Fitness and diet plans require constant reevaluation to determine what’s working and what isn’t. But too often I find myself reevaluating too much. Many times I change my diet or workout simply because I’m bored or I need to make it easier/more convenient.
38 days have past since I started this blog and I’ve changed my diet twice and my workout plan three times. For the most part I feel these changes have helped, but not so much because they’ve made a huge difference but mostly because they allow me to be more consistent. And this is the key. Dropping 100 calories/day, increasing protein by 10 grams/day or switching to 3 sets of squats instead of five is not going to suddenly transform me into Mr. Olympia but it might make things a little easier to manage which in turn will keep me consistent and deter me from quitting.
Today I find myself contemplating another change to my workout. I hit 3 PRs today:
- Squat: 195 x 4, 195 x 5, 195 x 4
- Overhead Press: 95 x 5 x 3
- Deadlift: 245 x 5 x 1
But I’ve failed to get 3 x 5 on the bench press twice in a row (primarily due to shoulder problems) and today I failed to get 3 x 5 on my squats. I think part of this is due to my recovery time. My hips and legs are still sore from Monday.
The other problem is that squats are taking a long time to finish. 10 minutes to stretch and warm up and another 15 minutes to do 3 work sets with rest. On days when I have to do bench and barbell rows there’s just not enough time and going back to finish at lunch isn’t always an option.
So I’m considering going back to a split, but the other voice I’m hearing in my head is telling me to suck it up and deal with it. Failure is normal and there’s no reason why I can’t keep squatting 3x/week. I will need to deload the weight but I can at least keep the frequency the same.
For better or worse I have 4 days to think about it since I won’t be able to go to the gym on Friday.
In other news, here are yesterdays macros. The numbers seem to jive this time.