Not sure what did it, but I woke up completely pain free, and remained so until just now. It’s 10:08 AM and I have been sitting all morning. I slept like a rock again last night, again with lots of dreams, but last night I didn’t spend as much time sleeping on my back as the previous night, so it must be a combination of factors.
I am so ready to work out again. I can’t remember the last time I was jonesing to work out. I feel like my muscles are atrophying, I’m so used to them feeling pumped. I think going forward I will continue to lightly stimulate the muscles since my Cubicle Prison workouts doesn’t destroy them like a hard core weight training session would. Just activate the muscle, not actually work it or challenge it.
Torso Mobility – Trunk twist, Hip Rotation
Shoulder Mobility – windmills, arm circles, side bends, rib cage side to side (from dance class)
Hamstring Curls – 20 per side
Glute Flex – 10/side, then 20 together
It’s now late afternoon and I feel like I’m coming down with something.
Have a Great Day!
Slept like a rock last night, dreamt like crazy, Asleep by 10, overslept and woke up about 7:45. Spent most of the night on my back, and it feels pretty good.
I’m not sure how to approach this Recovery Week thing. Should I be doing absolutely nothing, or do some light work on muscle groups that don’t get hit that hard during my Cubicle Prison workouts? What about my Glutes? I need them activated daily or I’m afraid they’ll go comatose again and my problem area will flare up again.
Today I did:
Neck Mobility routine
Torso Mobility – hip rotations, torso twists
Shoulder Mobility; rotator cuff stretch; rotator cuff exercises
Bicycle crunch – 50; good form until rep 40, kinda sloppy after that, but got near failure. Probably would have been failure with better form on final reps, but my abs were definitely trying to cramp at the end.
Hamstring Curls – 30/side
Have a Great Day!
I’m forcing myself to take this week off from working out, even though I really don’t want to. I am craving the pumped feeling I had at the end of last week. My progress hasn’t stalled so I want to keep pushing forward and making gains. I just have to remind myself that the purpose of recovery week is to avoid overtraining. This is the first day of recovery and I already feel weaker and fatter! Even though my muscles don’t feel like they need the break (quite the opposite actually), some of my joints feel like they do.
By taking a week now rather than waiting until I am burned out (or injured!) I will keep my motivation high when I return. This will be my first recovery week since starting my Cubicle Prison workouts. I have chosen this week partly because I still have 2 weeks (I think) of Prime Male left, and this way my T levels shouldn’t start dropping off from not training since I will still be supplementing. Plus, when I start back I’ll still have a week of supplementation to support my return to training before I cycle off the Prime Male for a week.
I will really focus on stretching this week, and am going to continue doing some gentle movement and mobility. Just because I am in recovery doesn’t mean I should let my glutes slip back into a coma. I’ll continue to do my neck mobility drills, some simple glute flexing or something to keep them activated but not challenged. At my age, general flexibility and mobility movements are necessary since my progress falls off so fast.
Have a Great Day!