Approaching the heaviest I've ever weighed @170lbs and plan on hitting 180lbs! I'm closing in on some new PR's so I'm excited to see where I'll be in the next 6 months. .
I don't plan on making fitness more than a hobby but competing at some point has been on my mind. At the division I'd be competing in I'd need to add another 200lbs to my big three before being competitive. Not too far off, but not very close either. #fitness#powerlifting#life#deadlift
270lbs for an easy 3. As long as I keep eating I should continue making progress, little by little
235 for 3 is not exactly where I wanted to be . Probably the most frustrating thing in fitness isn't reaching a plateau, but regressing and then reaching a plateau. .
This can happen for many reasons but when it does there's usually a sense of not being good enough. First being frustrated, hopeless, and then apathetic. .
It's not like you never enjoyed working out- it's just something has changed and for whatever reason you've lost your touch. Like an athlete that's outgrown their prime except you're still in your 20's and were hitting PR's just months ago. .
The problem is more of a mental one then physical. The more frustrated you become, the more demotivated and the less energy you put in, the less progress you make, the more frustrated you become, and you get the point. .
Here's what I've done: have faith in the process while detracting from the outcome. As paradoxical as that is, by focusing on what you can change you regain a sense of control. "Go to the gym 5 times a week," track my macros," "sleep 8 hours," etc. .
Detaching from the outcome is part of not letting results define who you are. Being the kind of person who perseveres is more rewarding than someone who is defined by what they have or don't have. .
Long post but the best thing you CAN do is to do your best. Everyone has their own path. Don't let standards define who you are, let your values guide the way. #fitness#frustrated#blocked#goals#motivation#perserverance#bench#workout#mentality#life#value#gym
Post chest workout mirror pic
I never left the 3-6 rep range before my new routine. Here's what I did-
4 sets of 12 on flat bench
4 sets of 12 on incline bench
3 sets of 12 on dips with a forward lean to emphasize the chest
Pretty simple, ~2 minute rests, great pump
I actually get out of breath from reps this high lol. .
Try it out!
One of the most overlooked parts of fitness is muscular imbalance. I know it isn't as exciting as getting jacked or slimming down- it takes time away from those things right? Just the opposite!
. Here you can see my rhomboid/trap development over ~1yr. My right side was much bigger and thicker than my left side. There much more progress to come. .
Being mindful of your body's mobility and overall balance means making gains faster and more sustainably. .
Would you rather butcher 315lb on squat or rep 225lb with good form? Believe it or not 225 can be as muscle building as 315 if you actually do it right. So why not start there and move up safely? .
Big numbers may be impressive, but why sacrifice form when you can have both strength and safety? If you squat with your back and bench with your glutes, what are you really accomplishing? . . ..
A lot of people overlook muscle balance- myself included. It's a bit more complicated than mindless lifting, but it's rewarding to know your doing it right. Not to mention that plateaus can be avoided this way too! #firstname.lastname@example.org
Progress isn't linear! I weigh myself daily as a reminder to stay consistent. Remember that even if you are doing everything right, the scale won't always reflect that. Don't let setbacks discourage you. .
Just two weeks to go on my cut. I've cut out creatine just to see how much of a difference it will make adding it back in. Keep you guys posted!