Rantorcha's AAEFX Training Journal - Road to...
10-26-2010 03:01 PM
I know this is a training journal, but I have to mention what a great sports week that’s on tap and now in full swing…first it was Monday Night Football, today is the Heat’s first game with the Big 3, and then tomorrow the World Series starts! And forget about college football starting on Thursday!! Watching SportsCenter for cardio ni the morning will be extremely fun this week.
So, after this morning’s cardio, only 15 more cardio sessions to go! lol To be honest, cardio hasn’t been all that tough this time around since I started this prep pretty lean to begin with. Sure, there have been some tough sessions, but overall, it luckily hasn’t been too taxing.
My 30 minutes this morning actually went pretty fast…thank goodness. As for training, everything was great until I got to Hams. My mental energy was high, but by the middle of Hamstring training, my physical energy was down to zero. Matter of fact, after each all-out set, I would get extremely dizzy and it would take about a minute or two to regain my composure!
Smith Rack Press
185/6, 185/6, 185/6..drop..135/11 (was stronger today than I was even two weeks ago with these)
WG Upright Row
Rev Pec Dec
40/13, 40/13, 40/11..drop..25/13
Lying Leg Curl
125/12, 125/9, 125/8..drop..80/10 or 12…lost count!
235/15, 235/14, 235/12..drop..185/8
Seated Leg Curl
145/15, 145/11+2, 145/9+1..drop..100/8+2
**Needed more time between sets for Hams. I was truly getting my ass kicked…by my own self!
I came back to my office as fast as I could so I could get my post-workout meal in. I need a freaking nap now!
10-27-2010 03:54 PM
Today was a pretty tiring day. I guess it was good that I had to go to another office today and go through some meetings, so my work day went by pretty quickly. By the afternoon, I got a call form Sienna’s school telling me she was sick and deteriorating quickly. So, I had to rush home to take care of her. She’s been asleep since around 1pm (it’s 4pm now) and there is no sign of her waking up…lol.
As for me, I did ½ my cardio this morning on the Stairmill and managed to hit some Abs, Calves, and Glutes before having to head to work. Tonight, while I am watching the Heat play again and the World Series, I get in my 2nd ½ of cardio on my treadmill.
That gets me through today! Then I can look forward to training on Thursday and Friday!! WOO HOO
10-28-2010 02:45 PM
Phew!! What a busy day! First, my girls woke up extremely early (Sienna was still a little under the weather) and I had to hit cardio with them cheering me on. After that, it was time to get ready to go to the dentist. Both girls got their check-ups and are cavity-free. Woo hoo.
Once I took Sidney to school, it was back to Sienna’s school for her Halloween parade! She looked so damn cute, but of course, I am biased…my little ladybug.
Then, after a quick stop at my office, it was back home to start my work day. I ended up going to the gym a little later than usual due to all of the morning’s activities, but it turned out ok.
Training was great today. I didn’t have a lot of energy, but I have to admit, for about 2-weeks-out, I have a TON of energy. My gas tank is running lower than usual (obviously), but I am willing myself to push on and give it everything I have. I end up paying for it once I am done and REALLY pay for it once night falls. “Tired” wouldn’t begin to describe it. That’s ok, though…it is a means to an end and the end is almost here!
Eric has told me that this week is my last Quad workout & to stop a couple of reps short of failure (which is NOT easy for me and my mindset)…I either go all out, or not. Anyway, I hit them pretty decently and even started seen veins running through them. I love that!
Squat Machine – 2 sets
Reverse Hack Squat – 2 sets
Cross-body One-leg Leg Press – 2 sets
Lunges ss/ Leg Ext – 1 set each
Inner-grip (CG) Pullups
bw/17, bw/14, bw/11
Reverse Grip Pulldown
WG Pulldown Machine
170/14, 170/14, 190/11..drop..150 (HOLY SH*T!!!!)
DB Curl – 45/10
DB Hammer Curl – 45/10
Lying Top Cable Curl – 120/16, 120/14
When I say I have nothing left in the tank after this training session, I really mean I’ve got NOTHING left. But, I am extremely satisfied with the results today. One more training session for the week, then I’m 2 weeks out!
10-29-2010 03:36 PM
Words can not express how ungodly tired I am at this point! I even think I am going to have to back off the volume of work when training next week because I’m pretty shot right now. I’ll have to talk to Eric about it, and he will make the decision ultimately, but I can’t imagine it is a good idea at this point to continue to push myself as hard as I do without the fuel to do it. The words “diminishing returns” continues to pop in my head.
I am really looking forward to this weekend. I am doing…barely anything at all except hanging on my couch and watching football! lol
Incl DB Press – 3 sets with dropset on last one
Machine Chest Press – 3 sets with dropset on last one
Incline Flye – 2 sets
Bodyweight Dips – 2 sets of 15 each
Hammer Press Machine – 2 sets with triple dropset on last
DB Front Raises – 2 sets of 12
Power Partial Side Laterals
Incl Tri Ext – 2 sets
EZ Bar Pushdown – 2 sets
Dip Machine – 2 sets with dropset on last
2 more weeks to go! No rest for the weary!!!
11-01-2010 04:11 PM
After a pretty hard weekend, it was back to work again this morning. I obviously managed to get in all my cardio and handled my diet-business. Friday evening and 2/3 of Saturday, I was out of commission. For some reason, I had ZERO energy whatsoever. I have a feeling it’s because of how incredibly hard I am still training. I spoke to Eric about it, and he told me to ratchet it back just a tad. After several naps this past weekend, I was feeling great by yesterday afternoon.
Today started out as usual with morning cardio, then it was off to the races for training this afternoon. Again, Eric told me to stay relatively heavy, but not to go quite to failure. Apparently, I don’t have that “pull-back” button in my repertoire! I guess I don’t know how to stop short of failure!! And that’s what screws me in the long run. I’ll have to try again tomorrow. lol
I also changed things around with my split for this week. Here was today’s extravaganza!
Reverse Bent Row – 3 sets with a dropset on last
WG Pullups – 3 sets
T-bar Corner Row – 3 sets
Rev Hammer Pulldown Machine – 2 sets with a dropset on last
DB Shrug – 3 sets of very slow/hold reps
“Hoist” Leg Curl – 3 sets
DB SL Deads – 3 sets
Funny Story: I stopped to talk to a friend of mine after my training session. He noticed that I was trimming down and mentioned that I looked really good. He asked me how much I was weighing these days and I told him (182-ish) and he looked at my cross-eyed. He told me I looked like I weighed about 200! Needless to say, he was my new best friend. LOL!!!
11-02-2010 02:39 PM
I HATE feeling this way!!! I realize I only have a few more days to go, but I can’t STAND feeling as fatigued and tired as I have been feeling after training these last couple of weeks. I’ve “tried” to back off the intensity a bit, and still it isn’t helping. At this point, I almost want prep to be over already. I am trying to enjoy the process and watch my body make these amazing, never-before-seen transformations, but I am just spent at this point.
No worries…I am sure in a few hours, I’ll be fine. lol Right now, I am just kvetching.
So, training today was a tad rough. I pushed through my physical limitations and had a decent workout, but I am paying for it now.
Smith Delt Press – 3 sets
Smith WG Upright Row – 2 sets
Cable Front Raises (Broser-style) – 2 sets
Side Laterals – 3 sets with a drop on the last
Incline Hammer Press – 3 sets with double-drop on last
Cable Crossover – 2 sets
So, I am trying to get through my training session and a 17 year old kid (nice kid) comes by and starts asking me questions out of the blue. I have never seen him before and he just came up to me and started asking questions. I tried to help him as best I could with limited time and energy, but I did manage to direct him to the PRRS site for more training info!!! It’s funny how people are just coming up to me every single day now out of the blue and asking me questions.
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