Home Sweet Home

It’s so good to be home after only being here less than a day in the last 2.5 weeks. Slept for 12 hours last night! Walked 18 holes and golfed pretty well for not touching a club in 2 weeks. Out in the garage in the evening. Warmed up with Crossover Symmetry Activation.

Had decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to do a lifting program, so might as well jump in today. I found a 4 week program by Chad Vaughn I really liked. Didn’t seem like crazy volume and has a good mix of exercises each day. Had been thinking about something that was only 2-3 days a week, but I can afford to cut back on conditioning a bit right now, especially since I’ve been out of the gym so long anyway. At 4 weeks long I can change switch gears after or jump into something different.

Shoulder Press

  • 10×45#
  • 10×75
  • 10×105
  • 10×115
  • 10×125
  • 6×130 (2 short of the 8!)
  • 2×130

Should have been a set of 8 at 135# to finish, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen and even the 5 pound drop didn’t happen. I took about 20 seconds rest before hitting the final 2 reps. Assigned % were 60-65-70-75 for the 4 working sets. Could tell I’m not used to holding a bar because my wrists were feeling it in the last couple of sets.

Front Squat

  • 5×135#
  • 5×205
  • 4x5x225

Oh my! The warm-up set with 205 was rough so I scaled back from the assigned 70% (240#) and then even scaled back to 4 sets instead of the assigned 6. I’ll probably still be sore as hell from not squatting. Two twenty-five never felt so heavy! Forgot to wear knee sleeves, which would have helped.

Tall Clean

  • 3×95#
  • 3×135
  • 3×155
  • 3×165
  • 3×175
  • 3×185

Felt decent and getting out of the squat wasn’t nearly as bad here. It was written to go by feel and these felt ok. No gas to push it though.

Clean Lift Off

  • 5×225
  • 4x5x255

Didn’t have to scale here, but stayed on the bottom of the range (90-100% of max clean). Did wear straps so I wouldn’t kill my hands too much yet. Need to get used to holding the bar again.

Time to get out and mow the lawn.