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Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7500

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I ended up taking a longish break (for me) over the last 10 days. I think I must have really needed it -- I was feeling burnt out and un-energized. I have not taken time off in nearly a year (except for my regular off days). I think I was overdue. :o

My new routine is something I developed after doing a bunch of reading and it has a lot of high-rep movememnts, especially on legs, which I hate. I love low reps, but my last cycle, which lasted 8 weeks, featured lower reps and while I developed a lot of strength, I seem to have lost some conditioning. So I am going to re-introduce some higher rep work.

Yesterday looked like this:

A1. Squats
3x20 @35

A2. Smith lunges
3x15 (each leg) @35 :puke:

No rest between A1 and A2 - this was tough!

B. Leg Press
3x15 @150

C. SLDL w/DB's
1x10 @25's
3x15 @25's
These were supposed to be one-legged SLDs but I could not get/keep my balance and after I'd amused those near me sufficiently with my antics, I decided to go with two-legs-at-a-time.

D. Hyperextension w/3 second hold at top
3x8 @25


I was dismayed at how much strength I've lost in a relatively short period of time. My last 20-rep squats were at 65 or 70 lbs, and yesterday I could barely eke out the 35. I am not even going to talk about the SLDLs or leg press. Very disappointing all around.
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7505

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I was dismayed at how much strength I've lost in a relatively short period of time. My last 20-rep squats were at 65 or 70 lbs, and yesterday I could barely eke out the 35. I am not even going to talk about the SLDLs or leg press. Very disappointing all around.


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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7509

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You'll be back to where you were in no time.

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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7511

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Thanks for the encouragement. Today was back + triceps. The gym was mobbed. I hope this is not a sign of things to come.


Assisted PullUps
1x10 @120
3x10 @110

Cable Rows
1x8 @75
3x8 @90

One-Arm DB Rows
4x8 @25

Decline Skullcrushers
3x8 @30

Rope Pressdowns
1x8 @50
2x8 @60
1x8 @55

I probably won't go the gym tomorrow as it is opening late and closing early. I usually go 4 days per week -- Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri is typical.

I got a jump rope for Christmas that I would like to use but I am not sure where I can use it. It is in the 80's, which rules out outdoors. It's supposed to cool off on Wednesdy, so maybe I wil get some licks in then. ;)

Happy New Year!
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7532

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HEY THERE! Glad to see you started a journal!

Sorry I didn't see it yesterday. Brain fart. :rolleyes:

I'm glad to hear you took the 10 days off, depite the strength loss. You know all about muscle memory - it'll come back.

Have a Happy New Year, CC! :D :wave:
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7554

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Althugh we didn't plan it, we ended up attending our town's "First Night" celebration last night. At one point, my oldest daughter (15) and I were dancing in the street (along with bunches of other people) as a DJ led us in a series of dance steps. One of the dances was the cha=cha slide, where you have to go "as low as you can go" while dancing. Squats paid off - I could go ATG. ;) This even though I am having incredible DOMS from Sunday's workout. And I never get DOMS.

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year!
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7561

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Sounds as though you had a blast! DOMS and all.
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7583

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Woke up to temps in the 40's today so I decided to try the jump rope.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

I think I'm bad because I can do intervals onthe stepmill without breaking a sweat.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Jumping rope is the Stepmill *100.

I think I lasted a whole 10 minutes.

Anyway, now I'm wondering whether I still need to have high rep leg work if I am going to stick with the rope. Maybe I should do one high-rep day and one low-rep day and that would be optimal. I gained a lot of muscle (for me) during my last cycle where I incorporated a lot of low-rep/high-weight moves. But I seemed to lose conditioning at the same time, if that makes any sense.

Thinking, thinking...
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7592

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Hi CC! High rep, low rep stuff for legs is something I've tried to figure out myself. But the fact, for me, is that I've gained on both... so maybe it's simply a matter of preference, that you switch up every now and then to keep things interesting. My DOMs this week from the front squats are incredible as well - and I was doing sets of 8. So, who knows.

I would have like to have seen you doing that cha cha! That would have been good... but the jump rope sounds priceless... anyone get a video of you? ;) :D
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7606

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Hi Choco,

I grew up jumproping and actually got into boxing/kickboxing a little when I was in my late teens and early 20s.....needless to say we did a TON of jumproping! It is a great warmup and can also be an entire cardio session that will help with speed and cordination. I still rope for 3-5min sometimes before working out to warmup. A good workout is 2min rope/30sec rest....5-10 cycles. When your speed gets up(100-140 jumps per min) this can really get your heart racing and also be challenging. Good to see someone roping...don't see this very often anymore!!
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7612

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Woke up to temps in the 40's today
I'm glad that you got a chance to break in the new jump rope.

I didn't get to jump rope, but I did get to shovel 10" of snow from my drive :o

Temps are supposed to reach the 40's here this weekend :clapping:

Have fun jumping :jacks:

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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7664

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Todd - I would love to take an MMA class. Actualy, I would love to learn to box but there are no boxing gyms anywhere near me. I live in Retirement Valley (aka Huricane Alley).

Lift - I wouldn't mind a few more cooler days but I don't miss snow except occasionally. I definitely do not miss chiseling the ice off my windshield! :eek:

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A1. Sumo Squats
3x20 @50

A2. Step-Ups
3x15 w/12.5ld BD in each hand

B. Quadruped Hip Extension
1x15 @BW
2x15 @4
It was a real challenge to keep the db in the crook of my knee while doing the lift.

C. Leg Extensions
3x10 @90

D. Lying Leg Curl
2x10 @60
1x10 @70
I usually do this with my torso raised but I could not getinto position today so I decided to go with the standard variety.
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7673

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Chocochick wrote:
D. Lying Leg Curl
2x10 @60
1x10 @70
I usually do this with my torso raised but I could not getinto position today so I decided to go with the standard variety.

Are these the Gironda leg curls I told you about some time ago? They're lots of fun. :)
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7690

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Chocochick wrote:
A1. Sumo Squats
3x20 @50

A2. Step-Ups
3x15 w/12.5ld BD in each hand

B. Quadruped Hip Extension
1x15 @BW
2x15 @4
It was a real challenge to keep the db in the crook of my knee while doing the lift.

C. Leg Extensions
3x10 @90

D. Lying Leg Curl
2x10 @60
1x10 @70
I usually do this with my torso raised but I could not getinto position today so I decided to go with the standard variety.

Hey there! Great workout! I saw that you jump rope. I actually forgot all about doing that. I'll have to break mine out & shake the dust off. I've been running so much I forgot all about it! :D

I can't remember if I read it any where, but are you going to compete?
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RE:Choco's Challenge 6 years 3 months ago #7704

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Mark - I forget which are the Gironda curls. I had been doing torso-raised curls (a move I saw in a Charles Glass video) and those really isolate the hamstrings. But I keep sliding off the pad as the design of the lying curl at my gym is not really conducive to this.

Hi Dawn! I am going to see how it goes with the rope. My experience has been that anytime I do any kind of strenuous cardio, I get soft. So I maintain my bodyfat through diet and leave my cardio to long walks at night after dinner. I'm at ~13% and I have no plans to compete so I am just interested in heart health. Are you planning to compete?
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