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More gains; Soreness; Cheat meal!; How much weight do you lift?

Friday, October 10, 2003 by  
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October
10
2003

I can’t believe we’re already almost halfway through October! The time is just flying by… I’m really happy with how things have been going so far on my bulking program. I think cutting out the evening protein shakes was the right thing to do: I don’t seem to be gaining fat as quickly as I was, I wake up feeling leaner and less bloated, and I’m still putting on muscle. I bested my max squat again yesterday (for the 5th workout in a row), adding 25 pounds in less than 5 weeks. I’m now squatting 3 sets of 6 at what I was doing for my 1-rep max less than 5 weeks ago! My bench press progress has been a tad slower, I seem to go up 5 pounds every 2 weeks on my 1 rep max. I didn’t quite make +20 on my bench last weekend – I got it down and then halfway up but it just wouldn’t go any higher! I pushed it for what seemed like 30 seconds while it was stalled at the halfway point, and then my strength just gave out. Thanks to the safety spotter I’m still alive to talk about it. 🙂 So I’ve added 15 pounds to my max bench in less than 5 weeks, and will try again for a +20 tomorrow.

Of course my legs are killing me today, but I actually look forward to the soreness. I love the heavy, dull ache that I start feeling the night of my workouts because I know that when I wake up the next morning I’ll feel that wonderful aching burn whenever I move. That burning soreness is a constant reminder that I’m making progress, and that my efforts are paying off. I guess soreness helps keep me motivated.

I’ve rattled on enough this morning, time to go stretch out and get my workout in. Today I’m working my abs, and then doing 23 minutes on the stair climber. Tonight I’m looking forward to having my weekly cheat meal of pizza and wine. Have a good day, see ya this weekend!

12:03 PM UPDATE: A lot of people have emailed me over the past few days asking why I don’t disclose the actual amounts of weight I lift. That’s a good question, so I have updated my Frequently Asked Questions page with the answer, and have also updated a few other questions as well. Hope your day is going well!

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