Back At It

A few weeks ago I pushed aside my misgivings about my back and decided to get back under the bar, using a modified version of the StrongLifts workout.

The normal workout goes like this (5×5, except 1×5 Deadlift):

A: Squat, Bench press, Barbell row
B: Squat, Overhead press, Deadlift

Now my modification (because I forgot the initial order) is as follows:

A: Squat, Overhead press, Dips (if feeling it)
B: Squat, Bench press, Deadlift

I dropped out Rows because frankly, they didn’t do much for me the last time I did StrongLifts. They also put more strain on my lower back based on a few test lifts I did earlier this month. Since I don’t want to be injured, it seemed like a smart choice.

So far, things have been going good and I’m making sure to concentrate on my form while lifting. I don’t want a repeat of the muscle pull during my PB deadlift or the tweaking of my back during that squat. The latter of the two actually put me out of commission longer until I fixed that with weekly massages.

As long as I concentrate on the hip drive during squats and not rounding my back during deadlift, I’ll should be fine.

The Venerdi Podcast – Episode #34

In this episode of “The Venerdi Podcast,” I talk about the new slog of recording ahead and what I want to finally go see in my hometown. I then ramble about the returning desire to get back under the bar.

Listen below at the following link:
The Venerdi Podcast – Episode #34

Go here and paste the video’s URL there if you want a mp3 to listen to on your music player of choice.

Music Credits
Intro: “Il Canto degli Italiani” (Goffreddo Mameli/Michele Novaro)
Outro: “Giuseppe” (Antonio Zimmerman)

The Venerdi Podcast – Episode #9

In this episode of The Venerdi Podcast, I make a joke about the “defrosting” of US-Cuba relations, read parts of and ramble about an article I read on the Wall Street Journal, and then explain a problem I face when lifting weights. I then end with giving a fairly long answer to a listener’s question.

Listen below at the following link:
The Venerdi Podcast – Episode #9

Go here and paste the video’s URL there if you want a mp3 to listen to on your music player of choice.

Music Credits
Intro: “Il Canto degli Italiani” (Goffreddo Mameli/Michele Novaro)
Outro: “Giuseppe” (Antonio Zimmerman)

Indefinite Hiatus

As of yesterday, I had to stop lifting.

I would like my back to fully heal and not be sore for a change.  Even with being very careful the past few months and taking weeks to a month off at a time, it’s still not back to 100%.  So in lieu of risking permanent damage (I do have a Doctor’s appointment tomorrow to get checked out) I’ll be taking a rest.

Now I’ll be able to catch up on my reading (my reading list will be out tomorrow).

Protein Change-Up

The past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a plateauing of my weight and muscle size gains.  I feel that I need to switch up the protein I’ve been using to something new.

Currently, I’m using Muscle Milk with five grams of BCAAs thrown in pre-lift and either just Muscle Milk or this GNC recovery protein mix (has waxy maize in it) post-lift.

Now, I like the whey/casein blends but am now leaning towards straight whey to get the gains I want.

Thing is I need suggestions on brands that worked well.  Price isn’t too much an issue, but I don’t want to spend a fortune on protein powder.

Help and advise is much appreciated.