Good day, Shredders!
Back at the gym today for my 5X5 training. I did squats, barbell overhead presses, deadlifts, and pullups. I was able to successfully increase the weight on my squat (+2.5kg) and deadlifts (+5kg), and added 1 rep to my 3-set total for pullups. For the overhead press, however, on which I am already on my previous best (target of 45kg today), I stalled and wasn’t able to complete the last rep of the 5th set. I was feeling the effort already starting from the second set, but just pushed on, resting up to 2 minutes in between. The last rep of the fourth set was squeaked out, but on the fifth set, I didn’t want to cheat by pushing with my legs. Still, not a bad day’s work; I’m thinking of that overhead press as an opportunity for me to improve come the next time I do it!
After the weight training, I proceeded to my core workout, which was the second set of exercises on Level 5 of Flatten Your Abs. Strengthening and stabilizing the core is one of the foundations of better performance on the big lifts, so I am determined to follow FYA all the way to Level 7.
Eat clean, train hard, and expect success!
In the past few days, I’ve been following Jake of My Fitness Journey. He’s off to a good start, pushing on despite some early setbacks. According to his latest post, among the benefits he has started to see is better sleep. Do visit his blog and let him know how Shredders support each other!