Jul 072017
 
The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

Well it was a mixed bag this week. Was out sick for a few days with stomach flu and only managed to get a couple days of training in. Weight has finally started moving in the right direction with the week average of 199 lbs. I am going to go back to a lean gaining phase starting in August so hoping I can get close to 195 lbs. Today was my heavy lower day and squats were on tap. Last week I got in three sets of 3 at 275 lbs. Got set up to tackle that today and it was just not in the cards. Decided to back off the weight and even after doing so I still struggled to get 3 sets of [Read More]

Jul 012017
 
Happy Birthday Canada!

True North Strong and Free!! After posting this I read an article by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper which expands on what I was trying to reflect in my brief statement of “True North Strong and Free!” so I am going to add this in. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Stephen Harper: Canadians should reflect upon how fortunate we are. There is simply no better place to live Dear fellow citizens, As we mark the sesquicentennial of our Confederation, we as Canadians should stop to reflect upon how fortunate we are. In an era of unprecedented global wealth and opportunity, there is simply no better place to live. While it may be tempting to congratulate ourselves for this blessed state of affairs, our gratitude should instead go to those [Read More]

Jun 272017
 
Focus

Focus – a center of activity, attraction, or attention. When I look at successful people I see a single mindedness, an unshakable focus. If we want to get better at something in our life we need to focus on that area and keep it in focus until we get the result we are looking for. I think many people want to lose weight, get in shape etc but the reason they never do is their inability to focus on the goal and devote the amount of effort to achieving it. For me I want to become a better bodybuilder by developing more muscle and getting stronger. While that is a good start I still think its not focused enough so I am going to focus [Read More]

Jun 202017
 
Self Doubt

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
 
Rugged Maniac! (2017)

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 [Read More]

Jun 132017
 
Training Update

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 [Read More]

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 🙂