It’s about time I posted an update, it’s been a few weeks!
Training has stepped up a level. I feel I’ve had the knowledge set by set and my macros were good, however, I wanted to see if I could focus on increasing my weight and muscle mass.
I’m at the stage where I can experiment a little, both in terms of exercises and food intake. So I created a personal 12 week programme which has targeted specific areas. The advantage of this process is that I’ve made more of an effort to record my activity & PB’s week by week, setting benchmarks and in essence competing against myself, pushing harder and testing out new techniques.
For example, I’m using kettle bells for ‘farmers walks’ (love the expression) in addition to my hard style swings, Deadlifts and a variation of weighted shoulder shrugs to help my left side balance and keep up with right.
I’m conscious that it’s likely my right side will build muscle quicker that my left so I try and compensate and occasionally isolate the left muscles.
I used one week to drop down a set of weights to get the correct form, which worked wonders. It’s been so uplifting to see small improvements over the 12 weeks and I feel stronger for it.
The other recent test was to shake up the food intake up to 3,500 calories, with the exception of the occasional treat meal, it’s actually a challenge to remain at that level! It’s scary to recall what an effort it was to initially consume that much, making me question have I eaten enough this year? 😱
With a switch to a mass gain protein shake programme aiding the process, it’s a good start to the plan, with a shred due soon with additional HIIT cardio, it shall be an interesting period in the run up to the festive season!
I’ll keep ya posted…
All the best