Monthly Archives: November 2015

WHOA-OH We’re Halfway There-errr!

Now that Bon Jovi is in your head… 🙂

After this morning’s back workout, I surpassed the half-million pound mark! Not bad for just 11 days, quite a bit faster than I expected.

Volume continues to grow – almost in a linear sense. However, while I am experiencing increased reps and volume, I’ve noticed that my heaviest sets at times have dropped – noticably deadlifts. One reason for this could be that my body is really using up its glycogen and not replenishing it fully, given the regular frequency of lifting and fewer rest days. Another idea could be looking at what is fatigued a bit more – especially I’ve experienced great fatigue in my fingers and forearms, along with mid and lower back. I even used wrist wraps this week for some deadlifts to help get around this… but I really don’t like using wraps. What I’m probably going to do from here on out is actually add another day of rest or cardio on my 5 day splits.

Day 1 Legs 11/19 – 115,225 lbs.

Day 2 Chest 11/20 – 14,065 lbs.

Day 3 Back 11/21 – 28,045 lbs.

Day 4 – REST

Day 5 Legs 11/23 – 119,070 lbs.

Day 6 Chest 11/24 – 17,540 lbs.

Day 7 Back 11/25 – 33,800 lbs.

Day 8 – REST

Day 9 – Legs 11/27 – 137,870 lbs.

Day 10 – Chest 11/28 – 19,950 lbs.

Day 11 – Back 11/29 – 37,675 lbs.

Total through Day 11 – 523,240 lbs.

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1 Week Down… Surprises!

I just finished my second cycle of lifts and I’m genuinely surprised.

I hit the ground running when I started this adventure a week ago. I blasted through the first 4 day cycle and expected to feel residual fatigue during the second round. Instead, my volume has actually increased up to 18% per day from the first round and with MORE cardio – and my body feels amazing. What makes this also interesting to me is that my diet has remained relatively similar – averaging about 2,700 calories a day and only really adding a protein shake during my workout and some supplementation (creatine, caffeine/green tea, ZMA, fish oils, multi-vitamin).

The question I’m asking now… what will round 3 be like? Is round 2 an abberation, a product of me better fine tuning my weights I’m lifting and knowing better how to pace myself? Or will my volume continue to grow without much of a valley or drop off? Time will tell.. let the experiment continue!!!

Day 1 Legs 11/19 – 115,225 lbs.

Day 2 Chest 11/20 – 14,065 lbs.

Day 3 Back 11/21 – 28,045 lbs.

Day 4 – REST

Day 5 Legs 11/23 – 119,070 lbs.

Day 6 Chest 11/24 – 17,540 lbs.

Day 7 Back 11/25 – 33,800 lbs.

Total through Day 7 = 327,745 lbs.

1,000,000 lb. challenge

Big thanks to my wife for the suggestion to put this on my blog site here.

I was recently reflecting on my life and realized that the last couple of years, I have not been challenging myself with high-bar adventures like I previously did. Being adventurous is an important part of who I am and I think  several factors have caused me to compromise that. I’m bringing that part of me back to finish up 2015 and usher in 2016.

One challenge I’ve recently embarked on that I’ll be blogging about is what I am calling the “million pound challenge” where I will be lifting 1,000,000 lbs. of weight volume within a month. Here’s how it works:

-It’s a million pounds of volume. What that means is 10 sets at 100 pounds = 1,000 lbs of volume.

-I’m working with a 4 day split – 1 day of lower body, 1 day of chest/arms/shoulders/cardio, 1 day of back/abs/cardio, and 1 day of rest. The routines start out with complex movements (multi-joint) which have the highest benefit and fatigue factor and work down to isolation workouts (single body parts). My entire routine is listed on bodybuilding.com.

Today I just finished day 5 of the challenge. Days 1-4 weren’t what I’d call easy but I started with a full load of glycogen in my muscles and plenty of energy…just a bit short on time. Time will be a challenge, especially for the legs workout which takes about an hour and 45 minutes. I felt more stiffness and fatigue in the gym today on the second go-around for the legs workout for sure. I’m counting on an increase of this in the future.

So far so good though!

Day 1 Legs 11/19 – 115,225 lbs.

Day 2 Chest 11/20 – 14,065 lbs.

Day 3 Back 11/21 – 28,045 lbs.

Day 4 – REST

Day 5 Legs 11/23 – 119,070 lbs.

Total through Day 5 – 276,405 lbs. Right on target!