Eeek… So I’m up to the final two workouts of Stage 6, the ones with AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). I’m a bit sad about leaving the negative chin-ups behind. I really enjoyed them… Especially since I progressed quite a lot on them!
So, what did I think of Stage 6? I really, really enjoyed it. I did it twice, after all, and I wouldn’t mind doing it a third time… But I am running out of time to achieve other goals that have arisen (ie. fat loss before the wedding!). So I have to move onto Stage 7.
I was sore almost every single day. I felt like I worked hard every gym day. The exercises felt very effective – my abs were sore after doing reverse chins and lat pulldowns. And I was able to increase the weight lifted, although relatively slowly. Another huge bonus was that these workouts were a lot quicker than Stage 5. I only needed 30 minutes to actually do the workout.
Things I didn’t like… It was hard. And that’s not really a bad thing at all! It just means improvement is needed. Another thing was that my fat loss slowed. I have more pics, with fewer subtle changes, which I’ll post sometime in the near future. But this is a strength-based stage after all, so less fat loss should be expected.
So, after all that, here are my Stage 6 Awards.
Two-Point Single-Arm Dumbbell Row
- 14 August 2013: 14kg / 10 reps for 2 sets
- 29 August 2013: 18kg / 4 reps for 2 sets
So, remember how I hated Barbell Bent-Over Row because I barely progressed? Yeah, this one is better. WAY better. I use my core to stabilise myself a lot, and progress has actually been made. I’m pretty proud to say I finished on 18kg/4reps! That might not seem like a huge difference… Butupper body strength is hard!
Also, Barbell Split Squat
- 12 August 2013: 30kg / 10 reps for 1 set
- 27 August 2013: 45kg / 4 reps for 1 set
In terms of actual numbers, this is the biggest increase! But I don’t feel as much improvement as with the rows. This is a super effective exercise for the butt. And the core. And for keeping your concentration. And your temper as the creepy guy watches you squatting from across the gym while he chest presses.
Dumbbell Push Press
- 14 August 2013: 8kg / 10 reps for 2 sets
- 29 August 2013: 10kg / 4 reps for 1 set
Yeah. Like I said, upper body strength is hard.
Negative Chin Up
At the start of the stage, I couldn’t hold myself up. At the end of the second round of the stage, I could slowly lower myself down over the course of eleven seconds. I’m really happy with this! I want to keep going until I can pull myself up, too!
And yeah, I didn’t do them. It strains my neck. Since I cut them out, my neck has stopped being bothersome!
Two-Point Single-Arm Row
Because I hated Bent-Over Barbell Rows so much, I was pleasantly surprised to find these were much easier to progress and push myself on. Yay!
What comes next?
I’m going to do the AMRAP workouts, then take a few days off lifting to let my body rest and recover, and start Stage 7 on the Monday after this. And then… Well, you’ll have to wait and see!