After work, I was back to the gym today doing the Stronglifts 5X5 program. Squats, barbell OH presses, deadlifts, and chinups were the order of the day. I increased the weight on the bar for each of the exercises (except pullups, which is bodyweight only) by two to three times the default increment of 2.5 kg in order for me to more quickly get to speed. I’ll be slowing down the weight increases as the exercises start to require more effort. I should have done chinups today but didn’t read my plan too closely and did pullups instead. Oh well, at least I was able to increase my pullups to 14 on the first set (up from 12 last time).
After 5X5, I did set B of Flatten Your Abs Level 4 again. I’m now nearly able to hold steady for almost 2 seconds on the swiss ball prone bridges (at least on the first set of 10 per side). During the last two times I did this particular exercise, I could only do 2 sets of 10 per side; now I’m up to 3 sets!
Finally, I tried out some hip stretches using a resistance band I bought just yesterday, which I found while browsing the shops at the mall. Good thing as I really need to work on my hip flexibility to ensure that I can do squats properly as the weights start to get heavier and heavier.
All in all, a successful workout! Nutrition was good and clean for the whole day.
I decided to join the RTP Group Shred 2.0, to give me some pressure to jumpstart my current mission. Good luck to all Shredders, old and new!
Eat clean, train hard, expect success!