Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lower at World Gym

Busy getting ready for the move, but got my workout in:

Front Squats: bumped up to the 40lb KBs, dropped a set, form shaky
Romanian Deads: bumped up to 175lbs for the last two sets, took a wider grip, felt pretty good
Side Bends: bumped up to 85lbs for the two work sets, reps dropped, keeping my grip tough
External Rotations: Did them

I took the liberty of bumping weights a little quicker than I normally would, since today was my last lower day at World Gym.  Followed the weights up with 20-30 minutes of mobility work.  Left ankle released a lot today.  I am getting to a point where I don't have to baby my foot on a day to day basis.  Most of the time I don't even think about it any more.  I am very happy with that.

Hopefully I will have time to think about my upcoming workouts this weekend or early next week.  I don't want to lose too much strength by doing just kettlebells while I am dropping weight.  The lower workouts will be easy to replicate in my home gym.  Simulating the machine rows and pulldowns I've been doing will be tougher.  I've got a high / low pulley attachment that attachĂ©s to my rack.  It may be good enough for now.  Ultimately the pull downs will be replace by chins / pull ups.  Not sure what the long term plan is for the horizontal pulling.  I have a hard time getting a lot out of dumbell or barbell rows.  I probably just need to learn how to do them right.  Back work is essential to completing my shoulder recovery.

I've now got a competing grip contest for the BBB3 in October.  Chris Rice is hosting Gripmas in December.  I like the events better and the timing is better for me.  I won't have any luck peaking for a contest in late July and then another in early October.  Late July and early December would be much better.  Maybe I'll do all 3, we'll see how things are going after the Michigan contest.