I've been pleasantly surprised by the lack of people at the gym. It was quiet again today when I arrived - much to my relief! I don't know if it's just this gym and where it's located or the fact that I get there so early in the morning? I just know that I hope it stays this way!
Today was leg day, and as we've already established, I LOVE leg day.
Barbell Squat: 6 x 215 x 4*
Stiff Leg Deadlift: 6 x 175 x 3
Leg Press: 6 x 540, 6 x 630*
Seated Calf Raises: 6 x 145 x 3
*Increase in weight
I decided to really push on the squats. I have a goal of being able to squat 2 45lb plates on a side - I'm close, oh so close! Although, I did hit the milestone today of being able to squat my own body weight! hooray!
The Leg Press was busy when I finished with squats so I did Deadlifts next. I decided to use my Weight Lifting Hooks because they let me relax my upper body and really focus on the hams and glutes while doing these. Unfortunately, I didn't get the fit just right and ended up breaking a bunch of little capillaries in the back of my hand. So, now I have this kind of weird redness/bruising.
BUT - it did make the Deadlifts easier, and I think I can go up in weight next time.
Then it was over to the Leg Press. I knew I wanted to go up from the 610 I did last week. I figured I'd push myself and do 630 (makes it easy when loading plates when it's increments of 90) So, I start stacking plates on, get on the chair and PUUUUUUSSSSSHHHHed. Oh! that was easy! I was finished with my set before I realized that I had left off one plate and had only put on 540lbs. DUH! So, I put another plate on and did my second set. And, I was right to go 630 - I'll wait 'til I've done two sets at that weight next week to decide if I should go up again, but my gut is saying yes right now. (PS: It's fun to be back at a Leg Press weight that makes the guys stop and count the 45's)
Then, I did a quick three sets of Seated Calf Raises, and I was done.
I was hoping to get a short spin in on the upright bikes at the gym, but I had an early meeting and had to go. I'll probably set the up the trainer tonight instead. We'll see.