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).
I started off the workout with Barbell Back Squats:
I love the fact that he is squatting below parallel. He could probably lift his chin up a bit more but other than that he’s doing a great job.
After the squat portion of my workout was completed, I then moved on to good old
Yep, good old deadlifts. Up until a few months ago, I had never attempted a deadlift. I always shied away from the big compound lifts in favor of isolation type exercises. In retrospect, that was rather silly & a waste of time.
When I first attempted a deadlift, it was ugly. But as with all new things, the first few times are usually the toughest. After awhile, it becomes less awkward. You master the movement after numerous reps & sets.
That’s when the fun begins.
Once the movement has been perfected, you can then start to increase your working weight loads in greater quantities. Strength gains & muscle growth tend to follow this increase in weight loads. That has been the case for me anyway. I’ve been feeling stronger lately as I have been able to increase my weight loads in the squat & deadlift.
So today, at the end of my workout, I decided I was going to do something I had never done before.
That is 300 pounds (bar & weights). I decided that tonight I would give it a shot & see if I could get at least 1 rep. I wasn’t sure if I could do it as I had already done 5 sets of squats & 5 sets of deadlifts.
Now for some people, a 300 pound deadlift is nothing major. But for me, this represents a “magic number” so to speak. I’ve never lifted anything that heavy.
But I was determined that today I would.
I loaded the bar, stared it down & got into starting position. I gripped the bar & before I knew it, I was standing upright with the bar in my hands. I then lowered it to the floor.
I DID IT! It was only rep but I established a new personal best in doing so. What a fantastic feeling! Now my new goal is 2 reps with 300 pounds. Then 3, then 4, then 5…..
Today’s Workout Track Listing:
- Astronomy – Metallica
- Swamp Song – Tool
- In My Tree – Pearl Jam
- Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
- Without Wings – Corrosion of Conformity
- Rocker – AC/DC
- Lucretia – Megadeth
- The Red – Chevelle
- Prayer – Disturbed
- Heavy – Collective Soul (how fitting, this was playing when I deadlifted 300)