Today I’ll be working my back and biceps. Last week I went with a fairly light weight (225 lbs) for my deads and did four rapid-fire “burnout” (each set to failure) sets. The minute of rest between each set went by in a flash, and by the time I completed all four sets I was drenched in sweat and completely out of breath. I wasn’t wearing my heart rate monitor, but I’d bet anything my heart rate was in the upper 180s or lower 190s. If you want to try this please be aware of your form at all times. It’s easy to let your form slip when you become fatigued and that can lead to injury – even with relatively light weight.
I think I’m going to alternate my heavy deadlift routine with the cardiovascular oriented deadlift routine for awhile. I think there are benefits to both, and the break from going very heavy every week is probably a good thing, too. Today I’ll be doing three sets of very heavy deads, 6-8 reps per set.
I hope everyone had a good weekend! I sure did. This was the first weekend in a long, long time that I didn’t have tons of projects and things to do. Other than the weekly house cleaning I didn’t do anything that would be considered even remotely productive, and it felt great! I can’t believe we’re finally settled into the new house and there’s just not all that much left to do. Looking around, I’m pleased with how much Lisa and I have accomplished over the past two months. While the work was (for the most part) enjoyable, I am glad it’s behind us.
I’m late for breakfast, so I’m going to wrap this up. Train hard – summer is coming!