Posts Tagged ‘Pumping Iron’

Why the 1 month break? 1st week of July was a planned deconditioning week. I was feeling restless (possibly overtrained) and my lower back was just beginning to bother me. Then my mrs. fell ill, so had to help her out for another week. All that took its toll, and when I came back,I myself caught the virus. Hence I decided to take another week off. Finally, momentum had its sway and I started the 4th week with very little motivation to lift anything at all. Its strange, how habits change in the course of a few weeks. In the meantime, I gorged on junk food, bought more stuff from MacD in a week, than I did in the past 1 year.

But men will be men! Last weekend, my bodyfat looked to my naked eyes as hovering around the 10-12% mark. (My calipers made a scrawny sound, as soon as I turned them on yesterday, so probably the battery has run out). Coupled with the fact that my guns have got back to the baseline of puny 12.5 inches before I started prioritising them around April, I decided enough was enough. Eventually, I did eke out my workout plan for the coming 3 weeks and visited the temple, ahem, the gym, yesterday.

The results

1. I lost some strength, obvious , given the long break. But it wasn’t much. I was just around my bodyweight squating before the break (2 RM) Yesterday, I went for about 10 kg less for 5RM and literally had plenty in the tank . I decided to play it safe since it was such a long break.

2. I lost LOTS of stamina. I was out of breath after doing just a couple of warmup sets of squats. I used to do 8*8 on squats with 30 s rest interval and anybody who’s done that knows how gruelling that can be. Yesterday I had to go for 1 min to 2 min breaks just to regain my breath. 😦

Its not that, I did absolutely nothing during this 1 month. Last 2 weeks, I swam , though not much. A recent fixation (I hope this dream comes true soon) with NAUI Scuba certification has forced me to spend some liquid moments.. ha ha ha. But then, it was highly inadequate as I kept panting like some dog on a sunlight drenched day after every set.

3. My big three (quads, hams, back) didn’t lose much size or definition. A little, perhaps(since visual appearance is relative, so an inch lost on legs would obviously look to be much less than an inch lost on the biceps). So anything built on low reps, heavy weight is going to last longer. I already knew this, but this was a nice firsthand example to rely upon.

Goals

A key point here is my short goals are NOT too high at the moment, I just want to keep on the Progressive overload, to gain strength. I dont want to follow the low rest, high reps to fire the GH . My primary goals are in another domain. Its extremely difficult to the point of self sabotaging the goals if there are too many eggs in the basket.

Long term goal : end 2012 with a body fat of 8% and a weight of 66 kg empty stomach.

There might be substantial upheaval in the personal/professional front in the meantime as there are 6 months to go and lots of other things planned out, but this is something which can be achieved. See you sometime soon!

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