Boomtown! This morning I hit a PB: 87.5kg. Inching towards the 100kg mark. Inching. I’ve been on 85kg for a while now, maybe two weeks as normally I wouldn’t move up by 2.5kg unless I was able to push out 5 reps of that weight. I was on 3 reps of 85kg when I thought let’s just whack on 1.25kg on each side. That’s nothing when you’re picking these plates up by themselves. I boshed out 2 sets of two reps on 87.5kg. Inching there! Hopefully, the next time I do 85kg, I’ll crunch out 5 reps easily.
One of my big goals in the gym is to hit 100kg on the bench press. I don’t know why that precise number to be honest. Maybe it’s just because it’s a nice round number. or maybe because not many people can do it. It’s a respectable number. I see a lot of guys in the gym doing 70kg, 75kg, 80kg. But not many doing 100kg. Okay it’s not superman weights, but it’s respectable. It means that I’ve worked at it and stayed consistent and I’ve got there. It could be a domino of success, that leads to more success, more confidence and more momentum for bigger things. I asked my mate Nour who benches 120kg and he said that it might take me a month or so to get there from here. Currently, I bench 82.5kg at 5 reps for 3 sets. With appropriate rest in between workouts and …[Read More]
I’m not a morning person but in the last two months, I wake up, have a coffee to loosen my bowels, take a shit, shower, shave, then I go down to my little community gym which is right down at the bottom of my block. It’s literally 2 mins away which means I have literally NO excuse not to go. I aim for 20 mins. I do bench press first (currently 80kg 5 reps 3 sets), 3 x 5 pull ups, seated row (5 x 90kg x 3 sets), overhead press (5 x 70kg x 3 sets). If I didn’t go, I’d feel like a pussy. When I do go, I feel strong, powerful, and disciplined. What better way to start the day. Do it.
One of my cousins said something that’s struck a chord with me. He said that he didn’t want to be a 40 year old Dad. He’s 35 now with one kid and he was keen to start trying for his second kid this year. I asked him what he meant. He said he didn’t want to be too much older than he is now to go through the sleepless first six months of his next kid’s life. I’ve been thinking a lot about this since. If I had a kid this year, I’d be 39. When that kid is 10 years old, I’d be 49. If I carried on the way I’m going, I’d be 90kgs. My fighting weight is 70kg. I’d be 20kgs over this. That’s massive! It isn’t just the extra poundage, it’s all the other bad consequences that come with it. Like poor posture, which leads to …[Read More]
One of my goals for 2017 is to run 1.5 miles in 10 and a half mins. This is a test that the military use for selection. It also helps with another a goal: improving my Vo2 Max because calculating your Vo2 Max uses the same test. I had no idea until recently that your score is a key factor in longevity. From this article, “VO2max is a measure of the maximum rate at which an athlete’s body is able to consume oxygen when performing a specific activity, adjusted for body weight.” Check out this page on calculating your Vo2 Max. Get on a treadmill and find out your benchmark time for 1.5 miles. Then plug in the time into the calculator from the page above which looks like this: Then compare your score to this page of tables: My score as of 13 December 2016 is: So …[Read More]