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Last night’s workout; Intensity, drive and focus for results; New photo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 by  
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It’s been roughly 12 hours since my back workout, and I’m already starting to feel the DOMS. For several reasons, last night’s workout was a breakthrough workout…

First, I elected to utilize the lifting straps that have been sitting idle on my gym floor for the past couple of years. Simply put, the strength of my back has outpaced the strength of my grip. Over the past few months I’ve been consistently adding 10 pounds per week to my deads, and last week my grip started to fail me. Last night I added another 10 pounds, but had to stop and adjust my grip a couple of times during the first set. After that first set I decided put on the straps and that changed everything; the straps allowed me to focus on the body part I was working instead of worrying about hundreds of pounds slowly slipping from my hands. I also utilized the straps for the weighted wide-grip pull-ups and the shrugs. The straps allowed me to go heavier on the shrugs than normal and perform far more reps. I’m feeling the results of that this morning.

The other reason last night’s workout felt like a “breakthrough” was due to my intensity and resolve. I always go into the gym with single-minded focus and the desire to push myself to new levels. Encouraged by the first month of my bulk and with yesterday’s Daily News Update echoing in my brain, I hit the weights like I never have before. I’m going to strive to increase that level of intensity each and every workout for the rest of my bulk. I know I have a lot more in me, and I’m going figure out how to tap into that power.

Do you have a plan, or do you go into the gym and just throw the weights around for a little while? Do you chat and laugh with your workout partner and the people around you, or do you maintain focus at all times? Are you intense, or do you barely break a sweat? When you step into the gym you should be thinking about one thing, and one thing only. If you half-ass it, you’re going to get half-assed results. Be honest with yourself. Challenge yourself to step it up. Work hard and push yourself past your “limits” each and every time you step into the gym. You want results? You gotta earn them, and it ain’t easy.

For more details on last night’s workout along with a new photo, check out my photo journal. Here’s the direct link to last night’s entry.

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