The thing is I spent 2 years doing BJJ so I'm not particularly tense/hulk smash like most people, which is good. My cardio is just intergalactically bad due to the fact a) I hate it b) I haven't been eating properly and c) I'm just not quite as smooth as I should be. AndI rarely do more than 5 reps anyway.
Not since uni, which is about 18 months now. I did gym 6 days a week, thai twice a week, BJJ once a week and wakeskating when I had the money in my last year.. Then when I finished I did nothing until getting into strength training about 4 months ago. Lazy b****** that I am.
Considering getting back into when I start uni again in september though, BJJ and rugby league are both on the cards.
Sounds like you have a better recovery capacity then I do. I can barely recover from 2-3 hard weights sessions and one jits session a week. But then again, I've never been what you might describe as...athletic. My 'natural' bodyweight is probably about 50kg or so. Which means that I find it very easy to lose bodyweight if my eating isn't on the ball.
Weird day, odd sleep, not eating enough etc.
worked up to 50. Felt heavy
60x1 not great
work up to 140x5,4,3 Felt run over
60x2 80x8 (felt like blacking out so passed on true 20 repper. It'll probably move to bench day.
Went home and did
Clean and Press
30x5 35x3 40x3 45x3 50x5 (oddly easy, I like the belt) 55x2 (comfortable)
worked up to 77.5x5,5,5 82.5x3 87.5x2
work up to 80x20. I had a ringing sound in my ears and my vision went odd. I think I understand why you can hear Jesus on the last rep according to Rippetoe
Clean and Press (strict but belted for top weight)
30x3 35x3 40x3 45x3 50x5,5,5
Pretty easy. Will advance in 1kg increments because...it's the press. And has a habit of stalling horrendously. Will hit 2-3x a week. Especially when I don't have a spotter for benching (I have difficulties maintaining an arch with the J-hooks in my gym.)
terrible snatches/cleans. Must have had fatigued traps from yesterday
Worked up to 140x6,5,6 155x3 (belted only for the last set.)
pullups and some curls. V. low intensity because I was gone at this stage.
There are good days. And then there are days like today...lower back way too fatigued but can't really make the gym till saturday. So had to do the session today.
Clean and Press
work up to 52.5x5,3
Work up to 110x1 120xfail!? hit the pins at the bottom, lost tightness and felt...gassed
Some chinups/seated rows
Smith Decline Bench
worked up to 115x1. For the lulz.
I am officially a retard. But a retard who went to a nice gym. Sadly I can't really afford to go there.
work up to 145x5 (lower back fatigued from the Pendlays, don't ask.)
work up to 80x3,3,3,2,2,2 (very nice Hammer Strength Bench. Felt very solid)
HS inclines/rows/dumbell benches up to 30x10 pissed about all over the shop with loads of excercises leg pres up to 6 plates a side etcetc
Some flex in the bar helps to reduce the range of motion when you're deadlifting. Better knurling makes it easier to grip, especially in conjunction with chalk. The bar in question is a bit thinner so a hook grip doesn't brutalise my thumbs (too badly.) In the case of the Olympic lifts, the bar rotates properly, which means it's less likely to do your shoulder in. Those are the generalised differences to me.
Clean and Press
Work up to 52.5x5,4
work up to 145x5,4 (yes, I am a retard.)
Hanging Leg Raises
I barely noticed the difference when squatting. There are only 3 bars at the gym I currently go to: an Eleiko, an Ivanko and some ***** bar that doesn't seem to flex properly at all. It's not super whippy at the kind of weight I'm using so I think it's ok. The squats felt pretty ok considering my lack of heavy-ish squatting lately. The bar did have some disturbing whip/flex when I saw a guy squat c.200kg though.
I haven't squatted since June. And I did an easy 140kg, but failed 150kg (which I'd done previously). I probably won't be training again until September, which sucks. But hopefully I'll have set up my home gym and I'll be training hardcore then.