Thursday, June 4, 2009


Yeah, that's about all I am able to muster the energy to say right now. But it's a good "ow." My leg workout on Tuesday was more intense than I thought, and I felt it bad yesterday and still today. I'm always racking my brain trying to come up with creative ways to train legs, and I came upon Steve Colescott's "Working the Grid" on RXMuscle. While it's senseless to try to work on maxes now, I thought I would try out his general hypertrophy workout for quads (and saving the hamstring stuff for Wednesday morning's workout). So that meant a tri-set of squats, extensions, and walking db lunges...son of a bitch! I was happy with the squats because I was able to put up some good weight with minimal pain in my hamstring. But let me tell you, I was rediculously winded after the walking db lunges. Four sets of that tri-set probably would have been enough to sufficiently fry my legs, but I felt good that day and was up for more. So we did 3 heavy sets of hack squats (5-6 rep range) followed by 3 sets of leg presses (10-12 reps on the first two sets and 20 reps on the 3rd). My glutes were on freaking fire!

And I'm pretty convinced at this point that I need to limit how often I wear heels. I wore flats on Monday and sneakers on Tuesday, and that seemed to make a small, but noticable improvement, in the pain in my hamstring. Not to mention that heels are absolutely NOT practical for my job....try chasing someone in heels (doesn't work very well). And on a positive note, I got the results back from my MRI, and it was negative. So no herniated discs for this chick! The only problem is that I still don't know what's wrong. I'm supposed to schedule an EMG to help determine why I'm having the numbness. I'm pretty convinced that the pain is the result of a direct hamstring injury and the numbness and all other surrounding issues are just a byproduct of trying to train around it, but nobody is listening to me!!! I'm not a doctor, but I do know my body. I just don't know why I haven't recovered from an injury that I got a year and a half ago.

Otherwise, things have been pretty consistent with training. I would say my workouts have been pretty good overall. This weekend I'll be working the Species booth again at Atlantic States, which I'm looking forward to. I've got a soft spot for that was the first bodybuilding show I ever went to see, and then I qualified for Jr. Nationals at it last year. For now, it's time for me to get ready for my Thursday night all-star line-up....have I ever mentioned that I HATE Thursday nights?