It was a real mixed bag for my strength today. On one hand the front squats felt way off and I aborted but on the other hand heavier strict presses and power cleans felt great.
It was not the worst day or the best day in the garage gym today by any means. Some days will go like this though. It’s still better than not doing anything.
Today my lifting session in the garage gym felt really great. It felt much different than the past several where I was feeling really run down.
I wasn’t feeling it at all today but did my strength and bro session with the bare minimum. There will be days like this where something is better than nothing.
Today I did my strength in the morning then a WOD that wasn’t great for me visually. Finally in the afternoon we did our bro session which I kept light today.
Today’s strength went a lot better for me than I expected it to. On Saturday I rolled my ankle while hiking and it was a bit angry at me yesterday. Today it felt fine so I attempted my strength and it went great.
My strength for today went pretty well. I managed to perform all of my lifts with no difficulties including my sets of front squats that were on the heavier side of things for me.
I ended up attempting and completing another 10k row today. It felt good to get something longer in.
Today I was busy in the garage. First I did my strength and a WOD. Later my girlfriend and I did our bro session and that felt good. Even found time to go for a walk.
Unlike last Friday when I was feeling really run down I felt great today. I did my normal strength for the day and then did the bench press and good mornings that I deferred on Friday. Everything felt great today.
Today in the garage was another busy day. It started out with my strength around lunch time then we did our bro session when the girlfriend got home. I jumped right into a WOD after that.
Today was a busy day in the garage gym. I had another busy day in the garage today. It included my normal strength then a 10k row then later we did our bro session.
Today was a busy day in the garage gym. I started out bright and early with my normal strength. I then did two street parking WODs a couple of hours apart so I could do the 700th one with Molly.
Yesterday I did a WOD with farmer’s lunges so I used the 40 pounds dumbbells. Heavier than I normally do lunges and the other movement of the WOD was step ups. Needless to say, my legs are done. My squats and deadlifts felt heavier today but I did them.
This morning I easily worked through my strength for the day then did a longer endurance rowing type of WOD. Later on I attempted and aborted my twenty rep squats for this week.
Every once in a while I get the urge to do either a WOD or my lifting or maybe both with no music at all. There’s something about it that makes it feel even better. Today’s lifts were performed that way and they felt great.
It was really a surprising day for me today. I attempted my twenty rep back squats at 250 pounds the other day and aborted at one rep. Today after not sleeping super well due to alcohol I made the PR at the 250 pounds and they didn’t even feel that bad.
I had slept pretty good last night and felt decent. It’s nice with the cooler fall like weather finally arriving. We went from needing the air conditioner to not even needing the fan on basically over night. I won’t complain about that. I started off the day with front squats. These were nice and light at 195 pounds for three sets of five. Given we wanted to go play in the woods later I didn’t bother to do any extra sets even though I normally do.
Today my strength felt surprisingly great with my mind being focused on the weather. Everything felt greatt.
It wasn’t nearly as hot or humid today so I knocked out my strength then later on my twenty rep squats for this week. Everything felt good especially my very heavy twenty rep squat PR.
I absolutely didn’t feel like doing a WOD today for a few reasons. First of all I am feeling tired still. I slept great last night but I don’t think my body’s caught up from the night before yet. Another thing is the fact that my legs and knees are pissed from the awkward overhead lunges outside in the uneven back yard. Not necessarily sore but they are unhappy with me.
It’s not really been a big secret that other things have been going on for a bit that have been taking priority over the garage gym stuff. Life does that sometimes where less fun things become more important. It’s been brutally hot and humid plus the stress of the tree last week. Finally the tree guy got here but I moved our large hibiscus into the garage so that sort of took up my space.
I am just fleeing very tired today. I just can’t seem to mentally weak up at all. I don’t understand why though because I slept well last night and straight through the night. I am learning towards thinking part of my problem with not wanting to get up and lift is the fact that my hamstring is still feeling a little tight. Last night in the grocery store I lifted up my foot to scratch a mosquito bite and my hamstring just had a massive cramp in it.
I’ve posted about it before but with the storm the other day I sort of lost my focus to be able to lift safely. I mean I’m sure I would have been fine and could rely on muscle memory to just go with the flow but why risk it? It’s much better for me if I miss a session or two for being extra cautions than it would be to allow a sloppy rep to cause me to injury myself then miss who knows how many sessions.
Last night we decided to put the air conditioner back in the bedroom window. It was very humid in the afternoon. While the temperature wasn’t bad I failed to take into account the tropical depression pumping the humidity up. It does look like we’ll be under a tornado watch for it. At least I slept good. First lift of the day as it is on any typical day was front squats.
Yet another night with poor sleep. The air condtioner annoys me if I wake up in the middle of the night. I don’t know how or why it does but it just does. First lift of the day for today as always was my front squats. three sets of five of the front squats at 210 pounds is what today’s agenda called for. They felt nice and light although I did not do anything extra with today’s high humidity and last night’s poor sleep.
I slept surprising good last night. The air conditioner tends to annoy me but not having it on would have been worse. Once again it’s another very humid night. We had thunderstorms again last evening with more very heavy rain, the heat and humidity will cause that. More humidity equals more water in the atmosphere to form rain. While the storms did cool it off a good bit they only help increase the humidity.
I woke up this morning feeling good. As soon as I left he air conditioned bedroom I was just pouring sweat and have been that way since. I turned on the air conditioner in the garage and that certainly helps a lot but between the sun shining in, warm floor and movement I still sweat quite a bit. Thankfully it’s not too hot as of yet today but I suspect that will be changing.
I didn’t get nearly enough sleep last night. We didn’t put in the air conditioner for one so it was maybe a bit warm. The other thing that messed up my sleep is I had a fucked up dream and have been awake since 3:00 AM. It wasn’t a bad dream or anything like that but just a fucked up one. It was so nonsensical that I’ve had a sort of a puzzled feeling in the back of my mind since then.
I was feeling lazy all morning but finally got up off my lazy ass and got my strength done.
Sometimes you know a day of lifting is going to be a bit on the tough side and today was certainly exactly like that for me. Their will be days like this at times. My legs still feel sort of dead after the very heavy front squats the other day and heavy kettle bell swings. My lats are pissed from the strict pull ups in a WOD yesterday so I knew today would be a challenge.
I have no reason at all to feel this way today at all but It’s one of those days where I just feel like I have zero energy at all. My legs feel like dead weight and my brain just doesn’t want to think at all. I felt as if I slept well, maybe not quite enough but I slept straight through the night. Since I got up though I just have felt dead tired.
Today was definitely one of those days where my lifts were more difficult than they should have been. It’s almost like my muscles sort of lacked the energy to really want to work as well as they could. Even though it was a bit harder than it should have been I got through all my lifts with ease. It’s been fairly hot and humid again and I think that just has me feeling at least a little bit run down again as it always does.
Today I woke up feeling pretty good and It turned out to be a pretty good day too in general. Although it was humid it didn’t get that hot so I didn’t end up feeling overly burned out like I do when it’s too hot. I began this great day in the home gym with my front squats at 215 pounds. They felt perfect today. Not too easy and not overly challenging and they looked like I kept great form with them.
Today I woke up feeling pretty good and It turned out to be a pretty good day too in general. Although it was humid it didn’t get that hot so I didn’t end up feeling overly burned out like I do when it’s too hot. Later on the morning I did my twenty rep squats for this week. he twenty reps at 225 pounds really didn’t feel all that bad. They haven’t been feeling too bad in general though.
If I were to say that I’ve been poorly rested the past couple of days that would be a gross understatement. Thursday night I drank, maybe a little too late and too much just due to the sheer stupidity of the neighbor. I can’t even imagine how she managed to breed. That and I felt like unwinding a bit. Friday I was feeling really pretty tired and rundown but still okay.
I drank last night. I didn’t get drunk but drank a decent amount and it was enough to make me sleep very poorly. I just don’t sleep that deep when I drink. Everything wakes me up. Last night it was several cars passing by waking me then the train that I normally sleep though. It has me feeling extremely tired today. I could almost go so far as to say I am feeling exhausted.
My session for today in the garage gym felt pretty good. It really was feeling better than I expected with it being so humid and also the fact that the air is hazy/smokey from both the humidity and Canadian wildfire smoke. It’s had my throat and nose feeling a little irritated so I did turn on the air conditioner. I would swear that at times I even got the slight hint of the smell of pine burning.
I’ve been taking it somewhat easy with my lifts since I didmy Crossfit total last week and then planned on and finally got around to getting a heavy single front squat and bench press yesterday. The front squats were somewhat disappointing yesterday but then again my stomach was still feeling off. I tend to eat a banana for breakfast and yesterday the one I ate was past it’s prime. Normally it isn’t a problem but shortly after I ate this one I felt like I got punched in the stomach.
It was a nice day today and a surprise nice day at that so we just had to get out and go for a walk and grab a cache more. It wasn’t what I would call a nice day or anything like that but definitely a bit cooler and less humid than recent days. It was a tolerable day weather wise. Our caching wasn’t one of the most successful days but any day we can get out is a good day.
For the past several years I’ve been doing challenges for my birthday when it comes up. Normally I’d do the burpee pull ups times my age since while the typical birthday burpees fro Crossfit suck I wanted to challenge myself. This year I decided to mix it up and do something completely different. I kind of have been having the goal of age times body weight for my birthday squats for a while.
I have been feeling really run down from the heat. I can’t drink enough water yet I’m tired of drinking water. Thankfully today it is much cooler than the mid to upper nineties we’ve been having but it’s still warm and humid. Not terrible but a little uncomfortable would be how I’d best describe this morning. Once the remnants of Elsa move past and the cold front completes it’s push through we should have a much better couple of days.
I slept better last night than the past couple of nights since there were only a few early fireworks last night. I’m not complaining about them like so many people do, I’m simply stating a fact. It’s also a fact that Most if not all of the fireworks I’ve been hearing aren’t legal as their not 150 feet from a building but the cops don’t bother to enforce it so it is what it is.
This weather today is as close to the perfect summer day as you can ever get. It’d warm but not really humid with a decent breeze. The morning was sunny but there are some cumulus clouds forming now. The temperature is only in the upper 70s! It being the fourth of July I hope many people are outside enjoying it. Sadly the girlfriend is working so we’re not doing anything at all.
Finally a day that’s not really that hot for my lifts after this past week. While I knew the weather forecast it was still sort of surprising to me mentally after struggling with the high heat and humidity over the past couple of sessions. This morning the temperature and dew point were around 70. Certainly not hot but very humid. I debated on turning the air conditioner. I decided not to and tolerate the humidity for today.
Another one of the major advantages of workout out at home for me is the fact that I can wear what ever I want. Sure I could in a gym but there are still reason not to.
Today It’s hotter than Hell. It was about 90 outside when I went out into the garage gym to do my lifts. I turned on the air conditioner a little while before I went out and even though it didn’t cool it off that much it took the edge off of the heat and reduced the humidity a bit. I think our low last night was only 74 according to our cheap ass thermometer.
Thankfully yesterday as the day went on my foot felt better and better and the swelling went down on the outside of my ankle. I strongly considered doing my strength then on the day it was scheduled but decided the smart thing to do would be to hold off until at least today in case it would act up again. The only conclusion that makes sense to me that I can come up with is that I bruised the outside point on the bone.
Last night was a very cool night for this time in June. The low got down near 50. It’s not the weather you can really complain about. It’s typically warm or hot and humid in late June here in Pennsylvania. Here at lunchtime it’s about 70 degrees with bright sunshine. It’s a little warmer than yesterday was but it’s not raining today. The front squats today were an on the heavier side of things 225 pounds for five sets of three.
Last night it was warm enough that we should have probably put the air in the window and had it on. The fan made it tolerable but the distant thunderstorms up in Lebanon and Dauphin county really only seemed to push the humidity up a bit. This morning it was very humid and warm. I would have no doubt slept better if the air was on last night. I waited a bit for the temperature to get further away from the dew point and turned the air on the garage.
Yesterday we went geocaching. Not for the longer hike that we’d originally planned but to a nearby park. It was a good time. Lots of butterflies out there and lots of sunshine. After that we went over to Joy’s for supper and some drinks. I had a shot of whiskey before we went actually then 3 of their slushies. At home I had a rum and coke and then finished the other half of Molly’s that she didn’t want.
I had an awesome night’s sleep last night. It was a fairly dry day yesterday and night last night with no humidity whatsoever and the temperature got into the fifties last night. I have not slept that good in a very long time. Even my Garmin watch recognized that I slept great and gave me a sleep score of 95. That’s the highest I have ever seen for me. I drank my coffee and ate some oatmeal this morning now that we’ve picked up the banana nut oatmeal that I like.
I slept great last night. Right before I went to bed we had a quick but very heavy shower move through. That knocked the temperature way down into either the low or mid 60s by the way it felt. I don’t remember what it got down too but it was great weather for sleeping with the windows open and fan on! It was also a fairly cool morning so I didn’t need to event think about turning on the air conditioner.
I woke up this morning ready to go. Eventually I got off my lazy ass and went out into the garage to do my lifts. It took longer than it should have but I had a brief period where my stomach felt ever so slightly off. Beginning with my light front squats for three sets of five I got off to a positive start. These felt great today. Not heavy and tough like they did the other day.
Last night I slept okay. We should have probably taken out the air conditioner before bed but we didn’t think of it until bed time so it stayed in. It got cooler last night so the fresh air from outside would have made me sleep much better than I did. I woke up pretty early and drank my coffee and all that good stuff but I was feeling pretty lazy today.
I slept decent last night but not nearly enough. I woke up at 4 in the morning or so and had to piss. I was tired and really wanted to go back to sleep. I tried, I really tried but I kept thinking about the coffee I smelled and how good it would taste. Eventually I decided to just embraced the thing that is known as coffee and got up so I could drink some.
I didn’t sleep real well or enough last night but we had Joy’s so that was expected. Alcohol tend to mess up my sleep at least a little bit. At least it was pretty nice and cool this morning. It was foretasted to be a hot one today. I started out with the front squats. This was a heavy weight for me at the 225 pounds for my three sets of five.
I was feeling decent this morning. I felt like I slept decently, maybe not quite enough though but I am rested at least. It’s not by any means hot yet but it’s in the sixties with the humidity near 100 percent. It’s still enough to make it uncomfortable but not detrimental yet. Seeing it will be in the nineties next week we’ll have to air conditioner installed by then. It’s sitting in the middle room ready to go into the window.
I was feeling pretty good today and pretty anxious to get into my lifts. It was a big day for heavy deadlifts for me. I had a decent night’s sleep too so tha was a nice bonus. The temperature was just about right for sleeping. I started this day’s lifts off right with some nice moderate 215 pound front squats. These felt great and I easily made it through the three sets of five of them with no problems at all.
I woke up this morning feeling much more energetic than I did yesterday for sure. The cloudy, raw, rainy day yesterday just robbed me of any fucks I really had to give about working out but days like that are bound to happen. I did force myself to do Monday’s vault WOD yesterday and did okay at it. Not great but acceptable to me considering I thought it wasn’t one that I’d do well at.
Today It’s humid and hot. My lifts for today were on the heavy side except for the front squats but they went really well. It was really very surprising how the heat didn’t make my lifts more difficult. We have to install the air conditioner into the window soon. I can deal with a day or two at a time but not day after day of heat and humidity. First things first today I had front squats for three sets of five at only 200 pounds.
I strongly considered attempting my strength yesterday but I was feeling pretty run down still. It was also the hottest day of the year with some humidity creeping into the mix. Not brutal but uncomfortable for sure. I hardly slept Friday night and didn’t sleep long enough Saturday night to feel “caught up.” This morning I feel good. Maybe still a little tired and a bit run down but I certainly felt good enough to get back into the garage.
I had another awesome night’s sleep last night with the cooler air coming in the windows. It’s not that humid yet. The humidity crept up this morning but it’s not what I would call miserable yet. I do believe I will be putting the air conditioner in the garage window tomorrow so it’s at least readily available when needed. My squats were heavy for me for my five by three. Actually now that I think about it it was technically a five rep PR attempt.
I actually slept great last night. Having the window open helped a lot and the temperature was just right. I don’t believe I woke up at all and actually slept eight hours for the first time in I don’t know how long. It’s been six hours or so every night for the longest time. I waited until a little later than I have been to do my lift today. I knew it was going to be a nice day so I took some time in the sun on the patio first this morning.
I actually slept pretty good last night and i didn’t get woken up by an asshole on a motorcycle so I felt good this morning. I got to my pick things up and put them down session pretty early this morning and even though it was on the heavy side it felt great. It was a stark contrast from feeling slow and weak with my WOD yesterday. I began my morning with some front squats.
I wasn’t necessarily ready to be awake this morning but I got got woken up regardless by SLAM SLAM! SLAM! SLAM at around 5. I decided to just get up. Too things I don’t understand at all about the neighbors. Number one is why do they constantly let the door slam. Is it too much effort to control the door shutting, especially early in the morning or are they just that dumb?
This morning when I woke up, too early I might add, my stomach felt really off. I didn’t feel sick but it felt like I ate something that just wasn’t quite right. I was hoping it would feel better if I took a shit but that didn’t happen. I would assume at this point it’s basically swallowing too much mucus from my nose being stuffy. The pollen is pretty bad here right now.
Today was one of those fun days in the home gym where all of my lifts are on the heavier side. I wouldn’t go so far as to call them close to failure but they’re heavy enough to require full focus for sure. First I had to do my front squats at 210 pounds. It’s certainly on the heavier side for me but they were manageable. I would even go so far as to say they felt great for being on the heavier side.
While I didn’t really do a ton of things in the garage I can’t really complain about it too much. I’m feeling tired and got to my lifting way later in the day than I’m used to because we were running around all morning. My legs are feeling like absolutely dead weight today after yesterday’s double WOD day which included weighted lunges and weighted step ups. I didn’t even know how I would get through my strength but I did.
Today the weather has been much more tolerable for me. It’s much cooler than it has been and the humidity is gone. I felt good when I woke up and got my lifting session out of the way fairly early since I knew I was hoping to double up oln WODs today. I started out as I normally do with the front squats at 20 pounds. They felt great today. I thought they might bother my hands a bit since they were sort of sore in the backs of my hands in those million little joints but it felt fine.
Today is certainly a bit warmer than I would prefer and more humid than I would like but it’s what should be expected as we’re transitioning from spring into summer. Just a few days ago we turned off the heater’s pilot light in the garage and now I feel like it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibilities to turn on the air conditioner if it were in the window.
I am not complaining and not really disappointed in how my lifting went today. Their will be days like this. Sadly they will likely become more common as I get older. Mid 40s isn’t exactly young! I feel its every day that I wish I would have started to lift seriously at a much younger age but I didn’t have the means then. It is what it is though and better late than never!
Today wasn’t a bad day in the home gym at all. Really though, is there even such a thing as a bad day when you get to lift in your own home gym? Today started out right when I woke up to a glowing pink sky out the open window from the sunrise. The entire sky was glowing. The coffee tasted better than normal too so that made for a great day.
Saturday I felt like shit and continued feeling progressively worse as the day went on. From what I read that’s a sign of a strong immune reaction so I can’t be too pissed off about it. I did still squeeze my lifts in during Saturday morning and some nice walks so there’s that. Yesterday I felt much better and continued improving as the day went on. Last night I slept well with no waking up between a fever and being hot and the chills from being cold so I was pretty well rested too.
It’s another funday Sunday which is around the time of the week that I attempt my twenty rep back squats. It’s not always on Sunday. it’s either Saturday, Sunday or Monday that I try my twenty rep squats depending on how I am feeling. Yesterday I did give my twenty rep squats a half hearted attempt but aborted quickly. Maybe five reps in they just weren’t' feeling quite right. It turns out after looking at the video afterwards I just was way off center on the bar for them so it was throwing me off.
I didn’t have a lot of time this morning to get my strength done before the grand kids were coming. We had to baby sit them for a while today but it was fun. It was very warm and humid this morning then just pretty hot and dry later in the afternoon. I started out today with the front squats. These were light for me at 185 pounds but they felt fast and explosive.
My foot is still a bit achy from the running WOD the other day. I had gotten a stone or something in it and kept running and power snatching anyways. The other factor is I can guarantee I haven’t eaten enough the past few days to cover what I have been doing in the garage. I’ve been eating like a pig but that’s not been enough. My appetite has been just purely ravenous but my stomach is filling up to fast.
It’s a new week so it’s time for the twenty rep back squats. I’m doing it Sunday this week because with these being so heavy now I don’t want to mix it with another squat day. Today I was set to do 230 pounds for the twenty rep back squats. I knew it would be a challenging weight but I wasn’t quite prepared for how it went. The warm up sets actually felt pretty good.
Yesterday I really burned myself out with the three WODs I did and then to top things off between eating a heavy supper and a damned stray cat outside crying I didn’t sleep nearly enough. Note I’m not complaining about supper but we ate it late because Harvey’s was slower than they normally are but it was great. I started out with the front squats at 210 for three sets of five today.
I wasn’t really feeling like doing my lifts this morning but I did eventually wind up doing them. My quads have been twitching quite a bit and stomach was feeling off on top of that. I think the stomach thing is just leftover from not really eating enough yesterday. About ten AM is when I decided it was time to just get off my ass and get shit done. I had to start with three sets of five front squats today at two hundred pounds even.
Days like this will happen and I’ve accepted it but my lifting was a lot tougher than it should have been today. I successfully completed them but they were both mentally and physically draining. First of all I started off with the front squats at three sets of five at 195 pounds. Last Friday I had failed the 220 pounds. I don’t thing that was so much a physical fail as it was mental one.
I really didn’t have high hopes today for my lifting. Dumbass me did two running WODs yesterday both of which I sprinted because for the first time in my life the 200 meter sprint didn’t kill me. I also had my stomach feeling off for a while this morning. I don’t know why but it felt better a couple of hours later so I decided to go ahead and do my strength and see how it felt.
Let me start off by mentioning that although today’s lifting in the garage bit was a little disappointing it wasn’t terrible. I felt great this morning and was ready to go as soon as I woke up. I drank some coffee first because coffee is the most important thing to do. For the squats I am continuing with the change up to front squats and I think I will keep that up for a couple of cycles at least.
I had no idea what to expect from my twenty rep squats this week. They’re feeling easier each week yet it’s getting heavier for me. I know failure is imminent but have no idea when or how far I’ll be able to push it. On paper if I go by my mas I’m guessing with the next week or two I’ll top out but it certainly didn’t feel that way after today.
My lifting today felt great and it was a really nice surprise that it did! It was my second night of not really enough sleep for what ever reason. My body decided it was time to wake up way too early again. I think I had trouble sleeping too, because I was too wound up last night from doing the Vault WOD which was very mental for me with 100 reps hopping over a 24 inch high PVC pipe which I really couldn’t see that well.
Today was a fun and interesting day for me in the garage. It went better than I expected given we had Joy’s last night hence unhealthy food and a couple of drinks to make for poor sleep and recovery. The first thing I did was the WOD. It had a new movement combination to me in it that looked interesting and fun. It also had something I really suck at, hop overs.
I wasn’t feeling my strength at all today. I mean I slept really well last night and feel really well rested today. My body and in particular my legs today just feel a lot like dead weight. Even just walking they want to nope the shit out today but I thought I can at least attempt my lifts today. If it felt really bad and I failed everything I just repeat this day but as it turns out I don’t have to do that.
First thing in the morning I did a challenging WOD for me today. It had rowing and 30 reps of dumbbell squats with one dumbbell on your shoulder. Then 30 box jumps which I chose for safety to do step ups then thirty more squats with the dumbbell on the other side. The step ups for me today were slow. I’m not sure why but I just had no rhythm or ability to push with these today.
I didn’t sleep enough last night yet somehow I’m still feeling pretty good today. There’s no telling how much lack of sleep will effect me. I’ve always been fine on little or no sleep until the past year or two. Today though I felt fine so I decided to get on with my strength and WOD while that lasted. To start things off I mixed things up a little bit with my lifting for today and will do it for a month or two or maybe longer if it feels good.
Not that I had any lifts to do today that were really all that heavy but thankfully they all felt much better today than the last few sessions. Even the lighter warm up sets recently have felt tougher but that wasn’t the case at all today. The squats were nice and light at 195 pounds after failing last time at 265 pounds. Of course I limited the rest between sets. I thought that even though it was light for me it would have been tougher after yesterday’s twenty rep back squats at 215 and the WOD with the cleans.
I decided that I would do my twenty rep squats for this week. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go because my legs have no energy today. I bailed on the sandbag WOD for tomorrow this morning because while I was doing it fine I knew it was going to be a long one and form would probably break. I thought what the Hell I can at least see how the twenty rep squats felt and I am pretty glad I did.
To start things off I didn’t sleep all that well last night at all. I slept good when I slept but I kept waking up throughout the night. I wasn’t feeling rested this morning and we had to run to the grocery store before I even did my lifts to beat the crowd. The squats were very heavy for me for sets of five at 265 pounds and I failed as i expected today.
Today was a great day for my lifts in the garage gym. I also managed to complete three WODs today. It’s been a little while since I even doubled up on them. I haven’t done the double WOD thing since I had Covid unless I’m forgetting a time. It’s a fairly mild day today and I was feeling great so managed to do more than I expected. As far as my lifting was concerned today I started with my back squats.
Today was a great day for my lifts in the garage gym. The heavy snow started dumping just before I was about to head out there to do my lifts. It’s a “garage” but we have a nice sliding glass door rather than a garage door and a fairly big window on the one side so it’s nice to be able to see outside between sets. It was nice to watch the heavy snow and the squirrel poking around in the snow right outside the door looking for something to eat.
I decided that I would do my twenty rep squats for this week fairly early this morning. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go today with my lat being somewhat angry but I was able to maintain good for and if anything moving stretched me out a bit. I can truly say I managed to get through the twenty reps with no issue at all. I would even go so far as to say it actually felt light today, even the working set at 210 pounds felt light which is the opposite of yesterday when just the bar for warm ups felt heavy.
I woke up pretty early today and ate a banana for breakfast like I pretty much always do. I drank some coffee. I woke up pretty quickly today so I got out in the garage and did my lifting about 7:30 AM or at least that’s about the time I started it. I did this because we were going out later plus to free up the garage gym for Molly.
Today was one of those days that was pretty surprising to me. To continue the past few sessions I really wasn’t feeling it today. After grabbing the mail and clearing the snow off the sidewalk this morning I decided to just do it. Today was definitely a day where the warm up sets felt heavy as fuck. I mean if felt heavy but certainly doable and not too difficult to get through my back squats for three sets of five at 245 pounds.
I really don’t know what’s gotten into me recently but I’ve been feeling pretty tired and rundown. If I was having brain fog I would almost be willing to venture to guess that my thyroid hormone levels are a bit off but nothing’s changed so I don’t think it’s that. It’s only been a week or so to so it’s not long term yet. Starting off with the back squats as I normally do and they felt decently good today.
Another of those days where I really didn’t feel like lifting. My legs are just feeling a lot like lead weights today. Likely caused by rowing the ten thousand meters yesterday and not being used to it. The cloudy, dreary day wasn’t helping matters all that much either I have to admit. Finally around 10:00 AM I got up the gumption to just do it. I knew the weights are getting heavier today.
We had to go the grocery store and that sort of fun shit this morning so by 9:00 AM I was one hundred percent peopled out. After our running around this morning and then devouring my sandwich I got from the country store. I digested that for a bit and then embarked upon my twenty rep squats. I did them on a separate day from my normal strength this week since they’re getting heavier now.
I have not been posting as much because I got the new XBOX for Christmas and I’ve been pretty much enjoying the games. It was finally available to be ordered for me. I have still been lifting and dong WODs and such. I just haven’t been on the computer as much so I haven’t been having the time on here to write. Today’s strength went really well I have to say.
Today was a busy day for sure. It started out with getting the grocery store out of the way since it’s going to snow. We wanted to beat the madhouse. After that we came home and I took a cup of coffee out into the garage and proceeded to work on my strength workout for today. I started out with some moderate weight back squats. For the squats today I had to perform three sets of five at 215 pounds.
Today was one of those rare but truly awesome days in t he garage gym. I can’t deny that any day in the garage gym is a good day, even if things go shitty but today was one of the ones were everything was just clicking well and I was feeling really good about everything today. I thought I’d be more tired after watching the Flyers game last night but I woke up feeling like I slept really well and had plenty of rest.
I really didn’t know what to expect today with my lifting. I have been tired and burned out a bit between the stuff we did last week and the snow storm we’re currently having. It’s no secret that I get excited and lose sleep every time it snows. It didn’t help much getting woken up last night by not 1 but three snow blowers, none of which belong to someone that even has a drive way.
One of the greatest things about having a home gym is the flexibility in time and space that you have. Unfortunately the space in our home gym yesterday was being used as a setup with a table and stuff to wrap Christmas gifts. We did that yesterday since we’re over COVID now and it was great to see the kids and even better knowing that at least per the science I would not be contagious or risk spreading it without knowing it.
I did my Crossfit total the other day and while I didn’t make any PRs doing it I was happy with how I did. I rested from lifting yesterday so I decided and slept well last night so i decided to get right back into it it today rather than waiting a day or two like I’d originally planned. I did lower all of the weight’s back down which in today’s case the only thing I had to lower was the strict press.
We had a bunch of running around to do today and other things to get done around here so I rushed through my strength bright and early this morning. It worked out well though since I wanted to do a heavy bench single. Starting out today I did a very easy three sets of five back squats at 195 pounds. It worked out well that I needed very little rest between sets and took very little.
I went for my Crossfit Total today. It’s a bit later than I wanted to do it but I wanted to allow my body time to recover from COVID a month or so ago.
About a month ago I bought men’s leggings out of curiosity and as a joke. Turns out I really like them and find them to be the most comfortable thing for working out. They’re a bit warmer than shorts and don’t get in the way like sweat pants do so it’s a win win situation with the cooler garage now. They just feel good. They’re comfortable like I am not wearing anything at all which is nice.
Even though my leg felt much better last week I was still having the occasional tightness. Essentially even right after my quad popped I had full mobility, just a lot of discomfort but that slowly improved. Last week I only managed one or two WODS and we did our Crossfit total. I didn’t want to risk fucking up my leg so we could go out hiking / geocaching but that didn’t really happen as Molly was mad that the sun was dimmed.
The other thing about today that was a first but will definitely not be a last is I figured out a solution to the garage being a bit cooler. Sweatpants just don’t cut it. They’re too thick, too lose and just get in the way and distract me so much that they did more harm than good. I’ve noticed guys in videos wearing leggings lifting and such and a few people at the old gym did at times.
My quad is feeling pretty good today so I went for my Crossfit total. I just wanted to get an idea of where I currently am strength wise.
Given the fact that my back squats today were only 205 pounds and I only had three sets of five to do today I again did them with a pause in the hole. Just a few sessions of doing this has my bottom position in much better shape than it was before. There wasn’t anything wrong with it before but improvement is always possible. I also did my strict presses since they were back to 95 pounds.
From the time I woke up I’ve had a bit of a pressure headache from everything being all closed up. No matter what I couldn’t get my nose to really open up for more than a few seconds. I don’t think I have any allergies but do get irritated from the fine particles. I can even get the same way with dust. Just to be sure I checked my temperature and it’s still 97 point something so n fever.
I turned my 3 x 5 back squats into paused ones again today since it was only 200 pounds. I am hoping history for me repeats itself an as it did in the past the paused squats help me get stronger in the sticking point. Not using any bounce really seems to help me out of the hole. Another nice thing about the paused squats is the help remind me how to stay more up right and push my knees forward forward and out coming out of the bottom rather than my ass shooting up and trying to get me out of good position.
I’ve been wanting to throw these in someplace for a while now but much of the spring the weather has just been pretty uncooperative for outside stuff. If the weather’s been cooperative at all we’ve chosen to do a street parking programmed WOD together. Today Molly had to do a different one and I we wanted to do the programmed one together outside on a different day so I’m holding off on that.
I started at the weekly 20 rep front squats a few weeks ago at 95 pounds after finally failing at the back squats. With the back squats I got a lot further along that I anticipated I would. I’m hoping I hit body weight with the front squats too and it’s certainly possible. Once I got the mobility for front squats I’ve been able to hit a high percentage of my back squats max.
I did my twenty rep squats today and couldn’t be more ecstatic with how it’s gone the past few weeks. Normally I do it Mondays but I am not going to bullshit myself or anyone else. With the potential snow storm I am going to probably be up all night tonight so I thought it would be smart to o the squats while I am well rested. The first month or so was a struggle with the leg burn and breath but breath still runs out.
I just got done doing today’s starting strength and it got me thinking again about how grateful I am to be able to have a nicely set up home gym. Due to the fact that we’ve built up our equipment over the years I am able to keep working out like I normally do since we don’t need to go to a public place that’s smartly closed. Today was 3x5 back squats at 215.
Today went surprisingly well for what ended up being more less a rest day other than my normal Monday 20 rep back squat program from street parking that I thought I’d try out.. I started way back at 135 pounds since high reps have never been my thing. I’ve always had a more challenging time with higher reps of squats for some reason so this has been going surprisingly well.
When we still went to the gym, Molly had found and ordered some fairly bright green j cups that would fit the rig. The black ones matched the black rig and had no contrast so I tended to have some trouble re racking by being off center or maybe too low. Those things were a game changer. The gym owner allowed us to leave them there so I could us them when I was there.
Sometimes You meet someone and they say nice things that just stick with you. I have a couple teachers that are that way. It started in 2013 Very shortly after we began doing Crossfit another local gym was doing Grace as a fundraiser for one of their members who had cancer or something. That was Crossfit Gamma owned by Mike Jenkins the strong man. Well I did grace with Only 95 pounds and shit form.
Something I find sad and depressing at the same time is the sheer amount of useless contraptions and fad diets out there that people use to lose weight. The common words in the ads for such thing are “six pack”, toned, ripped. Really People all it takes is a little hard work and you can do it too! It will take more than 2 minutes a day and no you can’t eat big sized happy meals every day but if you just do the work and eat better you’ll end up healthier and happier.
Well today we finally made it back to the gym. It felt great to get back in there. I refuse to call it a new years resolution. It’s just that we’ve been busy and I personally lost my drive when my grand mom died a few months ago. What I am really looking forward to doing is getting back into weights. Something I enjoyed very much in high school when they gave me that instead of a regular gym class due to my poor vision.