This morning, I completed Workout D, Phase 1 from Craig Ballantyne’s Turbulence Training “15 Pounds of Muscle in 8 Weeks” program. This workout was a bit different from the previous 3 workouts from Phase 1.
Today started off with Dumbbell Goblet Squats:
It’s a good lower body exercise that also engages the core & arms quite nicely. It’s also a nice break from heavy barbell squats.
Upon completion of the required number of sets/reps of squats, I then moved onto a series of Bodyweight Exercises. The bodyweight portion of the workout consisted of 5 exercises, each done in consecutive order with as little rest as possible between each exercise. Upon completion of one circuit, I rested for 30 seconds & then repeated the circuit again. I ended up doing 3 circuits total.
Although I was able to complete the entire workout in under 30 minutes, I was definitely spent when it was all over!
Then came the real fun…..
I have been using a spare bedroom as a weight room since last April. It’s where I completed my prior body transformation so it has served its purpose well.
But it isn’t really that big of a room. With all of my equipment in there, it feels very tight. The ceiling fan hangs a bit low & makes overhead pressing difficult if in the center of the room. Plus, the doorway is unable to support my pull-up bar. I had to install it above a door way on the first floor (we have a 2 story house). I really enjoy the privacy from working out at home but the close quarters were getting to be a bit much.
It’s even smaller than it looks….
Trust me, it’s a tight fit.
What was I going to do???
Thanks to an idea my wife had, I was able to gain more room for working out. No more feeling squeezed. I would no longer have to climb the steps a bunch of times while supersetting pull-ups/chin-ups with other exercises. Fantastic!
But there’s a catch….
Everything upstairs had to be moved down to the room we currently use as a computer room. Then everything from the computer room would have to be moved up to the spare bedroom.
Here’s what we moved downstairs this morning (keep in mind I had already worked out earlier):
- Weights Plates (315 pounds worth)
- Weight Bench
- Bar (35 pounds)
- Squat Stands (2 & each weighs a decent amount)
- Adjustable Dumbbells (3 @ 52.5 pounds each) & Stand
- Gazelle glider
- Various other smaller items (yoga mats, stability ball, etc.)
Here’s a couple of pics of the new set up:
While it is difficult to get a real feel for how much more room I now have, trust me, the difference is huge! I now have at least twice as much room as before. With the additional room, I know I am going to have no problem packing on muscle over the next 84 days! (or for as long as we live here for that matter)
Today’s workout track listing:
- Flesh For Fantasy – Megaherz
- Du Oder Ich – Megaherz
- Showdown – Megaherz
- Kopfschuss – Megaherz
- Meine Sunde – Megaherz
- Leider – Eisbrecher
- Kann Denn Liebe Sunde Sein? – Eisbrecher
All German metal today. In case you wondered, Ich spreche kein Deutsch. But, I really like the way this stuff sounds & it helps me feel pumped up.