Saturday, January 19, 2013
The second run through of the SLVi3 routine is well underway. I was very very bad this week and went to the gym four times instead of the mandatory three and did a few more power exercises to boot.
The routine is periodised. At this point I'm working at 80% maximum on lifts. This helps form , encourages recovery, mitigates against injury and psychologically makes starting the routine easy. One bad moment. I loaded up the deadlift at 80% and struggled to do the 5x5 . I left disappointed - it was only on reflection that I realized that I'd put on too much weight on the bar and was in fact almost at my previous max. The omens are good.
The end of January in the gym has seen a decrease in members. New years resolutions going the way of all things I guess.
Some nice moments in the gym One of my students trying to drop body fat caught me in weights rooms, after inquiring about various aspects on university regulations he looked at me and said..
"Bob..how the f*** did you get shredded man?"
My foot is still trouble. I'm easing on running and going to the rower and bike for cardio. I'l take a stab at the 30 minute run test next Friday and weigh-in (first time in nearly 7 weeks)
The diet "just is". It is food. It is well balanced. I am not hungry. I have passed the point where I judge the quality of life by what I put in my mouth. Strangely the thought of pizza, doughnuts, or chocolate makes my stomach churn.
Although I haven't weighed in I did do some body fat measurements following comments that I'd got leaner over Christmas. It does seem that I dropped about 1% bodyfat during my deload. I guess it's not usual to stop exercising and see bodyfat drop but I suppose it was the lead up of four months intense training and the recovery response of my body.
I'm coming up to my official one year with SP. I started the weight loss programme over a year ago but only joined SP two months in. I am 5 months into maintenance having lost about 60 pounds of fat and having put on a handful of pounds of muscle ( as judged by lifts).
The chronic pain and weakness of my knee is now gone. It took a year of gentle deep squats and weight loss to win that one. I am a lot faster.
My spark team.. Staying Power- is allowing me to track and progress. It is a lonely team. It is for the rare few who want athleticism and as such falls between the stalls of those frantic for weight loss and those who focus disproportionately on body building.
One thing I have learnt here and a bb.com is that many aspire to perfection tomorrow but few aspire to what is possible and desirable next year.