When I started lifting I did things on my own and in the privacy of my own home gym. Didn’t stop me from pushing myself because my only competition was me. My goal each time even to this day is to do better than the last workout. Now I have only been back at things very long and I am not trying to be insulting or anything to others at the gym and I have also not seen everyone who lifts there but I have noticed that I am already out doing some people. This puzzles me because I always was of the impression that gym goers challenged themselves and each other. Now I am not saying I can beat these young guys for speed or even muscular endurance, but maybe the notion that I am a mutant is affecting other things like my judgment of how much someone should lift.
I ran into this a couple of years ago with a personal trainer type. I was squatting about 260lbs. and he came out and raised his eyebrows and told me that was a lot to lift, and he was serious. These days I look around at other guys that are younger than me and I am already squatting more than their normal. I mean this week I dropped down on 245lbs. for eight reps. The highest I have seen others do in the last two weeks is 225 and mostly less than that. If my current rate of increase continues I will be squatting probably 275 by end of the year. I have done 405lbs. for three reps a long time ago. My goal is to get to 315lbs. and probably hold until it truly gets ‘easy’. Now a lot of guys are beating me on arms, chest and even back but I don’t see anyone at least so far with anything on me for legs.
This has been true for me with other leg exercises. I killing the leg extension and leg curls to the point I now have to do single leg instead of using both legs at once. I wonder how I will make it harder if I get both legs out a maximum on the machines. Calves I am breaking each week so I guess haven’t plateaued yet. I have been doing 500lbs. on the sled for a couple of weeks now. Now, I am way behind on everything else yet. Chest has never been my strong suit. Nor have my arms or shoulders. But then I guess I will take on anyone on leg day.
That said, I am thinking of changing things up. My real problem is only having a two-day split. I don’t have the endurance yet to power through ten to twelve exercises every time. I would rather break things up into four workouts and add a few things so I am doing maybe six things a day. It is the length of these two workouts that can challenge my motivations at times. It also means I don’t do much else but lift. I would like to get in some actual cardio and some real stretching. I am thinking though I am going to have to do that either very early in the morning or late at night. Either one means another trip to Big Rapids and Beagle Fitness and then come home and then make another trip for class or doing it late at night then coming home and going to bed. Neither is particularly appealing but next semester’s schedule is no better and it is getting me thinking about now. It actually makes sense to start doing things at like 5am and then coming home, take a shower and then head back. I am thinking maybe Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday for now and then change it up if necessary next semester. It would be something like Legs, Chest/Delts, Back/Traps, Arms/Abs for a split. Add some stretching to start off and some cardio to end things and my body might start converting back to its wonderful self a lot faster. I just don’t know how many people use the gym at that time.
I need to see a doctor. This is more a gut instinct feeling thing than anything else plus I am overdue for my 40 year checkup by about seven years. That and I have a lump un the outside of my upper left abdominal area. It is outside of my abs and based on the other symptoms (none), this is some sort of benign growth but I want to make sure. Problem, thanks to Obamacare, it might take me decades to get into a doctor these days. In the meantime, keep lifting and growing. No rundown this week, this post is long enough.
Blessings and Cheers!!!