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30/10/2009

In Starting Strength on October 30, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
10 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Power clean 5/5/5 @ 62 lbs (+5 from Monday)

Metcon:
200 double-unders for time
[16:02. 😦 I could have done it faster, if only my shins weren’t burning from Annie on Tuesday. Next time I do this I’ll make sure not to do Annie three days before…]

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29/10/2009

In Starting Strength on October 29, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
8 hours

Workout:
I ended up using today as a rest day since I already did today’s stuff yesterday by accident. I wasn’t feeling well after work and I had a doctor’s appointment which was taking up a lot of my time anyway, so I decided to go home and sleep instead of going to the gym.

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I did it again…

In Quickies on October 29, 2009 by Suhaila

Awww man! One week into Starting Strength and I already managed to mess it up. Yesterday was supposed to be skills/rest, but I did squats/bench instead!

I guess today I’ll do some skills. My midweek rest day is shot for this week, but technically the weights I did yesterday made it seem kind of like a rest day. So I think I’ll treat yesterday as squats/bench/rest, and do some full on goat work today. I’m thinking Karen… We’ll see. 🙂

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28/10/2009

In Starting Strength on October 28, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
5 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Squat: 5/5/5 @ 70 lbs (+5 from Monday)
Bench: 5/5/5 @ 37 lbs (+5 from last Wednesday)

My shoulder feels much better today, alhamdulillah.

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27/10/2009

In Starting Strength on October 27, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
8 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Deadlift: 5 @ 125 lbs

Metcon: Annie
50-40-30-20-10 of:
Double-unders
Sit-ups
[Time: 15:50 (or 15:40? I’m not sure). I beat my trainer Alex’s first Annie time by like a minute!!!!! Woohoo! I love Annie. I got 15 double-unders in a row at the very start, but then I guess I was tired and I was getting only a couple at a time, increasing to about 10 in a row consistently towards the end. I am still doing double-single-double-single for WODs but in warm-up I managed 6 in a row without any singles! I get so tired doing it that way though and when I fail I usually can’t get back into the rhythm without resting, so it ends up taking longer.]

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26/10/2009

In Starting Strength on October 26, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
6 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Squat: 5/5/5 @ 65 lbs (+5 from Wednesday)
Press: 5/5/5 @ 22 lbs

I finished all that in about 10 minutes. 22 lbs is really light! But my 5 rep max is somewhere in the 40s, so I should be back up to that weight in a few more weeks. Anyway, since I finished so early, I felt like doing something else, so I did some extra power cleans:
Power clean: 5/5/5 @ 57 lbs (+5 from Thursday)

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23/10/2009

In Logs on October 23, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
5 hours

Real Food Challenge: Day 5
Day 5 was good except for dinner as well. I’m at my parents’ house this weekend. I came home and asked what they had for dinner; they had naan bread or string hoppers (basically flour and water) with soy meat curry (which I tasted and it’s like eating salt…). They also had a small amount of daal. So I ended up eating daal with the naan. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be able to find something better to eat; if not, I’ll go grocery shopping.

Workout:
Day 3 of Starting Strength:
Skill day!
I worked on my kipping pull-ups for a bit. I noticed that I can kip easily with the bands but not without the bands, so I tried decreasing the band strength across sets to see if I could gradually get into it. I ended up doing:
1 set of 3 with both the thin purple band and the black band
1 set of 5 with the black band
2 sets of 5 with the thin purple band
2 sets of 3 with no band

I was hoping to do 3 sets of 3 with no band, but the third set ended up being a single so I didn’t count it and decided to stop before I got too fatigued. I was really happy though, my kipping pull-ups were all unbroken! Not just unbroken as in not coming off the bar, but also unbroken as in each pull-up led immediately into the next without stopping the swing. Now I mainly have to practice and get my hips to do most of the work since my kip is still not quite aggressive enough.

Workout:
The T-Rex Complex (yeah I got roped into doing it instead of the overhead squats)
5 sets of:
7 deadlifts
7 hang power cleans
7 high pull snatches
7 back squats
7 push presses
You cannot rest the bar on the ground during the set.
[32-42-47-47-47. I should have done a set in between 32 and 42, because 47 almost killed me. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th sets were torture haha. Mostly it wasn’t bad, but high pull snatches are haaaard (basically a power snatch but with a clean grip). They really made (or ruined, depending on how you look at it) the whole workout. I usually have good form on regular snatches, and I actually had good form while warming up for high pull snatches and in the first set, but after that I totally lost it. Since you can’t rest the bar on the ground, I was trying to pull right when the bar touched the ground, whereas I usually hold the bar while it’s dead on the ground and then pull slowly until it reaches below my hips. I just couldn’t get the rhythm right with the heavier weight.]