Yesterday I went to a new gym to try it out. When I walked in I was browsing my workout log and thinking about my need to beat my previous workouts. It was then that it dawned on me that I hadn't increased the weight on the Bulgarian Split Squat in about a week. I thought for a moment about upping the weight and decided against it. That exercise just kills me!
I started out my workout with a superset of Snatch Grip Deadlifts and T-Pushups with 45 seconds rest.
Snatch Grip Deadlifts (ss)
165 x 10; 165 x 10; 165 x 10
14; 14; 14
After that superset I had to face reality. The Bulgarian Split Squats were part of the next superset. Again I considered upping the weight and decided against it.
Bulgarian Split Squats (ss)
15 x 10; 15 x 10; 15 x 10
Assisted chin ups (ss)
10 (180); 10 (180); 10 (180) [180 was the weight I put on the weight stack to assist me]
When I was done with the set I realized that I really should have increased the weight. Usually I would get through one leg (you do these one leg at a time) and be so out of breath that I would need extra time. This time I managed to get through both legs with no extra rest. It made me think of something I read–when you are avoiding an exercise or increasing weight on an exercise, it is most likely because you are not very good at it or you dislike it. Well, I admit that I hate these things and that's why I avoided adding weight. Next workout I'm upping the weight to 20 pound dumbbells and going back to kicking my butt with these things. They are supposed to get the heart pumping and I shouldn't be making them easier by avoiding weight increases. Readers, hold me accountable!
My workout ended with the following superset:
Romanian Deadlift with bent over rows (ss)
80 x 10; 80 x 10; 80 x 10
Lower Body Russian Twists (ss)
12; 12; 12
It was an incredibly taxing workout as always. I feel a real metabolic change in myself when I do this one. I wonder if I need to up my carb intake when I do this workout because I literally crave oatmeal when I'm done with the workout.