This was my workout for today:
Friday March 29th 2013 Day 281
Get Stronger Progressively
As you know , i was concerned about doing squats…because of the pull I experienced on wednesday, but i warmed up alot and I am still walking…I kept the weight at 115…didnt want to push it anymore…felt pretty good..im aware that something is tight or pulled a bit…but felt okay…so bottom line, i was real happy i could do squats at all!
shoulder press, seems that if i keep my grip narrow shoulder width, my left shoulder does not hurt as much, almost not at all if i move slowly, and keep my elbows in front, perpendicular to the bar…that seems to be very important..
deadlift, I had bad form i think with 165lbs…so i went back to 135lbs and didnt want to push too much since my legs were already a bit sore from the squats…so just did one set there..
The first few months of my Hashi Mashi journey, I was mainly doing pushups on alternate days and swimming. I believe that those activities were definitely helping to reshape my body.
One day I was surfing around and saw a link from marksdailyapple which is a site focused on paleolithic eating, meaning attempting to emulate the type of food choices that were available to people when there was little processed food, no technology to process food. Since that fits in with the idea of ‘real food’ which is the cornerstone of Hashi Mashi, I spend time learning what I can from Mark’s site, which is a great resource for people interested in paleo.
I personally am not interested in eating organs (gulp!), so I cannot call myself paleo, but there are definitely similar components, especially when it comes to avoiding processed foods, even the holy grail of nutrition, wheat bread, wheat pasta which are frequently touted as the healthiest choice you can make at every meal.
So, how to get stronger.
Real food is the foundation, because without it, you will not have the energy and focus needed to do your strength exercises. In addition, if you are not eating real food, whatever muscle you do build will be hidden by layers of fat.
One resource that I found on Mark’s Daily Apple is another site called Stronglifts.
Mehdi gives out a free report on how to build strength and it is excellent.
He made a great case for making the attempt to do squats, deadlifts, bench press, rows and overhead presses, compound core body exercises to build strength.
I was already using the idea of gradual and consistent with pushups and it made sense for me to carry it over to weights.
The idea of doing squats was and is still intimidating. Trust me, when you have 135lbs on your shoulders, which I know is not much for some people, as they routinely lift 200 , 300 or even 400lbs, but for me, it is alot, and knowing that I have a torn medial meniscus, that is a bit disconcerting as well.
However, having said that, since I have been following Mehdi’s or Reg Park’s 5×5 program, 5 sets of 5 repetitions using 5 core exercises, I have seen a greater physical transformation, even bordering on phenomenal. I will put up some more pictures for the sake of comparison. Don’t get too grossed out, sorry, the before is looking pretty puffy and bloated and the after which I took a couple of days ago is just being put up for the purpose of motivating myself and you to keep working harder.
Today I will head to the gym, and see if I can do squats, since I had a bit of a pulled muscle on wednesday, so I will go slow, but hope I can do the workout!
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