After starting my training week on a Tuesday for the past couple of weeks, part of me really struggled with the decision to go to the gym this Monday morning. The struggle was even harder after a less than stellar night’s sleep, but I actually did set an alarm for this morning and forced myself to get up and moving. My goal was to get to the gym at least 15 minutes earlier than I tend to arrive. My ‘day one’ sessions typically require the most time to get through my program, and I have a limited amount of time available for training and such before going to work. It’s a small thing, but I’m proud of myself for getting to the gym by 8:45 this morning, especially since my alarm was set for 8:05. Although some weeks it makes sense to start my training week on a Tuesday, I am glad that I pushed myself to get it done today. I am glad that I pushed myself to start just a little bit earlier than usual. Even though some of the weights and/or sets increased, I am glad that I pushed through the fear and uncertainty and mild discomfort to do all that I was absolutely capable of doing. While I’m not afraid to work hard in the gym, sometimes I can forget just how much I can do.
1. competition squats (2-0x0) 4-6 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 95 x 6, 135 x 5, 155 x 4
main event, with belt: 170 lbs x 6, 170 x 6, 170 x 6, 170 x 6, 170 x 6
2. competition bench (2-1×0) 4-6 reps
warm up: 45 lbs x 8, 65 x 6, 85 x 6, 100 x 3
main event: 110 x 6, 110 x 6, 110 x 6, 110 x 6
3. front squats (3-1×0) 8-12 reps
75 lbs x 10, 75 x 10, 75 x 10
4. glute bridges
105 lbs x 15 x 3 sets
5. chest supported rows
55 lbs x 12, 55 x 10, 55 x 9
As best as I can tell, my gym has only one chest supported row device. As I walked up to it today, I saw that there were four 45 pound plates left on it and no one nearby. I wandered over to ask the one guy in the weight area who actually looked capable of using that much weight if he was using that piece of equipment. He wasn’t, but he was kind enough to help me remove the plates. I’m a little surprised by how happy it made me feel when I had to stop my helper from removing the last plate, and that happiness spiked just a little bit more as I grabbed a 10 pound plate to add to it. So in truth, my rows aren’t anything to get excited about, but I get a kick out of being stronger than expected by others.
I am super proud of myself for putting in the work and crushing it! Today’s total weight moved was 20, 205 pounds…almost 3000 pounds more than last week’s day one! And oddly enough, I don’t feel nearly as exhausted right now as I did last week.