Friday, December 15, 2006

Day 37 Pics: I Can't Sleep, I Am Too Excited!

Day 37 of 84

Status - Round 4: Phase 1: Day 5


Today was a killer "Lactic Acid" workout for legs, triceps and shoulders. The real story is the punishing thigh and hammie routine I did! I did a total of 12 sets of lunges and squats for thighs and 6 sets of leg curls and deadlifts for hammies, all with only 20 seconds rest between each set.

Lactic Acid training is designed to hit those deep muscle fibres to stimulate new growth, and man I felt it today. The weight on my squats was only 60 kg (I usually do 160 kg with 2 minutes rest) but the tempo of resting only 20 seconds creates REAL PAIN. I was absolutely stuffed after my workout today, actually a good feeling once you calm down with the endorphins still flowing.

The only challenge was that I got only 3 hours sleep last night so I am really tired right now. The funny thing is, it didn't really affect my workout too much. I know if I had only had 3 hours sleep previously I would be screwed for the whole day. Its amazing what clarity and extra fitness will do for your body and mind.

The reason I couldn't sleep last night was beacuse I was thinking so much about my workout today. I have become obsessed with reaching my ultimate physique within these 12 weeks. So much so that I can't sleep, I'm too excited!

Tomorrow will be a double HIIT cardio session, one in the morning on an empty stomach and another in the evening. I am pumped up to exceed my current mark of 2 minutes on the last cycle of 16 km/h, on the treadmill. I am aiming for 2 minutes and 5 seconds.

This kind of attitude is very important when undertaking a physique transformation in a short period of time. The first is to have pre-determined goals before you enter the gym, and the second is to continually raise the bar on your personal bests. This concept is known as progressive overload, you basically stay one step ahead of your body because your body adapts quite quickly.

Anyway, here Day 37 pics for December 15, 2006.

Peace, AJ

P.S. As I live in Japan, the hysteria about Daisuke Matsuzaka signing with the Red Sox is unbelievable. I can't wait to get back to Australia for a couple of weeks over Christmas. I go crazy staying in Japan for too long!

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