Day 10, Stage 1/B3
I realized today that one thing that may be holding me back just a little bit is my grip strength! I feel I can work with heavy weights, but my hands/lower arms (whats that body part called?) really start to ache when I’m working with a heavy load! For example, during my lunges, I was working with 25lbs in each hand today (so 50lbs total) but my grip was so tired that I had to put them down part way through, readjust, and then continue. I bought some gloves, and they do help a bit. During the deadlift, I tried a technique I saw on Stumptuous – using an alternating grip – which definitely helped for that exercise, but I still feel pretty weak. How quickly does grip strength improve? Soon, I hope!
Also…I’m a bit worried that although I’m lifting heavier every weak I’m slightly sacrificing my form in the end sets – particularly with the deadlift. I think next week I’m going to work on getting the form right for all of my sets before moving up in weight again. I may even go down a bit. Once I get further into the program the reps decrease, at which point I think I’ll be able to go up quite a bit (relatively speaking!)
So here’s my workout for today:
Deadlift – 1 set of 11 @ 90lbs, 1 set of 8 @ 90lbs
Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 2 sets of 8 @ 20lbs, 1 set of 6 @ 20 lbs (couldn’t get to 12 for my first two, so added in a third, shorter set)
Wide grip lat pulldown – 1 set of 12 @ 50lbs, 1 set of 12 @ 60lbs
Alternating Lunges – 1 set of 12 @ 20lbs (each arm), 1 set of 12 @ 25lbs (each arm)
Swiss-ball Crunches – 1 set of 12 (bodyweight), 1 set of 12 with 10lb weight (large ball)
After I did a bunch of foam rolling and stretching. It was a good workout.
OH, and I made the most AMAZING protein ice cream last night…it was so light and fluffy! The key is lots of blending, stirring, and ice, ice, ice!
And for the record, I have had absolutely no problem eating my calories these days. My appetite is most definitely matching my body’s needs! 🙂
Have a great day!!