3/28/16 – Week 4, Day 1 – Post Meet Volume Training – Legs

I am very behind on posting about this training session but Easter weekend ended up redirecting my focus toward family and friends. None the less, I would hate to disappoint anyone further so here it is! Leg day this week was truly a struggle and humbling to some extent. To be honest, I let myself drift away from taking care of my body leading into this session and it definitely had a major impact on my performance. Either way, I completed the session even if it did slap me around a bit. Training went as follows…

  • Stretch and Warm-Up
  • Leg Curls
    • 3 Warm-Up Sets
    • 120×10, 140×10, 150×10
    • 2 Drop Sets (140, 100, 70, 40)
  • Safety Squat Bar Box Squats
    • 225×12, 235×12, 245×12, 245×12
  • Leg Press
    • 660x3x20
  • Dumbbell Stiff Leg Deadlifts – 3×15
  • Walking Lunges – 2 Sets to Failure
  • Lying Leg Raises – 4×15

I am probably being a little to hard on myself with how pissed I am at my performance during this session but I was really expecting to have a better day. When I say that the session did not go well I mean that I felt tired, weak, and less powerful overall than I usually do. Box squats was the movement which really caused me to feel this way but after throwing an internal tantrum and drowning my sorrows in high glycemic carbs, I decided that I could either stay frustrated or see if I could learn from the whole deal. From there, I made out a list of the possible things that could have led up to this rough training session. Something I have learned since beginning my training is that normally when something bad happens in lifting, it is caused by what you did leading up to the event, not the event itself. I focused on making sure I listed actual variables in my training (diet, rest, hydration, etc…), not excuses, and came to the conclusion that I have been neglecting hydration and not sleeping enough (aka: staying out too late when I should be in bed). I am in no way an expert or qualified to diagnose anyone’s lifestyle issues but I do know myself and my body and I feel pretty confident in my realization. Once I let this soak in, I have been able to adjust my priorities slightly to compensate for this oversight on my part. I talk a lot, I realize this, but I also do everything I can to walk the walk. If I claim to be in pursuit of my goals in powerlifting than I need to act like it and live my life accordingly.

My point in all this is that when things don’t feel right, something probably ISN’T right. It is alright to admit to yourself that you have made a mistake or failed but there is a difference between doing nothing about it or making the necessary changes to correct it.

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