my walking gait was close to normal. The wind was pretty fierce, especially on the bridges. I love the way running (or walking when you're preparing to start running again in this instance) gets you out in the elements.


    ---------------Week 7: Cycle I---------------
    15.02.15--02.21

    Sunday - 02.15
    PM
    Rowing
    40 minutes, mostly easy effort. Started to move into medium effort for second half of the session but then was interrupted by bored son, so I stopped 20 minutes short.

    Monday - 02.16
    AM
    Running
    One-mile commute, 10F/2F windchill. Ran the last quarter mile or so. Left big toe is still a bit tender, but it seemed to tolerate the short run OK. So I guess I'll try a bit more on Tuesday.

    PM
    Running
    One-mile commute, walking with light fluffy snow falling. Thought about running a bit more, but figured it was best to wait a day to see if the toe was at all aggravated by the morning's short jaunt.

    Lifting -- Volume Day
    Squat: 4 x 5 x 175
    TK OH Press: 4 x 5 x 115
    N Pulldown: 4 x 5 x 180
    B Press: 2 x 5 x 190
    Cable Row: 3 x 5 x 180
    Deadlift: 5 x 215

    Walked back home early. It was President's Day so the kids were home and my wife had to work at 2pm. I asked the kids if I could get a quick workout in before we did something. My son wanted to lift with me, but fortunately he got bored after I finished my squats. Then his playtime patience wore thin by the time I had gotten to my rows, he started to fight with his sister and kept coming into the garage crying, asking for mediation. So I came up one set short on the rows and only managed to get in one set of Deadlifts with him sitting on the bench behind me. I was a little nervous anyway about doing five reps of deadlifts with decent resistance for the first time since my second sacroiliac mishap in January. Having him hovering didn't help, so I figured no harm in getting in just one set. I'll probably do this same weight next Volume Day.

    The four sets of squats were taxing, but my form stayed pretty good throughout. 115 was the perfect load for the Tall Kneeling Overhead Press. Actually all the loads felt about right for five-rep sets, so I guess I'm pretty much set. I'll just follow the chart and when things start to feel easier add weight. The Bench Press and Deadlift continue to feel light, but it's getting easier to trust my 'program' of bringing up the weakest lifts using the 2:3:4:5 ratios, and resist the temptation to go heavier on the BP and DL. My intention on volume day is to do four sets of the weaker lifts, and just two for the BP and DL.

    On the Bench Press I didn't notice that I had put a 10-pound plate on the left side instead of a five-pound plate, so I lifted 190 instead of the prescribed 185. My right hand felt stronger and I thought to myself, maybe those advocates of unilateral lifts are right, maybe bilateral barbell lifts disguise imbalances. Then I realized the mistake and the imbalance was explained. I always thought the unilateral/dumbbell argument was exaggerated--after all, if you have smooth, controlled form, both hands are lifting the same weight. Still, I think in the next cycle I may make Density Day more of a unilateral/assistance day. I think variety in exercise selection would be more beneficial than rep variety, that is, doing the same six lifts, at seven reps, that I do on Monday and Friday at five and three reps, respectively. I sometimes wonder if I ever need to do anything but three and five rep sets. They just feel so right.

    Tuesday - 02.17
    Left knee was a little sore upon waking up, and windchill was -30F, so I blew off the planned walk/run. I wonder if the squat volume is getting to be too much? Or maybe it's time to get more serious again about stretching and massaging post-workout? I have a hard time getting around to it when I'm not running. The left toe felt pretty good, so maybe the previous day's short run was therapeutic? By the end of the day I was regretting not having tested it with some short fartleks.

    Wednesday - 02.18
    PM

    Lifting--Density Day
    Squat: 2 x 7 X 165
    TK OH Press: 2 x 7 X 110
    N Pulldown: 2 x 7 X 170
    Bench Press: 2 x 7 X 180
    Cable Row: 2 x 7 X 170
    Deadlift: 2 x 7 X 205

    Managed to follow my chart's prescribed loads to a T, and they all felt just right, in a Goldilocks sort of way, except the deadlift, which felt too easy as usual. I'm starting to become convinced of the value of doing seven reps. Actually, sometimes I think maybe I should try to get in one more and make it eight, but I like the odd spacing of 3, 5, and 7 reps. Each rep-count feels a little different and is challenging in its own way.

    In any case, I think I'll stick with these loads for another week and finish out this cycle with them, although I should probably raise the Cable Row ten pounds to match the Bench Press weight, at 1.6 of the OH Press load, instead of 1.5, like the Pulldown. The Cable Rows felt a little too easy.

    Then I can start the next cycle with a somewhat challenging load increase of five pounds on the upper body lifts and ten pounds for the lower body ones. It's going to get kind of boring if I really do settle on this bastardized version of the Texas Method and start doing more punch-the-clock workouts according to the chart. For the last several months I've been constantly experimenting, either with rehab or program tweaks. I might miss obsessing over this stuff.

    Overall, the workout took me 50 minutes, but my rest intervals should probably be shortened so the workout only takes 40 minutes and I can finish with some assistance stuff. Garage was pretty cold with below zero (F) windchill temps outside and a poorly sealed door. I should almost claim some Winter Challenge credit for lifting barefoot on such cold rubber mats.

    Thursday - 02.19
    Big toe felt completely healed, but my left knee was still a little sore, and it was frickin' cold out, so I blew of the initiation of yet another attempt to regain my running fitness for another day or two.

    Friday - 02.20
    PM

    Lifting -- Intensity Day
    Squat: 3 x 3 x 185
    TK OH Press: 2 x 3 x 125, 6 x 125
    N Pulldown: 3 X 190/200/200/190
    B Press: 3 x 3 x 215
    1DB Row: 3 x 3 x 120
    Deadlift: 3/3/2 x 230

    Squat weight felt perfect again. Three reps was about all I could do; a little heavier and I would've had to have cheated the depth a bit. Hard to believe I used to do this 30-40 pounds heavier a few months ago, but maybe my depth wasn't quite as good? In any case, it might take longer than I thought to get back up there.

    I was pleasantly surprised, however, by how solid 125 felt for the Tall Kneeling Overhead Press. I went for extra reps on the last set and managed six. I guess I can bump up all its rep-counts by five pounds next week instead of waiting until the next cycle. The extra volume on Monday seems to be working its trick, or maybe it was the switch from unsupported seated presses to tall kneeling ones . . .

    190 felt a little too easy for the Pulldowns, but 200 was a little too challenging on the third set, just barely getting the bar under my chin, so I added another set of 190 to make sure I was getting the bar all the way down to my clavicles for full ROM.

    Since the OH Press felt really good, I decided to go over my chart-prescribed bench press weight, and brought it up to two full wheels on either side, for 215 (four 45s + 35-pound bar). The last rep of each set was a little hard but doable. I might free up the 2:3 ratio of OH Press to Bench Press a bit more until I get back to 225 triples like I had last fall. As long as my left shoulder doesn't get sore, why not? The recent increases in the OH Press have given me some confidence that the two lifts might settle on the ideal ratio on their own, as long as I keep doing the OH press with greater volume than the Bench Press, so hopefully I can tap its potential without too much programming fuss. Constantly manipulating the formulas in my Excel chart is already starting to get old. It would be nice to just take each lift on its own and add weight when I start to 'own' it, as the young people say.

    1DB Row was again done with cheating torque to gain initial momentum after each rep was deloaded onto the floor. And once again I'm wondering if I might be better off doing less weight with stricter form for more reps. A fair amount of people seem to favor lower rep intensity only for the performance lifts: squat, deadlift, bench and overhead press. Maybe I can include Pullups once I'm able to do them unassisted.

    On the last set of the deadlifts, I felt a little stiffness in my right hamstring, so I gave the last rep a miss. Proud of myself for being so sensible, but I think I really have finally adopted the long view on this thing, always willing to retreat from the slightest hint of a waylaying niggle in order to live to fight another day. Still, I'm wondering if in a month or two it will be safe to decouple the deadlift from the 5:4 ratio to the squat a bit. It's such a great lift for overall strength, and I kind of miss that final hard effort at the end of the workout.

    Here's a photo capture from my Excel Log, minus the running part:

    2015 573 Cycle 1 Week 7.jpg

    Saturday - 02.21
    AM

    Running
    3.5 miles; Franklin-Marshall bridge circuit; 16F/0F windchill; light flurries. Managed to run about half the distance, in about 10 short segments. No niggles or sign of left knee soreness but my left big toe met began to feel a little tender after a mile or so and my gait might've been a little off because of it. Hopefully it will be 100% by the time I can run continuously again in a week or two. Pretty chilly headwind going north, but then a pleasant tailwind on the Minneapolis side. Felt great to do some aerobic exercise out in the elements again.

    ---------------Week 8: Cycle I---------------
    15.02.22--02.28

    Sunday - 02.22
    AM
    Two one-mile walk-commutes to stretch the legs.
    5am: -7F/-23F windchill;
    8am: -8F/-34F windchill.

    On the bridge over the railroad tracks coming home, I actually felt my eyeballs getting cold from the wind.

    Did some massaging and stretching. My left foot in particular had stiffened up after Saturday's light reintroduction to running.

    Monday - 02.23
    Stomach flu, slept all afternoon. Disappointing, I was really looking forward to seeing if I could handle 4x5x120 OH Presses.

    Tuesday - 02.24
    AM
    One-mile walk commute, close to freezing. Feeling a little better, needed to walk a bit after lying in bed so much the day prior.

    PM
    One-mile walk-commute, wind picked up, about 0F windchill. Still a little weak and tired so no ST.

    Wednesday - 02.25
    PM

    Lifting - 'Volume' Day
    SQ: 5 x 175/180
    TK OHP: 5/3/3 x 120
    N PD: 2 x 5 x 150
    BP: 2 x 5 x 175
    1DB Row: 2 x 5 x 90
    DL: 2 x 5 x 195

    I was a bit hesitant about working out, but it went OK. Squats felt fine, but then on the second set of the OH Press I felt a little hallow from not having eaten that much. I think next week 4 x 5 x 120 should be fine though. I'm trying to understand how I've improved a bit on the OH Press after taking time off. Must be adopting the kneeling stance position.

    After feeling a little hungry on the presses, I did everything else a little light, viewing this workout as prep for Friday's Intensity Day more than a proper workout in its own. Doing the 1-DB Rows lighter allowed for me to do them with strict form, but I'm still undecided on whether this is a good thing or not. I mean, in real life, when you pull something towards you, you tend to yank it with rotational torque, right? By overloading the DB Row, I make it more of a full-body exercise. Same with Cable Rows.

    Felt great to get back at it in any case. I think I'm set-up well for next cycle.

    Thursday - 02.26

    Friday - 02.27
    PM

    Lifting -- Intensity Day
    Squat: 3 x 3 x 190
    TK OH Press: 3 x 3 x 130
    N Pulldown: 3 X 3 x 190
    B Press: 3 x 3 x 215
    Cable Row: 3 x 3 x 190
    Deadlift: 1/3 x 215

    I tried going a little lower on the squat than I have been doing, and I may have encountered the infamous "butt wink." I don't think it's a normal butt wink caused by inflexibility, but rather by going too low with a low-bar position. I think on Monday I may try some box squats to get a better idea of my depth. In any case the squats felt solid, I can tell I'm getting stronger and should be able to add weight in a week or two.

    The Tall Kneeling Overhead Press at 130 felt challenging but doable. That's probably a PR of some sort, and it felt like I should be able to raise that up five pounds in a week or two too. It felt rewarding to get the two presses more or less proportional. The OHP no longer has to catch up to the bench, and so I can progress evenly from here on out. I may even stop doing greater volume on the OHP, and just focus on pushing it a bit each workout.

    Did the Bench Press a little lighter than planned, was feeling a little lazy.

    One the Cable Row I got the bright idea of adding a little chain length so that I started the movement in the right position. Otherwise, my first rep is taken up with leaning forward to grab the handle beyond my feet, then pulling it back until I've re-seated myself in proper position. I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. For some reason, it makes the ensuing reps easier to do with stricter form.

    On the Deadlift I felt a little strain in my lower back. Since I got the stomach bug on Monday, I haven't been stretching or massaging much, so it's probably just tightness, but I shut it down after one complete set to avoid any risk. I know the DL weight will come up pretty soon one way or the other, no hurry. Hopefully once I'm running again I'll start stretching regularly again too, and that will take care of the tightness.

    So that's a wrap on this cycle's ST. I'll go for a run/walk later. Everything's feeling pretty good, and I'm liking the rep-count alternations, so I'll continue with more of the same next cycle, except I think I may try ten reps instead of seven on Wednesdays, just to exploit the higher rep parameter a little more and see how it feels. I've always hated higher reps, but I think there's probably some conditioning benefit there, and it's also probably good for honing the patterning of each movement.


    Saturday - 02.28

    No real progress this cycle, but I learned a few things technique-wise, honed a few things programing-wise, and feel like I'm in a good position to make some decent progress in all facets of fitness next cycle.
     

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    i think we should go with "Cycle I". but, i'm not sure how optimistic i am about reaching the year ad2105. by the grace of god, yes, but how many of your friends would still be around to enjoy it with you? would i be able to taste, smell, hear, or see anything? :) in any case, the specific epithet is less important than the requirement that it be a unique identifier.

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    --- assessment of last half-cycle ---

    i am pretty happy with the move to full body every time with pullups moved out. also, i managed to increase my observed deadlift by 20lbs and my press by 5lbs without really working on them with any emphasis. the structure has not yet driven me batty.

    --- goals for year ---
    my primary goal here is to have fun and get a little stronger while avoiding getting hurt.

    beyond that, i have yet to achieve sufficient self-awareness to even guess where easily achievable gives way to reasonable and then transitions to challenging before ending up at ridiculous and drifting into physically impossible. so, i'll just make something up that i have neither a way of really identifying a path to nor feeling bad about if i fail at. regardless, the key is to *not get hurt*.

    lifting
    so, i will target inaccessible loads for basic movements according to the naive ratios (using the press as the fundamental unit):
    deadlift 300lbs
    squat 240lbs
    bench press 180lbs (supposing i get a bench sometime) or the whole stack with ease on the machine (#16; ~137lbs)
    press 120lbs

    strangely, i am most optimistic about the press and deadlift while the others seem a bit crazy. and i repeat: do not get hurt, do not do something stupid. but if a goal is achievable, what's the point?

    running
    i definitely would like to do another 50-mile race, and possibly a 100-mile race (but i'm not good with staying up late, so i guess i just have to run that much faster, huh?).

    --- goals/strategy for this cycle ---
    i would like the working set loads to look like this:

    deadlift 200lbs
    squat 120lbs (in my quirky setup; which should be evaluated periodically for sustainability and injury avoidance)
    chest press #13
    press 80lbs

    i will keep the high-density workout plan. one-arm-cable-row-thingees will be replaced by some sort of two-arm-barbell-row. i think that will work better overall and possibly be faster since i'd only have to do it once rather than twice each set. but, to negate that efficiency, it should then get moved to a 3x6 or a 1x6 + 3x6 setup. i will try to stay close to constant loads across sets unless i am feeling a little sneaky when i will add extra weight starting on the final set. pullups will still be done separately with an alternating day plan where one day i do no extra weight and then the other day i do the backpack thing with dumbells in it. and i will sometimes mix it up between the thinner and thicker "bars" to develop the grip.

    -- week 1: january 4-10 --
    sunday:
    22 pullups throughout day

    monday: (46 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 40 (+5lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 85lbs, 4x6 at 95lbs
    bent-over row: 1x6 at 45lbs, 3x6 at 55lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 3x6 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 165lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 3x6 at #11

    tuesday: (44 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 65 (+0lbs; fat bar)
    squats: 1x6 at 85lbs, 2x6 at 95lbs, 2x6 at 100lbs
    bent-over row: 1x6 at 55lbs, 3x6 at 65lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 3x6 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 170lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 3x6 at #11

    wednesday:
    pullups throughout day: 52 (+8lbs)

    thursday:
    pullups throughout day: 18 (+0lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 85lbs, 4x6 at 100lbs
    rows: 1x6 at 55lbs, 2x6 at 65lbs, 1x6 at 75lbs
    press: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 145lbs, 3x6 at 175lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 2x6 at #11, 1x6 at #12

    friday:
    pullups throughout day: 51 (+8lbs)

    -- week 2: january 11-17 --
    sunday: (48 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 103 (+0lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 85lbs, 5x6 at 100lbs (can't count)
    row: 1x6 at 55lbs, 2x6 at 85lbs, 1x6 at 75lbs (can't load)
    press: 1x6 at 65lbs, 2x5 at 70lbs, 1x6 at 75lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 145, 1x2 at 175lbs (chickened out after feeling a nothing due to lee's experience)
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 1x6 at #11, 2x6 at #12

    monday: (44 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 45 (+10lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 65lbs, 4x6 at 100lbs
    row: 1x6 at 55lbs, 1x6 at 65lbs, 2x6 at 75lbs
    press: 1x6 at 65lbs, 2x6 at 70lbs, 1x6 at 75lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 145lbs, 3x6 at 175lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 2x6 at #11, 1x6 at #12

    tuesday:
    pullups throughout day: 114 (+0lbs)

    wednesday:
    pullups throughout day: ?45 (+13lbs)
    not yet transcribed

    thursday:
    pullups throughout day: 50 (+0lbs)

    -- week 3: january 18-24 --
    monday: (40 minutes, early morning)
    squats: 3x15 at 0lbs
    high table pushups: 3x12
    inverted rows off table: 4x6
    deadlift: 3x15 at 0lbs
    low table pushups: 4x12
    pullups (late afternoon): 29 (10/10/9)

    tuesday:
    pullups (late afternoon): 22 (10/7/5)

    wednesday:
    pullups (late afternoon): 23.5 (10.5/8/5, i think)

    thursday & friday: i got a few more pullups in, but don't remember how many

    -- week 4: january 25-31 --
    monday: 49 pullups (+0lbs)
    tuesday: 56 pullups (+0lbs)
    thursday: 85 pullups (+0lbs)
    friday: 38 pullups (+8lbs)

    -- week 5: february 1-7 --
    sunday:
    14 pullups (+0lbs)
    5 hours building gigantic snowmen with my kids and the neighbors. 2 at 8 feet, 1 at 4 feet, 1 at 12 feet. the tiny muscles in the middle of the back of my forearms hurt. it is kind of like a strongman competition where everything is slippery.

    monday:
    6 pullups (+10lbs)
    volleyball day
    forearms are now fine and dandy

    tuesday: 47 pullups (+0lbs)
    wednesday: 61 pullups (+10lbs)

    thursday: (41 minutes)
    squats: 1x6 at 55/65/75/85/95lbs (feeling it out after so much time off)
    row: 1x6 at 35lbs, 3x6 at 65lbs
    press: 1x6 at 55lbs, 3x6 at 65lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 165lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #8, 3x6 at #10

    friday: 84 pullups (+0lbs)

    saturday: (45 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 1 (+0lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 65lbs, 2x6 at 85lbs, 2x6 at 90lbs
    row: 1x6 at 55lbs, 1x7 at 65lbs, 2x6 at 75lbs
    press: 1x6 at 55lbs, 1x6 at 65lbs, 2x6 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 170lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 2x6 at #11, 1x6 at #12

    -- week 6: february 8-14 --
    sunday: (43 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 35 (+18lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 75lbs, 2x6 at 90lbs, 2x6 at 95lbs
    row: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 80lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 3x6 at 75lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 145lbs, 3x6 at 175lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 3x6 at #12

    monday: (27 minutes; goof around day)
    pullups throughout day: 47 (+18lbs)
    press: 1x6 at 65lbs, 1x1 at 90lbs
    row: 1x6 at 65lbs, 1x6 at 90lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 1x3 at #12, 1x3 at #13
    squats: ?x3 at 85/95/105/115/125lbs, 1x3 at 165lbs for 19 inches, 1x6 at 255lbs for 9 inches

    tuesday: (46 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 84 (+0lbs)
    squats: 16 at 85lbs, 4x6 at 100lbs
    row: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 85lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 7/6/6 at 75lbs (can't count...)
    deadlift: 1x6 at 145lbs, 3x6 at 180lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 3x6 at #12

    wednesday: (another off day due to yesterday's longish run and full workout)
    pullups early in day: 6 (+18lbs)
    cable flies: 7 at #1/2/2 (have to do something while watching the children jumping on the bed, right?)
    10 minutes in evening doing pullups and calf raises "supersetted" at a 3:1 ratio
    30 pullups
    90 calf raises (both legs together, not single leg)

    -- week 7: february 15-21 --
    [major slacking for some reason; perhaps longish runs and the return of the "zombie zone"]
    wednesday: 83 pullups (+0lbs)

    -- week 8: february 22-28 --
    sunday: (47 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 0
    squats: 1x6 at 75lbs, 4x6 at 90lbs
    rows: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 85lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 3x6 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 165lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9, 2x6 at #10, 1x6 at #11, 1x6 at #12

    monday: 34 pullups (+0lbs)

    tuesday: (44 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 83 (+0lbs)
    squats: 1x6 at 75lbs, 4x6 at 95lbs
    rows: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 80lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 3x6 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 185lbs
    chest: 1x6 at #9/10/11/12

    wednesday: (~45 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 27 (+26lbs in sets of 3)
    squats: 1x6 at 75lbs, 4x6 at 100lbs
    rows: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 80lbs
    press: 1x6 at 60lbs, 1x6 at 75lbs, 1x5 at 75lbs, 1x3 at 70lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 3x6 at 165lbs
    chest: 1x7 at #9, 1x7 at #11, 1x6 at #11, 1x6 at #12

    thursday: (45 minutes)
    pullups throughout day: 38 (+26lbs in sets of 3 or 4) and 3 (+45lbs) = 41 total
    squats: 1x6 at 65lbs, 4x6 at 95lbs
    rows: 1x6 at 65lbs, 3x6 at 80lbs
    press: 1x6 at 50lbs, 3x6 at 65lbs
    deadlift: 1x6 at 135lbs, 1x3 at 155lbs, 1x2 at 215lbs, 1x1 at 235/245/250lbs
    chest: 2x6 at #10, 1x1 at #13/#14

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    ---------------Week 2: Cycle I---------------15.01.11--01.17
    Sunday - 01.11
    MTB - 12.7k - 44:17

    Monday - 01.12
    DL - 2 x 5 x 120/130k
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/55k
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 80k
    Rows - 3 x 5 x 32k
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 80/90k
    Pull ups - 2 x 5 x bw
    AbR - 2 x 10

    Lunch Yoga

    Tuesday - 01.13
    Lunch Yoga


    Wednesday - 01.14
    DL - 2 x 5 x 120/130k
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/55k
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 80k
    Inv Rows - 2 x 5 x bw
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 80/95k
    Pull ups - 2 x 5 x bw
    Farmers - 1 x 80m x 85k

    Lunch Yoga

    Thursday - 01.15
    Run Commute 18k - 2.05
    Lunch Yoga
    Bike Commute 17.4k - 44:44

    Friday - 01.16
    DL - 2 x 5/2 x 120/120k
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/55k
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 80k
    Rows - 3 x 5 x 32kg
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 80kg
    Pull ups - 2 x 5 x bw


    Bike Commute 17.4k - 40:01
    Lunch Yoga
    Bike Commute 17.4k - 42:23


    Saturday - 01.17
    Nothing

    Nice week getting back into the groove. Everyone here is over the jet lag so trying to get some good sleep. The next few weeks I am going to work on ramping up my training to get up to running 30 mile weeks, or 30-50 miles of mountain biking per week.

    ---------------Week 3: Cycle I---------------15.01.18--01.24
    Sunday - 01.18
    Trail run - 8.9k - 1.08
    MTB - 15.9k - 59:49

    Monday - 01.19
    Warm up: 50 JR & 10 Swings
    DL - 2 x 5 x 120/130kg
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/60kg
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 80kg
    Inv Rows - 2 x 6 x bw
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 90/100kg
    Pull ups - 2 x 5 x bw
    Farmers - 1 x 80m x 85kg

    AM Bike Commute 17.4k - 40:00
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k - 43:47

    Tuesday - 01.20
    AM Bike Commute 17.4k - 41:42
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k - 40:06

    Snowy ride in this morning. My gaiter seems to have ripped and my shoes ended up getting soaked. Working through my long term running riding plan hopefully I can get it posted up soon.


    Wednesday - 01.21
    Warm up: 50 JR & 10 Swings
    DL - 2 x 5 x 120/120kg
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/60kg
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 80kg
    Trap Bar Rows - 2 x 5 x 65
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 90/100kg
    Pull ups - 2 x 6 x bw
    Farmers - 1 x 80m x 95kg

    AM Bike Commute 17.4k - 42:10
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k - 35:51

    Had to get my second workout today. Going to try hill sprints tomorrow and then run to work Friday. Increasing squats by 2.5kgs next week. Trap bar rows were odd?

    Thursday - 01.22
    Rest

    Friday - 01.23
    AM Run Commute 18k - 2.00
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k - 37:36

    Saturday - 01.24
    Rest
    ---------------Week 4: Cycle I---------------15.01.25--01.31
    Sunday - 01.25
    Rest - disappointed in this weekend. Was hoping to get a long run in but I failed.

    Monday - 01.26

    Warm up: 50 JR & 10 Swings
    DL - 2 x 5 x 120/130kg
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/60kg
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 85kg
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 90/100kg
    Pull ups - 2 x 6 x bw
    Farmers - 1 x 80m x 85kg

    AM Bike Commute 17.4k - 37:11
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k - 42:05

    Tuesday - 01.27

    AM Bike Commute 17.4k - 35:32
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k - 39:46


    Wednesday - 01.28

    Warm up: 50 JR & 10 Swings
    DL - 2 x 5 x 120/120kg
    Press - 2 x 5 x 50/60kg
    Squats - 5 x 2 x 85kg
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 90/100kg
    Inv Rows - 2 x 7/6/5
    Pull ups - 3 x 5 x bw
    Farmers - 1 x 80m x 85kg


    Thursday - 01.29
    AM Run Commute 18.0k - 2.02
    Lunch Yoga
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k -

    Friday - 01.30
    Warm up: 50 JR & 15x15x15 Swings
    Press - 2 x 8 x 40kg
    Squats - 2 x 5 x 60kg
    Bench - 2 x 5 x 80kg
    ABR 2 x 8

    AM Bike Commute 17.4k - 47:21
    PM Bike Commute 17.4k -

    Had a slow snowy bike ride in today. Went for a light easy workout as my back is still bothering me.

    Saturday - 01.31
     
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    Moved to bring Abide's log next to BA's:
    Haven't you heard that if you stay fit, you can live forever?

    I guess we can wait for Abide to weigh in, but I'm liking the idea of starting completely fresh this year, starting yesterday, starting with a halfhearted fartlek around Como Lake, minus 25 windchill plus listening to an old jam.

    Why? It's easy to edit thread titles.
    I use (standard) calendars.
    I was thinking of doing decreasing sets on my intensity day, but I think I'll hold off on any changes this cycle, since I never got going on anything my last cycle, and I'm curious how the Texas Method, even my highly bastardized version of it, will play out.

    I can't believe you've talked me into a volume approach.

    Are you still in Chicago? Or have you left the bitter cold of the Midwest for the low-hanging clouds of Western Europe?
     
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    I did? I need to go back and read the other log again, I was posting while intoxicated trying to cope with the Midwest. Yeah I have been back for a week or so, finally over jet lag and mostly recovered from my minor surgery. So I did a lighter session today, squats were the most painful but everything should be 100% normal by Wednesday.

    The increasing sets will kind of be similar to the 531 program but still hit every lift each session, for example on the bench I would do the first set 5 reps with 90kgs, and then the second 5 reps with 100kgs. I think I might add in a light warm-up groove set with light weights like 60kgs too. This time of the year it takes me way longer to get moving and warm and I also feel like it would be OK to push the top set a little more than if I was doing straight sets.

    I'll build a spreadsheet when I get a chance.

    Wish I could get an office pull up bar, and do some more pullups like BA.

    I've never been able to change titles for some reason, is there a trick?
     
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    Well yes, in the sense that your 2014 Cycle III relied on a very gradual increase in weight, so there was little intensity until the second half of the cycle. You seemed to be trusting that frequency/volume would get the job done. With the fresh perspective of a new year, I'm going to try to adopt a that sort of patience too, although not quite that patient. I'm starting 15-20 pounds lighter than Cycle III's beginning weights for the deadlift and squat. In fact, I'll probably go easy for a week or two to make sure I'm really over December's minor pull, so I won't even hit the full scheme weight until middle January. By spring sometime I'll be pulling and squating what I was doing in November, but hopefully with a better base of conditioning/technique/resilience, so I can make a better push for 400/320 by the end of the year.

    In the same vein, today I just walked the whole running route. I'm giving myself at least a week to ease into things. Really trying to be patient and consistent this year.

    Intoxication is good interactive software for the Midwest program, but makes the system buggy after a while.

    Glad to hear the post-op recovery is going well.

    I always do warm-ups, so in that sense, I do increasing sets too, but I usually only do 1-3 reps as I go up. I really gotta get better about doing my programed warm-up stuff.

    To change titles, go to "Thread Tools" and then "Edit Thread." I'll take it then, that your objection was technical, and not substantive. I've gone ahead and changed the title. I think this makes the most sense, to set cycles on a yearly basis, with an end-of-the-year gap to account for holiday detours and deloading. Hopefully we'll keep at this tradition for years to come. Thanks again for introducing the idea of cycling and programming to my workout routine. It's really made a big difference I think, and will make an even bigger difference if I can keep at it for a whole year.
     
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    Ha, it's the transition to challenging without ending up at ridiculous that seems the most ridiculously challenging for me, so I'm trying to be more reasonable a greater part of the time.

    Those look like good goals, good luck!
     
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    I think you have super mod skills or something because I don't even have that option on threads I create? But yep my comment was technical only. The half cycle worked out almost perfectly oddly enough.

    I'm still on the fence about a bona fide warmup, I do 50 jump ropes and 20 swings everyday at least. But I am leaning on the side of less warm-up is really required? I like to do an easy set quickly to get the patterning down but that's all I think may be necessary? The increasing set was more of an idea to work through the lifts quicker but do at least 3 days a week. I still think I might be heavy on the density/volume but low on the intensity. I don't know it was just an idea but I think I'll call it a priming set and have one priming set and one workset.

    And this was your idea as much as mine. I have never organized my lifting with this much direction either. I like it though.
     
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    Maybe because I'm Chapter President? Or because your nationality is suspect? You should check with the NSA to see if you're on some kind of list.

    Cool that everyone's on board for the fresh start. Makes me feel a lot less worse about being such a slacker in December. Resetting will help me get 'beginner's mind' again, and take things a little easier. It's hard though, I know those bigger weight goals will be mocking me until I can master them.

    For me, the bigger the lift, the more warm-up sets I do going up. For OH Press, I usually just do one or two warm-up sets--my 35-pound bar, then with two 25-pound plates, to establish the patterning like you say, more than to actually warm up the muscles, but for squats, deadlifts, and bench press, I need to warm up and check to make sure everything's in working order and ready to go. That's 3-6 quick sets. I guess I never warm-up for rows, and rarely for pulldowns/pullups. Once again, those last two are just somehow different than the first four.

    That's the one problem with doing full-body workouts, having to do multiple warm-up sets before the 3-4 heavier lifts. For the actual pre-lifting warm-up, I'm supposed to do one kind of plyometric exercise, one kind of abdominal/core exercise, and one kind of mobility exercise, and then start the lifting with lighter weight cable rows. I'll try to get it in today, although, like you and BA, I would like to find a way to make everything move a little quicker. Maybe starting a little lighter this cycle will help keep the rest intervals shorter, and then I can maintain that pattern as I add weight more gradually. By putting off my goals until the end of the year, hopefully I can approach the fitness stuff with more of a workaday attitude.

    I think the cycle idea started with your Dan John 40-day experiment last spring, and then it kind of developed between us from there, but I had never thought of cycles before, or really having any kind of a 'program' to experiment with. So that's on you. It's great now with BA joining in too, and adding his sense of humor to the mix.
     
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    and we're off!

    today, i went running for 4.7mi in 12F with some bits of leftover snow. it was entertaining to see a few of my footprints from yesterday among all the shoeprints. there was only a dusting of snow, so the prints were positives instead of negatives: the places where the snow got smashed down so it couldn't blow away. people must be getting used to me or something, because no-one gave me weird looks. but then, i had to take a shower right after i got back, so my toes warmed up too quickly. when i took my kid to gymnastics, three different people were like, "you're wearing shoes!!!" (moccasins, anyway) and i was like, "well, what can i say? i went running today and the tips of my toes haven't quite recovered yet...."

    so, i thought my workout would be unpleasant since 4 of my 5 exercises have feet planted on the ground and usually use toe-tips for balance. but, either circulation, endorphins, or foolhardiness seemed to make those last little slivers improve over the course of the workout.

    still, the toes will probably be trapped in socks and moccasins for the next few running days because we're in the process of getting a few inches of snow en route to highs of 18, 2, 19, and 10F over the next 4 days. it's like i should be in balmy minnesota or something....
     
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    Last year I didn't have any specific goals.

    However, I was able to maintain bodyweight, with eating more produce.

    Also, made gains with strength, and now able to do pullups and bodyweight DB bench.

    Lost fat and gained muscle. Scale says bodyfat went from high to low teens.

    When I did have goals, it seemed that I had a tendency to overtrain.

    No goals worked pretty good last year, so same thing this year sounds good. Okay, maybe one goal, get more sleep! :D
     
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    You guys must be 15-20 degrees warmer than us on average, right? You're doing great in the Winter Challenge! Be careful though. I think you were pretty close to mild frostnip.

    I'm really missing the skin-to-ground contact, but it's also a relief not having to think about temp & terrain conditions too much.

    Sid, it's great that you've found what works well for you, and you're making good, consistent progress. Nonetheless, please feel free to join a cycle whenever you wish. Envious of your Floridian temps . . .

    Did you guys see this?: http://www.t-nation.com/training/bench-press-grip-the-magic-number

    I tried it yesterday, and it seems pretty accurate. My measurement was 15 inches, so 22.5 for Bench Press grip width, which places my hands about 2.5 inches on either side of the bar's smooth center. That's pretty much my natural grip anyway, but it was good to confirm it with someone else's formula I guess.
     
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    I think they stole our idea. I'll pull out the tape measure tomorrow.
    BTW my squat grip is the same as my press/DL grip after all? I like the closer grip because it keeps the bar off my neck bones.
     
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    normally we would be, i think. but for this week, we'll end up pretty close....

    as to the winter challenge, i'm trying, but i don't think it's gonna happen. i lost the first 3 or 4 weeks of it because it wasn't cold enough (but at least the 50-mile race counted). then the zombie zone wore out on my right foot, so i couldn't put in serious miles. the hole seems to be healed up now, but the weird skin type remains. and now it's deep freeze with a little snow for the next few days while "the competition" will blithely keep zooming on since they are more skillful and adapted than i am. maybe a couple days in moccasins will let me get my fitness up enough to really put the hammer down once things clear up. but at current rates, it will take something like 13 miles a day, six days a week to catch up by the end. and i'll lose at least one week to travel to warmer climes.

    yeah, the toe tips on 1 or 2 toes on each foot were pretty close. it was kind of weird for the first couple hours after i got back because my feet were super hot and flushed with blood, but the rest of my body was chilly from exertion/low blood sugar/"shock"/whatever. good times that hopefully won't be repeated very often.
     
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    You must have good shoulder mobility to bring your hands in that close. My Press/DL grip is the same too, about 3-4 inches narrower than my bench press grip, then my squat grip is something like 33-34 inches. With the low bar position, that's perfect for getting my back scrunched up to provide a good notch for the bar. Glad you're keeping at the squats. I'm totally addicted now.
    I got very painful frostnip two years ago, lost my toe calluses within a few days, but no serious damage.

    There seems to be a pattern where whoever gets second place one year, wins it the next, then loses interest the following year. So try for second place this year.
     
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    i am a total non-jock apparently, so i have been totally mystified as to what the "experts" mean when they say some exercise [typically "eccentric" ones; i guess that means everything for me... :) ] is hard on the CNS or "fries the CNS" or "is mentally difficult". now, i suppose those could be different things, but do they mean "you really have to psych yourself up to make it happen and it is hard to keep up that kind of mental focus/effort all the time" in a metaphorical sense? or do they mean something along the lines of "the voltage-gated ion channels are degraded in such a way as to become temporarily non-functional until they can be repaired by the appropriate enzymes"? or a combination? i'll never know....

    but, taking for a moment the more metaphorical interpretation, as long as we are training the body, we might as well train the mind as well, right? i suppose my goal is not so much related to maximizing the absolute greatest force i could produce with eyes bulging and veins straining and tendons tearing, but what i can summon under any and all circumstances. like that teacher or professor we all had at some point along the way who would would say, "i want to be able to wake you guys up at 3:30 in the morning and say, 'what is the integral of x-squared?' and have you able to say, 'x-cubed over three!'". thus, i've been trying to avoid the psysching up thing and trying to practice just stepping up to the bar and doing my thing once my "rest" period has expired. i don't know if i am being successful or not, but it seems like fun anyway. there's nothing so fun as overanalyzing and abstracting and philosophizing over the simplest of things. maybe i can blame the idea on the anecdote attributed (wrongly, i'm sure) to vince lombardi. supposedly, he would forbid his players from engaging in end-zone celebrations because "i want them to act like they've been there before..."

    the point is: non-clanging weights sound (ha! or rather do NOT sound...) like a fantastic way to help you get in there to get the job done without distracting yourself about whether that particular load is or is not meeting a criterion for difficulty.
     
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    I have to agree with the clanging, its why I buy bumper plates.

    I've always understood the fried CNS as more of an issue with recovery than the mental aspect. Supposedly eccentric lifts cause more muscle breakdown, when you do them too frequently you don't allow your muscles to rebuild appropriately and ultimately build stronger fibers. I think there is a neural component here as well but I'm not quite sure the connection, but likely its the in the rebuilding and memory piece.

    I used to love physiology back in my college years, but since then I have drunken too much beer and lost my desire to retain that kind of information. Now I just enjoy the smut reading provided by Tnation and Jim Wendler, its much more relaxing than say Brett Contreas' long annoying scientific pieces. But pass along more info if you find any?
     
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    Not sure what the physiology is, but one of the reasons I like the idea of a Texas Method-like rotation of volume-density-intensity is that it's easier to keep mentally fresh. Doing a lot of intensity and singles like I was doing with the deadlift last summer and early fall, it's sometimes hard to summon the mental will, and workouts become a little more challenging than I'm up for some days. I like the idea of a volume day, where the sets aren't that hard to complete, but it's kind of a drag to do the third and fourth set, or density day, where everything is kinda easy but there's a lot to get through, in addition to a weekly intensity day, where you can cultivate a little bit of that fleeting 'king of the world' feeling of invincibility.

    But yeah, trying to approach everything with more of a zen state of mind. That's one of the reasons I worked at getting a super efficient set-up, and have worked out elaborate charts, so that I don't have to think too much while I'm actually working out.

    I came across this a few months ago: http://smile.amazon.com/Zen-Body-Building-Peter-Lindsay-ebook/dp/B007BXTUPA/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1420643966&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=strength training zen

    Looks interesting, but I don't have time for extra-curricular reading, and I've already learned about as much as I'm going to learn about strength training now. Just getting my weekly fill of the smut at Tnation and Jim Wendler like Abide. Just last night I was explaining to a writer friend the pleasure of reading that meathead style.

    Bret Contreras is a little full of shit if you ask me, but I think he's just trying to build up a brand. All those studies are dubious, the whole glute guy/hip thruster schtick wears thin after a while, and there doesn't appear to be an exercise variation that Bret doesn't like. I'm much more likely to trust the advice of a Poliquin, Thibaudeau, Rippetoe, or Ben Bruno, someone who's been training a lot of people over a long period of time.

    Abide, do you want to replace this comment with your log? That way all our logs would be close to the beginning of the thread.
     
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    Yep that was the plan. I'll get it posted up tonight. Falling behind with my workload right now.
     
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    sorry, i can't resist a content free post. stolen from someone else (twitter feed of ross tucker on the side of http://sportsscientists.com/), described as the "best thread on the internet", here is an enlightened discussion of exactly how many days there are in a week and the implications for scheduling your workouts. ahhh, the joys of cultural convention. like how money is a merely useful shared illusion/delusion or whatever they try to teach kids in "econ 101".

    http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=107926751

    meanwhile, back at the ranch, the bent over rows produce a strange sensation around the bottom of my shoulder blades that feels like my hair brushing across them. except my hair is tied up. maybe it is just massive muscles interfering with each other. not. or rather small muscles getting crowded in new and unfamiliar ways during the motion.
     

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