Ramping It Up
I’ve been working hard the last few weeks, especially in the cardio department, and the work has been paying off. I’m leaner, I’m fitter, I am probably definitely in the best shape of my life. I reached my weight goal, I reached my 100 push-up goal, and I am currently between “goals” for the most part beyond working hard and getting better. One thing that had stagnated during this time, though, has been my strength regimen.
I do my strength training at work, where we have a small gym with dumbbells and a few machines. I originally started going up there because it helped channel all the rage that built up as I dealt with the complete and total dumbassery that I am daily surrounded with and which only continues to increase with each passing day. So instead of taking a plastic fork and jamming it into my eye every day, I decided to go to the gym for lunch then eat at my desk while I worked.
At first I had my training partner at work, but when he quit this insane pool of idiocy office I managed to keep going at it. After reading a few fitness articles I decided to change things up and went to a declining-weight with short rest intervals program, where you start heavy and drop down with each set. I had a lot of success with it and kept it up. That was over a year ago.
I noticed last week that I just wasn’t feeling it. I know part of it was the complete existential despair of coming back to the office after a four-day weekend – and I mean despair, too, I was miserable – but part of it was just the sameness of it all. Same routine, blah blah. I know I am somewhat limited here at the office, only having access to the equipment that is here, but I needed a change.
So this week I ditched my program. I kept the push-ups for chest day, sticking with the Week 6 program from www.hundredpushups.com or doing 100 pushups in a row, but started changing the exercises and weights. Instead of declining and short rest intervals, I decided to go heavy with short rest intervals. Ow. I mixed chest flies back in, since I don’t think my shoulder is separated anymore (flies hurt a lot with one), along with dips and overhead triceps extensions. I’m struggling a bit more coming up with variations for back/bicep day, but I’ll probably mix in shoulder work and preacher curls somehow.
I can feel it already. I’m sore but in a good way. Mixed with the general insanity of the mornings with Bob or Jillian, I feel like I’m taking it to another level again, which is good. It makes me feel better, anyway.