A tale of two cities
I went into this week feeling pretty good on the back of the first week results. I hadn't trained as much as I would have wanted last week - I did get three gym sessions in but nothing else. This week was better and I managed to hit the gym three times again as well as getting to my touch football game (the first in a while). So I was pretty happy about that and the two tries I scored definitely helped! Also pleasing was going back to back weeks without missing a gym session and this showed in my compound lifts. My squat, bench press (dumbbell and barbell), leg press, rows and deadlift all went up. I was the happiest with my deadlift, doing 4 x 6 @ 140kgs (no straps or belt), which is the heaviest I have lifted in a while. I felt really strong this week but I am trying to keep my ego in check and just methodically progress. Avoiding injuries is more important than big gains.
Around my workouts I have been gradually introducing postural and stretching exercises - mostly in the evenings. It is early days but I can tell that with consistency I'll start to see some results. Muscle ups continue to be a work in progress. Man they are HARD! I still don't feel close but I keep practicing and just building on my chin strength. I'll probably do a whole post on this at some stage but for the moment I am focusing on strict chin ups (3 x 6), doing single muscle ups with an exaggerated swing / kip and using bands to help with the explosive part of the movement - chest to bar. I think spending more time on the bar will help so I have started incorporating the ascending and descending monkey bars into the mix. Needless to say I can feel my back today!
Mostly this week I am pumped about my handstands. After last week I felt like I was miles away but this week, with a few more sessions of being inverted, I have really made big progress. I am still using the wall but I am already starting to judge where it is and pushing off with my feet and holding the free handstand for a solid count. I really surprised myself today.
Diet wise it wasn't such a great week this week. It wasn't bad, although there were two evenings of eating icecream and watching American Ninja Warrior! Fortunately I didn't go backwards but what it showed was that an inconsistent week of eating nullified a solid week of training. Next week needs to be better!
The results are in
I didn't go backwards (luckily!) but didn't make any real progress either.
Yes, you read it right. Just 100 grams! But you only get out what you put in, so I am going to use this as motivation this week to train five days and really focus on my diet.
Hope you are enjoying my journey so far!