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First SGX weight training workout went great!

Thursday, August 18, 2005 by  
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August
18
2005

Yesterday was my first SGX weight training day and it was great! Yesterday’s workout was the first time I’ve ever lifted weights so late in the day. Some of you may recall that a long, long time ago I used to lift weights first thing in the morning; I did ok with that, but found that my workouts and gains improved when I started lifting mid-day (a couple hours after my first meal). Yesterday’s workout was at 6:00 PM and I don’t think I’ve ever felt stronger or more energetic. I’ll definitely continue to weight train after work. I guess having a day’s worth of meals in me helps with my energy levels.

I also like the way Swolecat has his splits designed: I’m weight training four days per week now instead of just three days per week. Now my weight training workouts are shorter, and more intense. I think on a psychological level knowing you’re going to be working fewer body parts at each workout allows for a much more intense effort. Yesterday I worked my back (4 sets of dumbbell rows, 4 sets of wide grip pull-ups and 4 sets of deadlifts) and my traps (4 burnout sets of barbell shrugs). I finished my workout in about 40 minutes, including my warm-up sets.

Obviously I’ve made a lot of progress over the past few years on my own, but I’ve always tried to keep my mind open to new approaches, ideas and techniques. I’m just four days into the SGX program and I’ve already learned a great deal from Chris – techniques that will serve me for the rest of my life. It’s been a real pleasure working with him; he’s answered every one of my questions quickly and completely, and he is always very encouraging and positive. Thanks for everything so far, coach!

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