Just to recap, a couple months ago (Yes, it has been that long) I injured myself (most likely from overuse) and now I am in the final stages of recovery, to the point where I am able to get back into the gym and rebuild my strength. I thought it was only fitting to start off with a brand new journal.
Today I went to a new gym (Goodlife, as if that matters, they're all a bunch of f&*%ers) and signed up for a membership. On a side note, not many things make my skin crawl as much as when I'm talking with a 'trainer' about a gym membership. The list of questions I was asked was pretty ridiculous, do you have experience training? would you like a dietitian? would you like a tanning membership? would you like a personal trainer? would you like to join our bodyblast group exercise program? and the list goes on….and on…
I talked to the manager before to see what the club offered and aside from not allowing chalk (I'm stuck so I can live with this and/or smuggle in a little bit…. shhhh don't tell) it should make for a decent enough place to, temporarily, hang my hat.
I have to go back for an assessment later this afternoon which will undoubtedly be a big pile of bs and most likely consist of max reps on chinups and pushups, at which point they somehow evaluate my overall fitness levels. After this is done I'm going to try and get a much much needed workout session in.
For today's session I'm planning something like this:
Deadlifts 4-5 sets of 3 (3 reps, not triples)
Pullups 4-5 BW sets
Pistols 2-3 sets
Bicep Curls (just so everyone else thinks I'm one of them)
For the time being, until I strengthen my back up again, I'm tempted to go with a 3 day routine and keep it very light in terms of how heavily I work my back. So squats, deads, OHs, and all of my beloved strength exercises will have to be lighter than normal in terms of both density and intensity. I'll be playing it by ear to see how the recovery goes.
The strength trainee says "Why sacrifice intensity when I can sacrifice volume"
The bodybuilder says "Why sacrifice intensity when I can sacrifice form"
"We are not sport, when there is a sport issue, we are not so good. The boxer is much better than us at boxing. But he will have to protect his balls if he wants to punch us."