"The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you're a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds." - Henry Rollins
So in keeping with my "Embrace the suck - fear no workout" attitude adjustment, I made a concerted effort to go into the gym this afternoon, knowing that Stasi trainer guy had some evil, evil plans to push it up a notch today. I'll admit, fleeting thoughts and excuses came into my brain late in the afternoon, especially when a mild crisis erupted around 4:00 PM (why don't crises at work erupt on Tuesday mornings....they ALWAYS seem to happen late on Friday). But we got it worked out and I was able to make my appointed time in the squat rack.
The Squat Rack...the Iron Tower of Justice....the metal cage where you come face to face with yourself....and iron plates that do not lie....if you've prepared and you are ready for them, they'll go up and down....if you're not ready, they'll tell you so and patiently stay in place, waiting for you next time.
But today went well....it went very well, with some very smooth squats that went real deep and a straight up and down motion with no wavering. 4 sets of 5 at 255 lbs....5 more lbs than my last heavy day 2 weeks ago and the last set was almost.....almost to failure
(Note, this obviously isn't me, but she exemplifies a good squat!)
Deadlifts were much the same....hard, but smooth, with good form that didn't break and didn't waiver. Another PR over last session, but instead of additional weight I did an extra set....4 sets of 5 at 315 lbs....progress is not always measured with additional weights (so says this East German Communist I call a trainer)
(Again, this is not me....but man, it's a goal to shoot for!)
All of these took a good 45 minutes, but it was time well spent....I'm not hardcore about timing the seconds between sets....I'm hardcore about doing them right and improving every session. We spent the remaining time on smaller muscle groups and support movements.
But it was my going in mental attitude that made all of that happen....progress is slow....my gains and increases are slow and incremental, real progress is measured in weeks not days....every session is hard....so knowing that going in, makes it a little easier to mentally prepare and push
Because the truth is, you're ready or you're not...the Iron Never Lies!
Have a great night Spark friends!