Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it. Today I am going to outline another of my goals.
Get into the best shape of my life
In order to meet this goal I will need to be virtually perfect with my training and my nutrition. I am expecting all my readers to keep holding me accountable.
Accountability is what got me this far and I plan to use it to get myself into the best shape of my life.
I will be honest that I was not that into my workout today. Mentally I think I had checked out. It has been a long week and I was very tired going into the gym. However, I still managed to slaughter most of my lifts. I also made a friend.
"You want just 1 plate on each side, right?"
"No, I need to really load up the sled actually!" I replied. He laughed and watched as I loaded 800 lbs. on the sled.
"How the hell are you going to lift that?" he asked.
"With intensity, man, with intensity!" I replied.
I got into the sled and did my repetitions. When I finished he started to ask me a bunch of questions about my workout. He asked how many more sets of leg press I had and when I informed him that I had none left he was shocked. He couldn't understand how a 1 set for each exercise workout could possibly do anything for me. We talked a bit and it turned out that he also does a full body workout, but does the standard high volume method.
Interestingly, Craig asked if he could join me in my workout, saying that he had just started his lifting routine for the day and was intrigued by my workout plan. I took 15 minutes to explain to Craig how the H.I.T. workout functions. I explained that he would need to use extreme intensity when doing his lifts. I explained that he would need to take things to failure.
We worked out together. He used far less weight than me on every single exercise despite being about 20 years younger than me and about 10 pounds heavier than me (muscular, not fat). When the workout was over, Craig stated that he was amazed at how difficult it was. He couldn't believe that he had only done one set per exercise and had still gotten a beating!
He watched me at the end of the workout do my deadlifts. Once again I set up 300 lbs. on the bar and tore off 8 repetitions. I explained to him that the amount you can lift depends alot upon the form you use in doing it. After about 10 minutes I did another rep with the 300 lbs. just to show him what I meant. I've learned that I get my best lifts when I get into position for the deadlift and then drop my butt down so that it is just about touching my calves. I then drive my feet straight down into the ground and the bar comes up like it weighs nothing at all.
Craig is planning to meet up with me again on Tuesday to do another H.I.T. workout. Maybe I have a partner now? Time will tell.
"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they are called memories. Some take us forward, they are called dreams." Jeremy Irons
What are you doing each day to make your dreams a reality? Comment this post to answer the question.
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!