Fall 2009 Training
Mesocycle 12 - Week 1
Been eating much better over the last 2 days. More good fats in my diet and also more protein.
385 lbs x 5 reps x 3 sets
I don't think I've ever done a workout this hard in my life. This was 1000x harder than any conditioning workout I've gone through. But at the same time, I don't think I've had as much of a satisfying workout as this in the gym either.
There are several things I want to make note of over here.
1.) My approach to this workout was very different. I was thinking positive and I can say with the utmost sincerity and honesty that I actually enjoyed my Deadlift workout for the first time in a long long time.
2.) I used images and words to keep myself focused throughout the workout. I know this may sound weird but I got a couple of vids of Konstantinovs and Bennedict on my cell phone. Watching some of the greatest Deadlifters actually do a pull can really fill your head with clarity and you can go through the motions of the lift in your head. This isn't a mental trick or anything. It's just logic. You see someone do something successful it tends to create a positive feeling which if you relate you I guess you can capitalize on.
3.) I rested for a LONG time in between sets. After my warm-ups and the first set of 385 I took a 6 minute rest. Between Set 1 and Set 2 I took a 7 minute break. After Set 2 I was dead tired and very close to quitting but I held in there and after a 10 minute break, I went in and did my last 5 reps. Whoever said that 5 reps is the MOST one should rest in a workout is an idiot.
4.) After Set 3 I threw up. I couldn't help it. I eat biscuits during the course of my workout. Over the last 8 weeks they've been very helpful in keeping me energetic and I don't fall into that mid workout "lull". But today I had way too much acidity in my stomach which couldn't be neutralized by the biscuits. Nasty.
5.) I am really proud of myself for getting this workout done using positivity. For such a long time I've been feeling anxious and nervous and downright scared to do Deadlifts that it has made me question why exactly am I so enthusiastic about this exercise when it causes me so much mental trauma. But, I can safely say that come today, this is a new chapter for Deadlifts. No more negative reinforcement.
BW x 10 reps x 2 sets
After throwing up this is all I wanted to do. No need to push the envelope. This is only Week 1 of my mesocycle.
This mesocycle is going to involve lesser volume than normal atleast in the beginning. So it's something to keep in mind. But today's workout was very difficult.
I hope everyone's having a good week. Thanks for reading!