Saturday, May 3, 2008

MGC6 - 03 of 23

Yesterday I decided to push my workout off a day. I felt exhausted and did not think training was smart. Fortunately, last night I got a full 8 hours of sleep and woke up this morning feeling excellent. My training session reflected this:

Warm Up
Walk dog around block (he's back...)
Soft tissue work
Mobility work

Full Body
Deadlifts (band pulling right knee in): 5 x 50k, 70k, 80k, 80k, 80k
Renegade Rows (feet elevated): 6/6 x 16k, 16k, 16k, 16k
Split Squats: 5/5 x BW, 12k, 12k, 12k
Overhead Barbell Press: 5 x 45, 65; 3x85; 4x75, 75

Conditioning Circuit - 60 seconds work plus 20 seconds rest per set, done twice
Rack Walk with 16k's
Farmers Walk with 16k's
Walk with 12k overhead lefty
Walk with 12k overhead righty

Grip
Pinch Barbell: 5 x Empty, 50, 70, 70, 70
2" V-bar: 1/1 x 71, 96, 121, 121, 121, 121, 121, 131

Workout Summary
Overall my session went great. The soft tissue and mobility work really helped to activate my weak right hip during the deadlifts and split squats. I intentionally held back on the weight and focused on my form. I think this will pay off in a big way.

Renegade rows felt good as usual. I am surprised how much I have lost on the barbell overhead press. I thought single arm pressing coupled with my stability work would keep it moving up. I was wrong.

I've moved my conditioning work over to time based sets. I really think this is the best way for me to go about things. I am looking for 8 minutes of conditioning work per session. Light weights become very humbling over time.

Grip training is on track for June's contest. I am interested to see where 2" V-bar will end up with 6 more weekly training sessions. With 1" V-bar, I need to train it almost daily to see real progress. I think 2" may be more forgiving.

Job Search Summary
I can rack up a few good progress notes for this week's job search. I did the following:

- Renewed my CPR certification
- Put an offer in on a car
- Bought a printer / scanner
- Created my skills and values lists
- Identified the jobs most closely matched to my skill set
- Found resumes matching my skill set that make me want to hire the author
- Determined my printed resume is vastly flawed and created an outline for fixing it

I have been struggling with making the search a full time effort. I knew my resume had problems, but was not sure why. Now that I have a better idea of what to do with it, I think things will move better.