With each set of squats I perform I feel the blood rushing through my arteries delivering needed oxogen to those large muscles in my legs that are pumping hard to drive the weight from the floor. I am pulling 260 lbs upward as many times as I possibly can until I just can’t pull any longer. My heart is racing and it takes time to recover before I take on another set. As I perform these calf raises my feet are planted at the edge of the platform of my bowflex which has a height of 2 inches. At the edge of this platform just the ball of my feet just below my toes is in contact with the platform. I drive up 260 lbs with just the strength of my calfs and when I come down my heels land on the floor while the front of my foot is still atop the platform. This extra 2 inches that I drop and force back up again is the difference it makes with ripping and cutting the calf muscles. As I approach the end of this exercise I can feel the extreme burn in the calf muscles but push to get just a few more pumps out of them. Of the three exercises I perform on leg day I have to say that leg extension are my favorite. As I sit and raise the wait I can see my my muscles contracting before me. I pump hard to the very last rep I can muster as I feel my body tremble and shake trying to get that last one up.
Yes, it’s Leg Day once again. It’s that love hate relationship I serve that with good discipline and courage can make me wake up tomorrow and feel like I was just run over by a truck. Working these larger muscles demands a lot of energy but with it comes a larger demand for glucose. This like any other exercises I do, I can picture muscle fibers being ripped and torn to lead to recovery and gain. When you see someone with great looking, cut and firm from the waist down you have to understand what they go through to look that way. This is what leg day is all about. Nobody likes it, but everyone loves it. It’s all about the results.
As I will performing these same exercises week in and week out it will become less intimidating as the muscles will become more comfortable after they are shocked and woken up and expected to perform. In fact I believe that is just six short weeks I will really be looking forward to good old leg day.
I have decided to blend an abdominal routine in with leg day. Being that I am only performing three leg exercises compared to other muscle groups where I normally perform four I find that it will fit in fine. As I am only working the lower half of my body today an abdominal routine is actually comfortable. Initially I was going to save abs for the weekends but decided that I want the weekends dedicated to cardio, rest and fasting. These are the two days of the week where I hold off eating until noon and take advantage of a 16 hour fast.
My body weight and blood sugar are both slightly up this morning which are probably signs of inflammation. This is OK and I will work through it as I know that the weekend is just around the corner and my body will have the opportunity to rest and recover.
Yesterday was another excellent food day as I started it off as usual on a workday with a protein shake after my workout. Lunch was a few pieces of baked chicken with a side of mixed beans. Dinner was eggplant parmigiana with fresh cooked spinach. I may have went a little overboard with the eggplant which could have driven my blood sugar up slightly.
Blood Sugar- 108, Body Weight- 183.8
Squats- 130/130- 16, 15, 15
Calf Raises- 20, 20, 20
Leg Extensions- 110/110- 15, 19, 20
Situps- 110/110- 3×9, 3×10, 3×10