May 2016 Training Update

As May 2016 comes to an end, time for a quick update on my train­ing progress. I antic­i­pate that most of my train­ing posts will be one-offs or a short series as I devel­op new skills, but body train­ing (i.e., diet and exer­cise) will be indef­i­nite­ly ongo­ing with rough­ly month­ly updates.

Body 2 May 30 May Diff
Weight 210.8 220.0 +9.2 (4.4%)
Body­fat 29.3% 31.1% +1.8% (6.1%)
Waist 43 18 44 58 +1 12 (3.5%)
BMI 34.0 35.5 +1.5 (4.4%)

As you can see, this month was not good for me. Part­ly due to a stretch of veg­e­tar­i­an­ism I did for reli­gious rea­sons which led to eat­ing more carbs. Part­ly because of more trav­el back up to Nor­Cal and also Nor­Cal folks com­ing down to vis­it me and the “vaca­tion” eat­ing that spurred.

But real­ly, it was on me for fail­ing on more of a dai­ly lev­el. Being lazy and eat­ing out instead of cook­ing healthy for myself and not track­ing my intake in my calo­rie counter app.

My goal for June is to not eat out any weeknight.

And as for the expen­di­ture side of things, here are my lift­ing numbers.

Lift April 1RM May 1RM Diff
Bench Press 212 219 +7 (3.3%)
Dead­lift 273 284 +11 (4.0%)
Over­head Press 143 148 +5 (3.5%)
Back Squat 184 191 +7 (3.8%)
Wilks 477.21 484.27 +7.06 (1.5%)

As you can see from this table, I am still on Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 pro­gram. While I did have some gains, my “body” num­bers above sug­gest that I need to do more. Since mov­ing to LA, I have only been going the main lifts, but my goal for June is to rein­cor­po­rate the “Big But Bor­ing” acces­so­ry lifts and find a way to add car­dio back into my régime.

220 is the heav­i­est I have ever been since I start­ing track­ing my weight five years ago, and it offi­cial­ly puts me into the 35+ BMI “Class II Obese” range. Hope­ful­ly, the changes I plan for June help me get back down and I can say that I will nev­er again be this heavy.