Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Wednesday April 12 - Legs and Abs

So yesterday I decided that if I was going to be going to the gym in the morning that I'd have to get up earlier than I was so I wouldn't feel so rushed getting ready for work and helping my wife with the baby before I left. So instead of getting up between 5:30 - 5:45 like I normally do I'm now shooting to get up between 5:00-5:15. Wow did I feel the difference! It was really hard to concentrate during the workout this morning, I kept forgetting to focus on contracting the muscles on each rep and things like that. So I'm thinking that if I'm going to be going that early in the morning I'll have to be sure to eat something before I go so I have energy (like I mentioned in a previous post), and to do about 5 minutes of cardio just to get the blood pumping and the brain working before I hit the weights. But, this morning wasn't a total loss, I still had a decent workout. Just not as good as it could have been.

Oh, I just remembered another interview/video that I saw a few months ago that also talked about really contracting the muscles when you're lifting weights like the Tom Venuto article did. Its a video by The Fit Show on from Milos Sarcev. You can view it here. He is specifically talking about chest training, but it should apply to all exercises.

Here's today's workout:
Bent Leg Deadlifts - 3 sets of 50lbs (+barbell) x 6 reps each.
Leg Extensions - 3 sets of 150lbs x 6 reps each (really slow negative).
Leg Press (machine) - 3 sets of 300lbs x 6 reps each.
Angled Calf Raise with Dumbbells - 3 sets of 2-45lbs x 6 reps each.
Weighted Crunch Machine - 3 sets of 100lbs x 10 reps each.
Floor Crunch and Lying Leg Raises - 2 sets of 10 reps each.


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