Comb Breaker

So I was so incredibly busy that I didn’t get a change to post my blog for Thursday.  I’m sure that the entirety of the world was missing it.  But here it is combined with Friday’s information.

I was very glad that I decided to go back to karate on Thursday.  I still feel the same way about being hit so much, but Thursday’s workout was pretty much perfect.  Small group, lots of sweat and aching muscles and everything from shadow boxing to heavy bag work to squats, sit ups and push ups.  It’s the kind of workout I would choose to do every time if I could.

My body could definitely feel the workout on Friday.  My lats, chest and arms were feeling it from the punching and push ups, my legs and glutes were very sore from the squats and kicks and part of me wished that I were more willing to take the elevator instead of the stairs… but I stuck with the stairs.

Friday’s workout also was a bit tough due to the soreness, but I pulled through.  I did my Stronglifts 5×5 along with the few other lifts I do and happily wandered home for the weekend.  I am focusing quite a bit on my arms outside of Stronglifts since I need to work on my punching strength.  The squats and deadlifts help my legs quite a bit so I don’t want feel the need to do more in that area.

I do, however, need to find a way to work on stretching.  I know that I could simply stand or sit and do stretches on my own, but doing things on my own aren’t always the easiest.  It’s possible that I may need to find a yoga or pilates DVD to do since I don’t want to spend more time in a gym.  I think there is a class in the evening but I already do enough of that.

Thursday’s Meals:

Breakfast – Eggs in a tortilla
Snacks – Nachos and a doughnut
Lunch – Chicken quesadillas
Dinner – Tater tot casserole
Dessert – Fig Newtons

Thursday’s Exercise:

An hour+ of walking at work

2 hours of Kyokushin karate

Friday’s Meals:

Breakfast – Protein oatmeal
Snacks – Protein and granola bars
Lunch – Tater tot casserole and chicken caesar wraps
Dinner – Steak and baked potato
Dessert – Fig newtons

Stronglifts 5×5

Squats – 250 lbs
Barbell Rows – 145 lbs
Deadlifts – 315 lbs

3×10 Lifts

Hammer curls – 50 lbs/50 lbs/50 lbs (per hand)
Tricep Extensions – 60 lbs/60 lbs/57 lbs
Punches (R) – 33 lbs/33 lbs/33 lbs
Punches (L) – 30 lbs/30 lbs/30 lbs

7 thoughts on “Days 319 & 320… C-c-c-combo Breaker!

  1. I completely hear you about aching and stretching…I am aching after returning to doing more real lifting this week and I always forget to stretch well enough!

    For punching power and strength and power I have been told that you need to concentrate on shoulders and Lats and pulling type exercises rather than arms (strong arms is never bad mind you) military presses and lat pull downs would help, or pull ups! Also reverse wood chops because the work arms back and core! I have been working on punch power quite a bit over the last year 🙂
    Also don’t forget that a lot if pinch power comes from your legs and glutes 😉

    1. Yeah, I know a lot of power comes from the hips, but I think I do plenty of leg workouts with all the things I do. I have always had pretty strong legs.

      As far as punching power, I do agree that things like bicep curls are more for “pretty arms” than power, things like triceps, shoulders and lats are important so I make sure I focus on those things. Stronglifts is supposed to sort of give you an all-around workout as it works your core, shoulders, chest, lats, back and legs… the rest I just do for extra.

      I’ve never heard of reverse wood chops. I’ll have to look it up (though it is probably what it sounds like)

      1. I like the stronglifts program, I have just started it again 🙂

        extra is good though…I do extra, and sport specific martial arts / gymnastics stuff with my PT who is crazy but in a good way 😀

        Reverse wood chops are pretty much what they sound like…you start low and move diagonally upwards 🙂

      2. Yeah, I tend to start and stop it again and again. I just need to stick with it because it seems to work well.

        I’ll have to try out the reverse wood chops if I can find a way to do it with what I have at the gym.

      3. I do. And I learned what it was and did it today and it seems to do a pretty good job of getting my core, glues and everything involved. Glad to have you on my side 😀

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