Archive for January 18, 2008

With twelve days down and about forty-five to go I am happy to report that my weight keeps sliding down (@ 174 currently) as my muscle measurements are increasing ever so slightly with each passing workout.  However, what I had thought was a spectacular scale keeps reporting odd occurrences in my body fat percentage.  Somehow it thinks that at 174 I have a .5% higher bod fat percentage than when I was 178.  Then it dawned on me, I was using the regular setting, and perhaps I should have been using the “athlete” setting.  I pushed the appropriate button, stepped on the scale, and the body fat percentage report read 20.1% (approximately 5% lower than on the regular setting).  This reading makes much more sens to me given my size, height, and other readings obtained through different means of analyzing body fat.

Since I am stubborn I will keep recording my measurements on the regular setting, but I will also begin recording my measurements on the athlete setting.   The geek in me is curious to see how they differ and graph them for my (and your) benefit.

Now on to my reports of today’s activities.  I performed 11 exercises (10 multi-joint, 1 single-joint)- all to failure.  I tried something new today by doing a one-legged leg press press (Since I am awful tired of stacking that thing with over 450lbs of weights) and instead used only 250lbs and one leg to move the load.   The movement felt great, it was challenging, and I cut my clean up (read, weight removal) time in half.  I did forced negatives on my leg presses, chin-ups, and dips that felt awesome (talk about a burn).

I also got back into dead lifting.   For those who don’t know, dead lifts done right are VERY hard, but they provide an excellent anabolic kick-start that is second only to the king of all exercises- squats.  One difference from my old dead lift method, I had to use dumbbells, since some dumbbells were already using the barbells for so long that I got frustrated.

In conclusion, here are my goals for the end of this week:

Weight: 172.9 Pounds

Body fat percentage: 23%

Waist: 34 Inches

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