Day 29 - GPP
Ben and I had incline walking and lunges. Nothing super flashy about it. So I give you Tayler's Grand Finale!
Here it is. The final Ragnarok session.
I grabbed a squat rack next to Dan and Ben. On their agenda is max effort bench press. Between max effort attempts the athlete needs to fully recover, so typically the rest is somewhere between 3-8 minutes. Keep this concept in mind.
So I begin as always with squats. The first set felt really heavy today, but could I expect anything less from this program? NO. Regardless, I took down squats. I started my first set of RDLs. I, then, notice Ben and Dan resting between their sets. Second Set of RDLs. Their rest continues, and now their conversation has sparked laughter. 3rd set done, and they are still resting. So as I’m struggling to catch my breath, and get my step up weight situated, I go over to them and mutter “I hope you guys are enjoying your rest because some of us don’t get that luxury."
By the time I finished step ups, my heart was racing, and I was completely drenched in sweat. The first set of bench press is always particularly hard because there are no lighter warm up sets to get your “push” muscles ready. In addition, your lower back is so pumped that any arch would give you an immediate cramp. This prohibits you from driving into the floor like you typically would. I struggled through the first two sets, but I completed them all. My third set was at 205. I knew I would need some help. I got pulverized by each rep. I had to rack the weight three times and I only managed to get 7 reps in 80 seconds.
After that last set of bench, I was dead. I can’t describe how my body felt. It was if the culmination of the past 4 weeks all hit me at once and I wasn’t even half way finished with this lift. The highlight from Lat pulldowns was that I was able to finish all sets, and my last set was at 170, a weight that I had failed the week prior.
We now come to push press. Up until today, I had managed to accomplish all push press reps without having to stop. Today was different. On my third set, I had to pause after 5. I felt like Lou Ferrigno in Pumping Iron. You know the scene where he is doing shoulder press and he stops to say “NO MORE” before his crew yells at him to do more. Today, that was me, just a slightly different exercise… with a different weight. And, I didn’t have some out of shape guy in a V-neck doing dumbbell curls behind me.
Next is my least favorite part of Ragnarok. Plate math for the seated row. For the life of me, I could not figure out what 170 divided by 2 was. I knew 160 divided by 2 was 80, but I did not know how to handle that leftover 10lbs. Brodie, a fellow sports science student, was walking by, so I had to ask him for help. “Brodie, I cannot math right now. What is 170 divided by 2?” I asked him. After telling me that 85 was the answer, I had to verify that I was actually putting 85 on each side. “45 + 25 is seventy right? So I still need to add a ten and a five”? Brodie confirmed. Thank you Brodie.
After defeating seated rows, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Literally, I was seeing bright lights. I was on the verge of fainting, but I could also see the figurative light. I had triceps, biceps, and calf raises to finish this beast out. I beat triceps with little struggle. Biceps curls were difficult but I was able to finish my 3rd set at 85 pounds, which is something I was not able to do a week before.
I ended with crunches and back extensions. I was finally done. It was such a great feeling. I am hoping to get a Post-Ragnarok DEXA scan sometime next week, and I will include the results in subsequent posts. Now it’s time for a recovery week, and then I am turning my training over to my prep coach. I hope you guys enjoyed reading about these experiences. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.
Thought of the Day:
I wonder if I will ever have to write Earth at the bottom of a postal address?