Friday, January 2, 2009

NROL - Week 22 - Friday

I was watching FitTV this morning, particularly the Cathe Friedrich stuff and wow, that woman's body is incredible. I've always liked watching her, but the moves are a bit slow for me. I prefer a faster temp. And she does do higher volume/lower weight sets and I prefer the opposite. The show I watched was a lower body, pyramid style workout. She used a barbell for the first half, doing various squats, lunges, deads, and step ups, with a 12, 10, 8, 10, 12 rep scheme. I wouldn't mind doing something like that, but I'd need a new barbell, with spring clips. The two bars I have use collars, and it's a royal pain in the butt to quickly change the amount of weight on them. So, I think I might look into getting a set (with a shorter barbell, for sure) just for doing Cathe stuff. She's on FitTV all the time, so I might record some of her shows on to DVD.

I'm not sure how thrilled I am with NROL at this point, especially with the Hypertrophy routines. They seem so chaotic, with the different rep schemes, and I don't feel like I'm making progress. I have 3 more weeks with this routine before moving on to Hyper II, which is just as weird, if not moreso. There are 4 different rep schemes there. I don't like it. So I'm torn - do I see NROL through like I've planned (I have about 6-8 months left) or abandon it to do something else? I know that no matter what I pick, it will be beneficial. I guess NROL isn't that much of a pain but I really don't like the high volume stuff, even though it has its place. I don't know. I'm sure I'll stick with it but sometimes I second guess myself.

I'm trying to add new tools to my health bag of tricks. Meditation is one I've been meaning to try but have only managed half-hearted attempts so far. I'm not very consistent, but I did to 20 minutes last night.

Today was HyperIA, 3x15 with 30 seconds rests. I'm glad my next workout isn't until Monday. My legs are still sore from Wednesday! Who knew such a small increase could give me DOMS?

[superset w/ full rest]:
db incline press 3x15x15
Yates row 3x15x45

[superset w/ full rest]:
db shoulder press 3x15x10
inverted row - 3x15xbw - I can't do a full set of 15, so I do them in mini-sets of 5

[superset w/ full rest]:
bb close grip bench press 3x15x35
high pull 3x15x35

Swiss ball crunch 3x15x30

9:00 AM - apple & cottage cheese

12:15 PM - lean stew meat w/ mixed vegetables, onions & sour cream

5:05 PM - fried eggs & round steak w/ onions & gravy

8:00 PM - grilled cheese sandwich w/ mayo & mustard

Calories - 1736
Carbs - 133 (22 fiber)
Protein - 147
Fat - 67
C/P/F Ratio - 30.9/34.1/35

1 comment:

Hayley said...

i've seen that lady's body on FitTV also and thought the same thing! I think I've done one of her workouts in the past and it was pretty good. Meditation is something I've also been wanting to try but haven't made any attempt whatsoever to do it...that should be something i want to start for the new year! Great idea..