Going to the gym and training by myself has presented me with a new obstacle to overcome. As I was driving to the gym this morning I realized that this “drag myself out the door” mentality was exactly the same thing I experienced back in my running days. Even though I looked forward to running and enjoyed the run itself, most days I would find myself struggling to get out the door; however, the moment I put on my shoes and shut the door behind me, my attitude flipped like a light switch and I was happy to be running. This is what I am currently experiencing whenever I need to go to the gym. I want to train. I am committed to training and won’t skip a session, but getting out of the house is a reluctant process. I’d like to think this will change in time as I grow more comfortable in my new gym surroundings and get to know the people there. And even if it doesn’t change, at least I know that I am focused, determined, and committed to doing what I need to do to reach my goals.
1. deficit deadlifts (2-2×1)
warm up: 95 lbs x 6, 135 x 5, 165 x 4
main event: 195 x 5, 195 x 5, 195 x 5
Oh boy! So, I put my belt on beginning with my second warm up set. I generally wait longer to use my belt, but since the back has been achy for the past week I figured I’d play it safe. I was in the midst of my second working set, when I suddenly realized why the deadlifts were feeling so easy today…I had forgotten all about the deficit and was doing regular deadlifts! Oops! I considered sticking with the conventional for the final set but ultimately chose to grab a plate and get at least one set of deficits in. Definitely a difference with the deficit! Yet, I think they still felt better than they did last week, and the back was less irritated during the sets.
2. incline bench (3-1×0)
45 lbs x 8, 55 x 15, 55 x 12, 55 x 10
These also felt better than last week!
3. stiff legged deadlifts (3-1×0)
105 lbs x 15, 105 x 8
Unlike last week, there was chalk in the box at the gym today, which meant I was able to maintain a solid grip for all of my deadlift reps. A solid grip helps make the reps feel easier…at least a little bit.
4a. side plank
x 30 seconds each, x 30, x 15
4b. barbell row
65 lbs x 12, 65 x 12, 65 x 10
4c. glute bridge
30 lbs x 15, 30 x 15, 30 x 15