Final Results

This challenge is DONE! 30 days of insane lifting, constant glycogen exhaustion, and a whole ton of learning along the way…what a month it’s been!

Some final results that are interesting:

Weight change: +1 lb. Also, it’s worth noting my diet has been pretty much not controlled – I just have eaten whatever I want whenever I want it.

Body change: My pants definitely fit easier. Fat has noticably burned off in the areas it goes fastest: my calves, neck, face, and shoulders. A noticeable improvement in vascularity, especially around my calves/shins, biceps, forearms, and shoulders.

Increase in volume for legs (first day to last): 115,225 lbs. to 198,170 lbs. (+72%). Even though the point of this month of training has been driving volume higher, one-rep maxing is also an indicator of success. Squat one rep max increased from 316 to 508 and deadlift one rep max increased from 338 to 372.

Increase in volume for chest (first day to last): 14,065 lbs to 30,665 lbs (+120%). The biggest jump was around bench press, where my top 8 rep bench press sets went from 120 lbs. to 170 lbs. Top 8 military press sets went from 60 lbs. to 80 lbs. Top 12 rep bicep curl set went from 40 lbs. to 50 lbs. Top 15 rep tricep pushdowns went from 50 lbs. to 60 lbs. One rep max’s also increased anywhere from 20-40% for every exercise.

Increase in volume for back (first day to last): 28,045 lbs to 55,405 lbs (+98%). Barbell rows went from a top set of 8 reps of 160 lbs up to 210 lbs. Lat pulldowns and cable rows increased in the same way, going form 150 to 180 lbs and 120 to 210 (!!!) lbs, respectively. I definitely noticed cramping and stiffness in my wrists and forearms and I believe I could have continued the volume growth if my ancilliary muscles and tissue grew in the same way the larger muscles did. Pretty awesome growth, though.

Pain-points: The muscles feel tired and a little sore but nothing that is bad-pain. I have a bit of tenderness in my right ankle and my hands (grip strength has been a recurring issue) but my problematic knees feel the best they’ve felt in a few years.

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.

Day 12 – REST

Day 13 – Extra REST

Day 14 – Legs 12/2 – 150,465 lbs.

Day 15 – Chest 12/3 – 21,980 lbs.

Day 16 – Back 12/4 – 41,710 lbs.

Day 17 – REST

Day 18 – Legs 12/6 -167,320 lbs.

Day 19 – Chest 12/7 – 24,600 lbs.

Day 20 – Back 12/8 – 46,055 lbs.

Day 21 – REST

Day 22 – Legs 12/10 – 96,495 lbs.

Day 23 – REST

Day 24 – Chest 12/12 – 27,510 lbs.

Day 25 – Back 12/13 – 50,480 lbs.

Day 26 – Legs 12/14 – 165,660 lbs.

Day 27 – REST

Day 28 – Chest 12/16 – 30,990 lbs.

Day 29 – Back 12/17 – 55,405 lbs.

Day 30 – Legs 12/18 – 198,170 lbs.

Total through Day 30 – 1,600,080 lbs.

 

Onto the next challenge!!!

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About Matt

I am a person who enjoys hiking, backpacking, and anything else outdoors.

Posted on December 18, 2015, in adventures, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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