Day 19 – Maximum Effort
This was my first max effort day. Tayler didn’t talk to me for a while for jumping programs. I bought him some peanut butter, we hugged it out, all good now.
I set a personal record in close grip bench press today. I love going heavy and I finally feel like I am back in my element. Can’t wait to see what this new training cycle brings.
I am performing this Westside program with my assistant Ben. Just before I started Ragnarok, Ben smashed my lifetime best in snatch. DAGGER! This will bring a healthy competition to our training. No quarter will be given
Tayler will keep Ragnarocking and I will keep posting his experiences.
Enter Tayler getting Ragnarocked
I arrive at Anytime Fitness. There is only one squat rack, and it also doubles as the only place to bench. It is well known, among bros, that Monday is national chest day, so it was not too surprising that I had to wait 30 minutes for a bro to complete his bench sets.
The rack opens up! I immediately begin my warm up. I could tell after squats that this workout was going to be a battle. My lower back was already starting to tighten up. It was at this point that I regretted going against conventional wisdom the day before.
One convenience that comes with having a training partner is that they can help change the weights. You don’t realize how valuable this is until you have to change weights on both sides for every set. That minute and 20 seconds seems to go by so much faster. My second set of RDLs brought me to the ground. The pump in my lower back was excruciating. I was trying whatever I could to try and relieve the burn.
After RDLs, were step-ups. Just bending over to set up the step-up platform was miserable. After my first set of step ups, the burn in my lower back decided to migrate to my lungs. I just could not catch my breath. This was definitely the worst I’ve ever felt during a Ragnarok workout. I think it was a combination of flying solo, pushing myself too hard the day before, and the fact that the weights are heavier.
Finally, I get to lay down for bench press. When you get to this point the weight itself doesn’t feel heavy, but your muscles just don’t want to fire. I had to ask for a spot on my third set, but I managed to squeeze out all ten reps.
Here is where my brain decides to follow my muscles and not fire properly. The weight for my first set of lat pull downs was 140lbs. The weight stack on this lat pull down only went up to 130. No problem. I’ll just add 10 pounds to the stack. When it was time to go I realized that I was attempting to pull 130 kilos, not 130 pounds. I don’t know what made me think, all of a sudden, I could max out a lat pull down machine, but it happened. This was the worst time for me to attempt basic conversions, so I had to pull out my calculator and make adjustments. I made the same adjustments for seated row and triceps extensions. It was on my second set of biceps curls that it happened. Ragnarok took its first victory. I failed to get even 6 reps. It didn’t make sense to add weight for the last set, so I kept the weight the same and got myself 6 more reps. I had to do calf raises on a leg press machine, and of course my calves cramped on every rep.
Today was awful. No partner + Ragnarok progression + not smart decisions the day before = W for Ragnarok. I will keep my light days light from here on out.
Thought of the Day:
Kings and Queens are appointed by birth right, conquering, and marriage. The first elected prom king and queen marked the downfall of our education system.