The day felt long, but that is probably due to the lower back being sore most of the morning and the headache that kept gaining strength. The hip was a little sore in the morning, too. But, and this is a big but, this afternoon I realized that I had no new muscle soreness! Ha! My body is finally adapting to the training changes. The back and the hip…those aren’t sore from training. I don’t want it to be true, but I suspect that the back soreness is the disc. The disc is causing the hip pain. It will get better. It has to get better.
1a. conventional deadlifts
95 x 10, 135 x 10, 165 x 10 Grip was an issue for most of this set, and I had to switch to mixed grip for the final 3 reps.
with straps, a single loop: 185 x 10, 195 x 8 This was supposed to be a set of 10, but Michael called it at 8. I’m sure I could have finished the set, but he’s the boss. I wasn’t complaining, but I appreciate the fact that he made sure to talk to me about it before I left the gym. He knows that I sometimes get frustrated with myself over missed reps or perceived weakness. I don’t think I was too bothered by that set being cut a bit short today, but then again I have been moody this week! 😉 Michael also had to remind me to breathe properly. I don’t know why everyone keeps telling me to breathe! Ha!
1b. floor press
43 x 10, 73 x 8 plus another 5 reps with the sling shot, 93 x 8
with sling shot: 103 x 8, 113 x 4 plus another 5
Using the sling shot is a new thing for me. The last set was a bit of a challenge, but I think it was mostly due to needing to familiarize myself with how the sling shot works and affects how I move. Some reps were good, some were okay, and some were quite ugly. The last set was broken up, because I was just struggling with the groove and lost a shoulder. It’s just something new, and I need to get used to it.
2a. box squats with deadlift focus (keep shins perpendicular, use more of a deadlift movement than a squat)
45 x 6, 115 x 8, 135 x 8 This last set was with a stance wider than my normal squat stance. Oh boy! That sure worked different muscles and made the task harder. Maybe I will feel some new muscle soreness again soon…
2b. Bulgarian split squats, prisoner style with hands behind my head and back tight
x 10 each leg x 2 sets
2c. Turkish get-ups
10 kg kettle bell x 2 reps each side. I was a little shaky for this set, but I haven’t done get-ups for a long time.
8 kg kettle bell x 3 reps each side. This set was much smoother. See! I just need to get used to the patterns and movements. The more I do something, the better I get at it. Oh wait. I shouldn’t really say that “out loud”, otherwise I might be instructed to do the things that I don’t like very much more often. Just kidding…sort of. Doing the things that are difficult makes for a stronger me, right? I believe that to be true, so I guess I will do whatever is thrown my way.
And like always, I left the gym in a better mood than when I arrived. The headache has settled down to a dull throb. The back and the hip are still a little sore but no more than before the gym. It’s almost bedtime. Tomorrow I get to be Wonder Woman! It has to be a better day.