All my workouts these days are going to be in the garage. Having a garage gym rules. I rolled out of bed at 5:45, by 6:15 I was lifting hard. I went to bed at 10 last night, so I'm doubtful that my sleep requirements will change. By the end of the work day yesterday I was exhausted. Thinking hard all day is apparently harder on me than working hard all day??? Weird. Anyway, I did:
Kettlebell warm up
Romanian Deadlifts up to 3x5x165
Goblet squats: up to 3x5x28k
Step ups: 4x5 with bodyweight
Assisted pistols: 4 sets
Side Bridges: 45s/45s; 15s/15s
The Romanian deadlifts weren't too hard, but I really need a mirror setup to see whether or not my right shoulder is rolling forward. It's on my to buy list and I can spend up to $100, I just need to find one. Maybe I'll just make one that stands, I have a spare mirror in my closet. We'll see.
The goblet squats were kinda tough, but don't really feel like they hit the front of my legs. As a result I worked in the step ups. After finishing those, the assisted pistols occurred to me. Now that my rack is out in the open, I can put a barbell at shoulder height and hang on to it as I go up and down in a pistol. I'm assisting a lot with my upper body at this point, but a strength difference between my left and right legs has been highlighted. I will continue with these. Ultimately I'd like to replace the step ups with walking lunges.
Side bridges felt good, really nailed the lower trap area like they should. These were a great segue into my mobility work. I spent about 30 minutes stretching out while I watched a DVD of Bush in concert at Woodstock. With the garage door open and the warm summer breeze, it was very relaxing.
In between my sets I snuck in some grip work. This will probably be my new approach to grip, since I now have the option. I just did grippers and block weights. The block weights were very slippery in the humid morning air. I had to drop down to my 25lb hex block to accommodate. Even then, by the end of a set of 5 loads to the bench the block was slipping. Hard work though. While typing this workout up I also did some finger extensions.
Tomorrow I'll hit an upper body work primarily based upon kettlebells. I tried to do some bending at the very end of today's workout, but my hands were shot. I will try tomorrow during or after the kettlebells. I guess this means I'm back on to working an upper / lower split, even if the intensity is reduced a little. That's just what feels good to me in the mornings. The thought of working my entire body at 6am is too daunting.