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.