Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Day 384: In A World Of Hurt!


I woke up this morning feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep. As I was riding my bike to work I had a happy realization...my quads were not in pain from yesterday's 20-minute Structural Attack!

A Slow-Moving Tidal Wave...Of Pain!

Then...like a slow moving tidal wave it started to hit me around 1:00PM. I knew what was coming next...quad pain on a level I haven't felt since the early days of Mission 1.

By 6:15 PM I was in world of hurt! But I managed to put the pain aside for 25 minutes as I underwent Day 2 of the Five-Day Structural Attack (5DSA). As my program instructs I increased the starting weight for Barbell Squats to 110KG and went for 25 minutes straight doing nothing but Squats.

Not surprisingly, my weight increments dropped quicker than yesterday (about 5 minutes each) as I finished on 70KG on the 25th minute. To be more specific 5DSA calls for 3 rep mini-sets with 30 seconds rest on a starting weight you can normally get 6 reps with.

One More Thing...

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday was the Burnout Set at the end of the allotted time. This BO set takes place after a 2 minute rest on your finishing weight increment where you pump out as many reps as possible. Today I managed 13 reps (one better than yesterday!) before crashing to the floor.

Tom Venuto & The Shredder Council = Supreme Motivation

As I type these words now it is actually painful just to get up from my chair! But I "know" that this is process is necessary and required if I am to "stack up" in Tom Venuto's gym on his Quad Blaster on Day 500. What more motivation could anyone need?!

I am also motivated by the possibility that I may be able to meet in-person several members of the Shredder Council while I'm in the US. That is real-time accountability of the highest order and I look forward to our possible East Coast Shredder Summit!

Congratulations Dougal

Before I sign off today I would like to give a special mention to our resident Shredder from South Africa, the one and only Dougal! My good buddy has just completed his first 84 days of real-time shredding and blogging. Dougal is an inspiration to many in the Shredder Council and I have a strong feeling that Dougal is about to inspire many more people!

Congratulations Dougal, shred on brother! Check out Dougal's real-time blog at MindBody Superfit to give your support and encouragement for this great achievement.

Until tomorrow...

Eat Clean,
Shred Hard,
Think BIG!

Adam Waters, NESTA-CPT

P.S. Below are my Day 384 pics for November 27, 2007: Mission 4 - Day 9 of 125.


dougal said...

Thank you for the heads up my friend, your encouragement is a huge motivating factor for me. Wish I was going with you to meet Tom Venuto. I bought BFFM about 4 years ago, read right through it with huge exitement and headed back to the donut table, (you remember those dark days) figuratively speaking. I reckon I'm past that now and the book sits on my bedsite table where I refer to it every day. This is all thanks to you and if I can do anything to further your goals you just shout mate.

Lilla said...

What's with the sweatpants? How will we be able to compare your 5 day FDSA progress? Show us your gams already! ;D

Suzette said...

Wow sounds like a "killer" workout!
Dougal, Way to go! You are truly an inspiration! Your positive attitude is uplifting and encouraging! Looking forward to your continued shredding!
Lilla, I am with you! Adam, show the quads!!! :D

Andrew said...

Hey Adam,

Nice work mate, I know how you feel as it was not so long ago that I started to work my lower body with heavy weights. It took me about 4 days to recover fully from it all so I have no idea when you will be able to walk properly next week. I hope you can get out of bed in the morning mate!!!

You look like you are lop sided slightly in today's pic, you haven't pulled a muscle have you?

Hope you manage to cycle to work tomorrow and are not in too much discomfort but I am sure it will all be well worth it.

Take care,


Karlos said...

hey, good work as usual...... a couple of days ago i said that i was going to start working out on Dec 12th, but then i figured that i could work a little bit until then so i started working out yesterday and today my whole body hurts..... well, keep up the good work, ill star posting daily again......

Adam Waters said...

My pleasure Dougal, you deserve it mate! You are well and truly past those "dark days" mate! Shred on,

Adam Waters said...

Hi Lilla, I tired to today (day 385) but I'm having major camera troubles! Had to settle for the black boardies but the quads will come out on Friday!

Adam Waters said...

Thank you Suzette, quads are coming!

Adam Waters said...

Hi Andrew, I'm already feel it man! Its a killer. I've been lop sided since Day 1 due to a shoulder injury/strain that won't go away. Take a look at some of my Mission 1 back pics and you'll see what I mean!

Adam Waters said...

Hi Karlos, great to see you are back in action mate, its never too late mate. Shred hard before you start daily posting!