Ok, I’m a little pissed off, but this is the best place to vent right?
As I may have already posted, getting to the gym in the morning is a bit of a balancing act. My train needs to be on time and I need to quickly change and get to the workout floor before all the squat racks are taken. This is one of the main reasons why I decided to start with a split routine so that I wouldn’t have to try to get a squat rack every time.
Once I moved back to doing squats 3x/week, getting to the gym as early as possible became important again. I need to clock in at work by 8am and I usually arrive at the weight floor by 6:50. This gives me roughly 45 minutes for my 3 lifts so if I have to wait 5 to 10 minutes for a squat rack things start to get hectic.
Today, my train was late and I spent a few extra minutes in the locker room getting ready. But I assumed this would be ok because Fridays aren’t usually as crowded as the rest of the week. When I got to the weight room floor all the racks were taken and it looked like everyone had just started. I stretched for a bit with the intention of waiting 5 to 10 minutes for a rack. But when it didn’t look like anyone was going to be done quickly, I switched to overhead press first.
After my 3 worksets, there was no end in sight to the popularity of the racks. What pissed me off the most is that one of the racks was being used for rows and then the guy moved to bench press. Now I consider myself a courteous person and had this been me I would have left the squat rack and used the floor or the regular bench to do these lifts. There was plenty of room on the other side of the floor. But that’s me and not him, and I’m not aggressive enough to tell him that he should move.
Anyway, the good news is that I hit a new PR for deadlift… 225 x 5! After warming up with 135 x 5 and 185 x 3 I decided to go for broke and I was surprised that 225 was not as debilitating as I thought it would be. Ironically, because I was in such a rush to get a squat rack, I didn’t take off the 25 pound plates to add 45s. I added 10 pound plates instead. Next time I’ll do double 45s for maximum effect!
After the deadlifts I surrendered any hope of doing squats and headed to the foam rolling area. After showering, the scale read 207, 1 pound up from Wednesday, which didn’t help matters.
So the takeaway is that things will happen and I need to be ready to adapt. I am fully commited to going back to the gym at lunch and finishing my squats. I will leave by 11 so that I can avoid the lunchtime rush. My only concern is that I will still be fasting. I will have had 3 servings of BCAAs before going back to do squats so hopefully I won’t pass out from hunger.
Quite memorable for the last workout of my 41st year… Yes, that’s right my birthday is on Sunday!