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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

52 Weeks of Fitness: Week 13 Recap

For the year of 2012, I have made a yearlong commitment to better fitness and health that will change my life forever. The way I see it, I've been "talking the talk" for way too long - it's about time I start walking. The plan is to use workouts from The New Rules of Lifting, gradually start eating better, and try out plenty of fun healthy activities along the way. Here's how I fared this week:

Lifting:

This was Week Two of Eight in the New Rules' "Hypertrophy II" Phase. The Hypertrophy point is where muscle-building takes center stage, so I'm getting YOKED. 

Monday was an low-set, high-rep workout focusing on upper-body push movements. Sets of 25 reps get you tired FAST. Overall a pretty solid workout, quick and easy.

Wednesday was, sadly, a skip day for me. I think I could have actually found time to fit this workout in, but after last week's lower-body failure I didn't have much motivation to jump in.

Friday was a mid-range strength/hypertrophy workout for upper body pulling muscles. Fun stuff! I need to improve my chin-up numbers though - couldn't finish all 5 sets of 6 reps (last two sets were of 4 reps and 5 reps, respectively). Also, I don't know how I feel about Towel bicep curls. The awkward grip caused my forearms to get fatigued far before anything else.

Nutrition:

A decently balanced nutrition week - only one minor binge. However, despite my solid calorie counts, my meals have begun to get dirtier and dirtier. Gotta fix that.

That's all for Week 13, only 39 more to go!

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