day 2526 – box spots

using my plyometric boxes as box squat spotters once again while i’m still in the recovery phase. the box squats felt better than last time so i added an extra thirty pounds compared to last week. i’m hopeful that i can resume regular squats soon but i also understand i won’t push it too hard too quickly. there’s still a lot of squatting ahead of me so what’s another two weeks of recovery. i’ll take the progress i’m given

day 2518 – box squats

i knew going in, that today’s lift was going to be difficult no matter what i do. i couldn’t do conventional squats without a proper working knee so modified it to box squats. box squatting an empty would be a win. it felt comfortable after a couple of warm up sets so started adding a few weights which soon became the green plates. pretty happy that the knee is progressing to the point where i could load some weight and bend as low as parallel

day 2498 – open gym flash

still going strong attending classes and hitting up open gyms. i’ve learned that adopting to train everyday, but train at seventy percent may be better than going ham every other day. despite doms hitting hard after a heavy squat day the day before, i had a pretty strong session. i wasn’t expecting to do any power moves, but i was in for a surprised with both my flash kick and x-out. i took the x-out to the floor after two warm ups and it looked better than the ones last summer when i drilled them the entire session. my flash kick is starting to click for some reason; i wish i could take it to floor as well but i know i need to be held back to have a better margin of error before i do so. i have no doubt it will come in time

day 2483 – deadlift surprises

if you asked me three weeks ago when i started doing deadlifts after a couple years, i would not have expected to pull much over one plate. i was just trying to get my deadlift technique back, and was hovering around the one hundred twenty five mark. ever since i picked up the extra plate, we’ve been lifting much heavier. definitely felt super good after pulling one ninety five for three reps, which is thirty pounds shy of my all time personal record. i’m hoping i can match my two plate personal best before quarantine ends

day 2374 – squat days

skipping the paused squats and added a little bit of weight to the old fashioned back squats. it was deloaded week so kept the weights in check and didn’t stretch myself too far. i also did some lighter cleans for feelers and they felt doable. i hope return to apex this week and start off feeling more fresh. it being the first of february sure seems like some resolutioners dropped off because the gym is slowly becoming less packed

day 2368 – beast kettlebells

what brentwood location needs is not one hundred and twenty one pound kettlebells, but simply ten pound bumper plates. in fact, they need to replace to whole set of bumper plates because it’s either nonexistent, missing, cracked or completely broken. i worked on heavy paused squats today and the weight didn’t feel like it was going to crush me. the same older gentleman i usually see there complimented on my squat form, gave me a few pointers hoping i could load the bar another ten pounds, and also tried to teach me how to low bar squat

day 2363 – shoulder pains

still troubled by the shoulder pain so there’ll be no apex lifting this week. i can only be hopeful that nothing is torn and that i can slowly return to my normal functions. i still hit up nash to do what i could do. a girl, who’s not a trainer at the gym, drove me crazy when she kept shouting out the same instructions even though he obviously didn’t understand the first time. she seemed to think that speaking louder would get the message across

day 2360 – deadlift knowledge

morning gym session to get my leg day in as well as help a friend out with hers. having a gym partner can be motivating and fun at the same time. i certainly did not mind teaching and sharing my fitness knowledge with whose who are eager and willing to learn. we hit it hard with the squats, deadlifts and leg press before moving onto back exercises and then finished with some superset core exercises. i have plenty of fitness goals i want to hit this year, and at the same time i hope i can also help her reach hers

day 2332 – cardio sucks

cardio sucks but i’ve committed to doing cardio for twelve straight days for at least one kilometre. i told myself there’s no excuse; even if it’s olympic lifting day or leg day. it’s day one and i forced myself on the treadmill at the end of the workout after squats and jerk balance drills. even with just one kilometre, i was utterly bored and gassed. somehow i’ll have to survive another eleven days

day 2274 – squat stance

working on the heavier squats after some hiatus. the past several weeks i kind of brushed it off because i either felt my legs were too fatigued or felt down from then injustice of my foot problems. it’s not like me to not feel like squatting or gyming in general, but life right now is just a struggle to stay afloat. no doubt the squats felt heavy, but i pushed through and expect to be sore waking up tomorrow. i’ll have to work extra hard to catch up with the programing