Well, I guess I’m not as big a boy as I thought/hoped I was. In more ways than one.
Turns out my body thinks there’s a massive difference between 220 lbs and 225 lbs, because I couldn’t complete a single set of squats yesterday. In fact, you might as well call what I did 5×3, because I did five straight sets of three reps each, and that’s all that I had. I seriously strained on the third rep of each set, and while it’s a failure from the perspective of a complete 5×5, I’m not going to look at it that way. Those sets were hard, and I really put in the effort. I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t bother waiting the extra time between sets because a) I failed the first set, extra time isn’t going to make me complete the second, and b) I didn’t have that extra time to spare. Lunch hour is lunch hour, not lunch hour and a half, ya know?
So I still lifted big boy weights, just not enough of them. Oh well, there’s always next time.
Let’s follow that up with some success though, shall we? I managed to complete the full 5×5 on overhead press, and honestly it felt doable the whole way. The last rep was tough, but at no point did I think I wasn’t going to get it. That matches my personal best for overhead press. On to 105 lbs next time. I’ve lifted that before, but I’ve never been able to complete it, so we’ll see how it goes.
Deadlifts were strangely déja-vu inducing. Last Workout B I said that my grip was giving me trouble on the deadlift. And I think I also mentioned that the last time that happened, the following workout I had no grip trouble at all. Well, more of the same today. No grip trouble at 5 lbs heavier. Weird.
But enough about the workout, let’s move on to the weigh-in.
The good news is, I’m down 1.6 lbs from my last weigh-in. The bad news is it’s all water. My Total Body Water is down the exact same 1.6 lbs. I really haven’t been on the ball about staying hydrated lately. Of course that’s making all of the other numbers look wacky, so there’s that.
The last few times I’ve gone to weigh myself, I’ve talked to the fitness manager – who I know from the McCaul location – if I can use the scale and he’s told me I can just go on in and use it. I’m going to use that as implicit approval to just knock on the door and use the scale if no one is in the room from this point forward. If anyone asks, I can just refer them to him and make sure it’s okay. Most of the time there’s nobody in there, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Might as well say that I did cardio today (my days are a bit off, since I didn’t get to the gym Wednesday).
I’ll be back in Monday for Workout A and another stab at 225 lbs.