Arian's Rise to Power
I've disappeared for a week or two but I have been working out. I've been busy with the GRE, applying for grad school, getting settled at home, working with my dad, being sick, and trying to figure out what I want to do next in lifting. I feel like I am stuck in limbo now that I've graduated. I have nothing to do which surprisingly has made me lazy in everything else. I've had to force myself to even go to the gym because I really don't want to do anything and I'm not sure why.
But I have decided that I want to bulk up to 200 lbs, however long it takes, and then decide then if I want to cut down or not. I dropped from about 177 to 171 lbs when I was sick and took a week off from lifting. I am now back to 176 and hope to continue pushing to 180 and beyond in the months to come.
I have started this program called Optimized Volume Training. Its a reworking of german volume training to attempt to maintain or increase strength while on a hypertrophy routine. Basically it is all supersets, 5 sets of 5 reps for each exercise. This allows you to go heavy on the first exercise of each superset to increase strength and then the second exercise is done slow to increase time under tension. It is a lot of volume and my strength drops through the exercises because of the superset, so I have edited the routine a bit on some of the main lifts, like squats.
So I just started week 2 of the routine today, here is how its been going so far.
"Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve what others won't."
Squat: 457 Bench: 265 Deadlift: 501 Total: 1223
"Technique is always the first place to begin when striving to improve at a specific skill."
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