Thanks to all your kind comments to my post yesterday. It feels good to be able to inspire other people, and this inspires me also to continue with my mission!
After finishing another week at work, I went to the gym to my 5X5 strength training and my core workout. As I planned, I increased the load on my squat, bench press, and power clean by 5 kg each. As it was still pretty light (30 kg for squat, 25 kg for the others), I went as low as I can on the squat and felt the stretch on my hips as I hit bottom. Now I know why some months before, I felt a strain on my inner-right thigh while squatting, which took a few weeks to go away. On the bench press and power clean, I just focused on getting the movements and grips right. To cap off the 5X5 workouts, I did 3 sets of pushups to failure. I got into a groove on my first set when the music on my player happened to be a nice, rhythmic piece, so I was able to break my personal record in that set!
Mark suggested the other day that I should do some stretches with resistance bands to loosen up my hips. I don’t have bands with me here, but I do have some stretch bands in Manila, so I’ll try the stretches in the videos when I get back. For now, I just stretched a few times using a stretch I read somewhere (I don’t remember where or what it’s called) by kneeling with my knees slightly apart (feet slightly out), and then squatting and bending forward. It felt a bit painful at first, but as I relaxed it felt good. It did take a bit of effort to get out of the stretch position though! I’ll be researching over the weekend for a few more stretches and try them out in the weeks to come.
Nutrition was good and balanced the whole day, except for my last meal when I ate some cookies! It was planned though (part of following the 90/10 target recommended by Tom Venuto), so I don’t worry about it too much. Of course I will have to measure again at the end of this week to know if I’m giving myself too much slack.
Eat clean, train hard, expect success!