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Leg workout; New Year’s eve drinking?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog


As I mentioned yesterday, the workouts I’ll be doing for the final four weeks of my 2008 bulk will have less volume than most of the workouts I’ve been doing over the previous 13 weeks, but will be performed with even more intensity. Yesterday’s leg workout was relatively brief (less than 40 minutes from start to finish), but very intense and very challenging.

Here’s the workout:

– 3 x 8-10 Squats
– 3 x 12-15 Dumbbell lunges
– 2 x Failure/failure/failure – Leg extensions (triple drop sets)
– 2 x Failure/failure/failure – Lying leg curls (triple drop sets)

As you can see, I’ve returned to squatting for the first time since pulling a muscle in my back around five or six weeks ago. I went very heavy, and didn’t feel any back pain at all. Once I made the choice to do heavy squats again, I knew I had to proceed with 100% confidence. Apprehension and timidness have no place in the gym; those feelings lead to poor workouts, and even injury. I must admit, however, that when I racked the bar after the final set of squats I felt a mixture of extreme satisfaction and a little bit of relief.

I was able to go significantly heavier on the DB lunges as compared to the last time I did them. The quad drop set Bulgarians I did over the past five weeks increased my leg strength, muscle endurance and cardiovascular fitness level quite a bit.

I received an email yesterday asking if I’d considered that my extended bulk now falls over New Year’s eve, and if I would be allowing myself to drink to “celebrate” the new year. The answer is no – I’d not considered that. The reason I didn’t think about New Year’s eve and drinking is because it’s irrelevant. No, I will not be drinking on New Year’s eve. What is with this tradition of getting drunk to start off the new year? I’m going to wake up on the first day of 2009 well-rested, clear-headed and feeling great; I can think of no better way to start off the new year.

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