Disclaimer: By doing my workouts and blogging it online here, I’m not seeking attention, nor am I an exhibitionist. I’m the type that follow-through my training much better if I put it in writing. I workout because I can, and I love doing so. Do not try to emulate my training program, I bear no responsibility if you do so. I’m no role-model, not your papa, mama, your soulmate, or someone you can look-up to, nor am I’m a national athlete … I am just a NOBODY. So just leave me be.
Over the weekend on my recovery day on Sunday, I was literally in pain. Every time I lift my leg, it is as if someone kicked my nuts! Really!! My whole lower half of my body was aching mad, and I blame it on my Saturday’s ‘sickening’ half-squat workout.
Like as they say, no pain, no gain right. Well I was hoping I would be slightly better today for my Cycle 2 of training week, which is a Hard Week; that means an increase in intensity, but my legs was still hurting.
It was so hard getting up in the morning when you’re in pain. I snoozed my alarm clock twice, and I delayed my usual gym timing by half an hour being a slow-poke today. But going out slightly later does have its perks today.
Being out of the house after 7.30 am for my usual jog to the training location, that means the kids on their way to school are already in the classroom by now. So there were less people on the roads today, more ‘space’ for me to jog.
Still despite the more relaxed setting, it was darn painful to get the legs moving when I jogged. At every step, the aching on my legs was screaming for me to stop. I mean it’s not the type of excruciating pain that’s bad for oneself, but kinda like a short sharp jolt at each movement of my leg muscles.
It took me a really long time of warming-up to feel the flexibility, and normal range of motion for my legs. I feared and was hoping the pain sensation won’t affect my gym session today, luckily it didn’t.
Workout of the Day
For gym, the bench press was alright, but as I began my half-squat, I got concerns about the workout. Will my leg buckle at the heavy weight. So I started with a light weight of 60kg as a start.
After the first set, I felt alright, so I resumed the usual load of 100kg. I was without any belt, so I didn’t dare to put on any more weight. Next up was the partial clean. Since this is not the specific Olympic bar training area for clean workout, where you can just dump and throw it on the floor, I had to improvise.
I would usually do the normal clean technique, fast and explosive, but instead on dropping it, I would slowly lower the bar down on the floor, take a few seconds of rest time, and proceed lifting again.
I know you should have a certain continuity with clean, and just focus on the explode, lift, push, but this is the best I could do with the equipment the gym have.
The gym session today extended by around 10 minutes extra as two dudes was inquiring about my background. A little chit-chat, I politely respond without losing too much time in the recovery process and workout.
I personally don’t like to chatter when I’m in the gym, you’re there to workout, so it’s best not to lose focus, and ensure you’ve a quality training with good form, proper recovery, and hitting your gym training plan.
After gym I proceed outside to do my conversion. I would say over time, I’ve found the ratio of my gym and outdoors conversion is getting more and more equal of 1:1 ratio. Well that’s good of course, but do remember that training to the point of exhaustion doesn’t mean you could compromise your form. Always have good proper technique.
The box jump part is getting far too easy for me. I felt I could jump higher. Still with no alternatives, I’ll just try to keep improving with what I have.
As with last week promise, I added Knee Leg Drive to the recently added routine of Straight Leg Drive when doing the hurdles. I must have look like a loony person doing such motions to anyone who was gawking at me earlier, but I’m used to such stares. Oh well.
The last part of the conversion is the short dash runs. I usually like to vary the sprints as doing the same old thing bores me, and I hate getting bored. So it’s always a challenge to think of new variations each week, but so far I’ve not run out of new ideas.
Well it’s back to work now, and recovery later. Oh please I do hope my leg will feel less aching tomorrow!