Today, I completed a modified version of Workout B, Phase 2 from Craig Ballantyne’s “15 Pounds of Muscle in 8 Weeks” program.
As I stated in last Tuesday’s update, I like to keep the “spirit” of a workout the same as the author intended, even if I substitute exercises or modify things a bit.
I kept the spirit of this workout true to its original format by focusing on the Lower Body. I basically stuck to two exercises today (just as I did last week).
First, I upped my working weight from last week on the Front Barbell Squat:
It was only a 5 pound increase but over 25 reps that equates to an additional 125 pounds lifted today versus last week!
Side note: In the above picture, the fitness model is squatting to parallel. That’s ok for him I guess. However, I tend to squat below parallel for a number of reasons. I won’t go into them all right now (great article here) but just remember that squatting below parallel (if done properly & in a safe manner) has some benefits.
I did change things up this week on the Barbell Deadlift:
Rather than doing the 5 rep/5 set pattern as I did last week, I changed a couple of variables. First, instead of doing 5 reps per set, I upped the number to 10 reps. I also reduced my weight by 100 pounds from last week.
This might sound like I took a large step back from last week. Maybe I did in a few aspects. But, the increased rep count did make up the difference in one aspect. I ended up lifting 250 more pounds this week than last week. Granted, it took more reps to get there but I got there.
All in all, I had a great workout today. I hope you did/do too!
Today’s Workout Track Listing:
- The Underdog – Spoon
- Blood & Thunder – Mastadon
- People of the Sun – Rage Against The Machine
- Israel’s Son – Silverchair
- Parasite – Anthrax
- Custard Pie – Led Zeppelin
- Long Time – Black Label Society
- Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Bruce Dickinson w/ Godspeed