Back on that gym grind
So, the last few days either my back has been acting up or the gym has been closed because of that hurricane sandy. I started working out consistently back in mid-July and had never skipped a workout and stuck to my gym routine to a T. If something wasn’t feeling right, I’d do something else and usually was able to figure it out and get the workout in. Sunday I decided to do my Monday workout since the storm was going to shut down all the gyms in the city and I didn’t want to be 3 days without working out. I walked in and instantly realized my back was fuckeddddd.
I don’t know if I did something to it or my body just needed a break but with the storm and everything, I haven’t done much physical activity like, at all.
It was really upsetting because I don’t walk into the gym and quit. If I set my mind to something, I DO IT!
But today, I am going to go in and kill the workout. I feel rejuvenated from the last few days of resting and I’ll update you later with how it goes! I’m 9 weeks away from starting my 14 week contest prep. I feel like I’ve been in contest prep already but this is just a proper diet and training…I know January - April will be a rough journey but I am SOO excited!
Eric’s Diet and Training Update
Hey guys! I wanted to keep you guys updated on my prep and what I am planning on doing in the months to come. Right now I am at the end of my bulk with about only a month or two left. I will be introducing cardio back into my routine around the middle of december approximately 500 calories for the week. I may start this sooner but time will dictate this. Once the contest prep is in full effect I will increase that number by 500 (1000, 1500, 2000 and so forth). Also, I have decided to change up the diet a little bit and introduce leaner meats such as chicken and fish so it will be a smoother transition when I start the cutting phase.
Currently I am on an ‘instinctive’ training regime where I typically hit one body part a day trying to take one or two rest days a week. I have been utilizing lots of heavy compound lifts to increase strength and kickstart some size. Once the cutting phase begins Im looking to use a Push/Pull/Legs split and concentrate on lots of supersets and other advanced techniques to increase hypertrophy.
Its a long road ahead, but I am excited for the journey. Also, Tori, Rob, and myself with some friends will be checking out the NPC Eastern’s next week. The venue is where Tori and I will be competing in the spring. So it will be exciting to be in the atmosphere where we will set foot on the stage April 2013.
Shitty Quad Workout 10/25
So I had probablyyyy one of the least productive workouts I’ve had in quite some time. Last Friday I had a great calves and quad workout, and then the next day my knees hurt so badly that it was painful to stand up after I would sit down for a bit. Tori (aka my girlfriend aka Victoria Betolatti aka the bikini competitor that participates in this blog) can and will attest to the fact that I was walking around the zoo like a 90 year old man with horribly arthritic knees haha no but seriously. The tendonitis is pretty bad in them right now. Whatever though, I’ll get through it and be far better than ever soon enough.
So anyway I probably would have been better served to take a week off from training them altogether. I knew as I started warming up and trying to pre-exhaust on leg extensions that it would be a tough workout to get through. On a side note you really shouldn’t be trying to just simply “get through” your workout, you should be enjoying it, because you are bettering yourself and making progress towards your goals, whatever they may be. So when I was thinking to myself “ok I can’t wait to get this workout done with,” I knew it was not going to be my best.
After four sets on the leg extensions I walked downstairs and did some leg press and step ups on the power squat. The numbers are absolutely not worth posting as this was far from a typical quad workout for me. The pain in my knees was rough at this point. Sometimes times like this can be beneficial though, you learn to listen to your body a bit more and to realize when to push and when to back off a little bit. I’ve had a tough week in terms of eating because I have some sort of a sinus infection and it’s been tough to get the food in that I need to to grow, but I’ve still been getting it done. I’ll speak more specifically on my diet in other posts though.
So tomorrow will be arms and calves and then I get a nice day off to relax on Saturday and spend the weekend with my girl :)