I feel ok just walking around, and a single feels fine, but a soon as I go to rep something boy watch out. Flip the switch right off. It's not so much that the weight feels heavy, just that I have no "go". Yes, I've been through this a million times before, and everytime I feel the need to bitch and moan about it. Everyone who has cut calories knows how strength loss can fuck with your head. I have a plan though, and I intend to stick to it.
That plan is.......
Get as lean as possible over the WHOLE SUMMER. I have no idea what weight that will put me at, and I'm sure I will be weak as a kitten soon enough however the rest of the plan requires it. Namely......
Eat up for a meet in Winter. That means a lot of "kill-babies" style mass training over fall, and partly into winter.
My training plan for the rest of summer will still be to train 2 big sessions a week, and many smalls ones (usually 4). Since my leg/hip is still not quite 100% I will be doing LOTS of pause squats on Saturdays or Sundays, then doing 4" block pulls the next week. A shit ton of lunges or speed skater squats will be done after.
I wanna do more hamstrings but I hate hamstring work like my dog Buster hates squirrels. And he kills the fuck out of those.
I also know I still need more traps and upperback. But I have already put so much effort into getting those up to par, I wonder if any more would just be a waste of time.
I will be using the pause squat and block pull program that will be in the book. However I will just be splitting them up (alternating them), week to week.
One of the really fucking awesome things about the new book and all of the templates in it, is that you can get creative with the programming and do something more individualized, rather than have to follow cookie cutter programming that everyone else does.
I will explain....
You could easily use the short cycle strong-15, and space that out over 10 weeks or so, squatting one week, and pulling the next, while alternating bench and incline (like I do) or bench and overhead.
You could use the block pull program, but do the back offs from the strong-15 deadlift routine instead of the speed pulls and stiff legs that follow it up.
You could grab the pause squat routine, and follow the pause squats up with the stiff legged deadlift section that comes from the block pulls.
Basically, there is enough programming in S-L-L, that you can really get creative and individualize programming to fit your specific needs, instead of just plugging numbers into the same spreadsheet everyone else does. I'm not just excited for you guys, I am excited about this for myself, because I have so many options for so many different situations, based on what I need. You guys are going to find the same thing once you start looking through it.
Now back to my plan.......
The plan has been for a long time, to be VERY lean at 242-245, and total more than 1800 beltless. This is where I want to compete at, and stay at. I feel I am very close to accomplishing these two goals. I want to be able to eat up to that over a few months for a late winter meet, then possible continue on to 255-260 and hold that until spring, when I would start dieting to do a bodybuilding show (possibly....not sure after hearing all the horror stories over this past weekend from my BB'er friend).
I just want to write something I've written before.
Don't shun your friends aside for a chic. They won't like it. Especially when you've taken off work, put family time aside to take care of them, fixed them up on dates, and done all sorts of shit to make them feel better about their life. That's all I'm going to say.
Shirts should be arriving any day now to go out to those who are on back order. Also coming in with that shipment, is a shipment of black T's, and some ladies pink tanks. I also may do a mens black tank with a different version of the fist and logo. We'll see.
I also have a buddy that is asking me about doing posters. I have no idea if anyone would want a poster. I may get one for myself though. I think it would look badass on my basement gym wall........
Oh and I almost forgot, because of all of the questions Jamie has gotten in, we will be doing a CNBYE 8.5 tonight, a small half hour to 45 minute one, just covering a ton of training questions he has gotten in. So look for that to be up in a couple of days.