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Returning to the Lyceum and a Work Out Log Entry!

So I am back in school Monday for my first day of FULL schooling in almost 3 years at a big school and it’s quite a change from the hell that is “thirteenth grade” community college. I must say that the experience has been fun and quite a blast! To meet kind people who know nothing of your past has been spectacular! The campus is bustling with activity and and there is a very vital energy that invigorates the place.

However, my return is not without difficulty… Sure, I do live in the “crappy” dorm alone, but I did not have luck on my side as my dorm does not have a mini-fridge and family feels I can forego needing a microwave. So I have had to be resourceful with my meal plan and make do with it or use my dining cash every now and then for minor snacks when I am burnt out on my stash.

I also restarted my workouts to try to account for the matter that I have been burning intense calories running up and down 9 flights of stairs and walking to classes. Obviously, my legs are strained out so I had to pick another muscle group… Yesterday it was abdominals.

  • 100 reps of crunches
  • 100 reps of cross crunches
  • Done in sets of 20 with a 5 second break in between sets

My abs are burning, however, today… I need to look into doing upper body work. Push-ups, triangle push-ups, and the exhausting decline push ups will probably be the fare of the day after my short sprint to Wal-Mart for calculator batteries.

Expect a post later today with a “furnished” tour of my dorm room… so far, my fans Kimi and Sol have noted that my single room is quite spacious compared to others.

Late Night Squats – Punishment Game III delayed

The humidity was once again bugging me that I couldn’t take it. I tried everything and still failed to hit the hay… so I decided to try to do a round of squats and lunges in hopes of stimulating quad growth. My family had some 10 lbs dumbbells so I used those to stack more resistance than just using my own weight and gravity. Ended up just doing a set of 12 squats, 12 forward lunges (that’s per side), and then 12 reverse lunges (per side). I am pretty exhausted so whenever my dopamine response says I think you need sleep, that’ll be when I hit the hay.

Punishment Game II – Crunches until I could crunch no more.

I let the Avenged Sevenfold single “Warmness of the Soul” play on Suzaku while I did my second punishment game on working out to failure. The full sit-ups were great but the crunches throughly wore me out. The last one I could muster before I just plain couldn’t trudge along anymore were the jack-knife sit-ups. I think the exhaustion from the crunches setting in killed me. I finally was wore the hell out. Tomorrow, I have plans for Punishment Game III and the target will be my arms and chest. My body will hate me, but when the muscle grows even larger, I don’t think they’ll mind me amping up the challenge.

70 full sit-ups, 200 crunches, 40 jack-knife sit-ups

A new day, a new stimuli! If you’re a Family Guy fan… you’ll recognize this dialog from the 6th season

Joe: “C’mon dudes let’s go exercise!”
Quentin: “EXERCISE!!!”
Joe: “YEAH!!!!!”
Parker: “I’m gonna do sit-ups until I poop myself!”

Manual Work-Out Session: Squats to Failure

With the Dallas humidity, it’s damn near driven me insane that I can’t sleep without tossing and turning. I got so bothered by the heat that even an icy cold shower didn’t do the trick. My last shot was to exhaust myself to doing squats on the pure force of gravity on myself and my own body weight. I have managed to do quite a number of them so I am rather tired… Hopefully this will spur the needed stimuli for me to break out of my plateau.

Squatting to Failure (Punishment Game) – Gravity Squat – 12 reps/set – 10 sets

2am and my quadriceps are basically begging for death… I can finally sleep now.

Insomnia Attack: Quick Gut-Buster Session

Well, seems like I couldn’t tire my energy out… so I remembered I didn’t do my short gut-buster session, so I figured why not? It has my abs nice and sore, but nowhere near what I plan to do for tomorrow. I have quite a bit of work to do, as today being the beginning of my IV training, I lose gym time. It’ll be gut-busters for sure tomorrow. Whey protein will probably be my savior and possibly eating a well loaded lunch as well to keep me from going hungry during my IV course.

V-up’s – 2 sets, 10 reps
Jack-knife sit-ups – 2 sets, 10 reps
Crunch-ups – 2 sets, 10 reps.

Workout Log – 4/1/2008

Today, it was a bit of a quick session due to the fact I was running just a tad late and had to do laundry… I managed to do a good round of sets before having to call it quits. It was a short but intense set, though it wouldn’t be until now that I can feel the pectorals, deltoids, and quadriceps hurting from the torn adipose tissue. I am sure the “punishment” will rear it’s ugly head tomorrow. It’s about 11:30pm so I may just work in a gut-buster mini-set before tomorrows festivities. Due to tomorrow’s 12 hours of work and IV training, I won’t have time to hit the gym. I plan to awake tomorrow morning with an intense round of gut-busters and then end the day with another round of gut-busters.

Squats – 40 lbs 3 sets 12 reps.
Lunges – 30 lbs 3 sets 12 reps
Seated Shoulder Press – 30 lbs 2 sets 10 reps.
Dumbbell Bench Press – 25 lbs 3 sets 12 reps
Dumbbell Fly – 25 lbs 3 sets 10 reps

Workout Log 3/29 & 3/30/2008

Dumbbell Rows – 40 lbs, 12 reps, 2 sets
Dumbbell Curls – 30 lbs, 12 reps, 3 sets
Dumbbell Upward Rows – 30 lbs, 12 reps, 2 sets
Back Extensions – 12 reps, 2 sets
Shoulder Shrugs – 30 lbs, 12 reps, 3 sets
Inclined Sit-ups – 12 reps, 3 sets
Ab-X bench – 6 reps, 3 sets

Crunches – 12 reps, 2 sets
Cross Crunches – 12 reps, 2 sets
Bicycle Crunches – 12 reps, 2 sets

Workout Log 3/26/2007 – Food Logging Discrepencies

Did a few quick sets due to my personal emergency…

Squats – 3 sets, 12 reps, 30 lbs
Front Lunges – 3 sets, 12 reps, 30 lbs
Side Lunges – 1 set, 10 reps, 30 lbs

Due to being at Parkland from damn near 7:30pm – 10am, I have found that I don’t even remember what all I had to eat save for today. I am really more trying to concentrate on eating well for dinner and then hitting the hay super early… I have a long day ahead with tons of territory to cover at the office. I will feed myself more nutritious food and ease up on junk and garbage my body can do with out ’cause my body should be respected like a machine and I need to turn a new page on getting it into seriously fit shape. Expect me back to 100% by tomorrow and doing pull sets.

Workout and Food Log – 3/25/2008

Today went by pretty interesting, save for being tired through part 2 of today. I think I have found my niche as far as the Crea-Tech Extreme and whey protein usage goes. I will probably do my doses of the Crea-Tech as a pre-workout booster, as the taurine seems to keep my mood elevated and my energy pumping. Today, it just felt like being hooked up with an IV line and getting a nice steady pulse of energy into my workout. It was refreshing to walk out and be exhausted from the routine. The whey protein seems like a great supportive supplement post workout to feed the exhausted muscles, so I know I will have to stick with that.

My sets today were fun, but tiring. Doing more with dumbbells rather than machines now cause I need to regain my balance mechanisms.  Today was all “pull” mechanism exercises, so my arms have been sore all day… but I can’t even fathom how they will feel tomorrow. Tomorrow is “push” exercises… Squats and pain be damned!

I had a friend who wanted some files from me before work and would offer to pay for lunch… Ended up going to Chipotle, but it ended up mellowing my appetite for most of the day due to the protein content. Through out the day, I ended up holding out alright, just there were moments I was caught a little low on energy from my body just incinerating food at an amazing pace. Ended up using my whey protein shake as my “lunch” at the office and later had a tuna and cheese sandwich.

Crea-Tech Extreme – 300 calories, workout dose

Workout Routine
Dumbbell Bent-over Row

  • 25 lbs
  • 12 reps
  • 2 sets

Dumbbell Upright Row

  • 25 lbs
  • 12 reps
  • 2 sets

Dumbbell Lateral Rises

  • 30 lbs
  • 12 reps
  • 2 sets

Dumbell Curls

  • 30 lbs
  • 12 reps
  • 2 sets

Cardio – Step Machine

  • Duration: 5 minutes and 5 minute cool down
  • Resistance: 55 steps per minute/40 steps per minute
  • 60 calories
  • 467 step or 32 floors of stairs
  • Equivalence: 1 step is 8 inches, 1 floor is 10 feet.

Chipotle fajita burrito (rice, barbacoa, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese) – 1,056 calories
Water instead of soda or sweet tea

Office “lunch” period
Whey protein and L-Glutamine shake, double dose – 400 calories, 36 grams of protein

Whole wheat, tuna and swiss cheese sandwich – 340 calories

Late night snack
Monterey jack cheese stick – 110 calories

Grand Total:  2,206 calories

The lunch probably offset things, but I will be making up for that tomorrow… Squats will make my quadriceps their bitch.