Starting this program today 1/23/12...meal #1, workout #1, and recovery shake #1 are all under my belt. I also did my NEPA walk after my workout due to time constraints today. Took pictures and measurements yesterday and those will follow tonight.
I am using the intermediate level workout program, but have not done some of these movements or lifted weights in several months. However, I am surprised that, despite my leave of absence from weight training, I underestimated my ability and strength. Here are my "scores":
Front squat #85
think I will bump it up to 95 or 100 next week since I was able to get 7-6-5 off the bat without any warmup sets for form. Focused on keeping hips back and core tight
Lat Pulldown #75
Will bump up to 85 next week. I have not done these on a machine in what seems like years actually so I am hoping that my form was okay. I may try chin ups next week instead.
Dumbbell Bench Press #30 DB
This weight felt about right for me. Again, definitely need to really focus on the form as I noticed that when i became tired, I felt it more in my shoulders instead of my chest
Again, want to doublecheck my form on this, because it always feels awkward on my knees. However, still felt that my core was working and focused on keeping it real tight
Overall, I am pleased with my first day workout.
I am a little nervous about this week, because my cycle (menstrual...yeah not what every guy wants to read, I know!) is starting and I'll have PMS on top of taking away the food! I'll deal though.
Feedback and comments appreciated. I am predicting that day 3 and 4 are going to be my wall this week.