Sunday, April 26, 2009

woot! 75 lb weighted dips

We didn't make it to our regular gym today, so we had to go to the campus gym today. I'm not a huge fan of the campus gym. It looks nice, but it's not exactly a gym set up for people with above average training goals. Anyhow, I lugged along my dip belt and 3/4" rope to the gym in an attempt to get a decent workout. Folding over the rope two times gave me 4 strands to imitate a 3" rope for rope pullups. Oof! That was a serious grip killer. I barely got 8 reps before my forearms were telling me to let go.

Then it was on to weighted dips. I banged out 50lbs with no trouble, so I thought I'd try 75lbs. Surprisingly, those weren't as hard as I thought they would be. I managed one set of 4 and one set of 5. I guess the muscle up and iron cross training on the rings has been helping my dip strength since I haven't done any weighted dips in over a month.

Finally, I have decided to take grip training more seriously since my wrists are starting to bother me again and my grip is starting to become my limiting factor in doing deadlifts. The rope pull ups will be a regular part of my training for the next month. Today, I tried pinching 5 lb plates together. That sounds easy, but I could only pinch 3 plates together (for an 18s hold). I didn't make it to 4 plates. My attempt at 4 plates embarassingly clanged to the floor.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Squats hurt

They really do. I just started getting up into the 115-135 lb range on my front squats. I know that doesn't sound like much (and it probably isn't), but I am doing them pretty deep. I squat down until the tops of my thighs go about 15-20 degrees below horizontal. Anyhow, I'm finding that the first night my quads are really tired, and then my glutes and hamstrings are sore for the next two days. Sore and tired legs make stance training a lot more interesting. I'm really aware of my legs for a couple of days because doing things off alignment means I have to work harder with my already tired legs. It's a good incentive to make sure I pay attention so I don't wobble and fall over.

On the plus side, I think the squats and deadlifts are finally paying dividends for my weight. I'm up to 145 lbs now. That was my original weight gain goal. I think I'll shoot for another 3-5 lbs before I start leaning down again.