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01/12/2009

In Starting Strength on December 1, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
7 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Deadlift 5 @ 150 lbs (+5 from last Tuesday) — PR!

Metcon: BASELINE
500 m row
40 squats
30 sit-ups
20 push-ups
10 pull-ups
[Ehhhh… it was HORRIBLE. The last time I did this, which was also my first ever Baseline, I got 8:32 and I did knee push-ups and pull-ups with the thick purple band. This time I did it RX’d. My time after the sit-ups was 6:00. My time after the push-ups was 7:40. But my time after the stupid pull-ups was 14:52. I know you’re laughing at me! Stop it! 😛 I was doing the pull-ups one by one; I haven’t done pull-ups in about two weeks I think, so I kind of lost the kipping motion. Oh well, I guess this means I just have to do Baseline again soon.]

Also I did my second BIA test before the workout, and found that I gained 1.3 2.7 lbs of muscle in the last 6 weeks! (Sorry, I have the worst memory, I think the 1.3 was for something else and I got it mixed up with the muscle gain number. Recalculated it and it is actually 2.7 :))

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30/11/2009

In Starting Strength on November 30, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
7 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Squat 5/5/3 @ 100 lbs (3rd attempt)
Press 5/5/5 @ 37 lbs (deload)

I was planning to deload for both the squat and press, but I decided to go for a third and final attempt at 100 lbs instead. I thought since I rested for so long that I might be able to do it. But unfortunately on the 4th rep of the last set I lost my balance when the bar started moving slightly forward and I couldn’t stop it.

And for presses, because there was such a huge difference when I jumped from 42 lbs (easy) to 47 lbs (really hard), I am going to increase more slowly from the beginning. So I’ll try 2.5 lbs increases, i.e. 39.5 lbs next week, 42 the week after, then 44.5, etc.

I’m glad to be back in the gym 🙂 and I cannot believe it’s December already…

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27/11/2009 – Eid mubarak!

In Logs on November 27, 2009 by Suhaila

Really quick pseudo-update… I didn’t go to the gym yesterday because I wasn’t feeling very well after work, and today is Eid so I didn’t get a chance to go either. I am thinking of trying to go tomorrow if I have time to do some of the stuff I missed today and yesterday. We’ll see I guess. If not, I don’t think it’s too bad, since I was due for a rest week anyway, and since next week is a deload week, what better time is there to miss workouts than now?

Eid mubarak!

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24/11/2009

In Starting Strength on November 24, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
6 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Deadlift 5 @ 145 lbs (+5 from last Tuesday)

Didn’t do a metcon today since my arms are feeling sore and in general I’m feeling really tired this week. Instead I just worked on rowing. Did 4x500m. I wrote the times down but forgot what they were… I didn’t beat my previous PR, which is kind of depressing since my previous PR was pretty bad (2:13.0).

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23/11/2009

In Starting Strength on November 23, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
4 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Squat 4/5/5 @ 100 lbs (2nd attempt — failed on first set because I was wearing my socks to lift in and my foot was slipping. I took off the socks for the rest and was fine… I’ll try this weight again anyway just to make sure since it was still borderline.)
Press 4/4/5 @ 47 lbs (+5 from last Monday)

After today’s workout, I think it’s time for some rest. I just didn’t feel very strong today, and have been feeling like this since last week sometime. I have been doing this SS-hybrid thing for 5 weeks straight now, and before that I was doing the regular CF wods 5 on 2 off for I don’t even remember how long without a break.

So I’m going to finish this week of SS, and then next week I’m going to take my numbers back down and start working up again.

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20/11/2009

In Starting Strength on November 20, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
4 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Power clean 5/1/3/3/3 @ 77 lbs (+5 from last Friday) — PR

So I found out that I’m supposed to do 5 sets of 3, not 3 sets of 5 for power cleans haha. Oh well! After the power cleans I did 2 strict pull-ups in a row (pull-up grip)! Skipped the negatives and metcon today because I was really sleepy. Looking forward to resting on the weekend and back to the 100 lb squats on Monday. 🙂

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19/11/2009

In Starting Strength on November 19, 2009 by Suhaila

Sleep:
4 hours

Workout:
Starting Strength:
Squat 5/5/3 @ 100 lbs (+5 from Monday) — PR
Bench 5/5/5 @ 52 lbs (+5 from last Thursday) — PR

The bar moved really slowly when squatting at this weight. The last rep of the first and seconds sets were really hard, as was the third rep of the last set. On the fourth rep, I got stuck about halfway up and couldn’t manage to push through it as hard as I tried. Next time I’ll try this weight again, but I am really happy that I managed to get two full sets at 100 lbs. I think I may have failed because I haven’t been getting enough sleep and today I didn’t eat as much as I usually do, so I’ll try to sleep more and eat more from now on and see if it makes a difference on Monday.

The bench press is still going well though. This weight was heavy enough that I actually felt that I was pressing something, and it is becoming a bit hard to keep my wrists straight at the top of the lift, but I think I can do a lot more inshaAllah.