Would you look at that date spread. Kind of long, isn’t it?
Yeah, I haven’t been to the gym for strength training in two weeks, and for cardio in two weeks minus a day. It was a combination of me getting sick for a week and a half (hacking and coughing up some rather unpleasant green stuff along the way) and work getting in the way. I had actually started writing my blog post for that last workout the day of the workout, but I didn’t get time to finish it. I’ll give you a quick rundown, and then move on to today.
As you’ll recall, I was doing a second attempt to squat 225 lbs. That didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. Still, I started squats well enough, getting four reps at 225 lbs, compared to three last week. That was the last of the progress, though. The next two sets were three reps apiece, same as last time. Unfortunately, the last two were down a rep to two. Somewhat disappointing, even if I was tired.
Bench press was where I was hoping to shine, getting back up to my personal best of 135 lbs. Alas, it wasn’t to be. I managed the first three sets, but my chest and arms just couldn’t manage on the last two. I probably should have taken more time between sets, but as I recall I was pressed for time over lunch, and needed to get back to work quickly.
Barbell row went well enough, even if I was rushing through it to the point where I paid absolutely no attention to form. Well, enough attention to know my form wasn’t good, but I was more in it for speed.
The next day I managed to get back to the gym for a run, and then the cold from hell hit, and here we are today. Loading up the app, right away it told me to deload 20% for having missed two weeks. Not as bad as the 30% I had to do before, but still disappointing and annoying. I noticed it errs on the side of caution and actually has you decrease your weights by somewhat more than 20%, but it’s close.
That dropped me down to 175 lbs on my squats. Glad to say that they weren’t as hard at this weight as they were at 145 lbs when I missed a month of workouts. My legs were a little shaky once the workout was done, but hopefully I won’t be nearly as sore as last time.
I felt the app was deloading me too far on my overhead press and deadlift, so I added back 5 lbs on top of what it recommended. Both were doable, and didn’t give me any trouble. Felt like they took effort, but not all I had. I’ll make my way back up again on those soon enough, I guess.
Back in tomorrow (hopefully) for cardio. See you then.