It’s been a while since I pounded some pounds, pressed some limits and sweated in the underground weight room at my gym. My back pretty much made me afraid of the place. When I was at the doctor, he had told me that I could continue to lift but that I shouldn’t increase the weight. What’s the point of lifting, then? It isn’t my initial goal to tighten and tone, I don’t want to do reps, I want to build muscle.
Now before anyone jumps I know, I know it’s virtually impossible to build muscle and lose weight at the same time. I suppose for now I can focus on reps vs. weight since I am doing circuit training but I am still being told I shouldn’t lift heavy. That puts a big crimp in my future plans as I have to decide if I want to tempt fate with my back and build muscle or simply let it lie. I can’t just let it lie, it’s not how I roll.
Anyway, I had a nice afternoon though I decided to change things up a little bit. There are always too many people in the weight room for me to do my normal circuit training, so I changed it from doing 10 sets of 3 to 5 sets of 6. Similar method, similar movement, but I focus on one specific weight a little bit longer each time. Not sure if it will make a difference, but we’ll see.
I also went and watched the newest Percy Jackson movie with my wife and half-the-kids. I enjoy these movies, but I feel like I am watching an attempt at Harry Potter. I really enjoyed the Harry Potter movies so watching these kind of puts me off when I look at it from that perspective. I really, really enjoy the story as mythology has always been something I enjoyed… so I can at least still enjoy the movie from that perspective.
Breakfast – Homemade Egg McMuffin
Snacks – Granola bars and trail mix
Lunch – Chicken panini and chicken flatbread
Dinner – Homemade chicken tenders and onion rings
Dessert – Donuts and fig newtons
5×6 Circuit Training
|Sets 1-3||Sets 4-5|
|Incline Press – –||145 lbs||135 lbs|
|Dumbbell Pullover – –||40 lbs||40 lbs|
|Lat Raises – –||25 lbs/hand||20 lbs/hand|
|Isolated Curls – –||25 lbs/hand||20 lbs/hand|
|T.G.S. – –||25 lbs/hand||25 lbs/hand|
|Dumbell Rows – –||30 lbs/hand||25 lbs/hand|
|Front Shoulder Rows – –||30 lbs/hand||30 lbs/hand|
|V Raises – –||20 lbs/hand||20 lbs/hand|