Today’s training was focused on heavy weight and low reps, using mostly a 5X5 set/rep scheme and 90-second rest periods between alternating pairs of exercises. Luckily, the weather didn’t turn foul before the work day ended, so I was able to get to the gym early enough. Not much new to report, but I am happy to say I was able to increase my loading on all my exercises compared to the previous 5X5 training day.
I do want to share something not related to my training. I was waiting for the bus going to the hotel after my workout, when I was spotted by a xe om (motorcycle taxi) driver who was parked about 20 meters away. Normally I would not have bothered, since the bus costs just 3000 Vietnamese dong (about 0.16 US dollars) while a typical ride on the xe om would cost me 20000 dong. I wanted to get back to the hotel early as I had a sightseeing trip planned for tomorrow, so I bit the bait and we agreed at a fare of 20000 dong. The driver couldn’t be happier, and was singing all the way on the ride to the hotel. From what little knowledge I have of Vietnamese, I heard he was happy that he could already buy dinner for himself, after waiting for so long to get a fare. That made me happy too, knowing I made someone’s day (or dinner).
Eat right, train hard, be willing to help others, and expect success!