Day 65 of 84
Metabolic Surge: Round 2, Phase 1, Day 4
You might wonder why I skipped day 3 and went straight to day 4 of my Metabolic Surge program. I decided to consider my Sunday travelling day as day 3 (complete rest day) instead of making today a rest day. Instead, I continued the program as if I switched days 2 and 3 of this phase.
I really wanted to catch up on sleep, so instead of doing my HIIT max intervals in the morning, I decided to extend my sleep a bit and do my HIIT after my weight training. That means this evening, after busy work day (as my project is about to go-live), my training session consisted of three different workouts:
- Lactic Acid Training for chest, back, biceps, and calves, using light/heavy sets
- HIIT Maximal Intervals done on an elliptical machine (30s max effort, 30s relaxed effort)
- Flatten Your Abs Level 3, Set B
Weight selection for my LAT exercises were much better today compared to the previous cycle. However, I still do feel that, for the back (and to a lesser extend the chest), the supporting muscles get fatigued first on the high-rep set before the main muscle. I was however able to push very hard on the heavy sets for both back and chest. I was probably the noisiest person in the gym, grunting hard especially when I did deadlifts!
I used the elliptical machine for HIIT because the treadmills in the gym did not have quick selectors for speed. I actually tried the treadmill first, but found that it took me about 10 seconds just to press the up/down buttons between the speeds I wanted, then a further 10 seconds more to actually get to the speed. I quickly switched to the elliptical, where I could push at my own pace. I actually thought the machine was going haywire during my work intervals; it turns out I was going beyond the displayable speed. This was good as the only previous time I used the elliptical, I wasn’t driving it nuts.
Finally, I did Flatten Your Abs level 3. By that time, I actually was the last person in the gym besides the lone remaining attendant. Total time in the gym was a little under 1.5 hours.
I actually took my accountability pics in the morning, but upon arriving back from the gym, I was feeling pumped and decided to take another set of pics, which you see below. Now, I’m not regretting having done my workouts today instead of resting. I see some visible results compared to yesterday (when I took my pics in the morning, before my workouts).
Keep focused on your goals, eat clean, train hard, and expect success!
I forgot to mention. The new apartment I am staying in (while in Brisbane) is lovely! It’s on the ground floor, with its own porch that leads right to the river side!