Well, I was on a roll and then broke it.  Didn’t even think about posting this last night.  But here it is anyway.

Monday was a great day.  I had a good day at work, ate some delicious food (the pizza my wife and I made on Sunday is exceptional!) and had a great workout at the gym.  I am not sure if I am “doing it wrong” by doing a program (Stronglifts 5×5) along with some of my own lifting, but I feel that it works better.  I know that the idea of Stronglifts is to use a minimal amount of lifts to get maximum results, but I don’t feel that it is happening by just doing those lifts.  They work, don’t get me wrong, but I feel that adding some specific lifts to the program will help.

That being said, I’ve already changed how I do it.  Before, I was doing Stronglifts 5×5 followed by 6 lifts doing 3×10.  Monday I decided to scoot back to the roots of lifting I did years ago and change it to 6 lifts doing 10×3.  That means instead of doing 3 sets of 10 reps, I am doing 10 sets of 3 reps.  The idea is that I can lift more (which is true) doing 3 reps than 10 but still do a total of 30 lifts for that specific exercise.  I did this back in 2009/2010 and it worked great, so hopefully it works this time.  The biggest issue I have is being able to do this “circuit training” with so many other people in the gym.


Breakfast – BBQ chicken and eggs with some oatmeal
Snacks – Yogurt and string cheese
Lunch – Pepperoni, onion and jalapeno pizza on whole wheat
Snack – Cookie Dough Bread
Dinner – Zucchini bake
Dessert – Protein shake with Cracklin’ Oat Bran and a protein brownie


An hour of walking at work

Stronglifts 5×5
Squats – 195 lbs
Bench Press – 135 lbs
Barbell Rows – 135 lbs

10×3 Lifts
Lat raises (25 lbs/hand), overhead pulls (55 lbs), dumbbell rows (35 lbs/hand), chest flies (35 lbs/hand), chest press (35 lbs/hand), pectoral flies (105 lbs), crunches (45) and step ups/step downs (75)

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