Dec 30 – Jan 5 Training Log
Last week was… eventful. Between the New Year holiday, saying goodbye to my job/home gym, and getting started on some of my own personal work projects (like this blog), there’s been a lot going on!
I’ve been struggling with finding the motivation to train while between events, and I don’t have anything serious on the immediate horizon, so I had to rethink my purpose in training. Right now, my goals are really just to train consistently, to feel good, and to regain some mass I lost while sick and then training for the marathon.
Since the 30th, I’ve trained in five different locations and pieced workouts together based on how I was moving that day. I have some rough outlines for strength training, but everything else I’m making up as I go along.
Of the six workouts I did last week, exactly two of them were “to plan.” And that’s totally okay. I sometimes struggle with being flexible in my training. The story I tell myself: if I didn’t do it perfectly, it didn’t count, and I should feel bad about it. How is that helpful in any way? What do I gain from allowing that narrative? Is this what my ideal self would do?
The answer to that last, most important, question is clearly no. So I chose to let that idea go. I got to the gym six days last week and that alone is huge. I enjoyed each and every workout (though the one done at Crunch Fitness was a little rough, I’ve never felt so out of place in a fitness space before). I challenged myself with movements that are hard for me, and made sure to include the things I love the most as well. Some examples:
Monday (one of my last days at work): felt pretty tired mentally, didn’t want to train, ESPECIALLY didn’t want to squat. Felt the resistance, did it anyway.
|1||SSB Paused Squat||4||5||155, 175, 175, 175|
|2a.||Snatch Grip Deadlift||4||8||185|
|3a.||BB Hip Thrust||4||10||185|
|3b.||Hanging Leg Raises||4||10||–|
|4a.||Banded GHR||4||10||Red mini|
|4b.||Strict Back Extension||4||15||–|
Wednesday (New Years): was feeling heavy on my first day off, but trained in a new place with good people and ended up having a great session.
|2||Slow Eccentric Push-Press||5||6||85|
|3a.||Standing T-Bar Row, Paused||4||10 + 1 drop set of 30||100|
|3a.||Cable Tricep Pushdown||4||10 + 1 drop set of 30||70ish?|
|4a.||Wide Grip Lat Pulldown||4||10 + 1 drop set of 30||No idea|
|4b.||Cable Curl||4||10 + 1 drop set of 30||60ish|
Saturday: a garage gym, thrown together, all-around fun session.
|Hub & Spoke Style||Sets||Reps||Weight|
|1||Close Grip Feet Up Bench||9||5||115|
|2a||DB Row||3||8 per||60ish|
|3||Band Pullaparts||4||25||Orange micro|
Now that I know my training locations, I can put together a rough plan using the equipment I’ll now have at my disposal. More on that in a week!