I just wanted to say that your journal has been very motivating and has helped me as I train or should I say resumed training.
Dude, reading that made chills run down my spine. Thanks man. That is a huge compliment.
I took about 4 months off because I attempted a new training method that a friend suggested and lost interest and it was hard to get motivated again.
yeah, it will wax and wane. I mean you aren't going to be 100% everyday. And remember, this is a marathon not a race. Just try and not take 4 months off all the time and you'll be fine.
Man I just wanted to ask your opinion about a couple of things.
1. I see that you use caffeine pills, do you recommend the usage of coffee on an empty stomach before a workout? I work out at 5:30am 3 times a week, I just don't have an appetite that early in the morning.
1) I just had the blow out with my wife again about the caffeine. Such a pain in the ass. (Just thought I would throw that out there, not that anyone cares.)
2) I am not a huge breakfast person either, but... I didn't start gaining good until I got a good one down every morning. Try making shakes, anything to get food in you as early as possible. Start small, and work you way up to a liter shake for breakfast.
3) I train like garbage if I don't eat, and caffeine certainly helps me train a bit better with or without food. But without food I can't take as much, but don't need as much either. I get the "OD symptoms" at much lower doses on an empty stomach. Just don't be crazy about it, and work your way up one cup at a time until you find an amount that lets you step up your game.
4) Short answer = yes. It is awesome stuff, just don't take too much and drink a lot of water.
5) Also don't let the buzz make you feel invincible. The closer you get to 30+ the easier it is to break yourself.
2. I stand at a meager 5'10" tall @ 180lbs...I know you can stop laughing now! :)
ha ha, I'm not laughing at you, but you are skinny. I was the same weight at two inches taller in September of last year so, it's not that far away. (Gonna take a lot of steak & whey shakes. Milk does a body good, and gives me zits... but the weight gain is worth it.)
can my deadlift increase if my squat stays constant?
For some reason my parallel squat is as deep as someone 3 inches shorter than I am, plus I'm pretty inflexible, which makes my squat a really slow mover. (that and I don't focus on it as much as I should.) My levers are certainly more geared toward the Deadlift, so I do that more. My squat doesn't move a lot because I don't focus on it.
So in short, do the DL first thing in your workout, and don't leave much of anything in the tank for later. But on the days were you just don't have it, where say, 185 feels like 750, don't worry either. Everyone has bad days, try and make up for it somewhere else and move on. (Last Thursday 365 felt like 500lbs, it was rough.) Just try and keep the pounds moving up.
I should put my numbers in a excel sheet and graph out the results to see what I was doing when I got my best progress... Hmmm... But alas I don't have time for that right now.
Again man, thanks. It really is cool that my journal helps someone... Wow.