case of mondays
Oh things were hard this morning again. Not sure what’s the deal with my lifting. It’s not going well right now. My arms, from the shoulders to the triceps to the elbows to the forearms, on both sides… they feel so screwed up. Simply put. They are sore and constantly complaining when I’m in the gym. Double epicondylitis, cracking and popping ripped up tore to shit shoulders (especially my right side). Forearms complaining. Left wrist barely functional. And my squats… they feel ugly. Form so bad. Barely able to get through them. The arms start to hurt during the squats. Then, after I’m done, I go right into the power cleans. But they feel sloppy, uncoordinated, difficult. Not sure what I’ll do about all this, but I’ll tell you, dear reader, if things don’t improve soon then I may just have to change things up very drastically.
Maybe, though, it’s just a case of the mondays.
Here’s what I did, what the hey:
Monday, Dec 12th, 2011.
Warm-up: 5 min on Airdyne.
Mobility: Hips, Hams, Quads, Calves, Ankles, Forearms, Shoulders, Wrists.
squats: 2 x 5 x 45 / 5 x 145 / 3 x 185 / 2 x 215 / 1 x 225 / 3 x 5 x 227.5. I was barely able to get through these. But I got through. Good morninging out of the hole on a lot of reps. My form is atrocious. My control is weak. It doesn’t feel like I was squatting 15 lbs more than this only a month ago. Why is that?
power clean: 3 x 25 kg / 3 x 35 kg / 3 x 3 x 45 kg (99 lbs). I could pull these off, but it seems like I’m going to run into a wall soon. This weight, and what I had to do to lift it, was quite startling to my left arm. I really haven’t worked it like this since July, and it’s noticing! Not in a good way.
wrist curls, prontated and supinated: 10 lbs DBs with FatGripz, 3 x 7. Gradually increasing volume here. These seem to help my left wrist. But I wonder.
Bent over rows: 5 x 45 / 3 x 5 x 85 lbs. These didn’t hurt as much as you might think. They were the only thing I did all morning that felt remotely easy.
I had more planned, but felt discouraged and beat down. So I decided to give it a rest. I did what I had to in order to keep after my goals. I skipped the various additional auxiliary things I had planned, including chin ups push ups curls and conditioning… Given the complaints of my elbows and shoulders I think I am just going to skip Push-Ups, Pull-Ups, and Curls entirely this week. Maybe next week too.