Today is C1W5D2 for me, and UBWO day.
Last UBWO was last Friday - W4D4.
Last weeks UBWO was a text book day.
Prior to last weeks (W3D7 UBWO), I had upped my dumb bell (chest) bench press to (12) 40#'s, (10) 50#'s, (8) 60#'s, (6) 70#'s, which, on the 4th set for 70# dumbbells, I couldn't get past the 5th rep.
So, last week for my last UBWO, prior to today, I kept the same weights. But when I got to 4th set 70# dumbbell bench press, not only did I make the 6th rep - but pushed out 4 more!
It was amazing! I felt a rush during the last 4 extra reps, and dropped my weights, jumped up and decided this is the "High Point" Bill Philips was talking about. It really is awesome!
I felt like I was making real progress. Because I did!
Which brings us today.
So, I am thinking that, since I pushed past the 4th set of my 70# dumb bell bench press w/ 4 extra reps - I can up my weight.
Well, I get to the gym today, and I got my butt kicked by to very valuable lessons - about myself!
I had upped my dumb bell weights 5 # for all the bench press sets.
I was hitting a 10 intensity level by my 2nd set.
3rd set for 8 reps was at 65#, and just barely got the 8th rep up.
I grab the 75#'s, and waited my 60 sec rest.
This is it!
Here it goes!
This is for everything!!! And ... , wait for it ...., wait ....
I couldn't even get 1 rep up.
Not half way. No, barely even a 1/4 of the way.
Thats where I held it until, I couldn't hold there any more - about 20 secs.
So, I jump up quickly and grab 70#'s.
Couldn't get 1 rep out of that either!
That was it.
So, to make up for it, my last (2) sets of (12) reps I went to failure.
Which was flyes, and decline dumb bell press.
So, lesson #1, when pushing the 4th set beyond the (6) reps, does not mean to up all the weights for all 4 sets for next work out.
Just up the 4th set weight the next time. and, add (3) more reps onto each set, then try upping the weight after that.
Lesson #2, I went an hour after my first meal, and did not feel the energy and strength I did from my last UBWO - which was in the after noon after 3rd meal.
So, for me, I am thinking, no sooner then an hour after second meal.
This morning, I just felt like I didn't have the proper amount of fuel. So, I am thinking first meal is not enough.
These are the 2 lesson I learned today - C!W5D2.
"What you put in, is what you are going to get back."
awesome! sounds like you are really getting in tune with your body and recognizing how food=fuel. great job!!!!!
Amen terry. When I forget my 6th meal some nights (Usually casein protein and apple) I usually have a horrible workout in the morning. I have to go in at around 5:20-5:30 so my last meal is super important for my morning energy. Good work and keep it up!
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