Lessening the intensity of this session yet again. Focusing on this
being more of a prep for the heavy event work on Day 3 as this cycle
wraps up. Stupid humid out today, sweating just walking from the parking
lot to the gym. Traps quite sore still from circus dumbbell work.
Started out with the AMT. Heart rate topped out at 152bpm. So back down
from elevated reading last session. Calf raises were ok. Right one was a
little behind this time but still good. Regular box touches were good,
no issues there. Felt good on my tight hamstrings. Band rows were easy
and felt good to move through that range of motion. Shoulders were
definitely tight on the biceps stretches. Especially the right side.
Squat therapy was ok, less knee aches compared to last time. No hip
aching on these so that was good. Second run through of box touches
(sumo style), band rows and biceps stretch was good too. Shoulders felt
more even on the second set of the stretch. Hip airplanes were tough on
my non-injured side. Only lost balance once on my injured side and at
least a half dozen times on my good side. Then on to the weights. Only
weighted exercise for the session was front box squats again. Reduced
weight and intensity. Working up to three doubles with two plates for
speed work. Timed rest of two minutes. Trying to work on the descent
where I’m not super slow but have control. Box squats, not box plops. I
feel like I was moving better by the end of the sets. Not heavy enough
to see if my breathing has improved though. However, I did notice that
the hip and SI joint ache seemed lessen/move so maybe that is something
good. It started up after the heavy set of these two weeks ago so
perhaps these shifted something back into the correct place. Who knows.
Jumped right into crunches for a high rep set. Easy. Band side bends
followed after that. No ab cramping so that was good. Injured side felt a
little tender but not painful in anyway. Home to do some chores,
stretch, eat and sleep.
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in amature strongman contests. Right now, I'm training for the Beast of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on April 28, 2018. My hope is to become a competitive
professional strongman. I’m not a major competitor yet and I have a long way to go but I’m having fun.