Date: 10th July
Fifth BBS Big 5 session:
|Week 6||*Week 5*||Week 4||Week 3||Week 2||Week 1|
|Overhead Press||60||60||1:49||60||1:37||60||1:38||60||1:44||80, 70||0:35, 0:25|
|Leg Press||290||280||2:12||260||-||250||3:02||230, 270||4.31||200||2:57|
TUL = Time Under Load; Red = got worse; Blue = improved; Black = weight changed
Post Workout Nutrition: none - fasted until dinner.
Total Time: 25 minutes.
This BBS workout was actually 8 days since the last one, for practical reasons. As you can see, I improved on the three exercises for which the weight remained the same...and the TUL for those on which the weight was increased was certainly good enough to imply improvement.
So I have noted that it's possible 8 days is a better recovery time. However, I will continue with 7 days for the time being.
I wasn't sure whether to do legs this time, after the hammering they got on my recent mountain walk/run; but they did feel fine this morning so I risked it - and I'm pleased to report that it felt like the right decision once I got into the exercise.
Since I exceeded 2 minutes on chest press, pulldown and leg press, I will increase the weights next week to the values under week 6 in the table. It can be difficult to judge the correct weight increase, as demonstrated by my continued failure to get my leg press TUL below 2 minutes.
I am also finding pulldowns tricky to judge. During the set it's tempting to think that as long as I get close to my chest with the bar, I haven't reached positive failure. I then have to decide how close I must get it to my chest for it to count as a valid rep.
That aside, I feel this has been the first week where genuine, verifiable progress has been made.