w5d4 – mental check-out

I’m tired. did two lifting sessions today, with the second containing lots of talking and laughing.

took a new photo for the research department photo wall. apparently mine was a bit outdated. dropped by dressed in training clothes. not entirely appreciated. it will be fun to see how the bosses handle this.

had a good discussion right after lunch regarding personal responsibility, how to choose which direction your life is heading and how to change it if you want to. perhaps I’ll write something more about this further down the line.

however, I want to communicate how important it has been for me to think in positives instead of negatives. for twenty or so years I have mainly berated myself when not doing/achieving something, followed by some kind of punishment (like running an extra 10 km before eating). this has actually worked quite well in a sense. I got two university degrees, PTSD, anxiety and sleep issues. since trying to change my way of thinking, I am a much happier person. it also seems I am a much nicer person to be around.

first session

main lift

deadlift, 5 / 5 / 5+. after warmup:

  1. 5x 128.5 kg
  2. 5x 147.5 kg
  3. 8x 167.5 kg (5+)

I am happy with these lifts.

assistance lifts

barbell squat (olympic, ass-to-calf, ass-closer-to-ground)

  1. 10x 108.5 kg
  2. 10x 108.5 kg
  3. 10x 108.5 kg
  4. 10x 108.5 kg
  5. 10x 108.5 kg

I am happy with these lifts as well. gainzzzz, hooooge gainzzzzz.

suspended rocky situps: 5x 10

lat pulldowns

  1. 10x 80 kg
  2. 8x 80 kg
  3. 8x 75 kg

after work, I stopped by the key to lift some more. please note that this was most of all an excuse to meet up and talk while his wife was out with the children. a great time, truly. they got everything needed to lift (barbells, plates, rack etc.). we were working out in the yard. the clouds faded away and the sun came through just when we set up the equipment.

great discussions. one thing we talked about was how to measure progress when lifting. PRs are nice, but mobility and consistency are also valid things to be aware of and celebrate.

second session

thrusters: five reps at 20 kg, 30 kg, 40 kg, 45 kg, 50 kg, 55 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg plus 4x 75 kg. my wrists and shoulders are not flexible at all.

front squats, ass to calf: five reps at 75 kg, 80 kg, 85 kg, 90 kg

military press 9x 50 kg, 9x 50 kg, 8x 50 kg, 8x 50 kg, 7x 50 kg, 7x 50 kg

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