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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pull Day with the 5x5's

When last we left our hero on his heavy pull day, he had himself one messed up hand. Now, he is healed.

Yesterday I was unable to get all the food I needed in order to maintain weight. My Punishment: Less energy, down a pound and not as much motivation to go to the gym. But who needs motivation? I'm just gonna do it.

Warm up: 15 min on the elliptical.

Weighted pull ups
Body weight + 45lbs

These were tough. I'm going to rinse and repeat on these suckers for a couple more workouts before upping the weight. The first three reps were clean in each set, but the last two were a struggle or cheated. I'm gonna get these clleeeeeean, then start adding weight. But, honestly, this is a big achievement for me. I've always wanted to do pull ups with a 45lb plate, now here I am.

One armed rows

These were gravy. I got great pulls out of these. Definitely getting stronger. I'm going to do one more cycle of these, then add another rep.

T bar Rows
3 plates

The last couple of sets sucked. I should have just done 9 reps, but I wanted blood! Had to stop half way through the last set and cheat rep to the end. I should have known from the first set that 10 was gonna be too much to repeat for 5 sets. Womp womp.

Shrugs in the smith
6 plates

Judge me not for my use of the smith machine. The squat rack was taken. So, I added weight to compensate.

Face pulls


These were the definition of failure. Hahaha. Sometimes you try to go big and end up going home. Albeit, I had completely exhausted my biceps through the course of the workout. Back workouts already blast your biceps, and if you're going heavy the whole time, you're gonna drain yourself.

Regardless, the result was Pumptown, U.S.A.

Post Workout Cardio: 15 minutes on the stair master watching this charming video entitled "Tenors in Love."

I'm a horrible combination of both broke and underfed, so I'm having to be creative with my food today. I'm trying to keep myself from eating a whole jar of peanut butter...I don't know how much longer I can resist.

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