Jun 202017
 

Some days I feel like I have made zero progress since my last competition in 2014. I have had a couple of major set backs which has derailed my plans to get better and many days I feel like other than being 3 years older I have not really done anything like I had wanted to. I think at times we all doubt ourselves but the important thing is to shake that feeling off and put your head down and just keep grinding. This time around I have this gut feeling that things will be different, time to grind and shine!

Jun 162017
 

So back in the summer of 2014 I participated in my first ever Spartan Race and my daughter Grace and my wife Chris came to watch and cheer. Since then my daughter has wanted us to do one of these races together. So this week we are watching the new season of American Ninja Warrior, which is one one of my favorite shows, and my daughter says “man I sure would love to do an obstacle course race this summer.” This caused me to remember my promise that one day we would complete one of these together so I said “Okay pick one!”

So she did and we are now registered as Team “It’s a Lester Thing” for the Rugged Maniac race in Calgary on July 29th! So we now have 6 weeks to up our cardio and get ready for this event. I figure this will help with my cut and be a lot of fun. Doing it with my daughter and keeping my promise from 2014 is icing on the cake. It’s things like this that add a bit of variety into your training, gives you a short term goal to focus on and allows you to have fun and share your fitness lifestyle with family and friends. If anyone is interested in joining us you are more then welcome to. We are running in the 12:15 pm heat. You can register here. If you can’t make this event I encourage you to find another one and challenge yourself and have a blast doing it!

Jun 132017
 

So I figured now that my home gym is operational I should get back to focusing on what is most important and that is training and making progress. With all this extra work in getting things built and set up for the gym my training has had to take a bit of a backseat, especially since I have been cutting coming up on 12 weeks now.

In that area things have been going well with me losing 11 pounds in 11 weeks however this week after 5 days I have completely stalled but I still have two days left so who knows? A younger more inexperience me would have panicked and either cut calories or added some cardio but I have been on a good run the last 7 weeks so you have to expect a few bumps along the way and be patient and give your body time to adjust.

My training currently is a upper/lower split twice a week. Monday and Tuesday focusing on heavy weight and lower reps in the 3 to 6 rep range and then Thursday and Friday repeating the upper/lower split but this time with lighter weight in the 8 to 12 rep range. That said the last few weeks training has taken a bit of a back seat and I have not been as consistent as I would have liked to have been but my recovery ability has been impacted by being in a deficit and doing a lot more physical activity then I am use to so it was best to back off a bit.

So this week so far I have had a good start to the week completing both upper and lower training sessions where I was able to up the weight or complete more reps from last week. I have lifted more weight for more reps this year but its quickly coming back and I know I will be setting PR’s in no time now that I can get back to being more consistent. Getting stronger while leaning out is the goal right now with getting down to 190 lbs which is 10 lbs over my lowest stage weight, I am currently sitting at 200 lbs. This should set me up nicely for a good long lean gaining phase for the rest of the year and into next. Game plan is to keep in the 190 to 200 lbs range until its time to start my next prep. I had wanted to compete in 2018 but with my second break from training last year I think it best to skip 2018 and compete in 2019. My goal when I do hit the stage again is to blow the old me out of the water and that is just going to take time and consistency.

Jun 062017
 

Finally getting to use the power rack for the first time!! Taking it a bit easy on the squats and real easy on the deadlifts as I have not done them in forever. Better to start light and focus on form and slowly add in weight versus starting to heavy and just hurting yourself. I will be back to deadlifting over 400 lbs in no time ๐Ÿ™‚

May 282017
 

So just a quick update on how the garage gym is coming along. Bowflex has been moved upstairs and assembled. I still need to complete the wall to prevent anyone or anything from falling down. Plan is to get that completed next weekend when I am not on call. The goal for the upstairs is to have this as an alternative training area, so warm-up, stretching, body weight exercises, boxing, bowflex and elliptical.

The bottom area has been cleaned up and is ready for the new equipment (Power Rack, Free Weights, and Functional Trainer) which is arriving on Tuesday. I will start putting it all together and getting it set up with the goal of having things ready to go by the end of this next weekend.

Things are finally all coming together! ๐Ÿ™‚

May 272017
 

When I first started lifting weights back in 2011 I said it was like I had found the fountain of youth with regards to how much better I felt.

The picture on the left was taken at my oldest son’s High School graduation two years before I started lifting. The one on the right was taken yesterday at my daughter’s graduation.

Now I might be a bit biased but I think this visually shows how bodybuilding/weight training has had a positive impact on keeping me not only feeling youngerโ€‹ but looking younger. What doing you think?

May 262017
 

Today my wife and I watched our daughter Grace cross the stage and receive her Grade 12 diploma. She is the last of our three children to graduate and with that she now transitions to a new chapter in her life. We could not be more proud of Grace or her two older brothers for achieving this milestone. With Grace graduating my wife Chris and I also start a new stage of our lives as we transition from parents of children to parents of adults.

Family has always been important to us and now that they are all grown up and pursuing their own lives it will become harder to stay as connected as we have in the past. This has been one of the reason for investing in creating a garage gym. I am hopefull that having a place we can all train and support one another will keep us strong, healthy and connected. All three are excited to be able to train at the gym and have agreed to be apart of the blog as they pursue their own fitness goals. So I am excited to help them achieve their goals and to share their journey here.