Last night's chest and triceps workout was EPIC.To be perfectly honest, I didn't even do it completely as proscribed. I love doing cabled skullcrushers, far more so than barbell skullcrushers. So, when the dual-stack cabled stations were all busy, I decided to go hit my triceps with behind-the-head seated tricep extensions. Given the hit I gave my triceps last night (they looked like they were going to separate and form their own human), I feel absolutely no shame whatsoever in having done this.
I chased 3 sets of extensions with the as-shown 3 sets of standing cabled tricep pushdowns. I could barely bang out my last set of pushdowns @ 100 lbs. THAT is how hard it hits you.
Also, my opening bench last night was 180lbs x 9 reps. I might have been able to get one more rep in, but my old phobias came back so I didn't press it. Plus, I didn't want any cheat sets. I think I might be right because my second set was 140lbs x 10. I figure that puts my 1RM (1 rep max) around 250lbs.
In retrospect, I've NEVER benched so much for so many reps in my life. That's a cold, hard fact.
What are the lessons learned here?
- You can safely work out for well over a year, almost continuously, with no loss in progression (if you're me). Your mileage may vary.
- Moving between Mark's different programs (THT 2.0, THT HIT 3.1, THT Volume 3.1, THT 2.0 Refix) seems to trigger quite a bit of growth while still keeping your body guessing.
- There don't appear to be any "flat spots" in Mark's programs - no bad weeks / months of little to no progression (or worsre). Eat well, lift right, stay hydrated and you'll do just fine.
Oh, and I've given up caffeinated coffee so that I can start up on my creatine intake. Hooboy. So far this morning, so good. Just had my breakfast (low-sugar instant oatmeal) and I'm heading to get a glass of water. I still haven't decided if I'll partake of some decaffeinated coffee yet. That'll be a gametime decision as the day wears on.