Saturday, October 12, 2013

Really Tore It Up Yesterday

I usually prefer hitting the gym at the height of the afternoon, but due to my new work schedule, I can only go early in the morning or later in the evening. I've found that early morning workouts are a great way to start the day, but it takes a bit longer to warm up. This forces me to do a bit more cardio to get my blood pumping before hitting the weights.

I hit shoulders and triceps in the morning as I had planned. I've been able to increase my seated shoulder press to fifty pound dumbbells for eight reps, but my barbell upright row has decreased to seventy pounds for ten reps. I'm not sure if it is due to undertraining, lifting heavier on the shoulder press before performing the upright rows, the time of day, or a combination of these factors. I'm going to try to get back up to eighty the next time that I perform the exercise.

After work, I decided to hit the gym again in order to work abs, biceps, and forearms. Typically, I hit arms and shoulders in a single session, but since I had planned on going to the gym twice in one day, I split up my exercises. I focuses on abs as well since I had been slacking on working my core the previous two weeks. I had to start lighter on cable crunches, but I was able to lift my usual ninety pounds for ten reps. My goal is to crunch the entire stack plus add-on weights (which is about 150 pounds) for one rep by the beginning of next year.

Having two workouts made me feel even more energetic yesterday. The only downside to this is that my appetite has increased tremendously. This increased appetite may help me to put on more weight though, given that I am a hard-gainer and tend not to get hungry too often.

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