February 04, 2011

Workout Log, 5x5, week 3

Monday (1-31-2011):
squat 210 lb 5x5
bench 170 lb 5x5
barbell row 160 lb 5x5
kettle-bell swings 35 lb 5x15

squat 215 lb 5x5
overhead press 100 lb 5x5
deadlift 290 lb 1x5
prone bridges 60s, 60s, 60s
CG cable pulldown 180 lb 5x5

squat 220 lb 5x5
bench 175 lb 5x5
barbell row 165 lb 5x5
kettle-bell swings 35 lb 2x15
kettle-bell swings 40 lb 3x15

Weight (Friday): 184 lb

Notes: Solid on barbell work this week.  Solid on diet.  I took a pass on chin-ups on Wednesday because I spent upwards of an hour shoveling my driveway, sidewalk, porches, and portions of my street to make sure I could get my car in and out.  Anyhow, after all that, my arms were just a bit ragged, so I went for close-grip cable pulldowns instead of chins, mostly for the easier, wrist-neutral grip.  I realized today that between shoveling and my normal gym workload, I'd also run my shoulder joints a little ragged, and I could feel some inflammation in my right socket bursa after I finished with the kettlebell swings.  I may skip assistance work outright next week to compensate, or at least move it to another part of my day to spread out the loading.  I'm taking a glucosamine supplement now, but my pill habits have never been great, so I'm not sure if I'm taking it often enough to help.  I try to remember to get them all in with dinner, but I think I'm making that happen maybe 4 days out of 7.

If it seems like I'm over-analyzing my joints or over-reacting, well, maybe I am, but I've heard and overheard too many "I used to do those/that/what-have-you, but my back/shoulder/wrist/knees just aren't what they used to be" stories to not be just a little paranoid about my joint health.  Soft tissue injuries take forever to heal, and I've got at least one close relative with bursitis in her knees from Stairmastering, so I'm not taking any chances.  Better to lift less often or be slightly less strong now, and still be just as strong and mobile in 10 or 20 years.  I do not want to end up a rickety old man.

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