This was a huge day for me in so many ways: the final chest/tris day of my THT 2.0 Refix cycle. My first chance to seriously crack benching 200lbs for reps. My last week to wrap up training before a business trip.
So, needless to say, I was excited! Sadly, I was also still sick. I ended up with one of those colds that lives in your throat (and makes it raw), but just as of Wednesday it turns into a sinus cold and sat behind my nose. Ugh. Still, I was determined to hit the gym.
Once there, I ran into a couple of buddies who have recently taken up MuscleHacking. I'm not sure if they're following the plans 100%, but they at least have the rep range and work invovled down! That also lifted my spirits some.
So, I loaded the bar, warmed up and then set out for what was my last chest day of the cycle. I ended up with 200lbs x 9 reps. And then followed that with 180lbs x 8. Incline bench was another success story, with full progressions there in reps and weight. Finally, pec deck was a standstill but that didn't deter me after what I had already done.
The triceps part of the day was most impressive - rep gains on overhead dumbell extensions (95lbs x 10, 90lbs x 12, 85lbs x 10) and tricep pushdowns (175lbs x 10, 160lbs x 10, 145lbs x 10). An interesting note that shows the progression in my trceps, besides a noticeable change in size over the last 10 weeks, is that my start-out pushdown weight is almost where I was before I started THT 2.0. Obviously my chest work and overhead extensions exhaust the muscle in a way that THT HIT won't. So, to have come that far (from about 140lbs to start at the beginning of the cycle) is quite remarkable indeed.
So, I'm behind. Again. I'll be doing biceps and abs today, possibly some shoulders and hopefully my back tomorrow morning. Once the cycle is done, I'm taking a week off of lifting, followed by a week of HIT-style maintenance lifting (for gains, but only one set of everything) and then a decision on what cycle to start in May.
Have a great weekend folks! I know I will! Oh, by the way. There may be a progress picture update on the progress page. ;)