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Up and Down and Up Again: The Key to Progress

by GEOFFN on April 14

This is the first unload week on the “5/3/1 Method.” 

I feel pretty good.

Energy level overall is way up.

Not sure what it is, but it’s refreshing instead of feeling like I’m dragging a$$ all the time. Could be the training. Could be the new eating plan (more later). Could be the probiotics. Could be the stomach healing. Could be all of that. All I know is that it sure feels good.

Today’s training was very simple:

A. Military Press: 70lbs/5, 100lbs/5, 120lbs/5; rest–at will

B. KB Double Clean + Press: 2x32kg (1,2,3,4) 2; rest–60s

These were great. Hips were in position 90% of the time. This is how I know the gut is getting better. They felt very easy. Very smooth. (They should–they’re only 2x32kg’s…)

C. Chins, bodyweight only: (1,2,3,4,5) 2; rest ~60s. No problem. Able to touch sternum to bar for the 1st time in a very long time…Cool.

But here’s the thing: This unload week is going to be key for my progress. Not sure exactly how the next cycle will look, but it will be a combo of Oly work, “power-building” work, and KB work, with the focus again on building usable “Oly-strength” and “Oly-size.” I am pleased with how this cycle went so far. We’ll see how I feel at the beginning of next week when I ramp back up.

I’ve gotta double-check the numbers, but visually, muscularity is up and fat is down. Exactly what I wanted. Stress is under control for the first time in a long time. On the way back up–the key to progress.

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