February Check-In

Doran | February 18th, 2014 - 1:22 am

I haven’t really had any real-time updates since putting out my 2014 Fitness Goals in mid-January.  Here we are a month later, and I have to say, I’m in a little bit of a weird place.  I’m still enjoying lifting hard and working out.  But progress has plateaued a little bit.  I’m the strongest I’ve ever been in my life  In the past decade or so, I’ve never really tried to break through this current level of strength with a sustained weight program.  So I find my motivation waning just a little bit.  This is rare for me; having the discipline to keep training consistently is one of my strengths, and the only way you can finish an Ironman in a decent time.   This goal of getting bigger and stronger does not seem to have the same motivation for me as triathlon.  I’m not sure if it’s because I like competing (triathlon) or what, because they both boil down to setting goals (beating times or putting up heavy weight) and working hard to achieve them.

Fitness / Workouts

Hitting some abs with suspension system.

Hitting some abs with suspension system. Gloves are more for the low temps in the garage, its cold out there!

I’m lifting three or four times a week right now, and generally doing upper body or lower body days with core almost every session and sometimes on it’s own between lifting days.  A typical leg day will be 5-8 sets of deadlifts (barbell and sometimes mixing in trap/hex bar) followed by bulgarian split squats or walking lunges.  Then usually some calf raises and maybe hamstring curls or leg extensions.  Often I finish it up by just carrying heavy weight (farmer’s carry).  Upper days are usually a combination of pushing (bench press, shoulder press) and pulling exercises (rows, etc) and usually include pull-ups.  Somewhat surprisingly, I’m only running about once and maybe twice a week.  I haven’t biked or swam since November, so my cardio fitness is at an all-time low. It’s also weird to only workout 3-5 times a week instead of basically every day and sometimes twice.  It is nice to have more time doing other things.

Diet

Still eating a lot of delicious meat.

Still eating a lot of delicious meat.

Since I’m in “weight gain” mode, I’m trying to eat more than usual, and make sure I get a lot of protein.  However, I’m really lax with quality, meaning I’m eating a lot of carbs and junk food.  This is really uncharacteristic and I’ haven’t had a sustained period (3-4 months now) of unrestricted food intake since undergrad.  For instance, last night, for some reason I invented a new way to get fat, by adding dark chocolate pieces to the biscuits we had with dinner to form my own chocolate croissant.  What?  Who am I?  For most of the past five years I wouldn’t have even had one of the biscuits.  And now I jam three down my face with dinner and another one covered in chocolate for dessert?  I’m borderline grossing myself out just thinking about it.  As you’d expect, this kind of behavior has lead to weight gain.  I’m now at 162, which I think is tied for the most I’ve ever weighed in my life.  Soon we’ll be breaking into new territory.

Garage Gym

This is the real exciting part of this update.  I’ve picked up a few new items since the initial install.  Will let the pictures do the talking, but I’ve added the following:

  • TRX Style Suspension System (Seen above, a Christmas Present from the Pennsylvania Reisers!)
  • SKLZ Core Pushup  (Another Christmas Present, thanks Georgia Reisers!)SKLZ Pushup
  • Mirrors ($40 on Craigslist)
  • Trap / Hex Bar (Love this for deadlifts, traps, and farmer’s carry)
  • Bar Holder (hand crafted by yours truly, a few progress photos included)
  • Cannonball Grips for pull-ups
  • Lifting Straps and Chalk

Of course, I still want bumper plates and maybe a new bar.  But I have the basics to get strong, and no excuses if I don’t.

You can see the mirrors and cannonball grips.

You can see the mirrors and cannonball grips.

Loving the trap bar for a number of exercises

Loving the trap bar for a number of exercises

Some gear I picked up from Rogue Fitness

Some gear I picked up from Rogue Fitness

Construction of the custom bar holder

Construction of the custom bar holder

The finished product, not bad for me, not exactly mr. fix-it.

The finished product, not bad for me, not exactly mr. fix-it.

 

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